Hong Kong Tourism Guide

Hong Kong Tourism Guide

Quick Guide

Electricity

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Language
English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Currency

Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)

Visa
Visa Required. On each visit, a registrant may stay in Hong Kong for up to 14 days

Cost of a beer

HK$ 48

Cost of a Meal

HK$ 35

Average Room Rate

HK$ 516 – HK$1150 per night (3* hotel)

Exchange Rate: 1 INR = HK$ 0.12

Top Attractions in Hong Kong

With world-class restaurants, inspiring architecture and jaw-dropping natural sites, Hong Kong has a myriad of attractions to keep any visitor busy during their stay. However, Hong Kong’s Ocean Park should be at the top of anyone’s itinerary. Dating back to 1977 Ocean Park is one of the finest theme parks in the entire world and an unforgettable family day out. Not only do you have a world-class theme park, there’s also a zoo onsite that’s full of weird and wonderful creatures, from pandas to penguins.

 

Few destinations go above and beyond quite like Ocean Park, but Disneyland Hong Kong goes pretty close. Although much smaller in size as other Disneyland venues, it still offers all your favourite Disney characters only without the crazy queues!

 

For our last pick, we decided to go with somewhere quite different from what you’d usually expect from a busy city tourist destination. If it weren’t for the business of Lamma Island on a weekend, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had been lost in time, so authentic is its back to basics way of life. There’s not too much to do here except soak in its incredibly peaceful atmosphere and enjoy the incredible view.

With tall structures adorning the skyline and a prominent port, Hong Kong is often referred as the jewel of the east. Soaked in colonial history, it is a perfect example of a cosmopolitan land. Apart from a vibrant night life, Hong Kong is also a shopper’s paradise. The panoramic views from Victoria peak are absolutely spectacular.

By Niranjan, Founder of tales of nomad

One must-see during any trip to Hong Kong is the Quarry Bay district. In addition to being empty of foreigners and full of picture-perfect street captures (and food!), Quarry Bay is home to the Yick Fat Building, a massive public housing tenement. Yick Fat has an open courtyard, which you’ll almost certainly recognize from film and television. Go inside and look up—but don’t forget your camera!

By Robert, Founder of Leave your daily hell

Things to do in Hong Kong

From enchanting natural sights to thrilling theme parks and captivating religious sites, Hong Kong truly has a diverse range of attractions to keep every visitor entertained.

Ocean Park

ocean park in hong kongWhen deciding a fun day out for all the family, two of the most popular places to go with your little ones are the zoo and the theme park. With Ocean Park, you don’t have to choose between the two. Not only is Ocean Park one of the best theme park’s in the world, the park’s zoo includes everything from lions and pandas to sea life, like sharks and penguins. This wonderful variety is felt in every part of Ocean Park, with rides suitable for young children to those looking for a white knuckle thrill ride on one of its four pulse-quickening rollercoasters.

Address: No.180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong,China

Price: Adult –HK$385, Child (3-11 years old) – HK$193, Children under 3 years & adults over 65 years – free

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00

Victoria Peak Tower

Victoria Peak Tower in hong kongHong Kong might have become one of the world’s technological hubs, having built itself into a densely populated and rich urban landscape over the past century, but it’s never lost touch with the natural beauty that show its roots. This is where Victoria Peak Tower comes in. This is probably the best way to take in the stunning all-natural landscape of Hong Kong’s more peaceful side. From the observation deck, you can enjoy mountain views from an eye-watering 1,811 feet.

Address: 1 Lugard Rd, Hong Kong, China (Formerly Tai Ping Shan)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Price: Adult – HK$28 (one way) or HK$40 (return), Children and seniors – HK$11 (one way) or HK$18 (return)

Opening Hours: 07:00 – 00:00 (Mon-Sun and public holidays)

Disneyland Hong Kong

disneyland hong kongIf Ocean Park has piqued your enthusiasm for theme parks, there’s plenty more on show in Hong Kong. Disneyland Hong Kong may be smaller than its European and American counterparts, but it is no less magical. Despite the bigger than life brand name, the Hong Kong incarnation of the famed theme park doesn’t suffer from long lines the way the Californian and Paris parks do. That’s not to say it isn’t popular: far from it, but it does mean you can usually enjoy all the thrills of the park without long lines being too big of a problem.

