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    HONG KONG FOR DUMMIES (COMPLETE Guide on Page 1, Read it first BEFORE POSTING!!!)

    WELCOME TO THE HONG KONG FOR DUMMIES THREAD!

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    Hong Kong Part I

    Hong Kong Part II

    Hong Kong Part III

    Hong Kong Part IV

    Hong Kong Part V

    Hong Kong Part VI

    Hong Kong Part VII

    Hong Kong Part VIII

    Hong Kong Part IX

    This thread is brought to you by the following HK addicts:

    Li'l Sistah commoner floreno blue_tracer Jenn prEttyNdistress TravelBug XiamenBoy rap_sd6 stingray1059 Nivla_Poa tin_z madmader skuidward QueTee Coach27 (Credits for the headers) fqtprt marlene920 im_ur_angel stellz20 trailhead achuan88 spaceship234

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    IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION REGARDING DISNEYLAND, OCEAN PARK, THE PEAK AND OTHER TOURIST SPOTS, GO TO THEIR WEBSITE FIRST FOR INFORMATION BEFORE POSTING HERE!!!!!!

    DO NOT SEND PRIVATE MESSAGES. ALL PRIVATE MESSAGES TO COMMONER WILL BE IGNORED. POST YOUR QUESTIONS HERE.

    Each post can accompany up to 7 images link, when posting pictures, let's try to maximize this feature.

    Before Posting Questions/Concerns

    Gather everything you want to know about going to/planning a Hong Kong trip. Make sure you have read the entire first few and last few pages of this thread SPECIALLY this page. If you find it insufficient for your needs, visit the links on this thread to websites with a big amount of data about HK. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, post your question/concern all in 1 post. If you forget something, use the "edit" function to edit your previous post, you can edit your posts within 24 hours.

    Please avoid posting questions that can be answered by search engines, like the location/address of a hotel or the closing time of a theme park.

    If you need information regarding theme parks such as parades and show times, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.

    Before Posting Answers/Replies to Multiple Posters

    You can reply to multiply questions with just a single post. Help us prolong this thread by using this feature. Click the reply button for the posts you want to answer. Instead of answering each one, one at a time, just copy (and paste) the quoted messages to a single post and post your replies there. Therefore you have multiple quotes on your post. Again, if you forget something or would like to answer another question, use the "edit" button.

    After Posting Questions/Concerns

    Please do not double post. If a question is not answered within 24 hours there must be a good reason behind it. If it is really urgent, post again or Google for it. If you forget something, use the "edit" function to edit your previous post, you can edit your posts within 24 hours.


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    Easier Navigation: Table of Contents
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    Chapter 1 - General Information
    Topics covered:
    About Hong Kong
    Planning Your Trip
    Tour Packages
    Travel Agencies
    Currency Exchange & Money Changers
    Accommodation in Hong Kong
    Information on Hotels and Hostels

    Chapter 2 - At The Airport
    Topics covered:
    What To Do at the HK Airport
    The Octopus Card
    Getting to your Hotel/Hostel
    The Hong Kong MTR

    Chapter 3 - Sightseeing
    Topics covered:
    Sightseeing in Hong Kong
    Top 10 Tourist Spots
    Things to do in Hong Kong
    Breakdown of Famous Districts
    Planning an Itinerary
    Sample Itineraries
    Useful Websites for Newbies / First Timers
    Hong Kong Online Maps

    Chapter 4 - Shopping and Dining
    Topics covered:
    Shopping in Hong Kong
    Sale Season Guide
    Electronics Shopping Guide
    Shopping Recommendations
    Local Dining Recommendations

    Chapter 5 - Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
    Topics covered:
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Estimating Pocket Money
    Useful Tips / Reminders for First Timers
    Discounted Theme Park Tickets

    Chapter 6 - Miscellaneous
    Topics covered:
    Weather and Climate of Hong Kong (including Real-Time weather forecast)
    Transportation Instructions for various tourist spots and theme parks
    Introduction to Macau
    Introduction to Shenzhen
    Finding something in Hong Kong

    Appendix 1
    Topics covered:
    Exchanging HKD in BDO
    Hong Kong Holidays
    How to Post Pictures Here
    Last Minute Reminders
    Youtube Videos of Hong Kong (Useful for First Timers)
    Travel with prEttyNDistress

    Appendix 2
    Topics covered:
    Detailed Guide on using the Airport Bus
    All About Buying SIM Cards in Hong Kong

    Appendix 3
    Topics covered:
    Sample Disneyland Itinerary
    Hong Kong Island Tram

    Appendix 4
    Topics covered:
    Locating the Famous Spots in Hong Kong
    Locker Rentals
    Eggettes

    Appendix 5
    Topics covered:
    Trip Reports
    Additional Information

    Appendix 6
    Topics covered:
    Hostel Sample Photos


    Use "Search" (CTRL + F or F3 on your keyboard) for an even faster method of getting the information you need.
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    Hong Kong - THE BEST DESTINATION FOR FIRST TIME TRAVELLERS!

    Basic Information: Please Read

    • British Colony Until 1997 Handover to China
    • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (Approx. 1HKD = 6PHP)
    • Electricity is same as Philippines, 220V but sockets are different
    • Summers are Wet, Hot and Humid (April to October) | Winters are Cold and Dry (December to February)
    • Territory is relatively small but very dense, packed and fast-paced lifestyle
    • Right-hand drive, look at left and right sides when crossing the street
    • Visa is NOT required for Filipino citizens (maximum stay of 14 days)
    • Do not be worried about HK immigrations, nothing to fear when you don't have plans of being a TNT
    • Primary Language: Cantonese | Secondary: English and Mandarin
    • Standard of Living is much higher than the Philippines so expect everything to be more expensive starting with bottled water
    • 1 Hour ferry ride to Macau (Visa NOT Required for Macau, Passport needed)
    • Shenzhen is accessible from HK by Train (KCR). Chinese Visa REQUIRED.
    • Common sense for safety is required, watch out for pickpockets and "salisi" gangs.
    • Hong Kong is a very tourist friendly city, signs are all bilingual and are everywhere. You can hardly get lost.
    • Hong Kong is much much more than Ocean Park and Disneyland.
    • Hong Kong consists of 3 major parts: Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island and New Territories.
    • Hong Kong is synonymous to walking, prepare for long walks so bring comfortable shoes
    • Travelling around HK: The subway (MTR) will take you to most places, if not, the bus will. If there are 4 of you, the taxi sometimes becomes a cheaper and more convenient alternative to the subway.
    • Do not be afraid to explore HK, in the case you get lost, just head to the nearest MTR exit or take a taxi and give your address.
    • A 5 minute walk for Hongkongers means 10 minutes walk for Filipinos (since most of them are briskwalkers).
    • Hong Kong may seem small but it takes time to fully appreciate it.
    • Hong Kong is generally safe even for solo/female travellers but common-sense and vigilance is still required.
    • Left-Side of the Escalator is for people who are in a hurry, do not block their path by staying on this side.


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    How Much Do I Need for a Trip to Hong Kong?
    Approximately P20,000 to P25,000 per person on a 4D3N Trip
    (It can be as low as P15,000 depending on your airfare and accommodation)

    D-I-Y: Do It Yourself Trip

    Option A: Book Airline Ticket and Accomodations Online

    Airline choices: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Hong Kong Express and Cathay Pacific

    http://www.philippineairlines.com/
    http://www.cebupacificair.com/
    http://www.cathaypacific.com/
    http://www.hongkongexpress.com/web/eng/

    To find out the airfare on your proposed travel dates, go to their website's online ticketing system and do a mock booking. This will give you an idea on the ticket price and available flight times.

    If you plan to reside on hotels, you can choose among the available hotels in online booking websites such as Hotels.com, Asiarooms.com, Agoda.com and Asiatravel.com. Tripadvisor.com has a ranking and a review database of almost all hotels in Hong Kong.

    For those planning to reside in hostels, please refer to our section on hostels below.

    Which area to stay: Tsim Sha Tsui/Jordan, Mongkok/YauMaTei, Causeway Bay/Wan Chai, Central

    Option B: Book Airline Ticket and Accomodations Through a Travel Agency

    For those who don't want to do things on their own, you can always book the airline ticket and hotel through travel agents. Big travel agencies usually have "blockings" and counterparts in HK so it is very possible to get lower rates with them for both airfare and hotel accommodations.

    Join a Travel Package offered by Travel Agencies

    Types of Packages:

    No Strings Attached - Airline/Hotel Combo most of the time with free airport transfers, nothing more, nothing less. Usually offered during off-peak seasons.

    Strings Attached - Usually the cheaper way to get to HK; Limited choices of flights; hotels packaged are either 1-2 star hotels or hotels far from the city center; free airport transfers; some require mandatory half-day city tours to avail tickets to Disneyland and/or Ocean Park.

    WHY YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN A STRINGS-ATTACHED PACKAGE TOUR FOR HONG KONG

    - Compulsory city tours WASTE YOUR TIME on useless places like jewelry factories
    - You will most likely be left with half a day to enjoy Disneyland or Ocean Park
    - You will be pressured to buy overpriced souvenirs and jewelry
    - Hong Kong is very tourist friendly with the BEST public transportation system
    - Almost all signs are bilingual and you will hardly get lost
    - Their airport provides free maps which are very useful
    - You have this thread to help you iron out any problems you may have
    - DO NOT be afraid of getting lost, as long as you have a map (and money), there won't be problems

    The earlier you plan your trip, the earlier you book your airline ticket and accommodations, the better.

    Last minute (2 weeks or less) bookings for airline and hotel accommodations WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE.

    For those on an extremely limited budget, watch out for the "Zero-Fares" or "Econo-light" fares. You will save a lot on the airfare but take note of the flight times. Most probably those booking on a promo will depart Manila late on the day of the departure and arrive early on the day of arrival. This means your 1st and Last days are already "wasted".

    Recommended Travel Agencies that Specialize in HK:

    Globetrotters - 5262561 - 2/F WDEEPZ Building 1033 M.H. Del Pilar Street Manila
    Panda Travel - 242-2585 - http://pandatour.com
    Pan Pacific - 5255611-14 - 353 Nuevo St Binondo Manila Philippines
    Rajah Travel - http://www.rajahtravel.com/contactus.html
    Uni-Orient - 2433333 and 2433888 - 447 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
    Uni-Orient - 81895858 and 8158526 - I Care Bldg., 167 Legaspi St., corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati

    Estimating the Pocket Money

    Computed per PAX (Person):
    Food - 100 to 150HKD per day
    Public Transportation - 150 to 200HKD for 3 to 4 days (including roundtrip airport cityflyer but excluding taxi rides)
    Shopping - Varies

    Theme Park Entrance Fees:
    Ngong Ping Cable Car 1-Way = 63HKD Adults, 30HKD Kids
    Ngong Ping Cable Roundtrip = 96HKD Adults, 48HKD Kids
    Ocean Park = 208HKD Adults, 103HKD Kids
    Disneyland = 350HKD Adults, 250HKD Kids
    Peak Tram = 22HKD Single 33HKD Return for Adults | 8HKD Single 15HKD Return for Kids
    Peak Tram + Sky Terrace = 37HKD Single 48HKD Return for Adults | 16HKD Single 23HKD Return for Kids
    Madame Tussauds = 150HKD Adults, 80HKD Kids (Discount available when packaged with Peak Tram / Sky Terrace)

    *Disneyland/Ocean Park Entrance are both "Ride All You Can", There are no "Entrance Only" Tickets.

    *Kids = 3-11 years old | Children under 3 years old is free for sites above.

    *To see NP Village and the Giant Buddha, you only have to pay for either the cable car ride or bus ride.

