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Visit Hong Kong: Your Travel Guide

Every crowded marketplace, neon sign and glass tower in Hong Kong tells its own story – so why not write your own? This bustling metropolis brims with possibilities: comb shopping malls, taste delectable seafood or reel at the millions of people scrambling about town day and night.

Things to Do in Hong Kong

Mid-levels Escalator and Walkway System
Up, down, side to side... No, this isn't an obscure dance craze you missed out on. Necessity gave rise to a network of elevators spanning nearly 2,600 feet of hilly landscape. Escalators are broken into sections (rather than one continuous stretch) with 14 entrances and exits. Grab your camera and drift past busy streets, apartments and the verdant cityscape.
Connaught Road, Central and West District
Open every day
Victoria Peak
Hong Kong’s highest peak deserves a peek. Visitors flock to the Peak Tram, which scales the side of Victoria Mountain. The observation deck at the Peak Galleria rewards them with awesome views. (Bonus when the Symphony of Lights is blanketing the night sky.) Go ahead and take a picture! Your friends will be so jealous.
1 Lugard Road
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Victoria Harbour
There’s no other way to cut it – Hong Kong is BIG with a capital B. On the Kowloon side, propel yourself into space at the Hong Kong Space Museum, ponder two thousand years of Chinese imperial art in the Hong Kong Museum of Art, or brush shoulders with Bruce Lee’s statue on the Avenue of Stars. At 8 pm every night, the Symphony of Lights ignites the sky.
Victoria Harbour
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Happy Valley Racecourse
Happy Valley pulsates with excitement. Once you’ve made a bet (minimum 1 dollar, no maximum), head to the edge of the stadium closest to the tracks and cheer on your chosen horse. This five-tiered stadium has been drawing crowds since 1846, when the area was known as "Valley of Yellow Mud." Today, it’s one of the most fun ways to mingle with the locals.
Happy Valley Recreation Ground, 1 Sports Road, Hong Kong
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Temple Street Night Market
Temple Street overloads the senses. Bump shoulders with salesmen hawking electronics, men’s clothing, shoes, watches – and the occasional designer knock-off. Before you realize you’ve bought a "Guggi" handbag, you’ll notice opera singers perfecting their pitch, street vendors frying up unidentified crustaceans, and even fortune-tellers working their magic.
Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Open every day from 2 pm to midnight
Ladies' Market
Modern ladies have modern needs. Whether it’s an armory of accessories, lipstick in shades of blush and bashful, or "unmentionables," this market will have you covered – literally! Along this half-mile stretch, you’ll find clothes, shoes and accessories galore. The best part? The street closes to traffic from 4 pm to midnight every day except Sunday.
48 Shan Tung Street,Hong kong
Ocean Park
Who doesn’t love swimming with dolphins? Enroll in a Dolphin Encounter then swim into the blue with a trained instructor. If you prefer your marine encounters at a safe distance, rally your troops and make a beeline for the Grand Aquarium. Stand beneath the world’s largest dome and watch a happy Pacific Walrus float on by with 4,000 of his fishy friends.
Wong Chuk Hang, Southern District, Hong Kong Island
Open Monday to Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 9 pm
Dragon's Back
After days of dumpling indulgence and general enjoyment, a bit of fresh air helps to clear the mind – and work off a few calories. This scenic hiking route connects Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak, running all the way along D'Aguilar Peninsula. Start your trek at Shek O Road and walk the 4-mile stretch to Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) for awesome views of the city.
Shek O Road near To Tei Wan Village
Hong Kong Disneyland
Did you know Hong Kong has its own magic kingdom? See all your childhood friends at the world’s most famous theme park chain on Lantau Island. Romp around in Tarzan’s tree house at Adventureland, hunt for bears in Grizzly Gulch, or learn the enchanting art of waving with the help of Cinderella and Snow White at the Princess Academy.