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Price: 1-Day General Admission (ages 12-64) – HK$539, 1-Day General Admission Child (ages 3-11) – HK$285, 2-Day General Admission (ages 12-64) – HK$739, 2-Day General Admission Child (ages 3-11) – HK$525

Opening Hours: 10:30 – 20:30 (During holidays, the park hours may vary)

Lantau Island

Lantau Island in hong kongThere are certain sites that words don’t really do justice to. We could go on all day about the flowing waves of greenery, the incredible, historic and spiritual atmosphere, the clear crisp waters and golden sands of its beaches and the unique shopping and culinary experience of the beautiful Lantau Island. But really, this is something that just needs to be experienced. While you’re there, make sure you check out the stunning, perfectly preserved fishing village of Tai O, as well as the famous Po Lin Monastery.

Address: The island is about 11 kilometers, or 7 miles, due west of Hong Kong Island

Price: Free

Ngong Ping 360

Ngong Ping 360 in hong kongAlongside Victoria Peak Tower and a few other select spots of Hong Kong, Ngong Ping 360 takes the honour of being on the shortlist for offering some of the most beautiful views in the whole city. Ngong Ping 360 is an aerial tramway which takes you gliding across the beaches, crisp blue waters of the South China Sea and seemingly endless forests of pure green. This is however, not for anyone with a fear of heights, with the glass floor offering stunning, but perhaps vertigo inducing, views of the land.

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Price: Standard Round Trip Cable Car Adult – HK$255, Standard Round Trip Cable Car Child (Ages 3-11) – HK$170, Crystal Cabin Round Trip Cable Car Adult – HK$325, Crystal Cabin Round Trip Cable Car Child (Ages 3-11) – HK$245

Opening Hours: Daily: 10:00 – 17:30

Lamma Island

Lamma Island in hong kongThe peaceful, scenic and picturesque Lamma Island takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets into a simpler place, without any of the stresses of modern life. You won’t find any skyscrapers or theme parks here. This is an island almost completely untouched by the modernisation of Hong Kong. With travel only made on foot and on bike, this is as authentic a traditional Chinese experience as they come.

Address: ‪Lamma Island, Islands Distict, Hong Kong, China

Price: Free

Happy Valley Racecourse

Happy Valley Racecourse in hong kongHappy Valley Racecourse is another example of Hong Kong’s multi-layered personality and why it’s one of the most surprising and versatile places to visit. Originally built in the mid-nineteenth century by the British, this is a piece of European culture the Chinese residents took to with enthusiasm throughout the century. Today, it’s capable of holding up to 55,000 betting fans and is known for being a great bargain, with food, drinks and betting all being available for a very reasonable price.

If you visit this zoo, be sure to attend one of their legendary shows where the animals take centre stage in a series of entertaining performances.

Address: 6/F Grandstand, Happy Valley Racecourse, Happy Valley, Hong Kong

Price: HK$10 per ticket

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple in hong kong
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A place of great historical and spiritual importance, Man Mo Temple has an ambience that must be experienced to really be understood. The mixture of the beautiful smells of incense, the sights of this brightly coloured and uniquely beautiful temple and the sounds of the great temple bell make for a trip like no other. Built in 1847 as a tribute to the Gods of literature and war, you needn’t be a history buff to appreciate this special place within Hong Kong.