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    To get the most out of your money, convert a small amount of your PHP/USD to HKD in a local FOREX/Bank. When you get to HK, this is the recommended money changer from USD to HKD. The airport has a slightly lower exchange rate than other money changers in HK. Get the exchange rate of the airport, when you see a money changer that has a better rate than the airport, you do not have to go to the suggested money changer below.

    PHP to HKD has a POOR exchange rate in HK so it's better to bring USD if you plan to exchange abroad.

    WING HOI Money changer
    9B, Ground Floor, inside Mirador Mansion
    58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    (Reachable by MTR, Tsim Sha Tsui Station)
    Office Hours: 8am to 8pm (7pm if there are no more customers)
    Average Rate of Winghoi: 7.7HKD +/- a few cents for 1USD

    Alternative for those going to Worldwide House or those bringing Peso:
    Frankie Exchange Co. - Shop 144, 1F, Worldwide House

    FOR THE BEST RATES, BRING US DOLLARS.

    To check the current exchange rates, go here: www.xe.com

    List of Reliable Money Changers in Metro Manila

    EDSEN Money Changer
    Along Mabini Street, Manila
    From Hyatt Casino sa Mabini st. just go straight. On the left side yun EDSEN Money Changer.

    CZARINA BRANCHES (ask for the main office if your buying more than the branches can sell)
    Makati
    Quad I, 2/F, Jewelry Row, Ayala Center
    Upper Level, The Plaza Bldg., Greenbelt Commercial Center
    Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo
    Blanco Center, 119 Alfaro Street, Salcedo Village
    Alabang
    Alabang Town Center, Madrigal Avenue
    Pasig
    Mega Plaza Building, ADB Avenue cor. Garnet Road, Ortigas Center
    Quezon City
    G/F New Farmer's Plaza, Gen. Roxas St., Araneta Center, Cubao
    Philam Building, G/F, Araneta Blvd. cor. Araneta Avenue, Cubao
    Ever-Gotesco Mall, Lower G/F, Commonwealth Avenue
    Cainta
    Q. Plaza Commercial Complex, Felix Avenue cor. Marcos Highway
    Makro DMCI Compound, Felix Avenue
    Caloocan City
    Ever-Gotesco Plaza, Supermarket Section, Rizal Avenue Extension, Grace Park
    Hongkong
    Czarina Remittance Ltd. (Hong Kong)
    163 1/F Worldwide House, Des Voeux Road, Central Hong Kong
    Tel: (852)310-19872 Fax: (852)310-19873

    ASIANFX BRANCHES
    Greenhills Branch
    Bridgeway Shops Greenhills Shopping Center
    San Juan, Metro Manila
    726-7594
    Market Market Branch
    Ground Floor, The Themed Bazaar
    Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Metro Manila
    8867672
    Gateway Mall Branch
    3rd Level Gateway Mall Araneta
    Center Cubao Quezon City
    913-3319
    Main Office
    Address: Unit 204 Rufino Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City
    Contact Nos.:
    (632) 843-7546 (direct lines)
    (632) 843-7547
    (632) 8897314
    (632) 750-2390 (Fax No)

    SANRY'S
    Greenlanes Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan

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    HOTEL REVIEWS/PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT TRIPADVISOR.COM. DO NOT EXPECT FEEDBACKS ON A SPECIFIC HOTEL FROM THIS THREAD AS THERE ARE TOO MANY HOTELS IN HK.

    Hotels vs Hostels:

    Most hotels (specially the cheap ones) have only 1 double bed or 2 single beds, so for those planning to sneak-in, hindi pwede mga malulusog.

    Another issue about sneak-ins, don't check-in all together, 2 lang magcheck-in tapos yun iba derecho na sa room, most hotels don't really care about sneak-ins basta huwag lang abuso. Mga 3-4 pax for a double occupancy room ok lang.

    Universal Check-in Time is 2pm but hotels/hostels might be flexible depending on room availability. Check-out is 12 noon.

    Most, if not all, hotels and hostels allow you to leave your luggage before and/or after check-in/check-out free of charge.

    IF you can fit 4 people in a hotel room for the price of 2, it will be a good alternative to staying in a hostel.

    Those arriving in the evening or past midnight might be required by hostels to pay a deposit.

    Disclaimer: All hostels are located inside OLD buildings with unpleasing facades and small old-school elevators however buildings in HK are well-maintained and strictly supervised by the HK government. As long as you stick with the hostels below, safety will not be an issue.

    PLEASE don't ask which hostel is the best, almost all these recommended hostels are the same in age, quality, size and price. Rooms are small with a small CR and are usually equipped with aircon and TV. Some hostels may provide a phone inside the room. The main difference is their location. For starters, Golden Crown / Taisan is almost beside the airport bus stop. While Marlboro and Sun Kong are right smack in the middle of a shopping district and a minute walk to an MTR exit.

    Honestly it doesn't matter which district you stay as long as the place is near an MTR exit, my personal preference for 1st timers is Tsim Sha Tsui.

    AVOID HOSTELS LOCATED INSIDE CHUNGKING MANSIONS, it is a rundown place with plenty of touts and tambays. Pangit ng environment.

    As long as the hostel is listed below, it is "OK" in terms of location/cleanliness/safety so do not ask which hostel is OK.

    FOR THE LAST TIME, HUWAG MAKULIT. ALL THE HOSTELS LISTED BELOW ARE OK. Look at the pictures below and go to their website for more information. Read the disclaimer above.

    It is possible to get a room through walk-in but it is not advisable as you will have to carry your luggage around.

    SNEAK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR HOSTELS. Kung double room dapat 2 persons lang sa isang room, and so on. Hostels are small and the owner will see anyone who comes and goes.

    Hostels CANNOT be booked through travel agenices. Contact them through their websites or through 3rd party booking sites.

    Hostels tried and tested by PEXers (NOT listed on any order):

    Taisan Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.hktaisanguesthouse.com/eng/index.htm
    *Computer/Internet Provided in each room*
    *Store 1 has the best location/newly renovated but 2 and 3 are not that far away, just a bit older*

    Disclaimer: There have been instances where bookings were not honored (rooms given away to other people or different room type provided upon arrival. These happened to people arriving in the afternoon, those who didn't arrive at the specified time, or those who didn't confirm their booking.) If you do not need a computer inside your room, this takes away Taisan's advantage over other hostels. But if you do not want to pay a deposit online, then Taisan is the best choice. It is best that you book through the contact information below but this thread does not guarantee that everything will go 100% smoothly.

    City Econo Guesthouse (Jordan)
    http://www.cityecono.com/

    Dragon Hostel (Mongkok)
    http://www.dragonhostel.com/
    *Free Wifi*

    Golden Crown Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.goldencrownhk.com/
    *Great location for 1st timers*
    *Free Wifi*

    Hop Inn Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://hotel.zoapiere.com/en.html?article=&id=26

    Sun Kong Hostel (Causeway Bay)
    http://www.sunkong.com.hk/

    Marlboro Hostel (Causeway Bay)
    http://www.179.hk/Cusac_Marlboro_EN.html
    http://www.marlborohostel.com/
    *Located in a shopping district*
    *2 Computers provided for free*

    Other Options:

    Star World Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.hkstarworldguesthouse.com/

    The Nest (Mongkok)
    http://www.thenest.com.hk
    *High End Hostel*

    Lee Garden / Star Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.starguesthouse.com.hk/info.html

    USA Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.usahotel.com.hk

    Railei Hostel (Mongkok)
    http://www.179.hk/Cusac_RaiLei_Hotel_EN.html

    Cosmic Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    http://www.cosmicguesthouse.com/

    Taisan Guesthouse - call Ate Yolly at (852) 2366 8273 or (852) 2739 1673 for reservations
    Dragon Hostel - email Stanley at [email protected], they would ask for deposit
    Hop Inn (new guesthouse located at Hankow Rd. TST) - email [email protected]

    Hotels tried and tested by PEXers:

    New Hotels in Hong Kong: http://www.hongkongextras.com/_new_hotels.html

    Budget/Good Value Hotels:

    BP International (TST)
    Bridal Teahouse (YMT) - Cheap but Decent 1 Star Hotel
    Butterfly on the Prat (TST) - Brand New Hotel / Glass CRs with curtain
    Citadines Ashley (TST)
    Evergreen Hotel (Jordan) - Another Cheap but Decent 2 Star Hotel
    Hotel Benito (TST) - Great Location
    JJ Hotel (Wanchai) - Glass CRs with curtain
    Shamrock Hotel (Jordan)

    Other Choices:

    The Cityview (Mongkok)
    Courtyard by Marriott (Western)
    Dorsett FAR East (Tsuen Wan)
    Dorsett Seaview (YMT) - Best location among 3 Dorsett's
    Dorsett Kowloon (Olympic)
    Eaton Hotel (Jordan)
    Excelsior Hotel (CWB)
    Holiday Inn Golden Mile (TST)
    Intercontinental Grand Stanford (TST East)
    Kimberley Hotel (TST)
    Louie Business Hotel (TST)
    Marco Polo Prince (TST)
    Marco Polo Gateway (TST)
    Metropark Causeway Bay (CWB)
    Metropark Kowloon (Mongkok)
    Panda Hotel (Tsuen Wan)
    Panorama by Rhombus (TST/TST East)
    Park Hotel (TST)
    Park Lane Hotel (CWB)
    Prudential Hotel (TST)
    Ramada Hotel (S. TST)
    Royal Plaza (Mongkok East)
    South Pacific Hotel (Wanchai)
    W Hotel (Kowloon Station/TST West)
    YMCA Salisbury (TST)

    Hotels for Honeymooners:

    YMCA Salisbury - Harbour View Room (TST)
    Intercontinental Hong Kong (TST)
    Langham Place (Mongkok)
    W Hotel (Kowloon Station/TST West)
    Luxe Manor (TST)
    Lanson Place (Causeway Bay)
    Four Seasons (Central)

    Hotels with 2 Double Bed Rooms (4 Adults):

    Marco Polo Gateway - TST
    Park Lane - Causeway Bay
    L`Hotel Nina - Tsuen Wan / Tsuen Wan West (Very Affordable 5 Star Hotel - Sacrifice Location)

    Hotels that are very far and out of the way:
    Dorsett Far East
    Panda Hotel
    Mexan Harbor - VERY VERY FAR

    Tsuen Wan is very far from the city center so avoid staying here as much as possible. Plenty of time will be eaten by transportation travel time. Same goes with staying in Lantau Island (Novotel Citygate) and Tsing Yi (Mexan Harbour Hotel).

    As much as possible get a hotel which is located near an MTR station for your own convenience.

    IF YOUR HOTEL IS NOT LISTED ABOVE, GO TO WWW.TRIPADVISOR.COM FOR REVIEWS/PHOTOS.

    Booking Hotels Online:

    If you plan to reside on hotels, you can choose among the available hotels in online booking websites such as Expedia.com, Wotif.com, Hotels.com, Agoda.com and Asiatravel.com. These sites are SAFE.

    These sites will allow you to check the room rates of your chosen hotel for a specific date by mock booking. Mock booking is FREE.

    When booking, these sites will ask for your credit card and either charge you immediately, or they will charge you if you failed to pay your hotel during your stay or if you are a no-show. Procedures depend on the 3rd party website. Some booking websites will let you pay upon check-out of your hotel.

    FOR HOSTELS, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR BOOKING DETAILS.

    Hotel Reviews, Feedback, Photos and Map:
    www.Tripadvisor.com

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    Now let's talk about what to do when your airplane landed at the Hong Kong International Airport.

    HKIA Official Website: http://www.hongkongairport.com

    HKIA (Hong Kong International Airport) is a big airport. Before your plane land or before you walk away from your plane, always PAY ATTENTION to the stewardess telling everyone the Luggage Counter Number to pick up your luggage or where you should be heading to for the HK immigration. If you don't want to look like a "first timer" just follow where the crowds go. Chances are you will have to take a 1 minute train ride from airport B to airport A.