Penny's Bay, Lantau Island
Open every day 1 am – 9 pm
The Giant Buddha of Lantau Island (Tian Tan Buddha)
Abandon the mainland and make for Lantau Island. Once your boat is docked, 268 steps lead you to the remote Po Lin Monastery, home of a spectacular sight: the 111-foot Tian Tan Giant Buddha. The area is blessedly spiritual, so nourish yourself with delicious vegetarian food at the monastery’s restaurant, or find a quiet place to sit and contemplate.
Po Lin Monastery, Lantau Island
Chun Yeung Street
Hong Kong's wet markets give a true taste of the city, and none more so than Chun Yeung Street. Located next to the North Point tram terminal, this long, narrow street is lined with stalls selling fresh fruit and veg, meat and seafood. Even if you don’t buy anything, the thriving market is a sensory feast of sounds, smells and colors.
Cat Street
Upper Lascar Row may be the road's official name, but everyone in Hong Kong knows it as “Cat Street.” This buzzing nest of stalls is stuffed with knick-knacks, trinkets and, well, junk. These days you're more likely to find kitsch souvenirs than priceless antiques, but rifling through you might unearth anything from vintage propaganda posters to replica Ming vases.
Apliu Street Flea Market
Technological types get their kicks at Apliu Street Flea Market in the heart of Kowloon. Hong Kong's most famous electronics market is overflowing with all sorts of new and second-hand audiovisual equipment and electrical goods. Look out for everything from top-of-the-range tablets to discounted cameras and bargain-basement phone accessories.
Cheung Sha Wan Road
Known to residents as Fashion Street, Cheung Sha Wan Road is a must for thrifty shoppers. Dozens of local Hong Kong designers line the streets with their boutique showrooms. The focus is clearly on wholesale suppliers, but don’t be discouraged – many shops also retail their wares at slashed prices.
Horizon Plaza
Horizon Plaza is a 28-floor behemoth of factory outlets, including world-famous home furnishings and fashion brands. To get the most from your visit, it’s best to check the directory on the ground floor and focus floor by floor on the stores you want to see, before retiring to a cafe when you’re all shopped out.
Fashion Walk
This modern open-air shopping center covers four vibrant streets in Causeway Bay. Fashion Walk’s concept is simple – blending high-end and mall styles to give visitors the best of both worlds. Its glittering façades are filled with designer brands, while buzzy pavement cafés and restaurant terraces invite shoppers to stick around and dine in the great outdoors.
The Peak Tower
One thing’s for sure – you can’t miss Peak Tower. This gigantic structure looms 1,404 feet above Victoria Harbour, capped with a fabulous wok-shaped roof. Inside, buyers can browse Peak Market’s modern twist on authentic Hong Kong street shopping, accompanied by breathtaking city views. Don’t miss the chance to pick up souvenir artworks, silks and jewelry.
Times Square
Times Square houses ten stories of top designer names right above Causeway Bay MTR station. All budgets are addressed by its themed floors filled with local brands and international labels, including Zara, Tiffany and Gucci. Its vast granite atrium also hosts pop-culture exhibitions and events to celebrate holidays such as Chinese New Year.
Island Beverly Center
Blink and you’ll miss it – this unassuming shopping center doesn’t look like much from outside. Inside though, it’s a colorful treasure trove of all things kitsch and quirky. Island Beverly Center’s four floors are crammed with one-off designs from local labels and the latest imports from China, Korea and Japan. Stalls open late so it’s ideal for evening shopping.
Lee Gardens One & Two
Luxury is the name of the game at Lee Gardens One & Two. Located on an elegant tree-lined avenue, this swanky shopping center is one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive. Flagship brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Miu Miu bring in designer fans, while children’s concept floors bring little ones the latest looks from brands like Burberry Children and Baby Dior.
