Here are some tips about Hong Kong. If you never been there prepare yourself otherwise you gonna end up like Musa, amazed and in love.
From Vietnam to Hong Kong (go and back) we paid around … with a limit of a cabin bag with 7kg. Musa’s bag had at least 10kg and passed anyway, so I guess it depends of the person from the check-in.
Drive side: on the left
Calling code: +852
Time zone: (UTC+8)
Official language: Chinese (Cantonese is the de facto standard of Chinese used)
Currency – Hong Kong Dollars, try not to exchange in the Airport. There are a lot of places in the city where you can do it.
Transports – Octopus Card, check the website to see whats the best option for you. I end up putting 100HK dollars (10€) every 4days. The truth is that you can use this card to pay for more things. A lot of shops had this system where you could pay with the Octopus Card – for example:
- All MTR stations
- Star Ferry
- Mc Donald’s
- For complete list click here
Remember: it requires you to pay a $50HK refundable deposit that covers the card cost. Octopus cards can be purchased at all MTR stations (airport also).
Food – A lot of things are in Cantonese, but if you ask they usually have a menu in English too, just don’t be surprised if the prices are different. Tourists are a good way to make more money.
Free Attractions – Free art is everywhere in Hong Kong, during the week, every Wednesday you can enter for free in the following museums: the Museum of Art, Museum of History, Heritage Museum, Science Museum, Space Museum, Museum of Coastal Defense and the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum. Check this article at the Lonely Planet website, it’s really good and tells you all about the free stuff you can do: Tips.
Accommodations: Hong Kong is a but expensive, the cheapest rooms you might find is in the Chungking Mansions at Tsim Tsa Tsui, it looks a bit unorganized and there are a lot of people trying to sell you a bit of everything. You can also try couschsurfing, it’s really easy and safe in this city (at least from personal experience).
Walking around: It’s actually pretty save to walk around Hong Kong. It’s on the top 15 safest country’s according to World Economic Forum (WEF). – telegraph.co.uk article
We’ll post some more articles about it in the next few days. Now here are some amazing views from Hong Kong.