Full of culture, cuisine and cash, Hong Kong is a busy and bustling city that will knock you down if your not careful. As one of the financial capitals of the world and home to a huge variety of attractions, Hong Kong is one of the most popular tourist spots for all types of travellers.
Although it is known for its skyscrapers, there is so much more to Hong Kong than its skyline. Check out the many street markets, The Peak for that famous view point, the family friendly theme parks and an array of temples, keeping you busy for days and weeks on end.
Hostel/Budget rates – Dorm beds start at HK$83 whilst private rooms start at HK$90 in the Chungking Mansion.
Midrange Hotel rates – Hotels can be pricey in Hong Kong, with private rooms costing HK$478 – HK$1075.
Luxury Hotel rates – HK$1200+ Top hotels are twice and triple this cost.
Transport – Bus, tram or star ferry tickets cost between HK$2.50 – HK$15 with octopus cards available for the MTRs Light Rail System.
Average cost of food – Hong Kong is an expensive city but cheap food can be found in most areas. Tea cafes and food stalls will cost HK$40 – HK$80 whilst a large Chinese dinner will cost HK$300+. Sit down lunch menus start at HK$100 and drinks can be found HK$25 – HK$40, with some wines and cocktails costing more than this.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – The Mahjong Hostel is a hip and trendy hostel with dorms starting at HK$200. Pearl Guest House is a favourite for those looking for a bit of extra luxury without breaking the bank; Private rooms start at HK$286.
Midrange – Butterfly on Victoria is a great value for money hotel, located just a 2 minute walk from Tin Hau MTR station, this is a great hotel for those wishing for the comfort of a hotel but at the right price, rooms starting at HK$717.
Top End – For world class treatment, head to Hotel ICON, just a 5 minute walk from Hung Hom MTR station, this hotel has lots to offer with rooms starting at HK$2000. For some slightly cheaper luxury, head to the Gloucester hotel in causeway bay; offering stunning views of the harbour and just a 5 minute walk to Causeway Bay MTR station, rooms cost HK$1195.
How to get there
Fly – As a major airport of the world, most cities fly directing to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong International airport you may catch the airport express line on the MTR, departing every 12 minutes between 6am – 1am and costing HK$100 to Hong Kong Station Central. Return fares are available as are Airport express travel passes which allow unlimited travel on the MTR and light rail as well as a return trip on the airport express (HK$300). Once at Hong Kong or Kowloon station, you can catch an airport shuttle bus to major hotels in the area. You may also wish to take a bus, with the A11 (HK$40) and A13 (HK$45) buses serving Hong Kong Island whilst the A21 (HK$33) serves Kowloon.
Bus – Several transport companies offer buses to near Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Pearl River Delta.
Train – Trains are available to and from Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. High speed and sleeper trains are available but it is advised to book tickets in advance.
The Star ferry is the quickest and cheapest option for crossing the harbour whilst the extensive bus and MTR station will take you anywhere you wish to go. Unless early morning or late at night, avoiding using taxis as the traffic can be horrendous and fares are costly.