Causeway Bay
If labels are your weakness, Causeway Bay should be at the top of your shopping list. This swanky designer district is packed with upscale boutiques and some of Hong Kong’s most popular malls, including the high-end Fashion Walk, Times Square and Lee Gardens One & Two. Time to shop ‘til you drop!
Sheung Wan
Strolling through Sheung Wan is like stepping back in time to the Hong Kong of long ago. This eclectic neighborhood is famous for its handicraft shops, antiques dealers and traditional Chinese herbalists. Within a few streets, you can buy from local boutiques, sample healing herbal remedies or browse for vintage knick-knacks in Cat Street’s jumble of stalls.
Tsim Sha Tsui
Cleverly abbreviated to TST by fast-paced locals, Tsim Sha Tsui is Hong Kong’s premier retail district. Shoppers flock to this southern tip of Kowloon for designer stores, street markets and swanky malls, including the humongous Harbour City and iSQUARE. Granville Road is lined with outlets, while Nathan Road is a global mix of local and international labels.
Kowloon East and Kowloon West
Just off the beaten path from the frantic heart of Kowloon, Kowloon East and Kowloon West have a relaxed, residential feel. If you want to shop like a local, their neighborhood malls are the perfect spot to find international fashion, authentic Hong Kong food and family-friendly entertainment, from IMAX cinemas to skating rinks.
Lantau Island is best known as a nature reserve, but savvy shoppers know it’s Hong Kong’s top outlet spot. Over 80 discount stores offer big-name brands at bargain prices – everything from Adidas and Nike to Levi’s and Quiksilver. Lantau is also directly linked to Hong Kong International Airport, making it an ideal stop for last-minute shopping before you fly.
International Commerce Centre
Soaring into the skies at 108-storeys high, the International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong. Dizzyingly huge from ground-level, a trip up to the ‘sky100’ observation deck will really bring home its sheer scale. You’ll see the other skyscrapers sprouting beneath you, and won’t be able to miss the city’s second tallest building, Two International Finance Centre, just across the harbour.
Two International Finance Centre
Knocked off Hong Kong’s tallest-building top spot back in 2010, Two International Finance Centre is still a towering contender. Overshadowed only by the International Commerce Centre across the harbour, it remains the highest skyscraper on Hong Kong Island. Its 55th-floor observation platform is free – just be sure to take photo ID with you.
Central Plaza
The third loftiest skyscraper in Hong Kong, Central Plaza was once the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. Its façade blazes with bright LEDs well into the night, changing colour every 15 minutes to help city-dwellers keep track of time. The building is also home to the world’s highest place of worship, ‘Sky City Church’, which sits atop its 75th floor.
Bank of China Tower
The geometric Bank of China Tower juts into the skyline at 367 metres tall. Going against the traditional teachings of feng shui, its structure originally caused controversy due to its sharp edges and ‘X’ shapes. Now, however, the building is so iconic that its futuristic façade has even made it into an episode of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’.
The Center
Office building, The Center, is an iconic sight amidst the Hong Kong skyline. It’s an impressive building with a shiny steel lobby that was once featured in Batman film, ‘The Dark Knight’. After nightfall, its sides glow with bars of brightly coloured lights, running through the spectrum as they climb towards the heavens.
Nina Tower
The misleadingly named Nina Tower is actually made up of two high-rise buildings. Originally designed to be the tallest skyscraper in the world, it was chopped in two due to airport restrictions! Its top 40 floors house a five-star hotel, while levels one to five are a shopper’s paradise. Head up to the free ‘skylobby’ on floor 41 for panoramic views over the Tsuen Wan district.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

