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Handed back to the government of China by the British in 1997, Hong Kong's thriving capitalist market has in no way been slowed down by the influence of Communist rule. Skyscrapers are packed into a relatively small skyline on Hong Kong Island, as the fast-paced lives of business people tick away at ground level. Hong Kong retains its culture in rather remarkable fashion, with traditional street vendors occupying alleyways between said skyscrapers, floating restaurants operating in the harbor, or fishing families recalling Hong Kong's origins as a fishing village. These emblems of Chinese culture are all but invisible from the heights of Victoria Peak; but the breathtaking spectacle of Hong Kong's skyline, harbour and outer islands leaves no room for disappointment.
Human settlement in the area now known as Hong Kong dates back to the late Paleolithic and early Neolithic era. The area's earliest recorded European visitor was Jorge Álvares, a Portuguese explorer who arrived in 1513.
In 1839 the refusal by Qing Dynasty authorities to import opium resulted in the First Opium War between China and Great Britain. Hong Kong Island became occupied by British forces in 1841, and was formally ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Nanking at the end of the war. The British established a crown colony with the founding of Victoria City the following year. In 1860, after China's defeat in the Second Opium War, the Kowloon Peninsula and Stonecutter's Island were ceded to Britain under the Convention of Peking. In 1898, under the terms of the Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory, Britain obtained a 99-year lease of Lantau Island and the adjacent northern lands, which became known as the New Territories. Hong Kong's territory has remained unchanged to the present. During the first half of the 20th century, Hong Kong was a free port of the British Empire.
Japan invaded Hong Kong on 8 December 1941 in the Second World War. The Battle of Hong Kong ended with British and Canadian defenders surrendering to Japan on 25 December. During the occupation, civilians suffered starvation, rationing, and hyper-inflation Hong Kong lost more than half of its population in the war. In 1945 Great Britain regained control of the colony. Hong Kong's population recovered quickly as a wave of migrants from China arrived for refuge from the ongoing Chinese Civil War. When the People's Republic of China was proclaimed in 1949, more migrants fled to Hong Kong in fear of persecution by the Communist Party. Besides the influx of immigrants there was also a flow of businesses mainly from Shanghai and Guangzhou that moved to Hong Kong.
Hong Kong rapidly industrialised, with its economy becoming driven by exports, and living standards rising steadily. The construction of Shek Kip Mei Estate in 1953 marked the beginning of the public housing estate programme, designed to cope with the huge influx of immigrants. Trade in Hong Kong accelerated even further when Shenzhen, immediately north of Hong Kong, became a special economic zone of China, and established Hong Kong as the main source of foreign investment to China. During the 1980’s China took over the role of Hong Kong as a heaven for lowcost labour, and Hong Kong’s economy became based on services.
In 1983, Hong Kong was reclassified from a British crown colony to a dependent territory. However with the lease of the New Territories due to expire within two decades, the governments of Britain and China were already discussing the issue of Hong Kong's sovereignty. In 1984 the two countries signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration, agreeing to transfer sovereignty to the People's Republic of China in 1997, and stipulating that Hong Kong would be governed as a special administrative region, retaining its laws and a high degree of autonomy for at least fifty years after the transfer. The Hong Kong Basic Law, which would serve as the constitutional document after the transfer, was ratified in 1990, and the transfer of sovereignty occurred at midnight on 1 July 1997.
Hong Kong is located on China's south coast, 60 kilometres east of Macau on the opposite side of the Pearl River Delta. It is surrounded by the South China Sea on the east, south, and west, and borders the Guangdong city of Shenzhen to the north over the Shenzhen River. The territory's 1,104 km2 area consists of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and over 200 offshore islands, of which the largest is Lantau Island. Of the total area, 1,054 km2 is land and 50 km2 is inland water. Hong Kong claims territorial waters to a distance of 3 nautical miles. As much of Hong Kong's terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory's landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves. Most of the territory's urban development exists on Kowloon peninsula, along the northern edge of Hong Kong Island, and in scattered settlements throughout the New Territories. The highest elevation in the territory is at Tai Mo Shan, 957 metres above sea level. Hong Kong's long and irregular coast provides it with many bays, rivers and beaches. Despite Hong Kong's reputation of being intensely urbanised, the territory has tried to promote a green environment, and recent growing public concern has prompted the severe restriction of further land reclamation from Victoria Harbour. Awareness of the environment is growing as Hong Kong suffers from increasing pollution compounded by its geography and tall buildings.
Although Hong Kong may be best known because of its busy city areas and skyline and markets, there are some great islands to explore, some of which are as quiet as rural China. Lantau is the biggest island which include the Ngong Ping Cable Car to the Ngong Ping village and a large Buddha statue. There are many fishing villages on Lantau Island as well and some great hikes. South of Hong Kong Island are even some more remote islands and on some of them there are no cars, which is a relief after walking in downtown Hong Kong or Kowloon. Many ferries leave from Hong Kong Island and it is easy to do some daytrips. Lamma Islands is one of the more popular ones.