Address: Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Hong Kong

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Man Mo Temple, 124-126 Hollywood Rd, Hong Kong

Yuen Yuen Institute

Yuen Yuen Institute in hong kong

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If there’s one word to express what Yuen Yuen Institute is all about, it’s unity. Here the statues paying tribute to Confucian saints sit side by side with the deities of the Taoist and Buddhist faiths in harmony. It’s a place which celebrates the unique religious history of Hong Kong. Founded in 1950 by monks who made their way from the Three Originals Palace (also known as Sanyuan Gong), it is the only temple in the city in which the three major Chinese religions coincide.

Address: Sam Dip Tam, Tsuen Wan, New Territories

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Sun – Sat: 09.00 – 17.00

Shopping in Hong Kong

 

Whether you want a unique local souvenir or a high-end retail experience, this diverse city has a shopping destination to suit all tastes and budgets.

Hong Kong has more to offer than just Disneyland. Take a tram right up to The Peak in Hong Kong and I would recommend that you go in the evening when you can see the night lights slowly coming up. Another fascinating experience is at the markets. After shopping at Stanley Market, dont forget to visit the oldest temple of Hong Kong, dedicated to Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea. Listen to old tales associating it with pirates. And my all-time favourite destination is the Big Buddha at Lantau Island.

By Lakshmi Sharath, Founder of Lakshmisharath

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Fashion Walk

There’s no prizes for guessing what’s on sale here. The Fashion Walk is a celebration of fashion of all kinds. Here you’ll not only find the best designs from local and international designers and brands, but also items suitable for those wanting expensive, high-end wares and those looking to find something a little lighter on the wallet but no less flattering. The clothes are without a doubt the star of the show, but you can still enjoy a bite to eat at one of the street’s many restaurants.

Address:Great George Street, Paterson Street, Cleveland Street Kingston Street and Gloucester Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island

Opening Hours:Daily 10.00 – 23.00

Pacific Place, Hong Kong Island

If you’re looking for a shopping experience that’s really next level, the four-storey extravaganza should offer as much retail therapy as anyone could possibly need. Here you’ll enjoy over 130 stores offering everything from smaller, independent retailers selling unique local items to high end brands from across the world. Handily, the high end stores (generally speaking) are found on the higher floors, so finding what you’re looking for is a breeze.

Address:88 Queensway, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:Daily 10.00 – 22.00

Sham Shui Po

Sham Shui Po in hong kongWhile it might not offer much in the way of glitzy international brands, the street market of Sham Shui Po is a unique local experience perhaps best known for specialising in electronic equipment. Audio aficionados can find that rare piece of equipment or missing LP from their collection that they can’t find anywhere else. But it’s not all high-end gadgetry: you’ll also find one of the best selections of craft materials anywhere in the city. A unique, varied and truly local shopping experience, there’s nowhere else quite like Sham Shui Po.

Address:Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

Opening Hours:N/A

Landmark

From the market to the high-end, Landmark is known for its prestigious international brands. This is where the rich and the trendy do their shopping over five storeys of ultra cool designer brands. It’s easy to see why they are so revered: for many of these brands, this is their only Asian location, making Landmark a truly unique spot in the city. If you have the money to spend then this is an exceptional place to shop, complete with fine dining restaurants to recharge and rest your feet after a hard day’s spending.

Address:Queen’s, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Address:10.00 – 22.00

Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay in hong kong

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Considered by many to be the heart of both Hong Kong’s shopping and restaurant scene, Causeway Bay is a pivotal part of the city. There’s little you can’t find here and it is perhaps the purest example of an authentic Hong Kong shopping experience you’ll find. Do be aware that it can get extremely busy, so choose your time to visit wisely or prepare to embrace to hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s busy streets.

Address:Bordering the eastern district of Hong Kong Island

Address:Sunday to Thursday 10.00 – 22.00, Friday & Saturday 10.00 – 22.30

Fun Facts About Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong trumps London for afternoon tea: Tea is the customary beverage for all occasions in Hong Kong. In fact, in cafes and restaurants visitors can expect their teacup to be refilled. So don’t feel obliged to drink if you don’t want anymore! Leave your cup full if you are finished.
  • The city hosts plenty of luxury cars: Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.
  • And a record breaking bridge: The Tsing Ma Bridge is the world’s longest road and rail suspension bridge and a Hong Kong landmark.