Very Good
This is a place for the whole family, Disneyland, Ocean Park, The Peak just few of so many you can go to and enjoy and visit again and again.
September 23, 2017
Hong Kong is great, but quite expensive. As I was with family, we tried to visit all known locations. Dont miss beside Disneyland and Victoria peak, science museum and the light show at 8pm in night.
September 24, 2017
Very Good
We wish the staff of more traditional Chinese restaurants were less rude and more friendly and more accommodating to English-speaking guests.
September 24, 2017
Very Good
I went for a leisure trip to Hong Kong (5D4N) with family and friends. Overall, the trip was pleasant. Food portion is too big, advisable to share. A must to visit the Victoria Peak & Sky Terrace 428!
wong lin luo
September 24, 2017
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The air pollution is bad. too many people in Hong Kong. good public transportation.
United States of America
September 24, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Hong Kong

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

8.3 Very Good

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Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

8.1 Very Good

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Regal Airport Hotel

8 Very Good

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Holiday Inn Golden Mile

8 Very Good

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Empire Hotel Hong Kong - Wan Chai

7.9 Good

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OZO Wesley Hong Kong

8.2 Very Good

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Hotel ICON

9.3 Wonderful

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The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers

8.2 Very Good

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Wharney Guang Dong Hong Kong

7.4 Good

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Discover Hong Kong

Popular Neighborhoods in Hong Kong


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Catch a sea breeze in coastal Kowloon. As morning breaks, sport and Tai Chi enthusiasts head to Kowloon Park. Inside, the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre exhibits the roots of British colonial rule. Strike it rich in one of the 400 shops at the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, or haggle with shrewd vendors at the Temple Street Night Market.

Tsim Sha Tsui

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The city’s busy tourist area mixes shopping and culture. Buy luxury clothing on Canton Road, or grab a bargain at Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard’s factory outlets. The city’s past comes to life at the interactive Hong Kong Museum of History, and kids can take a whirlwind tour of the galaxy at the Hong Kong Space Museum.

Hong Kong Island

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Endure a few light-headed minutes and take a tram up Victoria Peak for views of the Hong Kong skyline. Sun-soaked Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay beckon you to a lazy day by the sea. Set sail for Aberdeen Island aboard a sampan (traditional boat) and lose yourself in the life of a traditional fishing community.

Yau Ma Tei

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A cacophony of colour, this district is famed for Temple Street Night Market’s tacky tat and traditional tucker. Browse the bunting-clad stalls for “I <3 HK” tees and neon wristbands, then gorge on glazed rib-and-rice dishes amid Mido Café’s old-time charm. At historic Yaumati Theatre, round off the night in the dayglo daze of a Cantonese opera.


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Mong Kok means "busy corner" in Cantonese. Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street sells everything for the modern girl. See Sai Yeung Choi Street for electronics and cosmetics, and the fruit, flower and goldfish markets need no explanation. On a hot day, find air-conditioned comfort at the Sino Centre’s multimedia shops.

Wan Chai

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Wan Chai is a friendly assault on the senses. Walk up Stone Nullah Lane for striking pre-war architecture, or slurp up noodles and congee at the local "Dai Pai Dong" (open-air restaurants). Hong Kong Arts Centre hosts provocative exhibitions year-round. Wan Chai's theaters stage popular musicals with a dash of Broadway panache.

Causeway Bay

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Causeway Bay is organized chaos. Shopping centers erupt with shoppers day and night, especially in Hysan Place with its 17 floors of shopping. If elbowing your way to a bargain doesn't appeal, head to Jardine Crescent, a local shopping area with bargains to boot. Exhausted? Reenergize in Victoria Park's open spaces, or listen to the Noonday Gun blast.

Central District

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The bells still toll in St. John’s Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Hit Hollywood Road for galleries, look for critters at the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, or chill out at the eateries along Victoria Harbour. At night, try out your moves at the clubs in expat-filled Lan Kwai Fong.

Local Tips for Hong Kong

Beer Bay
Kristin by Kristin

Kristin moved to Hong Kong from New York and quickly fell in love with the city.

If you are looking to have a cheap drink with great views of Hong Kong Harbour, this place is for you! Located across from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (just a short walk from the Star Ferry in Central), Beer Bay is as low-key as it comes. It's also the most affordable spot in town!