    1. Get off the plane
    2. Pay Attention to the luggage counter number
    3. Head to the Immigration Line (grabe the free maps on the way there)
    4. After passing the immigration officer the door to his back is the luggage pick-up area
    5. Find your luggage section (it's very easy to find coz it's in numeric order)
    6. Pick up your luggage
    7. Get brochures. they are everywhere in the luggage counter area.
    8. After picking up your luggage, there is only 1 Door with a big signs "Something to declare / Nothing to Declare" and that's the exit door.
    9. After you exit the "Something to declare / Nothing to Declare" door, you will find a few Airport money changer. (Do not change a lot as airport exchange rates are ripped off)
    10. Look for the Customer Service Counter. This is the place where you buy your OCTOPUS CARD.*
    11. Lunch at the airport or leave the airport and head directly to your hotel.

    *CTS should be in this vicinity, if you can't find it, ask the customer service.

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    The Octopus Card

    http://www.octopuscards.com/consumer/en/index.jsp

    1 Person 1 Card Policy | Kids ages 3 and above need to avail the Octopus for Children (70HKD minimum)

    Where to buy in the airport - Customer Service Counter in the Arrivals Hall near Burger King / Cafe de Coral. PAYABLE BY CASH (HKD) ONLY.

    Can be used for following transportations: MTR, All Buses, HK Island Tram, Star Ferry

    The Octopus card is a rechargeable contactless stored value smart card used to transfer electronic payments in online or offline systems in Hong Kong. Launched in September 1997 to collect fares for the city's mass transit system, the Octopus card system has since grown into a widely used payment system for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong except the Taxi. You can also use it in Wellcome, 7-Eleven, Mcdonalds, and a whole lot more places.

    There is a 50HKD deposit for the card upon purchasing it. The card is refundable if you opt to surrender it upon leaving HK. You may return your Octopus Card at the Customer Service in the airport or at any Octopus Card Service Center in HK. Your 50HKD can be refunded once you return the card plus the money left inside your octopus card.

    Remember, when you buy an Octopus Card, you will have to pay 50hkd for the deposit and 100hkd to load it. Your octopus Card will start at 100hkd when you swipe it. Once you already used up the 100hkd and you can't find a place to load your card you may use up to 35hkd of your deposit. So, it's okay to see a negative sign in your Octopus Card. However, you can only go as high as negative 35hkd (-35hkd).

    Don't panic when you wave your card and see a negative amount flashing on the screen. Ok lang yan. You still paid for the fare even it's showing negative. But again, you can only goes as high as negative 35 (-35hkd).

    If your card is already -35hkd, it's still okay to refund the remaining amount of your deposit. However, if your card is less than 3 months old, you will be charged a 7hkd. So that means you will recieve a total amount of 8hkd na lang..hahaha..naku, i souvenier mo na lang yan...hehehe.

    Typical Initial Load = 150 to 250HKD. Octopus Cards for Kids (3-11) are cheaper (around 70HKD).

    You can buy the Octopus Card in the Airport or in any MTR station. Minimum Reload is 50HKD, you can reload it in any 7-Eleven store or MTR station.

    If you have not added value to your Octopus for 1,000 days or above, your Octopus will be deactivated. You can go to any Customer Service Centre at MTR stations to have it reactivated.

    More Information here:
    http://www.octopus.com.hk/get-your-o.../en/index.html

    By the way, this is how you wave your card
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    How to use:

    For MTR: Tap once to enter, tap once to exit (on destination station)
    For Bus: Tap once upon entering on the front door
    For Trams: Tap once upon exiting on the front door. Enter at the back.

    Airport Express Travel Pass

    The Octopus Card is more worth it because chances are, you won't ride the MTR that much in 3 or 4 days.

    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/airport_ex...***_index.html
    http://www.travelchinaguide.com/city...press-pass.htm
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...ng_Region.html

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    Getting to Your Hotel / Hostel

    Three Options: Bus (CityFlyer), MTR (Airport Express) or Taxi

    CityFlyer Fare and Routes

    After buying your octopus card in the airport, look for the sign that says "Buses to City". Follow the signs.

    A21 Bus for Kowloon: 33HKD per adult (half price for children under 12)
    A11 Bus for HK Island: 40HKD per adult (half price for children under 12)

    How to know which Bus stop to get off at:

    Go to your hotel's website and look for the public transportation instructions OR:

    1. For those residing in Mongkok / Jordan / Yaumatei / Tsim Sha Tsui, take the A21 Bus.
    2. For those residing in Central / Wanchai / Causeway Bay, take the A11 Bus.
    3. Find out the address of your accommodations.
    4. Using this address, look for the nearest bus stop (bus stop address specified in the NWSTBUS website)

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/content/de...cityflyerRoute
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/content/de...irportServices

    *Ride on top of the bus, on the front seat, for best views of HK from the airport*

    *Detailed Guide on the bottom of this thread*

    Airport Express

    http://mtr.com.hk/eng/airport_express/intro_index.html

    Stops at Hong Kong Island (MTR Station), Tsing Yi and Kowloon (MTR Station). From these stations, there are FREE shuttle buses that pass through specific hotels, look for the shuttle that will pass by near your hotel/hostel.

    List of Hotels that are serviced by the Free Shuttle Bus:
    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/airport_ex..._free_bus.html

    Standard Rate: 100HKD per person 1 way to Hong Kong Station, 90HKD for Kowloon Station.

    Do not buy using the vending machines to avail of the discounted rates, look for the service counter.

    Airport Express Discounted Group Ticket (Single Journey Ticket Set Price)
    Group of 2: 160HKD to Hong Kong | 140HKD to Kowloon
    Group of 3: 210HKD to Hong Kong | 190HKD to Kowloon
    Group of 4: 250HKD to Hong Kong | 220HKD to Kowloon

    Taxi

    Costs usually around 250-350HKD from the airport, seats a MAXIMUM of 5 passengers. Additional charges for luggage/toll.

    Flagdown rate: 18HKD

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    The MTR is Hong Kong's extremely efficient and easy to use subway system. You will not get lost using this.

    Using your octopus card: Place it on top of the reader to enter (inside your station of origin), do the same when you exit (on your station of destination).

    Using single journey tickets: Pretty much the same as the trains in Metro Manila. Insert -> Get -> Insert to exit.

    The MTR will get you to almost anywhere (except places like Ocean Park, Aberdeen and Stanley)

    If you are going to a spot that is located in a district covered by the MTR, please visit this link to download a vicinity map and learn which MTR exit to take. (eg. The Peak, Worldwide Plaza, Avenue of Stars, Harbour City, Times Square, etc)

    Inside the MTR Stations, signs are EVERYWHERE Directions to famous spots in the district are all over the stations and even in the streets. You will not get lost using the MTR.

    MTR Route Guide: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/engtxt/planner_index.php <--- VERY USEFUL.


    http://www.tdctradefairs.com/hotel/map/mtr.jpg

    This sign tells you that there is a Loooooong walk from one station to the other station.

    Central to Hong Kong Station is a long walk. Same goes with Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsim Sha Tsui East.

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    This one here, is an MTR interchange that allows you to change train by getting off one train and hop into another train right away.

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    If you want to know what the places below look like, go to Flickr.com and do a search or go to Discoverhongkong.com.

    Alternative Good Source of Information:
    http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/...t-popular.html

    Museum Information:
    http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/...ns/museum.html

    Open-Top Bus Tours:
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/content/de...hawSightseeing
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/content/de...enTopCityTours
    http://www.bigbustours.com/eng/hongkong/default.aspx
    http://www.ctshk.com/english/ticket/admticket_hk.htm

    Harbour Cruise:
    http://www.aqua.com.hk/
    http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/...s/harbour.html
    http://www.hongkongextras.com/harbourtours.html
    http://www.ctshk.com/english/ticket/admticket_hk.htm

    TOP 10 Sights in Hong Kong (by Commoner)

    1. The Peak (includes Madame Tassaud's Wax Museum - BEST SEEN AT SUNSET/DUSK)
    2. Ocean Park
    3. Disneyland
    4. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (Avenue of Stars)
    5. Tsim Sha Tsui District
    6. Causeway Bay District
    7. Mongkok District
    8. Ngong Pin Village (Giant Buddha)
    9. Central and Sheung Wan
    10. Stanley / Aberdeen (Jumbo Floating Restaurant)

    TOP 10 Sights in Hong Kong (by 12HK.com)

    1. The Peak
    2. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (Avenue of Stars)
    3. Ladies' Market (Tung Choi Street Mongkok)
    4. Stanley
    5. Repulse Bay
    6. Mongkok
    7. Central District
    8. Disneyland
    9. Ocean Park
    10. Sheung Wan District

    Additional Sights for HK Returnees (or those on a long duration trip)

    1. Stanley and the scenic bus ride to it from Central
    2. Nan Lian Gardens and Chilin Nunnery (Diamond Hill MTR Station)
    2. Wong Tai Sin Temple (Wong Tai Sin MTR Station)
    3. Kowloon City and Kowloon Walled City Park (Accessible by Bus or Taxi only)
    4. Lan Kwai Fong and Midlevels (Central)
    5. The Peak "Walk" (from the Peak top going back down to Central)
    6. Walking with the Buddha / Wisdom Path (Ngong Pin Village)
    7. Victoria and Hong Kong Park
    8. Noon-day Gun (In front of Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay)
    9. Seafood/Outdoor Trip to Lamma Island, Lei Yue Mun or Sai Kung
    10. Museums (HK Science Museum and Museum of History)
    11. Shatin (New Town Plaza, Snoopy Land and 10,000 Buddha Temple)
    12. Outlying Islands (Lamma, Lantau, Peng Chau, etc)
    13. Hiking in Lantau, etc.
    14. Happy Valley Racecourse (every Wednesday night)

    Places for Kids

    1. Ocean Park (Aberdeen)
    2. HK Science Museum (TST)
    3. HK Space Museum (TST)
    4. Snoopyworld (Shatin)
    5. Noah's Ark (Feedbacks not very good)

    TOP 5 Things to Do (by Commoner)

    1. Eat authentic non-commercialized Hong Kong (Cantonese) food/dimsum/dessert
    2. Ride the Peak Tram and the Century Old Tram within HK Island
    3. Ride the Star Ferry from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui or Vice Versa
    4. Watch the Symphony of Lights (Best seen at Avenue of Stars; 8pm Daily)
    5. Shopping, Strolling Around (at a slow pace) and People Watching

    TOP 5 Things to Do (by 12HK.com)

    1. Helicopter Ride
    2. Ride the Peak Tram
    3. Ride the Cable Car
    4. Ride the Century Old Tram
    5. Harbour Cruise

    District Breakdown

    Tsim Sha Tsui - Shopping/Tourist District, Alive until Midnight
    *This district is filled with shops, malls and restaurants. Don't ask where. You will see it for yourself.
    Avenue of Stars & Old Clock Tower
    Star Ferry
    Harbour City Shopping Complex (with Toys 'R Us and CitySuper)
    Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard
    Sogo Tsim Sha Tsui
    Nathan Road / Canton Road / Side Streets (Granville, Kimberley, Cameron, Carnarvon, Haiphong etc)
    Knutsford Terraces
    The Peninsula Hong Kong (Peninsula Group Flagship Hotel)
    China Ferry Terminal (to Macau)
    Museums
    1881 Heritage

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/tst.pdf

    Mongkok - Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
    Langham Place (Mall)
    Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street)
    Electronics Street (Sai Yeung Choi Street)
    Rubber Shoes Street (Fa Yuen Street)
    Temple Street Night Market (reachable by Yau Ma Tei)
    Plenty of local food stalls and small shops scattered all over

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/mok.pdf

    Central - Business District in general
    The Peak (Long walk from Central MTR Station)
    Mid-Level Escalators
    Maxim's Palace City Hall Dimsum Restaurant
    IFC Shopping Mall / Pacific Place Shopping Mall
    Lan Kwai Fong (Bars and nightlife)
    Old Buildings and new Skycrapers
    H&M
    Star Ferry (to Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/cen.pdf

    Causeway Bay - Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
    Noon Day Gun
    Times Square Mall
    Sogo
    World Trade Center Mall
    Plus a few other smaller malls and shopping streets

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/cab.pdf

    Wanchai
    Wanchai Computer Center
    HK Convention and Exhibition Center (Daily Flag Raising Ceremony)
    HKCEC Promenade (Great for photo ops)

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/wac.pdf

    Lantau Island
    Disneyland
    Ngong Ping Village (Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car + Giant Buddha + Po Lin Monastery)
    Citygate Outlet Mall

    Map: http://mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/tuc.pdf

    Sha Tin
    Shatin New Town Plaza Mall Complex
    Snoopy's World (Inside Shatin New Town Plaza)
    Biggest Ikea in HK
    10,000 Buddha Temple

    Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/sht.pdf

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    READ THIS SECTION FIRST BEFORE ASKING FOR ITINERARY HELP

    For first timers, please try your best not to do a 3 Day 2 Night (3D2N) Trip, sayang ang pera at sure bitin lang kayo.

