Hong Kong Transportation Tips by dejavu2gb Top 5 Page for this destination
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If you mode of travel into Hong Kong is by flight you will most definitely be flying into the fabulous Chek Lap Kok Airport, or also known as Hong Kong International Airport.
As the worlds 11 Busiest Airport, this to me is a destination is its own right.
I am a fan or airports anyway, so this is a great place to arrive at. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and waiting time is normally not very long. Passport Conrol is normally a bit of a wait, but then we have never had to wait for Luggage as its always arrived very quickly, so in my view a very efficient airport.
Its got a plethera of restaurants and shopping facilities, so if you are on a long stopover you will have lots of stuff to keep you entertained.
What is also nice about the airport is that there is Free wifi access and because its such a large airport you have a lot of chill out areas with sofas and places where you can sit and relax before your next flight.
The size of the airport is also very very large so you will never feel that you are cramped in, so therefore keeping stresslevels to a low.
The cheapest way to get around Hong Kong when visiting is by obtaining a Octopus card.
There are a few options you can get, one of which is the Aiport Express Octopus Card. For around HK$300 you get 3 days unlimited MTR travel, as well as a return journey on the Airport Express, and HK$50 refundable deposit.
You also get HK$20 usable credit on your card. Basically this means that you can use your card to pay for purchases that accept the Octopus Card. All you do is place your card on the reader and that will deduct the payable amount from your card. You can also top up your card at various shops and machines located in the stations.
I found this feature very useful when you just want to buy something small and dont want to pay using a note of a high denomination.
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Only one of 3 tramways in the world that have regular operations of double-decker trams, are the trams in Hong Kong.
Not only are they a form of transport, they have also become a major tourist attraction, being very popular amongst visitors.
The tram line is 13kg long mostly street running along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town town to Shau Kei Wan.
The tram is a very inexpensive way to get around, with a journey costing only about HK$2 for a journey of up to 13km!
The Star Ferry is a quick and different way to travel between Kowloon and Hong Kong island, and the views are just totally breathtaking... those skyscrapers are huuuge, and there are loads of them.
Its also very cheap to make the quick crossing, and if you have a Octopus Card, they accept that for travel.
The star ferry has 2 levels, first and second class. First class is on the upper deck and second class on the lower deck.
As its very cheap, you can just as well go first class, enjoy the views!!
Public Light Bus
Getting around Hong Kong, is made easy by using as an alternative to the MTR, the Public Light Bus.
They offer an extensive network all over the city, and are very cheap to use.
As there are many of these buses around, please make sure you have the correct bus number before embarking on your journey to ensure you go in the right direction.
Hong Kong Taxi
As most countries, Hong Kong has an abundance of taxi's. To be very honest I must admit that I travelled more by taxi in Hong Kong that any other place I had ever visited, just basically due to the fact that they were quite cheap in comparison to other countries I had visited. What also did help very very much is that they are airconditioned, helping you to keep cool during those very hot and humid summer days.
Taxi's in Hong Kong come in 3 different colours indicating their area of service.
Red taxi's operate in most areas of Hong Kong except for Tung Chung Road and the south side of Lantau Island.
Green taxi's serve the rural areas of the New Territories.
Blue taxi's operate on Lantau Island.
Taxis can easily be hailed by standing next to the street although if you attempt to stop them in a restricted area they will not stop.
Some drivers may have some knowledge of thy english language, but it will be wise to have your directions written in Chinese so that they can understand where to take you to.
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When travelling around Hong Kong, the best way to get around is by MTR (Mass Transit Railway). The network is very safe and reliable and offers 5 different lines and serves 49 stations.
Its not as an extensive network as other big cities such as London or New York, but it still gets you to your destination in no time at all.
Stations are signed very well making it very easy to use, so even for someone like me that gets lost in no time at all, I used the underground quite confidently.
Trains run quite frequently so you will never be stranded for too long.
Be prepared for a bit of a squeeze when travelling during peak hours, as the MTR is one of the most utilized networks in the world, transporting around 2 million people on a daily basis.
Please note that eating and drinking is forbidden on the MTR and you might be liable to a fine if caught.
Travelling on the MTR Is made easy by using the Octopus card (see my Octopus Card tip).
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