  • Discovery Bay Ferry Pier, Central Hong Kong
  • Open every day 5 pm – 10 pm
Golden Computer Centre
Calvert by Calvert

Tech-savvy Calvert loves new electronic innovations and can easily spend a day searching for them!

Here is a shopping tip: Don't negotiate unless you have a few items from the same store! Most of the IT professionals in Golden Computer Centre speak English and are happy to give you advice. If you can, also check out Wanchai Computer City and the Mongkok Computer Centre.

  • 146-152 Fuk Wah Street, Sham Shui Po
  • Open every day 12 pm – 9 pm
Broadway Cinematheque
Ivy by Ivy

Ivy loves movies – and watching them in public areas with friends is a special experience!

I recommend going here to enjoy both the latest blockbusters and special screenings. Before the movie, enjoy a coffee inside the bookstore before heading in to your screening. There are annual themed film festivals, in which films from all over the world are screened.

  • Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei
  • Open every day
Allied Plaza (Prince Edward MTR Station Exit B2)
Sally by Sally

Sally is the queen of shopping and loves finding a fashion, beauty or cosmetics bargain!

Allied Plaza is near the Prince Edward MTR Station B2 exit. This mall covers two levels of the latest fashion, beauty, and cosmetics from South Korea and Japan. The price-to-quality ratio is very good! Make sure you bring cash or an EPS/Union Pay card – not many places accept Visa or Mastercard.

  • 760 Nathan Rd, Mongkok, Kowloon
  • Open every day
Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Michael by Michael

Michael loves classical music and often goes to live concerts on weekends.

This concert hall has an 8,000-pipe Austrian organ, one of the largest mechanical tracker action organs in the world. Pay a visit to enjoy performances of concerts, dramas, operas and plays by local artists. There is also an annual music festival with world-class performances.

  • 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Open every day
Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
Sarah by Sarah

Backpacker Sarah has traveled to 25 countries and loves different cultures – and hiking!

Cheung Chau and Lamma Islands were once fishing villages. Today, they maintain part of their traditional customs. No vehicles are allowed on both islands, so when you land, it feels like you've arrived in wonderland! The islands are only 25 to 35 minutes on a fast ferry ride from Hong Kong Station (IFC).

  • Cheung Chau Island and Lamma Island
  • Open every day
Lei Yue Mun
Rita by Rita

Rita loves being in nature and learning about a city's history and culture.

Lei Yue Mun is an ideal place for relaxation. You'll also find some ruins of stone loading ramps for the former quarries next to the shore. To learn more about the history of Hong Kong's coastal defenses, visit the nearby Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defense, located inside a former fort.

  • Lei Yue Mun
  • Open every day
Cycling in the New Territories
Kyle by Kyle

Karaoke or Mahjong appealed to Kyle as a student, but now he loves cycling – a much healthier choice!

The New Territories will show you the real Hong Kong. Rent a bike in Tai Wai near the MTR station. The most common route is from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, passing by Sha Tin along the Shing Mun River and Science Park on Tolo Harbour. The scenery along the river and harbor on this 13-mile stretch is beautiful.

  • Start near Tai Wai MTR station
  • Open every day
Horizon Plaza
Karen by Karen

Karen is a shopaholic – for everything from luxury brands to groceries!

The Horizon Plaza is a 28-floor building filled with furniture shops, fashion factory outlets and department stores like Lane Crawford and Joyce Warehouse. I highly recommend heading to the top floor and walking down the stairs. There are many cafes in the building that are perfect for snacking!

  • 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong Island
  • Open every day 10 am – 7 pm
Ladies Markets in Mong Kok
Elaine by Elaine

Elaine loves to pick up souvenirs for friends, especially at the Ladies Market.

"Ladies Market" has a lot to offer. Even though it's called Ladies Markets, you'll find items for both genders, like clothing, accessories, handbags, watches, cosmetics and more! The market covers a half-mile stretch and some vendors don't have listed prices – so put your haggling skills to the test!

  • Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
  • Open 12 pm – 11:59 pm
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Recommended in Hong Kong

Got to take lovely pictures at the Avenue of Stars by going there at 7am. After taking lots of pix, took the Star Ferry and went to HK Island. Walked to the Peak Tram station and before 9am there are no queues to purchase the tickets and boarding the Tram. Went down from the Peak at 9.50am and was the queues were already long as the many tour buses arriving at the station. Enjoyed Disneyland by going before noon and buying tickets in town instead of at the ticket counter.

Yes. In fact, the brand name stores are expensive in comparison with local retailers, like Fortress. The reason? Brand names appeal to the Mainland Chinese who flock to Hong Kong to find goods that will demonstrate their wealth. It is a case of conspicuous consumption and that is what keeps the Gucci, YSL, Dior, Armani, Louis Vuitton stores and their like in business. It is certainly not local HK buyers who are too canny. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Hong Kong for food?

Many delicious Asian foods that I would have never known about, and ingredients fresh from the markets all over Hong Kong. I learned new ways to accent my American foods by tasting different things. Very happy.

For those first timer disneyland visitor, I would suggest to go for Hong Kong first as they are consider one of the smaller ones and a more reasonable priced.

Eat with a big group! It's essential for enjoying Chinese dining. That will make it possible to order a lot of dishes at once, and it's all made for sharing.

The Avenue of Stars and the top floor bar of the ICC Building. Go for the Sky100 bar if you want a nice setting or for Ozone if you want a hip, trendy bar.

I like the convenience of public transportation more and more though the pollution and smoking all around is always a shortfall.

Check out the new area in Sai Yin Pung up the Hill... 2nd street (its the name of the Street!)

electronics, ladies stuff and jade jewellery


Hong Kong Transportation

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong's two-terminal airport is one of the busiest in Asia. The easiest way to get to Central Station is by train. Once you clear customs, follow the signs marked "Train." The Airport Express departs every 10 minutes from 5:54 am to 11:28 pm daily. You can buy tickets online or at counters or machines in the station.


Hong Kong's MTR metro system covers most of the city. Trains run from 5 am to 1 am daily and connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with Lantau, right up to the border with China. If you plan to travel extensively, invest in a reloadable Octopus Card, which can be used for both buses and trains. The lines are clean and easy to navigate, with clear English instructions and signs.


Citybus is the main bus operator for Hong Kong Island. To catch a bus, go to the main terminal at Exchange Square or get on at a bus stop. Destinations are displayed on the front of the bus in Chinese and English. Once you board, deposit the correct change into a fare box (no change given!). For convenience, buy an Octopus Card from a kiosk at the station. This allows you to check in and out on buses. Stick to the MTR trains for travel on the Kowloon side; they cover a wider area.


Taxis are easy to find – just stop at a taxi stand or hail one from the street. Fares are relatively low compared to western cities, and must be paid in Hong Kong Dollars. Taxis are color-coded according to their areas of operation. The red Urban Taxis are the most common, serving most destinations in Hong Kong. Keep the name of your hotel in Chinese on hand to show to the driver. It’s customary to round the fare up to the dollar, but tipping isn’t expected.


Rental cars can be arranged at the airport or in the city. Road conditions are excellent and signs are in English and Chinese. Road safety is a priority for the authorities, so there are harsh penalties for breaking the rules. Due to heavy congestion, driving in the center can be stressful, even when it's not rush hour. Parking and gas prices are also extremely high. Remember to keep your international driving license on you at all times.

Food in Hong Kong

Top Restaurants in Hong Kong

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Yung Kee Restaurant

Must order the roast goose! And if you're up for something new, the century eggs dish! If you're unsure of the location, just ask and there's usually a crowd, so you won't miss it!

Cheap Eats
Kau Kee Beef Noodles

A truly classic Hong Kong eatery, Kau Kee serves up delicious bowl of Beef Brisket noodles in either a clear broth or curry. A little bit of a squeeze, you just might have to share your table with a stranger.

