10 Hong Kong Travel Tips
CROSSING TSING-MA BRIDGE FROM LANTAU ISLAND in TAXI
Hong Kong Travel Tips on Climate - 1
Hong Kong enjoys a subtropical climate with two distinct seasons. Summer temperatures 26-31oC Winter – 14-20oC
Currency Tip - 2
The Hong Kong dollar is floating and pegged to the US dollar.So it will fluctuate a little.
Cash and Travellers cheques can be changed at banks(the better rate) , hotels and money changers.
All main credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels, restaurants etc.
Hong Kong Travel Tips on Dining - 3
To ensure a seat it pays to book at popular restaurants during lunchtime (1-2pm) and evenings.
Dress Code - Casual wear is acceptable for most restaurants. Some exclusive restaurants will have a dress code.
Service Charge - Most hotels and restaurants will add 10% service charge. Otherwise tipping is your choice.
Condiments, tea, snacks – these will often be brought to the table but you will need to ask the waiter if there is an extra charge for them. This varies.
Paying by Credit Card – Most restaurants accept credit cards.
Smoking in Hong Kong Tip - 4
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas, and some public places such as beaches, swimming pools, transport terminals etc
Travel Tip on Litter - 5
Hong Kong has strict laws and a HK$1,500 fine for littering or spitting.
Hong Kong Travel Passes Tip - 6
MTR Tourist Tickets are available.
Airport Express Travel Pass – Choose either a three days unlimited travel on MTR with one or two single trips on the Airport Express.
Tourist Day Pass - Child and Adults Passes – a full day of unlimted travel. Valid for a month from day of issue.
NOTE: These passes are for non Hong Kong residents staying for less than 14 days.
Octopus Card – An electronic fare card for all public transport.Buy at restaurants and stores.You can top up like a phone card.
Tips on Hong Kong Taxis- 7
Taxis – You can easily tell which is the correct taxi as they are different colours
- Red – Urban taxis
- Green – New Territories
- Blue – Lantau Island
There are extra charges for tolls and luggage handling.Passengers are by law expected to wear seat belts.Always get a receipt so lost luggage etc can be tracked.
Travelling Hong Kong Phrasebook. - all taxi drivers have this and you can get them to use it if you are having communication difficulties.
Hong Kong Travel Tips - 8
Museum Weekly Pass Card
The Museum Weekly Pass gives you unlimited access to these museums for $HK30.buy at any of the listed museums.
- Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Museum
- Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
- Hong Kong Museum of Art
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Space Museum( Stanley Ho Space theatre excluded)
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Hong Kong HeritageMuseum
Hong Kong Shopping Tips - 9
- Check the Warranty Coverage.
- Beware of Parallel Imports
- Beware of Switch baiting – try and off load inferior products saying they don’t have the one you asked for
- Don’t buy from street touts
- Always check your products before paying
- Check Your Receipts
- Supermarkets and chain stores are required to charge HK$0.05 for plastic bags
- Buying from shops registered with Travel Industry Council(TIC) gives you full refund protection
Hong Kong Travel Tip - 10
Visitor Information Services
Visitor Hotline - ( multilingual) – 2508 1234 (9-6pm daily)
Visitor Centres -
- Hong Kong International Airport
- LoWu (Arrival Hall)
- Hong Kong Island – The Peak Piazza
- Kowloon – The Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui – 8-8pm daily
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