Since many years, the Star Ferry travels between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the Victoria Harbour and this is the best way to experience Hong Kong from the water. Check the Star Ferry website for more details and information about history and meaning of this important connections over the waters.
Shopping in Hong Kong is guaranteed to be a great experience as this place is the third biggest diamond trading center in the entire world and also the main export place when it comes to finished jewelry. As a result, the benefits of buying nice jewelry here is substantial. The popularity of Hong Kong jewelry is based mostly on the high purity of the gold and silver but also on the good quality of the finished products. Nathan Road along the Tsim Sha Tui but also Hennessy Road are the places to go to find the finest jewelry.
As most of Hong Kong’s finest hotels as well as specialist clinics feature day spa facilities, you can put this experience on the "things to do in Hong Kong" list. You can unwind with a manicure, pedicure, relaxing massage or facial. Combining the Western luxury with the Eastern wisdom, the revitalization and satisfaction are a guarantee. A massage, healing reflexology, acupressure or maybe an aromatherapy bath are the recipe to leave you refreshed and ready to start new.
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The Symphony of Lights is a daily light and laser show which is best viewed from Kowloon across the Victoria Harbour. Some buildings on Kowloon and many of the highrise buildings on Hong Kong Island join this spectacular activity and it starts at 8:00pm daily and lasts for about 10 minutes or so. The Avenue of the Stars in southern Kowloon is the best place to watch it. For more information check the Symphony of Lights website. The views across Victoria Harbour from Kowloon are beautiful anytime of day by the way.
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The Tian Tan Buddha is a huge bronze statue of a sitting Buddha, build on top of a hill, and near to the Po Lin monastary. The name Tian Tan Buddha cames from the base of the statue which is a model of the Altar of Heaven of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven found in Beijing. Under the Buddha are three floors containing the The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Remembrance. It is claimed that some of the cremated remains of Buddha are located here. Surrounding the buddha are six statues of other gods, giving praise to Buddha. Visitors can climb the 268 steps that lead up to the statue, free of charge.
Traveling by helicopter offers a splendid panoramic view over the city and is one of the many things to do in Hong Kong. If this experience is not part of your daily routine, you can call the Hong Kong Helicopter Service Company or Helicopter Co., Ltd for more information. So, if you think it will work for you, then you might also give it a try.
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Victoria Peak is a 552-metre hill on Hong Kong Island and is mainly visited because it has some tremendous views from the top which can be reached by the Peak Tram. You can also walk up or first take the tram and walk down again which is probably the better option when the weather is hot. For more information about the Peak Tram and other sight in and around the Victoria Peak you can check The Peak website.
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Hong Kong generally has warm to hot weather with relatively high humidity. The worst months are from May/June to September when the temperatures are above 30 °C during the day and at night it doesn't get any cooler than 25 °C. On top of that, the humidity can be overwhelming and it is rainy season with serious downpours and occasional hurricanes (typhoons) which can strike Hong Kong. January and February are dry but cool with temperatures just under 20 °C on average and nights below 10 °C common. October to December is warmer and sunny and is the best time for a visit.
The Hong Kong Observatory provides comprehensive information about weather conditions.
|Avg Max||18.6 °C||18.9 °C||21.4 °C||25 °C||28.4 °C||30.2 °C||31.4 °C||31.1 °C||30.1 °C||27.8 °C||24.1 °C||20.2 °C|
|Avg Min||14.5 °C||15 °C||17.2 °C||20.8 °C||24.1 °C||26.2 °C||26.8 °C||26.6 °C||25.8 °C||23.7 °C||19.8 °C||15.9 °C|
|Rainfall||24.7 mm||54.4 mm||82.2 mm||174.7 mm||304.7 mm||456.1 mm||376.5 mm||432.2 mm||327.6 mm||100.9 mm||37.6 mm||26.8 mm|
The Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) on the island of Chep Lap Kok serves all flights to and from Hong Kong, including the ones from mainland China. The national carrier is Cathay Pacific, considered one of the best airlines in the world. Cathay Pacific has flights to many destination throughout the world, including one of the longest direct flights: 16 hours to New York. It also has direct flights to other North American cities, like Los Angeles and Toronto. There are flights to most main airports in the Asian region, with connections to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and India as well as flights to the Middle East. European destinations include Amsterdam, Paris and London. Several cities in Australia and Auckland in New Zealand have almost daily flights as well. Other airlines based in Hong Kong include Dragonair, Hong Kong Express Airways, Air Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Airlines. Literally dozens of other airlines fly to Hong Kong, including British Airways, Continental Airlines, KLM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Even a few budget airlines have flights to and from Hong Kong. Low-cost carrier AirAsia flies to Hong Kong from its hub in Kuala Lumpur.
The Airport Express is a dedicated train service between the airport and the city centre. These trains run every 12 minutes and the 36-kilometre distance to downtown Hong Kong is covered in just 24 minutes. The fare is around 100 Hong Kong dollars, which is expensive when compared to 30-40 dollars being charged by shuttle buses. Special passes are also available to tourists which include tickets of Airport Express plus 3 days of unlimited use of the metro system. There are several shuttle buses linking the airport with Kowloon, Hong Kong Island as well as the New Territories (e.g. Sha Tin). The major companies operating on this route are KMB and City Bus and the fare from airport to city centre ranges between 30-40 HKD. Terminal-to-terminal travel is also quick and simple. Operated by the Airport Authority and maintained by MTR Corporation, there is an automated people mover connecting the East Hall to the West Hall and Terminal 2. Extension to SkyPier was also completed and opened to public in late 2009.