    If possible, book the earliest flight out of Manila and the latest flight back to maximize your stay in HK.

    DO NOT place Macau and an overnight stay inside Disneyland on consecutive days. Disneyland and Macau Ferry Terminals are very far apart. ie. If you are spending this night on a Disneyland hotel, do not go to Macau tomorrow.

    Do not try to do too many things / sights on a limited trip duration. Do not make an hourly (beakdown) itinerary. Leave room for time allowance.

    Take into consideration the type of people in your group. Children/Elderly will not be able to do many things in 1 day. Ocean Park & Disneyland can be exhausting.

    It is always best to allot 1 day each for Disneyland, Ocean Park and Macau. You need almost the entire day for these places.

    Disneyland vs Ocean Park: Go to their respective websites and see which 1 appeals to you more. We cannot decide for you.

    NOTE: Include in your post the time/origin of your flights both outbound and inbound as well as the age breakdown of your group.

    NOTE: Also indicate if you plan to skip Disneyland, Ocean Park or both.
    Example: May 1 Manila-HK 8am Flight | May 5 Macau-Manila 7pm Flight

    Check Ngong Ping 360 Maintenance/Shutdown Schedule here: http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/visitor/opening.html

    3 Days 2 Nights

    For those who were unable to get the last flight on their last day:

    Day 1
    Take the Airport Bus, Check-in and Settle down
    Optional - Exchange currency in Wing Hoi if residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Mongkok
    Walk around the area of your hostel/hotel (choose between TST / Mongkok)
    Take the MTR to Central and visit The Peak (around 5pm)
    Head to the Central Star Ferry Terminal and ride the ferry to TST
    Visit Clock Tower and Avenue of Stars, Walk around TST or visit the night market afterwards
    Day 2
    Choose Between Ocean Park or Disneyland. After the theme park, free time to shop and walk around.
    Day 3
    *Free Time* (Visit Causeway Bay for shopping / ride the HK Island Tram, etc)

    For those who will depart later than 9pm on their last day:

    Day 1
    Take the Airport Bus, Check-in and Settle down
    Optional - Exchange currency in Wing Hoi if residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Mongkok
    Walk around the area of your hostel/hotel (choose between TST / Mongkok)
    Take the MTR to Central and visit The Peak (around 5pm)
    Head to the Central Star Ferry Terminal and ride the ferry to TST
    Visit Clock Tower and Avenue of Stars, Walk around TST or visit the night market afterwards
    Day 2
    Optional - Ngong Ping 360 + Village + Giant Buddha from 10am to noon
    Disneyland
    Free to walk around.
    Day 3
    Ocean Park from 10am to 4pm

    For those who are on the 540AM Cebu Pacific Flight on their 1st Day:

    Day 1
    Take the Airport Bus, Leave Baggage, Take MTR to Admiralty
    Optional - Exchange currency in Wing Hoi if residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Mongkok
    Take Bus 629 to Ocean Park
    Take Bus 629 back to Admiralty
    Take the MTR to Central and visit The Peak
    Day 2
    Optional - Ngong Ping 360 + Village + Giant Buddha from 10am to noon
    Disneyland
    Visit Avenue of Stars
    Day 3
    Free Day (Tsim Sha Tsui or Mongkok or Both)

    4 Days 3 Nights

    Day 1
    Take the Airport Bus, Check-in and Settle down
    Optional - Exchange currency in Wing Hoi if residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Mongkok
    Walk around the area of your hostel/hotel (choose between TST / Mongkok)
    Take the MTR to Central and visit The Peak (around 5pm)
    Head to the Central Star Ferry Terminal and ride the ferry to TST
    Visit Clock Tower and Avenue of Stars, Walk around TST or visit the night market afterwards
    Day 2
    Optional - Ngong Ping 360 + Village + Giant Buddha from 10am to noon
    Disneyland
    Free to walk around.
    Day 3
    Ocean Park
    Free to walk around.
    Day 4
    Free Time

    Free Time = For first timers, stroll around TST / Mongkok or Central / Causeway Bay (Refer to District Breakdown above).

    1 Day Itinerary (For those coming from Macau / On-Transit Flights)

    Take the MTR to Mongkok: walk around the markets / specialty streets.
    Take the MTR to North Point the ride the Century Old Tram to Central
    Walk to the Star Ferry Pier in Central, Ride bus 15C to the Peak Terminus.
    Visit the Peak, ride the Peak tram roundtrip then bus 15C to the Star Ferry Pier
    Ride Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui
    Walk around Tsim Sha Tsui including Avenue of Stars


    For those who want to do Disneyland, Ocean Park and Macau on a 4D3N trip, here are the following criteria:

    1. You were able to get the 540AM Cebu Pacific flight on your 1st day and will do Ocean Park on your 1st day
    2. OR you were able to get a very late flight on your last day and will do Ocean Park on that day
    3. You will either have to bring your luggage with you on your last day to Ocean Park for Option 2 or leave early to retrieve you luggage before heading to the airport.
    4. Doing these 3 in 4 days is going to be very hectic and tiring and is not recommended for those travelling with kids, elderly or both.
    5. Visiting the Peak or Avenue of Stars will have to be after Ocean Park or Disneyland

    For those who want to do Ngong Ping and/or Citygate on your 1st day:
    1. Either leave your luggage at the airport (storage rental) then ride the S1 bus (same bus going back to the airport) then take the airport bus or
    2. Bring your luggage with you on the S1 bus then ride the MTR from Tung Chung to your hotel

    *Disneyland/Ocean Park Entrance are both "Ride All You Can", There are no "Entrance Only" Tickets.
    *Disneyland Peak Day and Special Day tickets have the same price.

    *Macau vs Ocean Park/Disneyland: Visit the Macau thread and the park websites then decide which appeals/interests you more.

    *Check Ngong Ping 360 Maintenance/Shutdown Schedule here: http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/visitor/opening.html

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    PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THESE WEBSITES FOR GRANTED. THEY WILL HELP YOU A LOT.

    HK General Information
    12hk.com and discoverhongkong.com
    http://www.hongkongextras.com/
    http://wikitravel.org/en/Hong_Kon

    HOTEL REVIEWS / PHOTOS
    www.tripadvisor.com

    The Peak
    www.thepeak.com.hk
    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    Disneyland
    park.hongkongdisneyland.com
    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    Ocean Park
    www.oceanpark.com.hk
    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    Hong Kong International Airport
    http://www.hongkongairport.com

    MTR - Subway System
    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/homepage/cust_index.html

    HK Tramways - Complete Route
    http://www.hktramways.com/en/service/index.html

    Public Bus - List of Routes and Stops
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/home/default.aspx?intLangID=1
    http://www.kmb.hk/english.php

    Ngong Ping Village and Ngong Ping 360
    http://www.np360.com.hk/

    The Hong Kong "Star" Ferry and its Routes
    http://www.starferry.com.hk/services.html

    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-locationmaps.jpg

    Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong
    http://maps.google.com - search "Hong Kong"
    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/facilities/lm.html
    http://www.ypmap.com/eng/
    http://www.centamap.com

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    REFER TO THE MAP SECTION FOR FINDING THE PLACES BELOW.

    Comprehensive Shopping Guides:
    http://12hk.com/shopping/hk_shop.shtml
    http://www.hongkongextras.com/_shopp...ng_island.html
    http://www.hongkongextras.com/_shopp...s_kowloon.html
    http://www.smarttravelasia.com/hkshop.htm

    Outlet Information: http://www.hongkongextras.com/_outlet_shops.html

    Major Sale Season: July 1 to August 31 (Extends up to 1st week of September)

    Shopping in HK outside the Sale Season Reminder:

    Without a Sale, shopping for clothes/apparel in HK is generally expensive except maybe for some widely-available brands like Giordano, Bossini and Uniqlo. For those who plan to shop, it's best to go when there's a Sale.

    If the thing you are planning to buy is available here in Manila, make sure to check the local price first as a reference point. This way you'll know whether the stores in Hong Kong are cheaper or not.

    ALL ABOUT ELECTRONICS

    DO NOT BUY ANYTHING FROM ELECTRONICS STORES ALONG NATHAN ROAD. THIS IS THE GOLDEN RULE.

    If you are going to buy a camera/lens below P20k, rid yourself of all the hassles, worries and warranty concerns and just buy your camera here in Manila (Hidalgo, Quiapo behind SM Quiapo). If you are going to get a Canon (which i highly recommend for everyone), all the stores in Quiapo offers the Canon Philippines Warranty so you don't have to worry about anything. As for lens and other accessories, make sure you know the Manila price as a price reference.

    Apple has a universal price worldwide but the US has a significantly lower price. As for HK, the difference is not that big. For reference, you can visit Apple Hong Kong's Online Store.

    Bottomline: YES MOST ELECTRONICS (Laptops/Digicams) ARE CHEAPER IN HK. However, there will always be risks in buying electronics abroad, Hong Kong is not an exception. If you think you are willing to take the risk of buying a very expensive item like laptops abroad including the risk of getting taxed upon return to Manila, go ahead. A lot of brands do NOT have international warranties which means when you have a problem, you cannot have them fixed in Manila. Lenovo and Asus as far as I know, have international warranties. Rarely do you find the same case for digital cameras.

    How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off:

    1. Before going to HK, know the item you want to buy and the price of the item in Manila and in the US (ie. Amazon.com).
    2. Do not enter a store with zero knowledge of your target item, you will be victimized by "sales talk". Do your research at home.
    3. Do not let store staff open sealed items when you don't have intentions of buying the item yet.
    4. Do not give your credit card or money until you are in possession of a brand new / sealed version of the item.
    5. Check your item thoroughly after paying and check if the box includes everything it should have.
    6. If an item suddenly becomes out of stock, leave the store immediately and ignore their explanations.
    7. Avoid stores with no locals inside or stores with aggressive and "friendly" staff on the lookout for customers.
    8. If the price is too good to be true, chances are, it is.

    Risk Evaluation:

    Stores Inside Big Shopping Malls - Low Risk but prices are similar to Manila
    Stores Along Nathan Road - Extremely High Risk | Avoid at all costs
    Around Causeway Bay (excluding Windsor House) - High Risk | Mostly Unsafe
    Wanchai Computer Center - Low to Medium Risk
    Mongkok (Sai Yeung Choi) - Low to Medium Risk

    Here are our recommended stores but BUY AT YOUR OWN RISK. We are not responsible for any mishaps you might encounter.