Food in Hong Kong

For the local market lovers there is nothing to beat Hong Kong. Within a one kilometre distance in and near Mongkok area, there is pet market, flower market, birds market, jade market and finally the Ladies’ Market place which is thronging with tourists and where you find all trinkets, souvenirs, clothes, imitation accessories and watches, tea houses, food stalls etc.

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Fittingly for a city as diverse as Hong Kong, there’s a delicious array of flavours to sample in its many exceptional restaurant offerings. From authentic Chinese dishes to recipes from across the globe, you’ll find something to whet your appetite.

dim sums in hong kong

Tin Lung Heen

This is a restaurant well known for its incredible views. Located right at the very top of the ICC tower, it sits a whole 102 stories high and overlooks the stunning Hong Kong Harbour. The question on everyone’s mind is can the food live up to the expectations set by that incredible first impression? Luckily, their authentic Chinese cuisine makes this potentially the ultimate Hong Kong dining experience.

Address: Elements, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12.00 – 14.30 & 18.00 – 22.30, Sunday 11.30 – 14.30 & 18.00 – 22.30

Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in hong kongFound within one of the most prestigious hotels in the city, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, their Amber restaurant is every bit as five-star as its iconic location. Split into two dining areas and with two Michelin stars to its name, this is among the best restaurants in the world, being frequently named on numerous best ever lists. It’s also a top contender for the best restaurant in Hong Kong.

Address: LANDMARK, The Landmark York House, Queen’s, Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: 07.00 – 14.30, 18.30 – 22.30

Tosca

Tosca in hong kong

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When you think of Hong Kong restaurants, you might think of great seafood and great authentic Chinese cuisine. And while the city does have plenty of those wonderful Hong Kong staples, it also has some delectable European surprises up its sleeves too. Tusca might not be able to take you to the heart of Italy, but it can bring those incredible flavours across the oceans and onto your plate.

Address: 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong | International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday & Saturday 12.00 – 14.30 & 18.30 – 22.30, Friday 18.30 – 22.30, Sunday 11.20 – 15.00 & 18.30 – 22.30

The Verandah

It can be hard for any restaurant to truly master its cuisine of choice. Many fail completely, some are average and very few truly reach the height of their particular cuisine’s potential. Even harder and rarer still is a restaurant that manages to balance multiple culinary styles from across continents and pull them off without ever sacrificing anything in terms of quality. The Verandah is that rare restaurant.

Address: 1/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, 19-21 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China

Indian Restaurants in Hong Kong

Manakamana Nepali Restaurant

Manakamana Nepali Restaurant in hong kong

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This is a small restaurant with some seriously big flavours. Manakamana Nepali Restaurant isn’t exclusively Indian food, offering some other selections from throughout Asia, but that’s clearly where the heart and soul of this restaurant lies. It may not make much of a first impression: in fact, you may find it hard to find this well-hidden gem within a bustling marketplace, but it is one that with leave a great lasting impression.

Address: 165 Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: Daily 12.00 – 01.00

Bombay Dream

Bombay Dream is not only on the shortlist for the best Indian restaurant in Hong Kong, offering exquisite authentic Indian cuisine in the heart of the city, but also has to be up there with the best restaurants in the city altogether. The attention to detail and the incredible flavours on offer make this a dining experience to remember. This level of care runs into everything from the ambience to the service. This is about as good as restaurants get.

Address: Hong Kong77 Wyndham Street

Opening Hours: 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 – 23.00

Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant

If there’s one thing that Indian cuisine arguably does better than any other in the world, that’s creating incredible vegetarian and vegan food that will please even the most ardent meat eater. Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant is perhaps the best of its kind in the city. With minimalistic surroundings, you might not get the extravagant five-star restaurant experience, but you will get five-star flavours.