If you are coming from mainland China, it is cheaper to take a plane to Shenzhen than to fly directly to Hong Kong. From Shenzhen Airport, there is a ferry service to Kowloon (about HK$160). A much cheaper alternative is to take the shuttle-bus to the Shenzhen Central Bus Station (about 40 minutes, 20 RMB), then cross the border by foot and get on the MTR East Rail Line (Lo Wu Station).
MTR operates intercities across the border to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but also places further afield like Beijing and Shanghai. Most trains to Hong Kong terminate at the Hung Hom station in the east of Kowloon.
There are six overland border crossings between Hong Kong and China. These are Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, Sha Tau Ko and Shenzhen Bay. Lo Wu is a train and pedestrian crossing; Lok Ma Chau is a pedestrian crossing; Lok Ma Chau and Sha Tau Kok are road, bus and pedestrian crossings, Man Kam To and Shenzhen Bay bridge are road and bus crossings.
Few travellers get here with their own or rental car, as driving to/from China usually means a lot of hassle as you need a special Chinese driver's licence.
There are several companies operating ferry services between Hong Kong, Macau, and neighbouring cities in Guangdong at different terminals. China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan .
There are numerous ways of getting around by public transport. If you spend some time in Hong Kong and decide to use the public transport often, be sure to get a Octopus Card, which generally is more convenient and gives you unlimited access to almost all of the buses, ferries, trams and the underground system. You just have to make sure you have money on the card at all times, which can be automatically deducted from your card. There are also Airport Express Octopus cards and 3-day Octopus cards, usually only valid on MTR lines (see below).
Public double-decker buses ply all the main routes. Companies include Kowloon Motor Bus, Citybus, New World First Bus and New Lantao Bus.
There are also smaller minibus vans, the red minibuses and green minibuses. Using these buses can be confusing, as some might accept the Octopus card, while others don't. Also, some give change, other won't.
Kowloon Canton Railway has some feeder buses as well.
The Star Ferry probably is a landmark of its own in Hong Kong. It's very cheap and a great way to view both Hong Kong Island as well as Kowloon from the water of the Hong Kong Harbor. But there are numerous other ferries travelling between almost all islands, closeby and further away. Ferries to Lamma and Lantau are the most popular and convenient.
The Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is a very fast, comfortable and convenient way of getting around most of the area. Lines include the Tung Chung Line to the Lantau Island, the Tsuen Wan Line between Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok and the Island Line which runs along the north of Hong Kong Island. The Airport Express is not a MTR line but stops at several of the stations along the Tung Chung Line as well, making it possible to switch between them.
Hong Kong Tramways offers a great way of getting around cheaply, albeit slowly as well. These city trams run along the north of Hong Kong Island. And of course there is the Victoria Peak Tram which probably is one of the highlights of Hong Kong in itself. Take MTR to Tung Chung MTR station and take Ngong Ping Cable Car to Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping, where the Tian Tan Big Buddha Statue located.
Roads in Hong Kong are in a good condition and so are road signs and even the driving skills of the locals. Still, it is not recommended to rent a car, basically because it is just not necessary. It will cost at least US$50-60 for the smallest car and with public transport so extensive around all of Hong Kong, you would be fooling yourself. If you insist, most international companies offer cars at the international airport and several places downtown. Traffic drives on the left and a national or international driving permit is required.
However, if you plan to visit the New Territories (for example to try one of the fantastic sea food restaurants) you might need a car. There are some bus lines, but they are not very frequent.
Of course, walking around Hong Kong is still one of the best ways to experience the hustle and bustle of this city balancing on modernity and eastern values. Still, it is best combined with the occasional trip by tram, metro, bus or ferry. Taking the peaktram and walking back down to Central is great (and better than walking uphill in the humid heat), but other walks worth the effort include a combined walk and elevator route taking the longest elevator in the world, going up and down the steep hills of Central Hong Kong Island.
If you are more into hiking, there are great walks in the mountains of Lantau and further afield there are fantastic coastal walks on one of the many almost inhabited islands.
Biking is less popular than walking and best done in the New Territories or on one of the flatter islands or islands where traffic (read cars) is less crowded and thus safer and more enjoyable. There are many places to rent bikes, including major transport hubs, but also at some hotels and downtown places. Biking in the city itself is best avoided and not that enjoyable.
Citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter Hong Kong without a visa for a limited period of time.
For the latest update, refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department -Visa/Entry Permit Requirements.
See also: Money Matters
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar. There are 100 cents to the dollar.
Symbol: HK$, HKD
Notes: HK$1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 dollars
Coins: HK$10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 cents
There are numerous banks and ATM machines are plentyful. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 09:00am-5:30pm; Saturday 09:00am to noon; Sunday closed. Some branches have longer hours.