    Where to Buy Digital Cameras / Accessories

    1. Kam Fai Electronics, Mody Road (Nathan Road Side), Tsim Sha Tsui
    2. Suntek Electronics, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    3. Wing Shing or Man Shing in Mongkok (Sai Yeung Choi Street)
    4. Big chain stores such as Fortress, CMK, Hollywood, Broadway and Coxell
    5. DC Career, 298 Computer Mall, Hennessy road, Wan Chai
    6. DG, shop 162, Wan Chai Computer Centre, Wanchai MTR exit A4
    7. Sim City, Mongkok (corner sai yeung choi and shantung streets)
    8. New Sankyo, near Holiday Inn Golden Mile, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Where to Buy PSP/DS/PS3 and other gaming consoles

    Atatbo Game Shop, shop 15, Golden Shopping Centre, Sham Shui Po
    Golden Computer Arcade, Sham Shui Po

    Where to Buy Computer Related Electronics including Laptops

    1. Golden Computer Arcade, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon
    2. Wan Chai Computer Center, Wanchai, HK Island
    3. Mongkok Computer Center

    Where to Buy Audio/Video, Home Theatre Equipment

    Tim Chi (Grandcastle Commercial Center)
    2T Sai Yeung Choi Street South
    Mongkok MTR Sai Yeung Choi exit

    SHUN CHEONG RECORD Co., Ltd
    room 801, Bank Centre, 636 Nathan Road
    Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
    tel 2332-2398

    Where to Buy Toys / Models / Anime-related Stuff

    1. CTMA CENTRE, Sai Yeung Choi St., Mongkok
    2. Kwong Wa Street, Mongkok (Intersection of Tung Choi and Dundas Street)
    3. Yin Choi Street, Mongkok

    Where to Buy Clothes

    New Malls in TST: K11, Heritage 1881 and iSquare.

    Malls - Times Square, Harbour City, Langham Place, Citygate Outlet Mall, Silvercord Mall, Sogo
    Granville Road and Granville Circuit
    Causeway Bay - Island Beverly, etc
    Mongkok - Ladies Market, Argyle Centre, Mongkok New Town Mall beside Argyle Centre
    Baleno, Bossini, Giordano, H&M, Uniqlo, Esprit etc
    Citygate Outlet Mall
    Tsim Sha Tsui - Nathan Road, Jordan Road, Canton Road, Granville Road, Kimberley Road, Sogo, Harbour City, etc.

    Mall Summary:

    Harbour City - Medium to High End
    Silvercord Mall - Medium to High-End
    Times Square - Medium to High-End
    Sogo - Cheap to Medium
    Langham Place - Medium
    Citygate - Cheap to Medium
    Festival Walk - Cheap to Medium
    Shatin New Town Plaza - Cheap to Medium
    Miramar Shopping Center - Cheap to Medium

    Where to Buy Original Cosmestics / Perfume (and other personal effects)

    Sasa
    Bonjour
    Sogo
    Fanda
    Lung Shing, Granville Road, TST

    Where to Buy Souvenirs

    Ladies Market, Mongkok
    Temple Street Night Market, Yaumatei
    The Peak
    Side Streets of Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong Transportation Souvenirs - http://www.80mbusmodel.com/menu-6.html

    Where To Buy Jewelry

    There are reputable chain stores like Chow Tai Fook but if you have zero background, just buy in Manila's Chinatown (Binondo).

    You will not necessarily get a better price/product in HK being a tourist with no knowledge.

    H&M in Hong Kong

    Tsim Sha Tsui Branch Now Open - Along Canton Road
    http://www.hm.com/hk_en/storelocator...atorhtml.nhtml

    Uniqlo in Hong Kong

    http://www.uniqlo.com.hk/shop.html

    THE ANNUAL HONGKONG SHOPPING FESTIVAL

    Scheduled from JULY 1 - AUGUST 31. This happens every year. However, after these dates, they usually have a LAST FEW PIECES SALE/ LAST CHANCE SALEduring the first few weeks of September. When this happens, you will find items as low as 70% off. But the BEST TIME TO CATCH GREAT SALE ITEMS WOULD BE DURING THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF JULY.

    This is the best time to go if you want clothes suitable for Philippine weather. Although there are occasional clearance sales during other times of the year (and of course, outlet stores are always on sale), but the items aren't the ones you can wear here.

    DO TAKE NOTE OF THE SEASONS THEY FOLLOW IN HONG KONG. They go by: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Summer Months in Hong Kong fall on the months of June-August.

    REFER TO THE MAP SECTION FOR FINDING THE PLACES BELOW.

    In Hong Kong, a SALE is a SALE. Guaranteed.

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    HONG KONG RESTAURANT DATABASE/MAP/RANKINGS/REVIEWS:
    http://www.openrice.com/english/restaurant/index.htm

    Night Life - Lan Kwai Fong in Central or SOHO

    WHERE TO EAT

    HK has a restaurant in every street, kung madaming tao, malamang ok na yun, do not be intimidated, ask for an english menu. If all else fails, turo-turo ka nalang sa pictures or sa display. "English Menu" = Ying Man Choi Tan.

    If you have to eat in a fastfood, Maxim's (MX) is a decent fastfood.

    Jollibee Hong Kong - Shop Z4, G/F, Eurotrade Centre, 13 Connaught Rd. (Central Exit B | Beside World Wide House)

    For western restaurants, The Spaghetti House is affordable but decent. The reason why there are almost no western restaurants listed below is primarily due to the price bracket. Western food (like Outback and other steakhouse) are generally good but very expensive.

    Japanese and Korean cuisine are also famous in HK but again, expensive. For sit-down (non-fastfood) restaurants, prepare at least 100HKD per person.

    HK ISLAND

    *Lin Heung Teahouse - Authentic Dimsum Dining Experience
    Address: 160-164 Wellington Street, Central (Sheung Wan MTR Exit E2)

    Tao Heung Super 88 - Also Great Dimsum Place
    6/F, Windsor House, 311 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay

    Yung Kee - Famous for Roasted Geese & Goose / Dimsum
    32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong (Central Exit **)

    Tsim Chai Kee - Wanton Noodles
    98 Wellington Street, Central. You can get there from Central MTR station, Exit D1

    Maxim's Palace City Hall Dimsum - City Hall, Central, Exit J2

    Tai Cheong Bakery - 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
    Tai Cheong Bakery - Jardine's Bazaar Street, Causeway Bay (more accessible by MTR)

    R66 Revolving Restaurant - http://www.r66.com.hk/

    *North Point Cooked Food Center (Seafood) - 99 Java Road, North Point, Exit A1

    Cafe Deco and Peak Lookout - The Peak, Central

    Delicious Kitchen - 9-11B Cleveland St, Causeway Bay

    Dining in Causeway Bay - Inside Sogo/Times Square/Windsor House, Jardine's Bazaar Street and Jaffe Road

    Joy Hing Pork BBQ 再興燒臘飯店 - Block C, G/F, 265-267 Hennessy Road Wan Chai

    Kowloon

    Australian Dairy Company (Breakfast Place) - 47 Parkes St., Jordan (Jordan Exit C2)

    Famous Street Food - 肥姐小食店 55 Dundas Street Corner Fa Yuen Street, Mongkok

    Taiyaki Balls - Japan Boat Shop G/F, 45 Dundas Street, Mongkok

    Taho Store - Shop C, G/F, 124-128 Portland Street, Mongkok

    *Long Kee Noodle Shop - G/F, 10 Hak Po Street, Mongkok

    MOS Burger / Moon Kee Dessert / Honeymoon Dessert - Langham Place, Mongkok

    Tao Heung Restaurant - Shop B, 3/F., Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mongkok (Exit E1)

    Eat Together - Scattered around Mongkok / Yaumatei / Sham Shui Po

    Ho Choi Restaurant - 530 Nathan Road (Yau Ma Tei Exit A2)

    Claypot Rice - 46 Arthur street YMT Exit C

    Yuen Kee Fastfood - 18B Granville Rd, TST & 12-14 Humphreys Ave, TST & Kimberley Road, TST

    Triple-O Burgers Citysuper, Harbour City, TST

    Todai Japanese Buffet - Miramar Shopping Center, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Tao Heung Super 88 - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Ho Choi Restaurant - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Din Tai Fung - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, TST

    Happy Together Dessert - Shop 2, G/F, 5-6 Hau Fook cor Carnarvon Road, TST

    Wanton Noodles - 45 Hau Fook cor Carnarvon Road, TST

    Spring Deer - Best Peking Duck - 42 Mody Road, TST (280HKD per Duck)

    Tsui Wah - 2 Carnarvon Road, TST

    Tsui Wah - 77 Parkes Street, Jordan

    Wanton Noodles - 277 Temple Street corner austin road, Jordan

    Hang Fa Lau Dessert - Shop A, G/F, 9 Lock Road, TST

    Tao Heung Super 88 - 2/F., Nathan Hotel, 378 Nathan Rd., KLN

    Modern Toilet - Shop4F, 4/F, Capitol Centre, 5-19 Jardine's Bazaar, Causeway Bay

    * = Featured in Anthony Bourdaine's No Reservations Hong Kong Episode

    Affordable Dimsum = Lin Heung, Ho Choi and Tao Heung
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    How Do I "Give Back" To This Thread?

    Upon return from HK, you can post your "real" itinerary including your good&bad experiences as well as travel photos.

    Tell your friends about this thread, feel free to post the link to this thread in blogs and other forums.

    How Do I Post Pictures Here?

    Go to www.Imageshack.us and select the photos to upload. You can choose to automatically resize images to 640x480. Multiple upload is also possible.

    Copy the "Direct URL" or "Direct Link" when using Imageshack.

    OR register an account for free in Photobucket.com and upload your pics there.

    As much as possible use the dimensions 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 when posting pictures.

    How Do I Reply to Multiple Posts/People in 1 Post?

    Open the multiple "Reply With Quote" in different tabs/windows then copy / paste all of them in 1 reply post including your reply for each 1.

    Can I Book A Flight to Macau but My Return Flight is from Hong Kong? (and Vice Versa)

    Yes. Enter Macau, Exit Hong Kong and vice versa is allowed.

    Is Booking Online Using My Credit Card Safe?

    As long as you stick with the booking sites mentioned on this page, you have nothing to worry.

    We are not responsible for users booking on virus/trojan/spyware-infected computers and/or public/rental computers.

    A Travel Agency Is Offering A Very Cheap HK Package, What Should I Ask To Make Sure?

    1. The nett price, subtotal of everything including all taxes (terminal fee may be excluded)
    2. What is the hotel included?
    3. What airline and what time are the flights? Baka gabi kayo aalis tapos umaga yun balik niyo.
    4. Are we required to join the city tour to get our tickets for the theme parks like Disneyland?

    When Do I Need A DSWD Permit For Minors?

    When a parent is not accompanying the child. If 1 parent is going, no need for a permit.

    What Documents Do I Need Before I Leave for HK?

    Your passport and e-ticket. For first timers, sometimes HK immigration might ask for show money and hotel/hostel reservation.

    For those who booked online, a photocopy of the credit card used.

    What Fees Do I Have To Pay At The Airport?

    If you booked your ticket online, you have to pay the Philippine travel tax (P1,620) and terminal fee (P750) in the airport.

    If you booked through a travel agency, it is possible that the travel tax is already included. This you have to verify.

    Coming from HK, you DO NOT have to pay anything anymore at the HK International Airport or NAIA upon return.

    Are Passengers of Philippine Airlines Econolight Allowed To Bring Carry-On Luggages?

    Yes. 1 Handcarry is allowed.

    How Do I Know What Kind of Clothes To Wear/Bring?