Address: Hong KongShop No.1-5&31, Upper Ground Floor, Wing On Plaza, No.62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08.30 – 15.00 & 18.00 – 22.30, Saturday to Sunday 08.30 – 22.30

Nightlife in Hong Kong

With such a vibrant and captivating skyline, it’s no surprise that this city absolutely lights up at night. From opulent nightclubs to elegant lounges and laid back drinking spots, Hong Kong truly has it all.

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Sevva Rooftop Bar

A world class restaurant with a world class view, the Sevva Rooftop Bar offers food as magical as the glittering night skyline of Hong Kong itself. Stylish, sophisticated and with food and cocktails masterfully created, you’ll be expected to pay a little more for the experience. Luckily though the prices never hit the dizzying heights of the 25th floor of the Prince’s building.

Address: Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00 (closed Sundays)

Ce La Vi

Ce La Vi in hong kong

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Another bar that mixes the magic of great food with world class cocktails, Ce La Vi is found on top of California Tower: a great shopping spot that barely missed out on our top retail picks in the city. After a long day of retail therapy, you can enjoy a few quiet drinks before Ce La Vi turns into one of the most happening nightspots in town, with great local DJs playing to a mountain view backdrop.

Opening Hours: 19:00 – 03:00

Address: California Tower, D’Aguilar Street, Central

Volar Club

Volar Club in hong kong

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Over the years, Hong Kong has transformed itself into one of the best cities for nightclubs anywhere in the world. So, when people ask what’s the coolest club in Hong Kong and they say Volar Club, that’s one hell of a compliment. Since opening in 2004, the Volar Club has been sending party goers into a frenzy until the early hours of the morning and there’s no signs of them letting up now.

Opening Hours: 20:00 – 04:00 (may vary)

Address: 44 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong

Magnum

If you’re looking for a big night out, they don’t get much bigger than the aptly named Magnum Club, which measures in at an incredible 13,000 square foot of clubbing magic. Found in the heart of the city, Magnum club is the beating pulse of the Hong Kong nightclub scene. This 50-million-dollar juggernaut features some of the world’s best DJs, all playing beneath an extravagant chandelier. It’s a clubbing experience like no other.

Opening Hours: 22:00 – late (depending on the event)

Address: 3-4/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Lan Kwai Fong Central

Top Travel Tips for Travelling to Hong Kong

    Tip in restaurants:

  • Most eateries impose a 10% to 15% service charge. At cheaper eats, tipping isn’t imposed but is expected.
  • Shake hands with everyone:

  • In Hong Kong, it is considered polite to shake hands when meeting people and saying goodbye. This includes men, women and children.
  • Be careful of your body language:

  • It is considered rude if you point at people with your index finger. Instead, use your open hand.
  • Observe local culinary habits:

  • Make sure you leave your chopsticks on your chopstick rest or neatly on the table when you are finished eating and not on your plate.
  • Watch out for fake currency exchanges:

  • Crime in Hong Kong is quite low. However, visitors should only exchange money in banks or with licensed money changers to avoid being scammed.

Hong Kong offers so much more than just skyscrapers, it’s also home to beautiful beaches, dramatic waterfalls and great hiking opportunities that are really easily accessible from the city. Don’t miss the ‘Dragon’s Back’ trek. The trail undulates between the hill tops, like the shape of a dragon’s backbone, boasts stunning coastal views and is rated as the ‘best urban hike’ in the world.

By Anna, Founder of Global Gallivanting

Hotels in Hong Kong

Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong

Luxury Hotels in Hong KongOpened in 1928, The Peninsulahas gone from strength to strength over the decades. It has earned an iconic status within the world of hotels, not just in Hong Kong. In that time, they’ve never lost that 1920s aesthetic, which really brings its own unique and timeless style with a modern twist. Despite its feeling vintage in style, there’s no doubt that its facilities are absolute world class and are capable of matching any other modern day five-star hotel. These include nine restaurants and bars, a shopping arcade, an amazing plus-sized swimming pool and, best of all, an incredible 12,000 square foot spa. There’s no doubt that The Peninsula is one of the priciest options on this list, but sometimes you get what you pay for.

