Hong Kong – Travel Tips
As one of the world’s busiest air hubs, there are plenty of connections to Hong Kong from airports around the world. Flights to Beijing, San Fransisco, and London are particularly competitively priced.
For those traveling to China, there are a number of entry options from Hong Kong. You can obtain a Chinese visa in advance and use a bonded ferry straight to China or alternatively, you can pick up a visa in Hong Kong from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry is located at 7/F Lower Block, China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai. It is open weekdays 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Be warned: You cannot take any luggage into the building, and it must be left on the street outside.
From the airport there are quite a few options for transportation. Taxi fares to downtown will be around $350 HK. Being cheapskates we decided to take the Hong Kong express to the Central Station, which cost $115 HK per person. From Central Station you can access the Metro System (MTR), buses and hotel shuttles. Information on the transportation from the airport can be found on the link below:
Generally getting around Hong Kong is easy. There are several public transport options:
- Metro (MTR)
What to wear
Hong Kong may be a sub-tropical climate, but leave your flip flops, shorts, and t-shirts at home in favor of long sleeve shirts, jeans/long trousers, and a jacket if you are visiting in the winter months. Add a pair of warm shoes to your Hong Kong packing list, too
The currency is Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar. It is a fully traded currency so you can take some with you or go to a bureau de exchange at an airport. There are plenty of ATMs throughout Hong Kong so you should never run out of places to get cash.
Many places take credit cards but if you want to buy things from a market or get some tasty street food it is good to carry cash.
Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa, and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. Nationals of the US, Europe, Australia, Canada and New Zealand don’t require a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays of 90 days, 180 days for UK nationals.