    7 Day Weather Forecast can be found here -> http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm

    Mid-20 degrees and above: Summer / Comfortable clothes
    Near-20's to Low 20's: Long Sleeves / Sweaters
    15 degrees and below: Jacket / Thick Jacket

    What does _____ look like? Ano meron sa ____?

    Go to www.flickr.com and search the place name for photos so you can see what it looks like. Example: Tsim Sha Tsui

    Are Restaurants and Malls Open During New Year, Chinese New Year, Christmas and other big holidays?

    Yes. But theme parks will be PACKED on these days. Going to Macau is also not recommended.

    Is _____ Cheaper In Hong Kong?

    For non-electronic items, find time to canvass the local price so that you will know if HK is cheaper when you get there.

    There is no assurance that thread members will know the answer to your question.

    For electronics, refer to the electronics shopping guide above.

    Is There Free Wifi In Hong Kong?

    Major tourist spots like the Avenue of Stars have free WIFI.

    Can we buy the Octopus Card at the airport using Credit Card?

    No. Cash basis only. Discounted tickets at CTS-Airport are also cash basis only.

    Are We Required to Buy The Octopus Card?

    Definitely not but for your convenience (and experience), the Octopus Card is the way to go.

    Can I Sleep In The HK Airport?

    Yes, you can sleep in the airport if you are extremely cutting costs but for your own convenience, book on a hostel nalang.

    How Do I Reach My Hotel/Hostel From The Airport?

    Instructions are posted all over this page, please find time to read them. Detailed instructions below.

    What Time / How Many Hour Before Should I Leave My Hotel/Hostel On My Last Day?

    At least 3 Hours before your flight. For rush hour (6 to 8pm), 3.5 to 4 Hours before your flight.

    How Do We Go From ____ to ____?

    Please look at the MTR map and study it first. Then proceed to the "Getting To" section of this page.

    Which MTR Exit Should We Exit From For: ____?

    Please refer to the district maps provided by the link below:

    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/facilities/lm.html

    For example, for Kowloon Park, open the Tsim Sha Tsui map; for Ladies Market, open the Mongkok map.

    What Is The Easiest Way of Going Around HK?

    As previously stated, the MTR, their subway, will take you to almost anywhere you need to go. All major tourist districts are covered by the MTR.

    Refer to the MTR map above for your reference; as well as the district breakdown.

    Are Big Luggages Allowed Inside The MTR?

    Yes they are, special gates/elevators are available for tourists bringing along their luggage. Hassle nga lang.

    What Time Does The MTR Open/Close?

    Closing time varies from line to line but on the average, most lines close around 1am.

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    Go Here: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/eng/planner_index.php then Select the stations. Service hours are on the right side.

    Where Can I Ride The Open-Top Double-Decker Bus?

    Bus 15C from the Star Ferry Pier to the Peak Terminus (and vice versa).

    How Many Passengers Can Fit in 1 Taxi?

    Maximum of 5 passengers (plus the driver) so a total of 6 people in 1 taxi. 5 big adults might not fit. Adjust as necessary.

    How Do I Go To Jumbo Floating Restaurant?

    Bus 71 from Central

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...utedirection=R

    Bus 75 from Central

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...utedirection=R

    How Many Trams Are There in HK?

    Two. The Peak Tram and the HK Island Tram aka Century Old Tram & Ding Ding Tram.

    I Want To Ride The Island Tram, Which 1 Do I Take? Where Can I Find The Tram in HK Island?

    The Tram runs on the major roads of HK Island (Des Vouex/Java/Hennessy/etc) and are almost always located near an MTR exit.

    Unless you are going to see Happy Valley Racecourse, you can ride any tram except the 1 that says "Happy Valley".

    Enter the tram at the rear, exit at the front after placing your octopus card on the reader / paying coins. Fee: 2HKD.

    Recommend routes: North Point to Central/Sheung Wan.

    http://www.hktramways.com/en/service/routemap.html

    When I Ride The Tram, How Do I Know Which District I Am At? Where Do I Alight?

    For 1st timers, the catch is, you don't! Riding the tram will be a mix of adventure and finding clues. If you see the famous skyscrapers, then that's Central. If you see the big Sogo and a lot of shops/people, that's Causeway Bay. North Point is mostly a residential area.

    Nonetheless, it's still fun to ride the tram and if ever you get lost, just ask around for the nearest MTR exit.

    Which Hostel Has A Room for ____ People?

    Please go to the hostels' websites and check. We already provided the links to their websites.

    Which Hostel Is The Best?

    See Above. (Post #2)

    Is My Hotel OK?

    If you are going to book in a hotel that is not listed above, DO NOT WORRY. Go to Tripadvisor.com to check whether the hotel is good or not. We cannot give a feedback for every hotel in HK since there's just too many of them.

    Tripadvisor also provides traveller photos of the hotels. This thread is not an encyclopedia of Hong Kong hotels.

    Where Is My Hotel Located? What Is The Nearest MTR Station?

    For simple questions like this, please go to your hotel's website and look for the location/transportation section.

    How to Know If Your Hotel/Hostel is Highly Accessible

    Go to your Hotel/Hostel's website and look for the Location/Transportation/Map Section and check whether there is a nearby MTR exit.

    Do I Need To Buy Theme Park Tickets Online?

    No need. If you want to buy ahead of time, buy in the airport (CTS).

    Lockers

    Lockers are available inside Disneyland, Ocean Park and Tung Chung (Ngong Ping 360). Sizes vary.

    Do We Need To Pay To See The Giant Buddha / Ngong Ping Village / Po Lin Monastery?

    NO. You just have to pay for either the bus ride or cable car ride to reach Ngong Ping. After that, there is no entrance fee.

    Are There Places To Eat in Ngong Ping Village?

    Yes. Plenty of choices here from low to middle range restaurants.

    What Kind of Tickets Do Disneyland and Ocean Park Sell?

    Both parks only sell "Ride All You Can" tickets, there are no "Entrance Only" tickets.

    Peak Day and Special Day for Disneyland have the same price.

    Can Anybody Visit The 2 Disney Hotels?

    Yes, non-guests may still ride the free hotel shuttle bus upon reaching the resort proper.

    Can You Make Me An Itinerary For Disneyland?

    Watch all the shows first then do the rides afterwards. Find a good spot for the fireworks 30mins before it starts.

    Can I Bring Food and Drink Inside Disneyland and Ocean Park?

    Although we haven't heard any untoward incident regarding this, please avoid bringing rice (heavy) meals. Water and Snack are OK.

    Technically you can't bring in food but maybe they are just being lenient so let's not abuse their leniency.

    How Much Is A Meal in Disneyland?

    Around 50-70HKD per person per meal inclusive of a heavy meal (and drinks).

    Where Should I Go For Nightlife in Hong Kong?

    Lan Kwai Fong in Central or Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    What Time Does Hong Kong "Wake Up"?

    Commercial establishments open as early as 8am and as late as 1130am. Shops close near midnight.

    Can You Make An Itinerary For Me?

    For the clueless when it comes to itineraries please read the 1st 10-20 pages of this thread. And read the guide above.

    The Peak: Do I Have To Pay for The SKY TERRACE?

    For 1st timers, this is recommended for the best view. For those on an extremely tight budget, you can go to the roof of the Peak Galleria Mall for a free view.

    Madame Tassaud's Wax Museum is inside the Peak building.

    Wax Museum in Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong "Star" Ferry and its Routes

    Less than 3HKD per person for the Central - Tsim Sha Tsui route. You can pay using Octopus card.

    Star Ferry Piers/Terminals locations can be found in the detailed district maps under District Breakdown.

    http://www.starferry.com.hk/services.html

    Where Can I Buy Jewelry in Hong Kong?

    There are reputable chain stores like Chow Tai Fook but if you have zero background, just buy in Manila's Chinatown (Binondo).

    You will not necessarily get a better price/product in HK being a tourist with no knowledge.

    What Is The Famous Dessert Chain?

    It's name is Hui Lau Shan. Here's a sample of the store:

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    This can be found around HK, plenty of branches. Easy to find in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok by walking around.

    Where Can I Do My Grocery / Buy Daily Commodities Like Water?

    Although 7-Eleven is everywhere, it is expensive and should be only for emergency. Do your shopping at Wellcome.

    Complete List of Branches: http://www.wellcome.com.hk/en/profil...tml?page=store

    Tsim Sha Tsui Branches

    GATEWAY
    Address: Shop 3231-33, Level 3, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Store hours: 08:30-22:00

    AUSTIN ROAD
    Address: Part G/F & Basement, TAL Building 45-53 Austin Road, Kowloon
    Store hours: 08:00-23:00

    HANKOW
    Address: Shop A, Basement, HK Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, TST, Kln
    Store hours: 08:00-22:00

    KIMBERLEY ROAD
    Address: Ground Floor, Luna Court, Nos 53-59, Kimberley Road, TST, Kowloon.
    Store hours: 08:00-22:30

    What Can I Buy in ______?

    Mongkok - Ladies Market - Souvenirs / Knock-offs / Clothes
    Mongkok - Fa Yuen Street - Rubber Shoes
    Mongkok - Sai Yueng Choi Street - Electronics

    Yaumatei - Temple Street Night Market - A variety of goods similar to 168

    Tsim Sha Tsui - Plenty of clothes & apparel

    Estimating the Pocket Money / Entrance Fees

    Computed per Person:
    Food - 100 to 150HKD per day
    Public Transportation - 150 to 200HKD for 3 to 4 days (including roundtrip airport cityflyer but excluding taxi rides)
    Shopping - Varies

    Theme Park Entrance Fees:
    Ngong Ping Cable Car 1-Way = 63HKD Adults, 30HKD Kids
    Ngong Ping Cable Roundtrip = 96HKD Adults, 48HKD Kids
    Ocean Park = 208HKD Adults, 103HKD Kids
    Disneyland = 350HKD Adults, 250HKD Kids
    Peak Tram = 22HKD Single 33HKD Return for Adults | 8HKD Single 15HKD Return for Kids
    Peak Tram + Sky Terrace = 37HKD Single 48HKD Return for Adults | 16HKD Single 23HKD Return for Kids
    Madame Tussauds = 150HKD Adults, 80HKD Kids (Discount available when packaged with Peak Tram / Sky Terrace)

    Pocket Money Reminder

    When it comes to pocket money, don't bring the exact or rough estimate, always bring extra!

    For those Travelling with Kids, Elderly or as a Big Group

    1. Do not try to fit many things on a single day or your well-planned itinerary will be useless.
    2. Prepare for unseen circumstances like tired companions who want to head back to your hotel earlier than planned.
    3. Allot 1 day for Ocean Park and 1 day for Disneyland if you plan to visit these 2.
    4. To lessen logistic problems, set a strict meeting place and time whenever the group will split up.
    5. Set your priorities in case time will not be sufficient to cover anything.

    When is the best time to go to Hong Kong?

    Winter Season (December to March) is the most relaxing and comfortable time to go to Hong Kong but besides the weather, there's little else to do since the "Sale Season" occurs during Summer. There are some sales during christmas and chinese new year but 90% of the clothes are for winter. Hong Kong can get very foggy during winter, as such, visit to the Peak is a hit-or-miss affair. A foggy bird's eye view of HK isn't really nice.

    Summer Season (May to October) is similar to Manila's weather, very hot but moving around in Hong Kong can get extra uncomfortable because of the high humidity which gives the "sticky" feeling. Hong Kong's rainy season also falls on their summer, July and August has the highest rainfall count and the typhoons also arrive in these months. The Sale / Shopping Festival is from the start of July to the start of September. If the sky is clear, the view from the Peak is great.

    Avoid going to Hong Kong when there are large-scale exhibitions or ongoing tournaments like the Hong Kong Sevens Rugby Tournament because hotel prices will be significantly higher.