What’s truly remarkable about the Four Seasons range of establishments isn’t their sterling reputation for being the absolute peak of world class hotel experiences, it isn’t the quality of their rooms or their world class facilities or even the attention to detail by their staff. It’s not that those things aren’t pivotal parts of the Four Seasons’ experience, but what makes them truly special is that, despite being a chain, every hotel is masterfully tailored with a great appreciation of the culture of their host city. No hotel is the same and each is brimming with personality. For the Four Seasons Hong Kongincarnation, that standard of love, care and precision is felt in every room, where the décor is elegant, stylish, modern and very, very Hong Kong.

With a name like the InterContinental Hotel it’s no secret that this is somewhere that’s looking to bring an international flavour to Hong Kong. So how exactly do you bring a touch of the seven continents to somewhere as distinctive as this vibrant city? How about a hotel that blends architectural and design styles in a stunning melting pot, making it one of the most original and stylishly conceived hotels in the world? Top it off with stunning rooms, great facilities and a beautiful harbour view and you’ve got yourself a hotel that’s a cut above the rest.

With a city like Hong Kong it can be hard for a hotel to stand out from the crowd. In fact, it takes a truly great hotel to really rise to the top. So, to be considered the first on many people’s minds when the question of the best hotel in Hong Kong comes up, you’ve got to have delivered something beyond greatness. That’s what the Regency has achieved. From its facilities to its rooms, everything here is the absolute best. This includes a large heated pool, great restaurants serving five-star international cuisine, one of the coolest bars in the city and, best of all, an incredible view of Hong Kong’s glittering skyline from the top of one of the city’s biggest skyscrapers.

Mid-Range Hotels in Hong Kong

Mid-Range Hotels in Hong KongThere’s no doubting that in a big, busy city like Hong Kong, for most people, transport and location is an important part of their decision making when they are choosing an accommodation. On these two counts, Ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan Hotel more than delivers. Found in a stunning, tranquil harbour with incredible views of the clear blue waters, this is the perfect spot to end and indeed, start the day. And you’ll need the rest because when you’re this close to the MRT station, you’ll be only a quick trip away from everything Hong Kong has to offer.

The humble looks of The Empire Hotelrather betray its rather extravagant sounding name. As a building, it could be best described as professional looking. This is a hotel that is about substance over style and it absolutely delivers in almost every sense for a mid-range hotel compared to others in the price range. It offers great rooms, nicely decorated with plenty of space and comfortable furnishings, a great location, facilities and transport links, all for less than Rs 9,500. It’s an absolute bargain of a hotel and proof that its what’s on the inside that counts.

You’ll be amazed that you can get a hotel this cool, this sleek and this luxurious for a mid-range price tag, with rates costing around Rs 14,500 a night. Indeed, many top range hotels could perhaps learn a thing or two in terms of style from the effortlessly stylishThe Kowloon Hotel. Found in the heart of Hong Kong in the Golden Mile district, you’ll be close to great shopping districts, with nearby transport links making getting anywhere else in the city a breeze. It’s one of the best mid-range hotel around.

Budget Hotels in Hong Kong

Budget Hotels in Hong KongThe Y Loftis proof that you don’t need a lot of money to buy good taste. With rates starting around just Rs 3,500, this hotel not only trounces much of the competition within its price range in the looks department, but also potentially shows some of the more affluent members of the hotel scene in Hong Kong a lesson or two in great décor and utilisation of space. You’ll be amazed that you can get a hotel this good for such a low cost, with large (for the price), spacious rooms boasting comfortable furnishings. It’s also located in a great city location with a ton of fantastic places to shop and eat, with the beach being a bus ride or brisk walk away.