  • 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:30–22:30.
  • 00852 2850 5967
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Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop

Congee & Noodle Wantun were one of the most traditional local food for Hong Kong. It started in 50s on the food cart and being served on the street with stools. Tasty would bring you back the memories of old Hong Kong with clean environment, full varieties of traditional Hong Kong food in English menu and you won't find any better taste elsewhere.

  • 8 Finance Street, IFC - Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 07:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2295 0101
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Honolulu Coffee Shop

Do egg tarts, chicken wings and milk tea sound right up your alley? And oh yes, free wifi is available at this traditional "char chan teng" (tea house).

  • 33 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 07:00–02:00.
  • 00852 2526 8063
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Lin Heung Tea House

With over 80+ years of history, this tea house is busiest in the early mornings where old folks gather to drink tea and enjoy a plate (or more) of dim sum! Be prepared to share tables, and have spontaneous conversations over "siew mais" and "char siew baos" with local senior citizens. Also, you need to run after the roaming dimsum carts to pick your dishes, no menus available! This place is NOT for the faint-hearted.

  • 160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 06:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2544 4556
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Lung King Heen

The world’s first Chinese restaurant to be awarded a three-star rating by Michelin, Lung King Heen specializes in Dim Sum and fresh seafood. Located in the Four Seasons, this refined restaurant boasts views of Victoria Harbour.

  • Podium 4, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday-Saturday 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:30, Sunday 11:30–15:00 and 18:00–22:30.
  • 00852 3196 8880
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Chom Chom

Serving tapas-style modern Vietnamese dishes in a casual chill environment. They don't take reservations so go early, or expect to queue. Must-try dishes include the Salmon Tartare and Shaking Beef.

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If you've ever been to a Japanese izakaya, you'd know how crammed it can get after work with salarymen. Well, Ronin is just like that, but slightly classier. Offering omakase tasting menus (many dishes small portions), this place is for those who appreciate the intricacies of Japanese cuisine and not for those looking for a big meal. This place is small, so big groups are not recommended, though you can email ahead in advance for reservations.

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Little Bao

Little Bao serves modern Asian dishes in a diner setting, with chirpy servers to boot. Traditional dishes like Mac & Cheese are given an Asian twist, made using rice rolls and mentaiko cheese! Do also try the Pork Belly Bun and LB Ice Cream Sandwich!

  • G/F 66 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 18:00–00:00.
  • 00852 2194 0202
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Ms B's Cakery

With names like Banana Lust, Memoirs of a Geisha and Better Than Sex for their cakes, this cakery is bound to get your attention. It follows up with its presentation and delicious flavours.

  • 39 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 11:00–20:00.
  • 00852 2815 8303
Mid-Range Fare
Yard Bird

Popular with expats and fashionable locals, this chic diner serves yummy yakitori (grilled Japanese-style chicken goodness on a stick) and an assortment of sake, shochu and wine. Some say they would even travel to HK just for a taste of their signature Korean fried cauliflower.

Cheap Eats
Dim Sum Square

If you're looking for quality dim sum that's easy on the wallet, head on over to this cosy eatery. This mom-and-pop shop has the usual staples that are freshly prepared. Don't miss out on the creamy salted edd custard buns.

  • G/F 88 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • Open weekdays 10:00–22:00, weekends 08:00–20:00.
  • 00852 2851 8088
Mid-Range Fare
Life Cafe

One of the longest established and best Western vegetarian restaurants in Central Hong Kong, right off of the Mid Levels escallator in Soho. There is great food and an outdoor seating area on the top floor which gives you a chance to sit down and relax. The avocado club sandwich is my all-time favorite

  • 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00–22:00, Saturday-Sunday 09:00–16:00 and 18:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2810 9777
Mid-Range Fare

Fantastic Indian restaurant located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Generous portions for a decent price.