All major cards including American Express, Visa and Diners Club are widely accepted.
The Hong Kong Government organises a Working Holiday Scheme to facilitate cultural and educational exchange between Hong Kong and the participating country. This scheme is open to citizens of Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, aged between 18 and 30 years. Successful applicants will be issued a 12-month visa and are allowed to engage in employment, but not exceeding three months with the same employer. Participants from Australia and New Zealand are also allowed to enrol in study or training courses of not more than three months, during their stay.
There are seven public universities (government-funded) in Honk Kong:
and one self-financing university:
Most lectures are hold in English.
Chinese and English are the two official languages, with Cantonese being the most widely spoken. English is spoken by a good proportion of the popluation. Street names are generally in both English and Chinese, but many shops and businesses have only Chinese signs.
Eating in Hong Kong is both a pleasant and adventurous experience if you know where to go. There are many small restaurants for example in Kowloon that serve Chinese dishes at reasonably cheap prices, but the quality is often not very good. The best thing to do in Hong Kong is to eat in a sea food restaurant somewhere at the coast (for example in the New Terrotorries, on Hong Kong Island or one of the other Islands). The marine animals should still be alive when you choose them. They will then be freshly prepared and you pay them by their weight. The rice often comes at the end, so if you want it together with the sea food you have to say so.
Hong Kong is home to the world's cheapest Michelin star-rated restaurant, Tim Ho Wan. If dumplings are your thing, this is the ultimate. Although the prices are low, the queues to get in are long - don't be surprised if you have to wait for 2 hours! Open daily from 10:00am-10:00pm, Shop 8, 2-20 Kwong Wa Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon. Phone: +852 2332 2896.
Rents in Hong Kong are very high due to the restricted living space. Therefore, rooms are either very expensive or just expensive but very small.
There are a lot of hostels in Hong Kong. Most of them are no more than some joining appartments, each divided in several rooms. So if you are on a low budget, prepare yourself to spend most of your time outside of your hostel.
|A-Inn||Room 809 & 1304 , 8/F, Sincere House 83 Argyle St. Mong Kok||Hostel||64|
|Ah Shan Hostel Hong Kong||Room 1406, 14th floor, Sincere house, 83 Argyle St Hong Kong||Hostel||74|
|Apple Hostel||B3, 10/fl., Block B, Chungking Mansions Tsim Sha Tsui, 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon||Hostel||73|
|Ashoka Hostel||A Blk. Flr. 13, A4 Chung King Mansion 36 - 44 Nat,Tsimshatsui||Hostel||65|
|Bishop Lei International House||4 Robinson Road, Mid-Levels Central & Western District||Hotel||-|
|Chung Kiu Inn||Flat P, 15/F, Hong Kong Mansion, 1 Yee Wo St. Causeway Bay||Guesthouse||70|
|City Plus Hostel||Flat 902, 9th Floor, Sincere House No. 83 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon||Hostel||75|
|Comfort Hostel HK||A1, 9/F, 47 Paterson Street Causeway Bay||Hostel||73|
|Comfort Lodge||7-8 Tak Hing Street Knight Garden Block C 6th Floor, Tsimshatsui||Hotel||-|
|Cosmic Guest House||12/F Block A1, A2, F1,F4 Mirador Mansion 54-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui||Hostel||72|
|Dragon Hostel Hong Kong||Rm 707, Sincere House. 83 Argyle Street. Mong Kok||Hostel||69|
|Dragon Inn||Flat B1-B5, 3/F, Block B, Chung King Mansion, Tsui Sha Tsim||Hostel||78|
|Evergreen Hotel Kowloon||48, Woo Sung Street Jordan, Kowloon||Hotel||-|
|Four Seasons Hostel||A2, 14/F, Block A, Chung King Mansion 33-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||Hostel||70|
|Geo-Home Holiday Hostel||Flat C& D, 9/F., Kingland Apartment 737 Nathan Road, Kowloon||Hostel||73|
|Germany Hostel||Block -D-6F/D2,Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road, Kowloon||Guesthouse||69|
|Go Inn Hong Kong||Flat C, 16/F, Continetal Mansion, 294 King's Rd. Fortress Hill||Guesthouse||63|
|Golden Island Guesthouse||FLAT 1, 7/F ALHAMBRA BUILDING, 383-385 NATHAN ROAD, YAUMATEI, KOWLOON||Hostel||71|
|Golden Ocean Hotel||C6 8/F Block C Chung King Mansion Yau Tsim Mong District (Tsim Sha Tsui)||Hostel||-|
