Hong Kong Pocket Guide

Images Of Hong Kong

Enjoying a spectacular waterside setting, and home to one of the world's most famous skylines, Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant, dazzling, and electric (literally) cities in the world. Neon signs advertising everything from restaurants to foot massages decorate Kowloon islands' streets, while it is the skyscrapers that provide the sparkle after dark on Hong Kong Island. It's also one of the busiest places on earth with a population of 7 million people sharing a very small land mass.

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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what road in Kowloon has an abundance of restaurants.
  • Don't Miss The world's largest outdoor seated Buddha, the most famous peak in the city and more.
  • Retail Therapy Where the locals shop and what is the city's best-known market.
  • Budget Tips Discover when you can catch a free laser show every night.

Hong Kong City Reviews

  • 70%


    So different from the mainland

    A multicultural city, very different from anything Ive seen in China. Easy to learn your way around and has some really nice sights.

    Insider Tip:Buy an octopus card

  • 80%


    Nice city, a few hazards

    Hong Kong is a great city with a lot of amazing sights. The public transportation system can be a little confusing at first, but it's great and covers almost everything on the islands. It can also get you between the islands, no problem. Many of the museums, etc. are very cheap and are very interesting. The only real problem I had was with the severely uneven sidewalks and pavement. If you have weak ankles or knee problems, you'll want to bring some sort of support.

  • 70%


    Overall stay in Hong Kong

    Prices of food in Hong Kong generally cost HKD$150 - 250 which can be over our budget at times. The Octopus card in Hong Kong is absolutely useful for taking trains, buses, paying for entertainment tickets, food and many others which I might not have covered. Master & Visa cards are hardly seen so make sure to purchase the Octopus card @ the airport and top it up, you will not regret making that decision.

    Insider Tip:If you're solely staying in Hong Kong, 4 nights is apt to get through all the popular spots and if needed "A Symphony of Lights" @ Victoria Harbour can be skipped because it wasn't as astounding as I thought it would be. You could get better light show at Ocean Park's "Symbio". If you're considering to take the Peak Tram, some websites had stated to take it at night which is absurd. There is no view at night to catch, instead, go for the morning - evening ride, your money would be better worth that way.

  • 80%


    Neon City Hong Kong!

    Awesome city, even though it rained a lot! Tonne of things to do, eat and see. Check out Mong Kok, Kowloon City and Sham Shiu Po districts especially for 2nd hand bric a brac.

    Insider Tip:Check out the weekly pub crawl and dim sum experience food tour, delicious! Get an octopus card immediately to make transport super easy.

  • 80%


    Hong Kong Review

    Hong Kong has so much to offer the very casual visitor being ideal for all kinds of city and rural interests. The food is excellent combing the Cantonese location with so many different global influences to a very high standard. A very popular way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life is to go to the beach and relax doing various water sports.

    Insider Tip:The easiest trip on Honk Kong island is to take bus 15 from central station to the peak giving beautiful views of the harbour. I also recommend any visitor to visit Kowloon on the main island as it gives a very traditional view of Hong Kong. Another recommendation is the Lantau Trail which is a long distance hike on Lantau island. Beach enthusiasts are easily satisfied by visiting the village of Shek O which is the ideal location for anyone to practice water sports.

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