Mid-Range Fare
Cafe Deadend

This chic café houses fresh sandwiches and a delectable brunch spread. Meals are usually served in good portions and the atmosphere is always welcoming. Ideal for those who want to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and value outdoor seating.

Cheap Eats
Coffee . Book

The cafe is situated on a quiet street which is about 5 minutes' walk away from the Univeristy of Hong Kong. You cannot fail to notice it because its wall is painted in orange and the doors and windows in green. You will feel relaxed once you step inside the cafe because of the soft lighting, the gentle music, and the nice smell of second-hand books. You can enjoy a piece of home-made cake and a cup of coffee, or even have a simple meal (spaghetti) while you are surrounded by thousands of good value second-hand English books on the shelves. If you look close enough, you will always be delighted to find one of those books in your reading list!

Mid-Range Fare
Middle Eastern
Istanbul Express Turkish Restuarant

Offering a cosy ambience, this place serves tasty Turkishcuisines with mouth-watering desserts. The Istanbul Beef or Chicken Plate ispiled on a wonderful mixture of yoghurt, cubes of bread and covered in adelicious tomato based sauce. Be sure to sample their Baklava and you’lldefinitely be back for more!

  • G/F 66 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 09:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2865 0066
Upscale Dining
22 Ships

Celebrity chef Jason Atherton's HK restaurant serves up an imaginative menu of tapas dishes that are sure to impress your date.

  • 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00, Sunday 12:00–14:30 and 18:00–22:00.
  • 00852 2555 0722
Mid-Range Fare
Ham & Sherry

Sherry & Port wine bar with authentic Portugese food. This place is a hidden gems in the alley way, where the prices are very reasonal. They offer a wide range of Sherry and Port selection and the staff are very knowledgeable to explain and pick one for you. (especially for beginner) They offer seasonal main dish menu of seafood and meats. The meat boards (6 types of meats) are heavenly.

Upscale Dining
Bo Innovation

Helmed by chef Alvin Leung, this Michelin-rated restaurant specialises in what Chef Leung calls “X-treme” Chinese cuisine where traditional Chinese food gets a creative, modern makeover. Signature dishes include Molecular Xiao Long Bao, Foie Gras Mui Choy and Black Truffle Har Ga.

  • Shop 13, 2/F J Residence, 60 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open weekdays 12:00–15:00 and 19:00–00:00,Saturday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–00:00.
  • 00852 2850 8371
Mid-Range Fare
The Pawn

Set in a restored pawn shop, this charming restaurant serves British gastro-pub food at the dining room. Spread over 3 floors, it features an open air rooftop terraceand “living room” lounge area. Try the Angus prime rib, fish and chips and suckling pig with apple sauce.

Cheap Eats
Tai Cheong Bakery

Tai Cheong is reknown for its egg custard tarts among its other popular baked goodies. Have some as a snack and buy some to take back with you!

Upscale Dining
Dynasty Restaurant

Enjoy harbour views while dining on traditional Cantonese food at Dynasty. Located in Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, this elegant restaurant offersbarbecue pork, fresh crab claws deep fried in spicy salt and sautéed clam with asparagus in chilli sauce. Best for business meals or family gatherings.

  • 3/F Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 12:00–15:00, 18:00–23:00.
  • 00852 2584 6971
Cheap Eats
Kam Fung Restaurant

Touristy and crowded with good reason, this Hong Kong-style café serves freshly baked egg tarts, bo lo (pineapple) bun with butter and their signature chicken pie. Wash it all down with chilled milk tea.

  • G/F Spring Garden Mansion, 41 Spring Garden Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 06:00–19:00.
  • 00852 2572 0526
Cheap Eats
Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists

Snaking crowds throng this Michelin starred eatery known for its traditional dim sum at affordable prices. Must try items include baked bun withbarbecued pork, pan fried turnip cake, vermicelli roll stuffed with pig’s liver and steamed egg cake

  • Shop 72, G/F Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
  • Open every day 09:00–21:00.
  • 00852 2332 2896
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