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

  • 80%


    A World-Class City of Islands and Mountains

    Hong Kong excels in several unexpected ways. Its tourism board advertises it as "Asia's World City," which rings true: it has more heterogeneous influences and populations than other large cities in the region like Beijing and Tokyo. But beyond the cosmopolitan culture lies Hong Kong's greatest strength, its proximity to nature. 45 minutes in the subway or on the ferry is often enough to place you at the start of a hiking trail around the outlying mountains and islands.

    Insider Tip:By many accounts, this is a great place to apply for a Chinese visa. Don't stay too long on Nathan Road if you want to sleep. Hostels on the edges of Hong Kong/Kowloon like Bay Bridge provide much more value and sanity.

  • 40%


    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong was alright. I enjoyed it much more out of the city than I did in the city. Tai O, the Peak and giant Buddha were the highlights of the trip. The city was much more expensive than I was expecting. Where I stayed in Kowloon there was not many local cheap restaurants. The night market, Stanley market and the ladies market was an interesting experience. Disneyland was a great two days out. If I go back I will stay on Lantau island rather than in Kowloon.

    Insider Tip:Plan your days early. When we got to the giant Buddha around lunchtime the line for the cable care was nearly 2hrs long just for tickets. We ended up taking a bus both ways instead. The tram line for the peak also gets long quickly be there before 10am and leave around 3pm or after 6:30pm to avoid the crowds. If you want cheap local foods don't stay in Tsim Sha Tsui.

  • 80%


    Busy, dense Western city in Asia

    Lots of places to shop, from shoes to phones. Good transport system. Loads of different things to see and do.

    Insider Tip:Make a day trip to Macau for an exciting addition.

  • 70%


    Hong Kong is not China

    Busy big city with blend of old and new. 10,000 Buddha Temple was great as were the bird and flower markets. Great traditional food in the malls. The escalators up the hill were fun as was the pleasant botanical garden and small zoo. The Star Ferry is a must as is the view from the Peak.

    Insider Tip:Drink plenty of water, haggle for good prices--especially taxi services, and take advantage of those things that are still free.

  • 90%



    Hong Kong is definitely a great city to visit. Coming from mainland China, it was surprising to see how much more expensive everything was: food, clothes, drinks, transportation. Is was also interesting to see how different the culture is. There is definitely a lot to do in a week trip here. There are plenty of museums, bars, restaurants, hiking areas, and other entertainment. It's definitely worth the visit!

    Insider Tip:The subway is very, very big with each stop having exits A1, A2 all the way to N2, etc. Even though the subway is very English-friendly, you can spend way too much time just trying to navigate your way to where you want to go. I recommend having an address and looking up the directions with the exit number and everything before going out, as you can waste a lot of time underground just trying to get to where you want to go.

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