A great location for its price range, the CARITAS Oswalk Cheung International Houseis 15 minutes away from the terrific Ocean Park, meaning it’s ideal for families looking for a cheap option to get away. Not only that but you’re right in the centre of one of the city’s busiest and best places for restaurants and eateries, so you’ll never struggle for something to eat. With excellent transport links to boot, this makes this hotel a doddle to get to wherever in Hong Kong your heart takes you. For this price range, the value of the rooms is terrific, with large comfortable rooms and perhaps most important of all, a big comfortable bed so you can enjoy a great night’s sleep, all for around Rs 5,500.

Most people agree that they’d rather have bigger hotel rooms in most circumstances. However, at the Bridal Tea House Hotel, their petite accommodation doesn’t cause any feelings of claustrophobia. In fact, in this instance, it seems to suit the hotel’s personality. It feels cosy, rather than closed. This is largely down to the wonderfully charming and welcoming choice of décor that helps guests feel right at home. Facility wise, they more than deliver what’s expected of a hotel at this price range. You can find bigger elsewhere, but you might not be able to find better.

For more hotels in Hong Kong,visit the Expedia India website and find your ideal accommodation.

Getting Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most developed cities anywhere in the world, so it should be no surprise that its transport options are state of the art. With great local transport and travel links, you can visit everywhere from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon Peninsular and everywhere in between and beyond with ease. Here are just some of the best ways to get around this grand city.

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Mass Transit Railway

Quite possibly the best, quickest and easiest way to get around, and only costing a small amount more than bus services, the underground rail system of Hong Kong connects 84 stations across nine lines. This means there’s few areas untouched by this extensive system.

With its well organised, colour coded system, it’s also easy to understand too. They provide travel services to four million people daily, so do be aware that they can become very busy, particularly during rush hour. Eating, smoking and drinking are not permitted on these trains and will cost you a large fine if you’re found to be breaking these rules.

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Minibus

While not as fast as the train service, minibuses can still be a great way to get around the city. There’s two types of minibus in Hong Kong, including the well-known red minibus. There’s a list of stops on the windscreen to help you know exactly what destinations make up its route.The green minibuses are operated via a cash box and are similar to red minibuses, with the main differences being routes and their size, with only 16 seats per bus.
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One of the best options if you plan on utilising public transport regularly in Hong Kong is the Octopus Card. This rechargeable smartcard is available to buy on the site www.octopuscards.com and can also be found at MTR stations. They cost around Rs 1,265 for adults and Rs 590 for both seniors and children. This entitles you to around Rs 843 of travel expenses and a Rs 421 refundable deposit. These can be topped up on trains and busses and at selected retail outlets.

Best Time to Visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong experiences a subtropical climate. Therefore, the summers in this Asian city are commonly hot and humid, while also experiencing regular spells of rain. This can make planning your outdoor activities difficult and coupled with the spike in hotel rates, means that it’s best to avoid the city between June to September.

sea view in hong kongThe climates are much more pleasant between October to December. Between these months, the rates drop, temperatures stay warm and there’s frequent sunny skies, which are ideal for roaming the city streets in. However, if you don’t want to get caught up in busy crowds, make sure you avoid the first week of October, as flocks of mainland Chinese tourists make their way here for the national holiday on the 1st of the month.

Flights to Hong Kong

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When arriving in Hong Kong for your Asian adventure, you’ll land in the Hong Kong International Airport. Also known by the locals as Chek Lap Kok Airport, due to its location on the Chek Lap Kok island, it is the main airport hub of the city. When you arrive, airport express and taxi services are available to take you into the city centre, although the AE train service is one of the most affordable and fastest options, getting you to Kowloon Station in only 20 minutes and to HK Station in just 24 minutes.

Flights to Hong Kong International are available from all of India’s major airports. A direct flight from New Delhi Airport will cost around RS 28,700, depending on the service and season, and takes around five hours to complete. Non-stop journeys from Mumbai Airport can cost a similar price and take just slightly longer to arrive, with a duration of around five and a half hours.

For flights to Hong Kong, visit the Expedia India website and book your holiday today.