    Estimating Travel Time when using the MTR

    http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/eng/planner_index.php

    For those planning to do a lot of Shopping

    If the thing you are planning to buy is available here in Manila, make sure to check the local price first as a reference point. This way you'll know whether the stores in Hong Kong are cheaper or not.

    For those leaving/arriving in HK Past Midnight or Early Morning

    There are still airport buses, codes start with N. Instead of A21, it will be N21. Routes are the same.

    Places / Things Best Done During the Day

    1. Ocean Park
    2. Ngong Pin Village + Giant Buddha
    3. Nanlian Gardens
    4. Disneyland
    5. Malls / Markets

    Places / Things Best Done During Night

    1. A visit to the Peak
    2. Strolling along Avenue of Stars
    3. A tram ride along HK island (specially Central district)
    4. Star Ferry Ride
    5. Strolling around Tsim Sha Tsui (Nathan road and the side streets)

    Places to Avoid During the Weekends/Holidays (Due to large volume of people)

    1. Disneyland
    2. Ocean Park
    3. The Peak
    4. Macau

    Average Time You Need for the Famous Tourist Spots

    1. Disneyland - At least 6 hours | Recommended = Opening Time to Closing Time to catch Fireworks at 8pm
    2. Ocean Park - At least 4 hours | Recommended = Opening Time to Near Closing Time
    3. Ngong Ping Village and Giant Buddha - At least 2 hours
    4. Avenue of Stars - At least 30minutes | Recommended = 1 Hour
    5. The Peak - At least 1 hour | Recommended = 2 Hours
    6. Tsim Sha Tsui (Harbour City, et al) - At least 2-3 Hours, also Depends on amount of shopping
    7. Mongkok Markets - Varies, Depends on amount of shopping
    8. Causeway Bay - At least 2 Hours

    Average Time Needed

    Airplane Touchdown in Hong Kong until Baggage Claim: around 45 minutes to 1 hour
    Airport to Kowloon/HK Island: 45minutes minimum
    City to Disneyland by Train: Approximately 45minutes

    Where to Buy Pasalubong

    Mongkok Ladies Market
    Temple Street Night Market
    The Peak
    Knick Knacks in Citysuper
    Grocery&Food Items from Citysuper / Sogo / Wellcome
    Hong Kong Egg Tarts
    Dimsum
    Royce Chocolates from Citysuper*

    *Now available locally: Powerplant Rockwell / Greenbelt 5

    Will our passports receive stamps from the Immigration in Macau?

    Yes.

    Reaching NWFF/China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui for Macau

    Take a taxi from any point in Kowloon. Possible to walk from TST but will take around 10-15mins.

    http://www.nwff.com.hk/upload/china_city.jpg

    Scenic Bus Ride to Stanley (via Repulse Bay)

    Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Central Bus Terminal.

    Walking around the Districts

    Most districts in Hong Kong like Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok can be strolled on foot. Do not abuse your legs, use the taxi when needed.

    For more detailed maps on each district, please visit this link:

    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/facilities/lm.html

    Factory Outlets in Hong Kong

    Granville Road and Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui
    Esprit Outlet, 4-6 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    Citygate Outlet Mall, Tung Chung, Lantau Island

    Electric Socket in Hong Kong

    All hostels and almost all hotels use this kind of socket. Some hostels provide adaptors but some don't. You can buy adaptors in Mongkok and Sham Shui Po. Or buy a universal adaptor in Manila before going to Hong Kong.

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    Some hostels like Taisan and Marlboro lend adaptors.

    You might need something like this for some accomodations, meron sa CDR-King.

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    Various Tips from Different PEXers

    Tips on planning HK trip:
    1) browse discover HK and HK PEX threads and list prefered places to visit.
    2) Decide on schedule of visit (via booking)
    3) List down costs per person. i.e (50HKD/meal/pax; 150HKD/fare/pax; tickets/pax, hostel/night). always round up for allowance.
    4) determine total budget
    5) prepare detailed itinerary (transpo/cost per destination; estimated time to spend each location; if possible decide on things and activities to do and places to eat) use MTR and bus websites and MAPS
    6)Printout maps, directories etc and put together your HK kit.

    Tip on exchanging money. Do what you think is convenient for you. Saving a few pesos (or even a thousand) is not worth it if you lose so much time searching for the best place and the best way to change your cash. Being too OC about it might ruin your trip. Extra stress pa yan and you don't need that when you are taking a vacation.

    Digital Camera Users: The low temperature can cut your battery's life into half. In my case, 1/3 ng capacity ang nawala.


    Discounted Theme Park Tickets

    For those who are not going to Central or have very limited time in HK, please buy your tickets at the CTS in the airport.

    For the latest/most up-to-date ticket pricing, give these agencies a call once in HK, local calls from most hotels/hostels are free.

    Traveleasy Ltd
    Shop 316, 3/F, Worldwide House
    19 Des Vouex Road Central
    Central MTR Exit B
    Tel Number: 2147-2228
    Monday to Friday 9:15AM -6pm
    Saturday 9:15AM-4pm
    Sunday 9:15AM-5pm

    Disneyland
    320HKD hkd (Adult Rate)
    235HKD (Child Rate)
    Ocean Park
    215HKD hkd (Adult Rate)
    115HKD (Child Rate)

    Traveleasy accepts credit card pero may surcharge na 3% or 8%, exact value unknown but it defeats the purpose of the discount.

    Sally's
    Shop 308, 3/F, Worldwide House
    19 Des Vouex Road Central
    Central MTR Exit B
    Tel Number: 2522-5263
    Open from 10am to 630pm
    (Alternative Agency / Rates similar to Traveleasy)

    China Travel Service (Hong Kong)
    1 Branch inside the Airport (after you exit "nothing to declare" door in Arrival hall, if you can't find it, ASK!)
    Open from 7am to 10pm
    Rates/Tickets: http://www.ctshk.com/english/ticket/admticket_hk.htm
    Complete List of Branches in HK: http://www.ctshk.com/english/aboutus/local.htm
    CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED WITHOUT EXTRA CHARGE.

    www.HotelinHongKong.net
    Alternative for discounted tickets, check website for rates and promos.

    *Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

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    HONG KONG LIVE WEATHER / FORECAST

    Please don't ask what the weather is like, please visit the sites below. An airconditioned room is around 20 to 24 degrees.

    http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

    http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/45007.html

    http://weather.msn.com/local.aspx?we...ns=wc:CHXX0049

    http://www.myforecast.com/bin/detail...94&metric=true

    HONG KONG CLIMATE / AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE

    http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/8269/hk45005.png

    What to Wear When

    7 Day Weather Forecast can be found here -> http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm

    Mid-20 degrees and above: Summer / Comfortable clothes
    Near-20's to Low 20's: Long Sleeves / Sweaters
    15 degrees and below: Jacket / Thick Jacket

    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-gettingthere.jpg
    by QueTee

    Getting from Point A to Point B for areas not covered below: http://ptes.td.gov.hk/index.aspx?lang=en

    STUDY THE MTR MAP PLEASE!

    1. Victoria Peak

    Link -> http://www.thepeak.com.hk/full/en/location.php

    By Peak Tram:

    From CENTRAL*: Take BUS 15C (which is usually an open-top double decker) from Star Ferry Central to lower Peak Tram Terminus Fare is HK$4.20. Journey time is approx 10 minutes.

    From ADMIRALTY*: From MTR-Admiralty Station take BUS 12A (near Lippo Centre) next stop get off near HK Squash Centre (HK Park Cotton Tree Drive) then walk towards HK Squash Center. Cross the street towards lower Peak Tram Terminus. Fare is HK$4.30.

    From OCEAN PARK*: From OP ride BUS 629 to Admiralty (Fare HK$10.60) ->> From MTR-Admiralty Station take BUS 12A (near Lippo Centre) next stop get off near HK Squash Center (HK Park Cotton Tree Drive) then walk towards HK Squash Centre. Cross the street towards lower Peak Tram Terminus. Fare is HK$4.30. Or take a taxi from Admiralty to Lower Peak Terminus.

    *From there take Peak Tram to go up to the Peak.
    Fare/Rate: Adult HK$22 single, HK$33 return
    Child HK$8 single, HK$15 return.
    Journey time is approx 8 minutes.

    Combined Peak Tram/Sky Terrace Admission:
    Fare/Rate: Adult HK$37 single, HK$48 return
    Child/Senior (65 and over) HK$16 single, HK$23 return

    Direct to The Peak:

    By Bus From CENTRAL: Take BUS 15 (Fare HK$9.80) from Exchange Square in Central to the Peak Galleria. Journey time is approx 40 minutes.

    Bus 15 Complete Route: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...pe=D&company=7

    Summary:

    To The Peak
    1. MTR to Central then walk to the Peak Terminus then ride the Peak Tram
    2. MTR to Central then walk to the Star Ferry Pier, ride bus 15C then ride the Peak Tram
    3. Star Ferry to Central Star Ferry Pier, ride bus 15C then ride the Peak Tram
    4. MTR to Central then Bus 15. Refer to link above for stops of bus 15

    From The Peak
    1. Ride the tram going down, then walk to the nearest Central MTR exit.
    2. Ride the tram going down, ride bus 15C, get off at 1st stop (Pedder Street), walk to nearest MTR exit.
    3. Ride the tram going down, ride bus 15C, get off at Star Ferry Pier, ride Star Ferry to TST.
    4. Ride Bus 15 from the top of the Peak going to Central.


    2. Ocean Park

    By Bus from ADMIRALTY: Take BUS 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B to OP Main Entrance. Fare HK$10.60. Journey time is approx 25 minutes.

    By Bus from CENTRAL*: Take BUS 629 from Central Ferry Pier (A.M. Peak Hour Special Service) to OP Main Entrance. Fare HK$10.60.

    *Morning only! (Last bus departs 10:55am from Central Ferry Pier 7 / Star Ferry Pier)


    3. Disneyland

    Link -> http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/h...ortListingPage

    Hong Kong Disneyland has its own MTR station next to the park entrance. From Sunny Bay MTR Station a Disney themed train operates a frequent shuttle service for the four minute journey to Disneyland Resort Station.

    By MTR: MTR (from either TST/JORDAN/MONGKOK) -> Lai King (interchange to Tung Chung Line) -> Sunny Bay (interchange to Disney Resort Line) -> Disney Resort.

    By MTR: MTR (from either CAUSEWAY BAY/WANCHAI) -> Central (walk/interchange to Tung Chung Line) -> Sunny Bay (interchange to Disney Resort Line) -> Disney Resort.

    From the airport - If you wish to travel to Hong Kong Disneyland from the airport by public transport take the S1 shuttle bus (fare HK$3.50) from the airport to Tung Chung MTR Station (appx 10 mins). Take the MTR for one stop to Sunny Bay (7 minutes) then change to the Disneyland Resort Line and take the shuttle train to Disneyland Resort Station (4 minutes). The fare from Tung Chung to Disneyland Resort is HK$12.50 (or HK$11.30 if using Octopus Card).
    OR take a taxi from the airport to Disneyland (around 100HKD).

    From the airport - Take any bus that will stop in Lantau Link Toll Plaza then switch to bus R8 to Disneyland. http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...pe=D&company=5

    From Ngong Ping / Tung Chung: Take the MTR from Tung Chung station to Disneyland Resort. Interchange at Sunny Bay.


    4. Ngong Ping / Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery

    Link -> http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/vis...ere.html?play=[type%20Function]&continue1=yes&soundpos=

    For those afraid to ride the NP360 Cable Car, TAKE BUS #23 FROM TUNG CHUNG.

    By Bus: Take the MTR to Tung Chung. From the bus terminus near to Tung Chung MTR Station Exit B take New Lantao Bus Company service 23 (fare HK$17.20 Mon to Sat, HK$27 Sundays and Public Holidays) to Ngong Ping.