|Guangdong Guest House||B2, 5/F Block B, Chungking Mansion, 36-44 Nathan R||Hostel||80|
|Hakkas Guesthouse||Flat L 3/F., New Lucky House, 300 Nathan Rd. Kowloon||Hostel||77|
|Harbour Guest House||B8, 4/F, Block B, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Shui||Hostel||74|
|HK Star World Guest House||Unit J, 9/F, Wing Lee Building, 27-33 Kimberley Road||Hostel||-|
|Hong Kong Budget Hostel||Room 703, Sincere House, 83 Argyle Street,||Hostel||-|
|Hong Kong Hostel||3/F, Block A, 47 Paterson Street Causeway Bay||Hostel||73|
|Hong Kong Inn||A1, 10/F, 47 Paterson Street Causeway Bay||Hostel||76|
|Hong Kong Star Hostel||11/F, Block E, Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui||Hostel||60|
|HongKong City Guesthouse||7/F, D3 Chungking Mansions Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||Guesthouse||-|
|Hop Inn||2A Hanyee building, 19-21 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Ts||Hostel||76|
|Ibis North Point||138 Java Road North Point||Hotel||72|
|International Inn||11/FLOOR A9, Block A Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Rd.,Kowloon||Hostel||-|
|Ka Wut Villa||Flat/Rm 163, 1/F, Front Block, Hung Tak Bldg Mong Kon||Hostel||68|
|Kowloon Budget Hostel||36-44 Nathan Road||Hostel||63|
|Las Vegas Guesthouse||Flat C4, Floor 15,Block C, Chung King Mansion, 36- Tsim Sha Tsum||Hostel||-|
|Lee Garden Guest House||Block A, 8/F, 34-36 Cameron Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon||Hostel||81|
|Man Hing Lung Hotel||Flat F2 14/F, Mirador Mansion 58 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui||Hotel||-|
|Maple Leaf Guesthouse||E4, Block E, 12nd Floor, Chung King Mansions||Hostel||77|
|Marlboro Hostel||Flat/RM C2 2/F, Paterson Building, 37 Paterson St. Causeway Bay||Hostel||-|
|New International Guest House||A7 11/FL 36-44 NATHAN RD. CHUNG KING MANSION TST K||Hostel||72|
|New Peking Guest House||A1 12/F Block A Chung King Mansion Yau Tsim Mong District (Tsim Sha Tsui)||Hostel||77|
|Ocean Guest House||A4 15/F Block A Chung King Mansion Yau Tsim Mong District (Tsim Sha Tsui)||Hostel||-|
|Oi Suen Guesthouse||Room 811-812, 8/F, Sincere House, 83 Argyle Street||Guesthouse||73|
|Osaka Guest House||Flat C3, Block C,13/F, Chungking Mansions 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon||Hostel||-|
|Panda Hotel||3 Tsuen Wah Street Tsuen Wan, Kowloon||Hotel||74|
|Paris Guesthouse||7-F D8 Chungking Mansions 33-44 Nathan Rd. Tsim Sha Tsu||Hostel||-|
|Park Guest House||A1 15/Floor A Block Chung King Mansion 36-44 NATHAN Road||Hostel||80|
|Rent-A-Room Hong Kong||7-8 Tak Hing Street, Knight Garden Flat A 2nd Floor||Hostel||74|
|Sun Kong Hostel||Flat D2, 5th Floor,Block D, Paterson Building,9 Gr Causeway Bay||Hostel||-|
|Super 7 Hostel||B7, 5/F Block B Chungking Mansion, Tsimshatsui, Ko||Hostel||72|
|Toms Guest House||C1, 16/F Block C Chung King Mansion Yau Tsim Mong District (Tsim Sha Tsui)||Hostel||78|
|TWH-Tai Wan Hotel Hong Kong||Flat A5, 3 Floor, Block A, Chung King Mansions, No Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong||Hostel||55|
|USA Hostel||C4,13F Mirador Mansion 58 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsu||Hostel||-|
|Vincent Guest House||58 Nathan Road, Mirador Mansion Flat B3, 16 Floor, Tsim Sha Tsui||Hostel||-|
|Y-Loft||Youth Square 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan||Hostel||76|
|Yesinn||Flat B, 5/F, Front Block, 294 King's Road Fortress Hill||Hostel||76|
|Yesinspace||4/F, Yesinn House, 10 Anchor Street TaiKokTsui, Kowloon||Hostel||70|
|Yiu Fai Guest House||Flat E, 6th/F. 66-70 Nathan Road||Hostel||76|
|Kyoto Guest House||Block A, 15th Floor, A3 & A8, Chung King Mansion 36 - 44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||HOSTEL||77|
|Hollywood Guesthouse||Flat/RM A1, Blc A, 14 Floor,Chongking Mansion 36-44 Nathan Rd.,Kowloon||Guesthouse||79|
|England Premier Backpackers Inn (Hong Kong)||Flat C,Floor 15,Block C, Chung King Mansion, Nathan Road 36-44,||Hostel||-|
|UK Deluxe Hostel||Block A - 3rd Floor ChungKing Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|Kowloon Big Inn||Flat F1, Floor 13 Mirador Mansion, 62 Nathan Road, TST||Hostel||-|
|Canadian Hostel Hong Kong||Block E, Flat E/6, 7th Floor, Chung King Mansions, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Hong Kong||Hostel||70|
|Wang Fat Hostel||No A2, 3/F, Paterson Bldg., 47 Paterson St. Causeway Bay||Hostel||-|
