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Need to Know

Getting Around

Have fun on the tram

The tram has been a vital part of Hong Kong Island's daily life for more than 100 years and riding the tram is a great way to see the city's culinary and cultural attractions. Hope on and off regularly along the north shore of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town through Western District, Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, right through to Shau Kei Wan.

MTR

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is quick, convenient and reliable and by far the best way to get around Hong Kong. There are six lines: the Island line, Kwun Tong line, Tseung Kwan O line, Tsuen Wan line, Tung Chung line, and the Disneyland Resort line. Fares for a single journey range from HK$4 to HK$25, depending on how far you travel.

Car hire

Some car rental outfits offer airport pick up and hotel transfer, and it is possible to find a decent deal for Hong Kong car hire online. It's best to book before you arrive and factor in the traffic, too.

The Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong tourist attraction as much as a transport option, and a true symbol of Hong Kong. There are 12 double-decker ferries gliding between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, each with an air conditioned cabin on the upper deck. The lower deck has better views and is nice when the weather is good.

Top Tips

Passenger Departure Tax and Surcharges

All passengers aged 12 and above departing Hong Kong International Airport are required to pay a HK$120 Air Passenger Departure Tax. This should be included in the price of your ticket and is waived if you arrive and leave in the same day.

Climate

Hot, sweaty and dirty is the general look of most tourists in Hong Kong in May through August, thanks to the sub-tropical climate. November and December offer nice breezes, lots of sunshine and far more comfortable temperatures. January and February tend to be cloudy with cold fronts.

Local Currency

The currency in Hong Kong, unsurprisingly, is the Hong Kong Dollar and you'll find moneychangers absolutely everywhere. Always check the exchange rate and the service fee before changing any money. Withdrawing cash as you go from ATMs is a good bet to save carrying lots of money around with you the whole time. Most places accept VISA and Mastercard.

Tipping

Some hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong will whack a 10% service charge on to your bill, and others will only add 5%. It's customary to tip 10% however, and waiters, bathroom attendants and cab drivers will all expect a tip. Be as generous as you like.

Flight Advice

From Sydney

The flight from Sydney to Hong Kong will take between 8 and 9 hours. The following airlines fly to Hong Kong: Singapore Airlines, China, Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines and Philippine Airlines.There are 26 airlines operating between Sydney, AU and Hong Kong, HK. The smallest aircraft in use is Air China (a 330 with 250 seats). The largest is run by United (a 747 with 374 seats).

From Melbourne

The flight from Melbourne to Hong Kong will take between 9 and 10 hours. The following airlines fly to Hong Kong: Philippine Airlines, Continental, China Eastern Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei and Korean Air.There are 26 airlines operating between Melbourne, AU and Hong Kong, HK. The smallest is operated by Continental (767 with 202 seats)

From Brisbane

The flight from Brisbane to Hong Kong will take around 8 to 9 hours non-stop. Various airlines operate flights from Brisbane, AU, to Hong Kong, HK, including Qantas and Cathay Pacific who fly direct.

From Perth

The flight from Perth to Hong Kong will take around 8 hours. Various airlines operate flights from Perth, AU, to Hong Kong, HK, including Qantas and Cathay Pacific who fly direct.

Transfers

Airport Express

The Airport Express links Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) directly to Hong Kong's central business district. Even better, you can check in for free in Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations, from 90-minutes to a day in advance to help plan your trip.

Buses

Buses connect the airport with most of the city and are a cheap alternative. There are also 11 handy Airbus “A” routes, which will whizz you to the main locations on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories including Lantau Island. These have fewer stops than the ordinary city bus. At the Arrivals Hall exit turn right for both Airbuses and city buses.

Taxis

Taxis (and coaches) provide a good choice for passengers looking for a bit more privacy and refreshment after a long flight. If you're feeling particularly plush and lavish, you can even take a limousine to your hotel. Don't forget to wave out the window.

Mass Transit Railway's (MTR)

Hong Kong's high-speed Airport Express takes roughly 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island and is the fastest transport link to the airport. Fast enough to beat the jet lag? You wish.

Experience Hong Kong

Things to do

Visit the Bank of China Building

Towering above it all at 369 metres high, the Bank of China Building is one of Hong Kong's most impressive and defining landmarks. Do the camera tricks, whereby you look as though you're holding it up and spend some time soaking up this architectural masterpiece, designed to bring good luck and goodwill to the people of the former British Colony.

Shop at The IFC

This mammoth shopping mall has so much to do, you'll need a day there. Check out the roof terrace for a range of bars and restaurants with a great view of Victoria Harbour, or stick to the air-conditioned cinema for a refreshing break from the sticky city heat.

