Hong Kong is exiting, an metropolitan city where old Chinese culture meets modern western culture.
When to visit Hong Kong
Hong Kong is great to visit all year around although the most popular time to visit Hong Kong is in the middle of September till the end of February.
In the middle of December until February the temperature can be as low as 10oC. In the end of May until September the average temperature is 28oC.
Getting to Hong Kong
Hong Kong airport is located 34 kilometers northwest of Hong Kong Island.
Hong Kong International Airport
Airport Code: HKG
Address: Airport Authority Hong Kong, Airport Authority Building, 1 Cheong Yip Road, Lantau, China
Phone: 2188 7111
» Hong Kong International Airport website
Airport Express Line leave the airport for downtown Hong Kong every 10th minute and stops at Hong Kong and Kowloon stations. Journey time is 23 minutes. Airport Express is open daily between 5.50 AM – 1.15AM.
Taxis are available from the Ground Transportation Centre next to the passenger terminal.
There are three different taxialternatives.
Urban taxis (red cars) serve almost all destinations in the city including the airport, exept Tung Chung Road and streets in south Lantau.
New Territories taxis (green cars) only serve New Territories and specific streets in Lantau and of course the Ground Transportation Centre at the airport. Lantau (blue cars) serve all destination in Lantau and the airport. Hong Kong flygplats ligger 34 km nordöst om Hong Kong ön.
Getting around Hong Kong
It’s easy and quite cheep to go by bus, boat or train. There are signs in booth Chinese and English.
If you only need a short transportation taxi is the best way to go.
Hotels in Hong Kong
The Garden View – YWCA
Address: 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hongkong
Ferry between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
When visiting Hong Kong you have to take the ferry from the Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.
Go to Star-ferrys pier situated by the trainstation, buy a ticket to Kowloon (by the clocktower Tsim Sha Tsui). The waterfront promenade from the clocktower by star-ferry pier on the Kowloon side offers a beautiful view over the Hong Kong island skyline. Every night at 8PM starts a beautiful lightshow and soundshow on Hong Kong Island’s main building. You’ll get the best view from Kowloon waterfront promenade.
Around Christmas time the buildings also have enormous Christmas decorations.
Avenue of the stars
A part of the promenade on the Kowloon island is called Avenue of the stars.This is a celebration to the filmindustry in Hong Kong, inspirated from the Hollywood walk with stars in the streets.
Far up on the Hong Kong island you’ll find The Peak.The building has been a form looking like an eye of an eagle. From here you’ll get a nice view over the city. You can go here by bus or tram. Shuttle buses runs between the Central Star Ferry Pier and The Peak Tram Terminus at Garden Road. The Peak Tram runs every 15th minutes every day (including Sundays and public holidays) between 7:00 am and 12:00 midnight.
Kowloon Walled City Park
North on the Kowloon island you can visit Kowloon Walled City Park. This part has developed from being a not so nice area with old houses to being a beautiful park with historical buildings. If you feel like getting away from the city this is a nice place to take a stroll.
Stanley is a great option for a day trip when you are in Hong Kong. To get there by bus and when you arrive is one of the most famous beaches in the area.
Moreover, a small market and in the area there are nice restaurants.
Shopping in Kowloon
From Star ferry pier on the Kowloon side you walk north from Canton Road . Here you’ll find many designer shops and wellknown brands.
Turn right (go east) on Peking Road and you’ll find many shops. In the beginning of the street is shops with wellknown brands, but the further you’ll go the shops will turn into more Chinese and Hong Kong shops selling cameras, clothes, jewellery and much more.
Turn left (north) on Nathan Road. Where Haiphong Road has its start you’ll find many restaurants. If you walk far enough you’ll get to Chatham Road South where a large amount of shops and restaurants are situated.
If you get hungry for lunch, Dim Sum is a very good option. Dim Sum means “touch the heart” and side dishes based on typical Cantonesiskt kitchen. It thus provides a number of small dishes on a plate and it’s about snacks type spring rolls, small dumplings with various fillings, etc. Very good!
Pubs and Restaurants at Hong Kong Island
From the central station take you south on Hong Kong Island by following Pedder Street until you reach Queens Road. Here you turn right (west) one block and then turn left (south) on D’Aguilar Street. Along this short street and its side streets, you will find lots of nice restaurants and pubs. The area is known as Lan Kwai Fong, and especially you will find a wide selection at the top of the street before turning.
General opening hours of rest are weekdays 09:00 to 17:00, Saturday 9:00 to 13:00. Sundays and holidays are closed!
Most banks are open weekdays 9:00 and 16:30. Saturdays 9:00 to 12:30. Sundays and holidays are closed! ATMs are plentiful!
Shops are usually open every day from 10:00 to 19:00. Stores in areas such as Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui may even be open until 21:30 at night.
Most restaurants add a 10% service charge on the bill. Waiters expect, however, something extra.
Restaurants that do not add any service charge expects 10% tip.
Taxi drivers, porters etc. welcome any tip.
Most nationalities are required to have visa to enter China. Tourist visas are normally valid for three months from the date of issue.
Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world, even during the night.
Heaven on earth
One tip is cozy Heaven on earth that served good food described as “Contemporary Chinese cuisine.” This can be found at: Basement of Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong.
This post is also available in: Swedish