|New Hong Kong Hostel||Flat C1,Floor 6,Block C,Chung King Mansion,Nathan Kowloon||Hostel||-|
|Alisan Guest House||23 Cannon Street 5/F unit A Causeway Bay||Guesthouse||-|
|MK Business Hotel||Flat 901, 9/F, Sincere House 83 Argyle St, Mongkok, Kln, H.K.||Hotel||-|
|Embassy Hotel (Service Apartment)||Unit A, 3/F, National Court 240-252 Nathan Road, Kowloon||Hostel||-|
|Venetian Hostel||Flat F1, 13/F Mirador Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsu 58 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|Luxury European Hostel||Flat C5,Floor 15,Block C, Nathan Rd. 36-44, Chung King Mansion||Hostel||-|
|Marco Polo Hostel HK||Flat C6,Floor 15,Block C, Chung King Mansion, Nathan Rd.36-44,Tsim Sha Tsui,||Hostel||-|
|Kowloon New Hostel||F1, 13/F, Mirador Mansion 58 Nathan Rd||Hostel||-|
|New Asia Guesthouse||8th Floor A Block Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|Hollywood Guest House||A1, 14/F Block A Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|The Anne Black - YWCA||5 Man Fuk Road,||Hostel||-|
|Ashoka Guest House||A Blk. Flr. 13 A4 Chung King Mansion 36 - 44 Nathan Road (T.S.T.)||Guesthouse||-|
|Garden Hostel||blk C 16/floor C5 Chung king mansion Tsim Sha Tsum||Hostel||-|
|Yan Yan Guest House||E1 8/F Block E, Chung King Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui||Guesthouse||-|
|King Wah Hostel||Flat 1003, 10 Floor, Sincere House, 83 Argyle Street Mong Kok||Hostel||-|
|Hong Kong Downtown Backpackers||Flat A1 - Block A - 3rd Floor ChungKing Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|New Garden Hostel||Flat D1, 13/F, Mirador Mansion 58-62 Ntahan Road, Hong Kong||Hostel||-|
|Travelers Friendship Hostel||E1, 13/F, Mirador Mansion 58-62 Nathan Rd Tsim Sha Tsui||Hostel||-|
|Ho King Hostel||1517, Sun Hing Building 607 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|GuangZhou Guest house||Flat B1,10F Mirador Mansion 54-64 Nathan Road||Guesthouse||-|
|DoubleSeven Guesthouse||A Block, 7th Floor 36-44Nathan Road Chung King Mansion||Guesthouse||-|
|Golden Maple Leaf Hostel||E Block 12/FLOOR E1 Flat Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road. TsimShaTsui||Hostel||-|
|Tokyo Hostel||Block D, Flat D1, 8th Floor, Chung King Mansion 40 Nathan Road. Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong||Hostel||78|
|Ashoka Hotel||A Blk. Flr. 13, A3 Chung King 36 - 44 Nathan Road (T.S.T.),||Hostel||-|
|Delta Hotel Hong Kong||Flat A5, 16th Floor, Block A, chung king mansion 36-44 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Shui,Kawloon||HOSTEL||75|
|Australian Guest house||Block D, 16/F, Flat D7, Chungking Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||HOSTEL||66|
|Tin Tong Backpacker||9th Floor, 245 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po,||Hostel||-|
|Merryland Guest House||13/F, D2, Nathan Rd Mirador Mansion Kowloon||Guesthouse||-|
|Day and Night Hostel||Flat D8 & E2, Block D & E, 10/F Chungking Mansions,40 Nathan Road,Kowloon||HOSTEL||67|
|New London Hostel||Flat A9, Block A, 17/F, Chungking Mansions, 40 Nat||GUESTHOUSE||71|
|Pandas Hostel - Cozy||Flat C, 11/Floor, 88 Nathan Road Comfort Building, Tsim Sha Tsui||HOSTEL||70|
|Lucky Hotel||Flat C5, Floor 12, Block C, ChungKing Mansion Nathan Road 36-44||Hostel||-|
|Forever Love Hostel||Block C Floor 15 Flat C Chung King Mansion Nathan Road 36-44,||Hostel||-|
|Tai Wan Deluxe Hotel||Flat A8 - Block A - 3rd Floor Chungking Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hotel||-|
|Golden Crown Guesthouse||13/F,5/F Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road TsamShaTsui||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pandora after 80s||Flat F, 11/F, No.275 Gloucester Road Entrance on Cannon Street, Causeway Bay D1 exit||HOSTEL||-|
|Canada Hotel||Flat A6, Block A, 15/F Chung King Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road||Hotel||-|
|Day Hostel||Flat D6, Block D, 10 Floor, Chungking Mansion 36-44 Nathan Road, TST, Kowloon||HOSTEL||68|
|New Chung King Mansion Hotel||Flat C5 , Floor 7, Block C, ChungKing Mansion, Nathan Road 36-44||Hostel||-|
|Check Inn HK||3/F, Kwong Wah Mansion 269-273 Hennessy Road,Wan Chai||HOSTEL||85|
|Backpackers Hostel HK||A3, 10/F, 47 Paterson Street Causeway Bay||HOSTEL||72|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - Yau Ma Tei||No. 6 Arthur Street Yau Ma Tei||HOTEL||68|