Head to the races

Got to get your gamble on, on holiday? Happy Valley Races on Wednesday nights is a great opportunity to socialise and meet new people if you're staying in Hong Kong a while. The beer garden is nice enough but there are plenty of chances for a flutter with nine races to bet on every single night.

Chill out at Shek O Beach

A great respite from the craziness, Shek O Beach is just half an hour by taxi from Central, plus you can get there on the bus or by MTR. If you feel like escaping the chaos of the city for some great scenery, peace and relaxation, Shek O Beach will deliver, and there are some nice, laid back restaurants in the village too.

Restaurants

The Peak Lookout, 121 Peak Rd

If a taste of Hong Kong's past is what you want served up with your modern cuisine, you'll love The Peak Lookout, still reigning supreme in its 19th century heritage building. The garden patio is great for groups in the day and makes a romantic option for couples at night. Try the yummy Hainan chicken and steaks for an unbeatable dining experience.

Yung Kee Restaurant, 32-40 Wellington St, Central,

Established in 1942, this successful restaurant has been labeled by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 15 restaurants in the world. Not bad for what used to be a BBQ house dishing up roast goose. Nowadays you'll get delicious Cantonese that's infamous in Hong Kong. Go in a group and prepare for the noise.

Maxim's Palace, 3F City Hall, Central

If you're a dim sum fan, you'll have everything your heart could desire here with fabulous harbour views to boot, but don't mix it up with Maxim's Restaurant on the 2nd floor. Get a window table and take a group of friends so you can order loads and share it Try the mango pudding. Noisy, hectic and totally Hong Kong cool.

Cafe Deco, Level 1-2, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak

Right opposite the top of the Peak Tram this is a popular spot with tourists but the international menu at this restaurant is almost as impressive as the view. Feast on sushi, pizza, fresh oysters and slurp down a delicious milkshake. If you can, get a table for the 8pm Victoria Harbour fireworks, bound to knock your holiday socks off.

Bars / Nightlife

Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 17 Lan Kwai Fong

Hungry for a taste of home? This home-style pub will have you back to your ale-house roots in no time and Bulldogs is a popular spot for expats who are feeling a bit nostalgic. With a huge selection of European and Australian lagers, plus TVs showing major Australian and British sporting events, how can you be homesick?

Boca Tapas and Wine Bar, 65 Peel St

With a cool evening breeze to accompany your tapas, this street-level spot is as inviting as the wine list. There are 80 labels of wine on offer here, a great variety of music and a decent range of cocktails too. For sweet sophistication in Hong Kong and the perfect start to your night on the town, head on over.

Works, 30-32 Wyndham Street

If you're new to Hong Kong and you're looking for a place to begin on the gay scene in Central, you can't go wrong by scheduling in the Works. Expats and tourists flock here nightly. Fridays and Saturdays are the most popular nights but don't go before 11pm. Tip: after Works head over to Propaganda, B/F 1 Hollywood Rd, Soho.

Temple St Night Market

Watches, clothing, pens and purses, there's nothing you can't get at Hong Kong's Temple Street night market. If you want your fortune told the fortune tellers gather at the Yau Ma Tei end of the street, along with the Chinese opera enthusiasts who'll sing for you.

Suggested Itineraries

DAY 1: Take a walk on the cheap side

After strolling along the avenue of stars on the pretty waters edge, hop on a ferry and head over to Soho. This fun ride will keep the kids entertained as you point out various landmarks, costs less than a dollar and will give you the chance to take photos. In Soho, have lunch and people-watch from one of the cute cafes before heading back.

DAY 2: Tour the city by night

On land and on the water, both are as good as each other at night in Hong Kong. Take the 5-hour Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Dinner Cruise starting at dusk with the Golden Bauhinia Square flag lowering ceremony. Stop at the seafood bazaar, take in the old Kai Tak airport runway and blow some cash in the Temple Street Open Market.

DAY 3: See Lantau Island and the Giant Buddha

Hong Kong's largest island is Lantau Island, a great place for a day trip with the family. Traditional fishing villages beckon along with pretty beaches and plenty of spiritual enlightenment. Visit Po Lin Monastery and be awed by the Giant Buddha, plus, take the camera for a stunning 5.7 kilometre cable car journey with views over the South China Sea and Lantau Island.

DAY 4: Day trip to China

A day trip to mainland China's Shekou Industrial Zone and Guangzhou is easily done. Come face to face with a panda at one of the safari parks, check out the impressive Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors and their horses, then take a trip back in time with the Guangzhou, (have your traditional Chinese lunch here), formerly known as Canton.

Hong Kong Weather

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