|Budget Hostel||B5, 2/F, Block B, 2-4 Kingston Street Causeway Bay||HOSTEL||65|
|Calton Hostel||Flat C1, Floor 15, Block C, Chung King Mansion,36-||HOSTEL||75|
|New China Guest House||D7 D2 9/F Block D, Chung King Mansion Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon||GUESTHOUSE||68|
|Studios HK||47 paterson street, block A, 3rd floor, unit A5 Causeway Bay||HOSTEL||73|
|Bradbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel||66, Tai Mei Tuk Road Tai Po||HOSTEL||-|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - To Kwa Wan||No. 14-18 Sung Wong Toi Road To Kwa Wan||HOTEL||-|
|Bridal Tea House - Tai Kok Tsui Li Tak Street||No. 36-38 Li Tak Street Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon||HOTEL||76|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - Hung Hom Winslow St.||No.57-61 Winslow Street Hung Hom, Kowloon||HOTEL||-|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - Hung Hom Wuhu Street||No. 84-86 Wuhu Street Hung Hom||HOTEL||-|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - Tai Kok Tsui Anchor St.||No.8 Anchor Street Kowloon||HOTEL||-|
|Bridal Tea House Hotel - Western District||No. 385-387, Queen's Road West Sai Ying Pun||HOTEL||-|
|Golden Palace||Rm 695, 5/F, WinnerMansion , 695-697 Nathan Rd, Mong Kok, Kln., HK||HOSTEL||-|
|Las Vegas Guesthouse||Flat C4, Floor 15,Block C, Chung King Mansion, 36- Tsim Sha Tsum||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hong Kong Guest||FL/10-B4, TsimShaTsui Mansion No. 83-97 Nathan Road TsimShaTsui||Guesthouse||-|
|Homy Inn||Flat F, 6th Floor&Flat B, 7th Floor, Union Mansion 33-35 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||HOSTEL||77|
|Yesinn @CAUSEWAY BAY||2/F, Nan Yip Building, 472, Hennessy Road Causeway Bay||HOSTEL||83|
|Nagaland Guest House||Block d ,Floor 17,Flat D4 Chung King Masion 36-44 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|InnSight||3/F, 9 Lock Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||HOSTEL||-|
|Kingston Inn||Unit 3 & 4, 4A Kingston Bld. 2-4 Kingson St., Causeway bay||HOSTEL||68|
|Safari Guest House||Flat6,7fl,Blk C, Chunking mansions,36-44 Nathan Ro||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Galaxy WiFi Hotel||1/F 33-39 Pitt Street Yau Ma Tei,Kowloon||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|New Tokyo Hostel||Block D,D8 16/floor ChungKing Mansion 34-44 Nathan Road TST Kowloon||Hostel||-|
|Hop Inn on Carnarvon||9/F James S. Lee Mansion, 33 - 35 Carnarvon Road (entrance on Prat Ave.), Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||HOSTEL||72|
|Micro Hotel||Room 9, 5/F, Alhambra Building 385 Nathan Road,Yau Ma Tei||GUESTHOUSE||70|
|Lucky Hostel||13F, Chun Yee Building 731-733 Nathan Rd||HOSTEL||-|
|Jockey Club Mt. Davis Youth Hostel||123 Mount Davis Path Pokfulam||HOSTEL||-|
|YHA Ngong Ping SG Davis Youth Hostel||Ngong Ping Lantau Island||HOSTEL||-|
|Korean Hostel HK||Flat E4, Block E,11/F Chung King Mansions, 36-44 Natha||HOSTEL||69|
|Pandas Hostel - Stylish||Flat A, 11 Floor, 88 Nathan Road, Comfort Building||HOSTEL||-|
|Tohou Hotel||Falt G, 4/F, 300-306 Nathtan Road, Jordan Kowloon||HOTEL||-|
|Parkview Hostel||Flat14A, 14th floor,Chesterfield Mansion 11 Kingston Street, Causeway Bay||HOSTEL||-|
|Perch Studio||3/F, 531 Lockhart Road Causeway bay||APARTMENT||-|
|iGuest Hostel||Flat 4D, 4/F, Mirador Mansion 58-68 Nathan Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Simply Hostel||Flat H, 11/F, New Lucky House 300 Nathan Road||Hostel||-|
|Kamal Deluxe||B8, 5/floor, Block B, Chung King Mansions 36-44 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Happy Yeung Guesthouse||Flat B7,Block B, 17/F,Chungking Mansions,36-44 Nat Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,Hong Kong||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Leisure Hostel||Flat 2, 7/F, Block B ChungKing Mansions, No.36-44||HOSTEL||-|
|Urban Pack||Unit 1410, 14/F, HaiPhong Mansion, 99-101 Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon||Hostel||-|
Much of Hong Kong's nightlife revolves around Lan Kwai Fong, a pedestrian area in Central, popular with the expat community and young partying Hong Kongers. Here you will find every type of bar you could want for a night out - pubs, dance clubs, shooter bars, and live music venues. Much of the action spills unto the street where you can dance and party with the crowds drinking at the 711.
For live music and a drinking scene slightly removed from the debauchery of Lan Kwai Fong, head to Wan Chai, where you will find a selection of live music bars, restaurants, alongside some of Hong Kong's seedier offerings.
For a more relaxed scene popular with the expat business community, the streets around the mid-level escalators (Elgin and Stauton) have countless finer bars and restaurants, as well as some pubs and casual drinking holes.
Drinks in Hong Kong can be expensive, so take advantage of the excellent happy hours (usually 1/2 price) offered by most bars in the city before 8:00 or 9:00pm.
See also: Travel Health
There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Hong Kong. There is one exception though. You need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Hong Kong) where that disease is widely prevalent.
It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Hong Kong. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis A vaccination is recommended and when travelling longer than 2 weeks also typhoid. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as hepatitis B are sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Only in rare cases is vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis recommended. Malaria does not occurs in Hong Kong, but dengue sometimes does. Just use mosquito repellant and wear long sleeves if you can when it is dark.
Finally, other possible health issues include diarrhea and other general travellers' diseases like motion sickness. Watch what you eat and drink and in case you get it, drink plenty of fluids (to prevent dehydration) and bring ORS.
See also: Travel Safety
Hong Kong is a very safe place to visit and like most cities the usual precautions apply, like keeping your valuables either invisible to others when you are outside or keep it in a hotel lock if it's possible.
Maybe one of the main safety concerns is traffic. Although there are good public transportation options, cars are everywhere and especially Kowloon and parts of Hong Kong Island are very crowded. Just watch out and keep to the main pedestian crossings.
Tip for free internet access: coffee shops. Most coffee shops have free internet access, wireless or on the present machines.
Internet cafes used to charge from $20-30 per hour but most of those Internet cafes have been terminated since and when almost everyone started to connect to internet at home, work and on their mobile phones as the Internet has become widely available.
3G-enabled phone users can also go for a temporary 3G plan from the different operators. Some of the operators, such as One2Free, usually offer an unlimited 3G access for week for $78. Getting a sim card is straightforward and hassle free and everything you need to do is go to a mobile phone shop, pay your money and get a card. As a result, no registration is needed.
To get access to commercial WIFI hotspots, mainly provided by PCCW' and Y5ZONE, for $70 you will get one week of unlimited usage. Those companies also have daily, weekly and monthly plan ($158 and $98 per month for PCCW and Y5ZONE, respectively). In some restaurants such as McDonald's, you also usually have 20 minutes of free WIFI access provided by Y5ZONE.
Most of the hotels, even down market ones, provide Wi-Fi access to their guests.
Free internet terminals are usually widely available in some Starbucks, Pacific Coffee Company and some of the shopping malls, but also the airport or the MTR (for example Wan Chai station, Central Station, Tsim Sha Shui Station). Furthermore, the government offers a big network of free WIFI hot spots in most government premises and also in the public libraries.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Hong Kong's country-code is 852 (different from mainland China (86) and Macau (853)). Local phone numbers (mobile and landlines) are typically 8 digits; no area codes are used. All numbers that begin with 5, 6, 8, or 9 are mobile numbers, while numbers beginning with 2 or 3 are fixed line numbers. For calls from Hong Kong, the standard IDD prefix is 001, so you would dial 001-(country code)-(area code)-(telephone number). Note that calls to Macau or mainland China require international dialling.
Hong Kong has many mobile operators. The best choices for tourists are Three, SmarTone and CSL/one2free. All three operators offer prepaid SIM cards in micro, nano, and standard sizes. Recharging your credit can be done online with a credit card (both Three and one2free will accept credit cards from anywhere, though Three imposes a two-day delay on any online credit card recharge while one2free is instant) or by purchasing vouchers from retail stores, resellers, convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and supermarkets. Unlimited data plans cost around HK$28 per day. Some operators, such as One2Free, offer unlimited 3G access for a week for $78. LTE is also available from some carriers. China Mobile offers a HKD $80 card that includes 5 days of 4G access, though their network type is not accessible to all phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note or Nexus phones can be rented from counters A03 or B12 in the Arrivals Hall of Hong Kong International Airport for HK$68 per day, which includes all local and international calls, 3G internet access, and a built-in city guide.
Payphones are available at the airport, shopping malls, government buildings, and MTR stations and cost HK$1 for a local call for 5 minutes. If you don't have a mobile phone and need to make a short local call, most restaurants, supermarkets, and shops will allow you to use their phone if you ask nicely.
Hong Kong Post offers fast and reliable services. International postal rates for airmail start at around 2.5 HKD. For parcels, they are good as well, or you can use international courier services like DHL or UPS.
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Singapore is near our country, and I've been there a couple of times. Hopefully I can help other travelers by answering queries about transportation, hotels, food, and places to see. While locals would definitely be more knowledgeable, its nice to hear feedback from tourist like me :)
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spent 1 week in hong kong in feb 2004. see lantau island with the large buddha. enjoy the view from victoria peak after the ride up on the scary funicular railway.
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I lived and worked in Hong Kong for 7 years and I go back almost every year. I know the Hong Kong side better than the Kowloon side. Causeway Bay was my stomping grounds!
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