    By Cable Car: Take the MTR Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung MTR Station. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminus is next to Tung Chung MTR Station and the cable car journey takes approximately 25 minutes. (96HKD for adults roundtrip, 63HKD for adults 1-way, 48/30 for kids)

    From the airport - If travelling from the airport take the S1 shuttle bus (HK$3.50, appx every 10 mins) from the airport to Tung Chung MTR Station then ride Bus/Cable Car to Ngong Ping.

    Summary:

    MTR to Tung Chung then Bus 23 to Ngong Ping
    MTR to Tung Chung then Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to Ngong Ping
    S1 Bus from airport to Tung Chung then Bus 23 to Ngong Ping
    S1 Bus from airport to Tung Chung then Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to Ngong Ping

    From Ngong Ping/Giant Buddha:
    Take Bus 23 or NP360 back to Tung Chung.

    5. Nan Lian Garden (situated next to Chi Lin Nunnery)

    By MTR: Diamond Hill MTR station exit C2. Open daily 7am to 9pm, admission free.


    6. Ferry Terminal HK-Macau

    From Disneyland, take a taxi to China Ferry Terminal to avoid any hassle.

    Option 1 for those residing in Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, etc):

    TST China Ferry Terminal (New World First Ferry): 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. (Beside Harbour City)

    Take a taxi from where you are staying when residing in Kowloon. Flagdown rate if coming from Tsim Sha Tsui.


    Option 2 for those residing in HK Island (Causeway Bay, North Point, Central, etc):

    Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal (Turbojet and Cotai Jet) - On top of Sheung Wan MTR Station

    By MTR: MTR (from either TST/JORDAN/MONGKOK) -> Admiralty (interchange to Sheung Wan Line) -> Sheung Wan MTR Exit D (3rd Flr Shun Tak centre)

    By MTR: MTR (from either CAUSEWAY BAY/WANCHAI) -> Sheung Wan MTR Exit D (3rd Flr Shun Tak centre)

    By Taxi: Take a taxi for those residing in HK Island with plenty of luggage.


    Option 3:

    Direct from HKIA skypier (Transit to Macau): HKIA ferry transfer desk. Only for those going straight from the airport.


    7. Wong Tai Sin Temple

    By MTR: Wong Tai Sin MTR station.


    8. Snoopy World / 10,000 Buddha Temple / Shatin New Town Plaza

    By MTR: Shatin MTR station. Then look for further signs/directions.


    9. Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen

    By Bus:

    Bus 71 from Central Bus Terminus

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...utedirection=R

    Bus 75 from Central Bus Terminus

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...utedirection=R


    NOTES

    Please use common sense for transportation combinations (ex: The Peak to Tsim Sha Tsui/Mongkok), just combine the directions/modes of transport (ex: Star Ferry + MTR).

    For the other places, please visit the destination's website or google it to know which MTR station to get off at. Chances are your destination will be covered by the MTR.

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    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-macau.jpg

    *Day trips to Macau are possible via a 1+ Hour Ferry Ride from HK*

    *Not recommended for HK first timers staying for 4 days or less.*

    *HALOS PAREHO LANG ANG NWFF/TURBOJET/COTAIJET. DO NOT ASK WHICH ONE IS BETTER. CHOOSE THE ONE NEARER YOUR HOTEL*

    NO VISA REQUIRED. Only your passport is needed.

    http://www.olamacauguide.com/

    Ferries from HK to Macau

    From Kowloon (those residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Yaumatei / Mongkok):
    http://www.nwff.com.hk/eng/fare_tabl...?section=Macau

    From Hong Kong Island (those residing in Central / Wanchai / Causeway Bay / North Point):
    http://www.turbojet.com.hk/eng/schedule/prd.html

    For more info, visit the Macau Thread -> http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=383909

    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-shenzhen.jpg

    Reachable by MTR (Lo Wu Station). China Visa is REQUIRED. Day Trip Possible.

    China Visa should be applied here in Manila. Huwag makulit, hindi pwede sa HK magapply ng visa.

    *Not recommended for HK first timers staying for 4 days or less.*

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Shenzhen

    http://www.travelchinaguide.com/city...dong/shenzhen/

    http://www.shenzhentour.com/english/

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    Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong - USE THEM! THEY ARE FREE!

    http://maps.google.com - search "Hong Kong"
    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/facilities/lm.html
    http://www.ypmap.com/eng/
    http://www.centamap.com

    Finding Something (Store, Mall, Hotel, Restaurant, etc) and Getting There in Hong Kong

    1. Google for it! (eg. search for "uniqlo hong kong" or "harbour city hong kong" or "citysuper hong kong")
    2. Look among the results and go to the link that will give you the address/es of what you are looking for.
    3. Copy the address and take special note of the district part of the address (eg. Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Central or Shatin)
    4. Go to the 2nd link above (MTR website) and download a vicinity map of the district.
    5. If the map is insufficient, enter the address in the search engine of the 1st or 3rd link above.
    6. Combine steps 4 and 5 to find out how to get there by MTR or MTR + Taxi.
    7. Do note that the location might be in an adjacent MTR station when using step 5. (eg. Jordan map instead of Tsim Sha Tsui map).[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by commoner; Dec 6, 2010 at 06:19 PM.

  8. #8
    Buying HK dollar in Banco De Oro (posted by Li'l Sistah)
    click ->> Requirements

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    http://www.hongkongextras.com/_publi...days-2010.html
    http://www.gov.hk/en/about/abouthk/holiday/

    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-howtopostpics.jpg

    Go to www.Imageshack.us and select the photos to upload. You can choose to automatically resize images to 640x480. Multiple upload is also possible.

    OR register an account for free in Photobucket.com and upload your pics there.

    As much as possible use the dimensions 640 x 480 or 800 x 600 when posting pictures. Kawawa rin mga naka dial-up.

    http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o416/27coach/header-reminders.jpg

    PLEASE POST YOUR QUESTIONS/CONCERNS ON THIS THREAD, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SEND PRIVATE MESSAGES TO US.

    If you are not sure of something, ASK! Do not be afraid to ask for help from the locals, use English.

    Pack Light as much as possible. Bring comfortable shoes for long hours of walking.

    Do not forget to bring basic medicine (Loperamide/Paracetamol) and muscle pain ointment for long hours of walking.

    When you are taking the escalator or the Walkalator, Always remeber to stay on the RIGHT SIDE if you do not plan to walk. Left side are always for those in a hurry.

    The Smoking Ban, as it is commonly referred to, bans smoking indoors in restaurants, workplaces, schools, karaoke lounges, as well as beaches, swimming pools, sports grounds and public parks. The ban came into force on 1 January 2007.

    Don't get picked by pickpockets - always keep an eye on your belongings. They even work in teams, sometimes even involving a vehicle to suddenly stop in front of you while someone else does the lifting! I have also known an unsuspecting tourist shopping in a store who set his backpack down to try on some jeans and afterwards his wallet was missing! Remember: their hands are faster than your eyes!

    Watch out for how much the taxi-driver charges you. There are some taxi drivers in sheep's clothing. They either trick the meter, go the long way, or cover up the decimal point of the fare on the meter. The safe thing is to know how much it should cost (the per kilometer charge and luggage charge are all posted inside), and also get a receipt from the driver. If they can't give you a receipt, copy down the licence number and the driver's name (shown on the dashboard). But then just a small percentage of the taxi-drivers are wolves.

    Don't buy electronic products without marked prices: (This is probably the biggest tourist trap here into which many have fallen.) Many of the shops on Nathan Road in Kowloon selling electronic products don't display the prices on the items. Many tourists have been scammed or cheated. One ploy is to give you an unbelievably good price, then after they have your money, they say they are out of stock, offering you another item but at an outrageous price. Some tourists have said that even calling the police did not help.

    Watch out when doing anything with a rickshaw: even taking a picture in, with, at, or even OF a rickshaw will cost you money! So settle on the price with the driver BEFORE you click that camera! There is no fixed price on the ride or a picture, but it is said that a picture costs HK$10 to $HK20 (US$1.25 - US$2.50).

    Look both ways before crossing a street: if you are from a country where the traffic goes on the right, you will want to pay special attention to this since in Hong Kong when it comes to traffic, left is right and right is wrong! Besides, pedestrians don't necessarily have the right of way - at least many drivers think that.

    Take along a pack of tissue and a windbreaker: a lot of indoor places and vehicles can be very cold with the air conditioning at full blast (even in winter), so take along a windbreaker. Except for more expensive ones, many restaurants don't provide napkins. Have a pack of tissue handy.

    Getting mistaken for "I.I."s - I.I. is short for illegal immigrants. If you look Asian, be sure to carry your passport with you. It is required by law for everyone to carry either one's Hong Kong ID card or passport. Police officers routinely stop people on the street to check for ID. There is no "probable cause" clause that I know of. As long as you don't look right, you could be stopped and checked.

    Avoid buying cooked food from hawkers pushing a little cart.

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    YOUTUBE: Travel with prEttyNDistress in Hong Kong

    Hello HK Addicts and Newbies... Here are some of my self-made youtube moment to help you navigate through Hong Kong. From how to find the bus at the Hong Kong International Airport to riding the mickey train to Disneyland

    My Hong Kong youtube Playlist:

    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...86449D53884689

    Playlist Includes:

    Hong Kong International Airport 101 Part 1 - 4 - Here I show you on where you may leave your luggage at the airport, where to buy your Octopus Card and how to find the A21 bus to Kowloon City.

    Hong Kong 101 - Part 1-2 - Here is where I show you where to get off when taking the A21 bus from the airport to Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon. Also how to find Mirador Mansion where in it's famous for the cheap hostels and accommodations. Where to buy CSL Kabayan sim card for cheap HK-MLA calls....

    Tsim Sha Tsui MTR going to Tung Chung Part 1-4 - Here you will have a clear idea on how to take the MTR (subway) and learned how convenient is it to take MTR in HK.

    From Tung Chung MTR to Ngong Ping 360 - This is where a lot of newbies get confuse on where is Ngong Ping, where is Tung Chung and where is Disneyland. After viewing this clip you'll definitely know how to navigate from MTR to the cable car once you are there!

    From Tung Chung to DisneyLand Part 1-2 and Sunny Bay MTR Station interchange to Disney Train part 1-2 - People are asking about taking taxis all the time to Disneyland!! Sometimes it's really hard to put in words on how convenient is it to just take the MTR instead. After you view this video, whether you are travelling with toddlers, kidssss, senior citizen, taxi is no longer an option anymore..

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  10. #9
    Using the Airport Bus Coming From The Airport

    For those residing in HOTELS:

    Information on bus number and stop number to get off at:

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/content/de...irportServices

    If your hotel is in Kowloon - see the A21 detailed route below. If your hotel is in HK Island, see the A11 route.

    Alternative: Go to your hotel's website and follow the directions they give.

    Some hotels cannot be reached by the A21/A11 bus alone (like hotels in Tsuen Wan) or are not that walking distance from the bus stops (like the Metropark hotels).

    Using the Bus going to Disneyland from the Airport:

    Bus R8 from Lantau Link Toll Plaza.
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...pe=D&company=5

    For those residing in HOSTELS:

    Hostels in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Mongkok

    A21 Detailed Route:
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...outenumber=A21

    Night Routes

    For those arriving/leaving past midnight, the night route buses have a slightly different/longer route.

    All buses begin with N, for example N11 and N21.

    N21 Route: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...exactMatch=yes

    N11 Route: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...exactMatch=yes

    Going back to the hotel: Stops are somewhere on the opposite side of the road. Find time to find it on your 1st day. Most of the time they are 100-200meters away from the other side's stop. Sometimes they are farther.

    Blue - Dragon Hostel
    Orange - City Econo
    Green - Taisan Store 3 / Starworld Wing Lee
    Red - Taisan Store 1 & 2 / Golden Crown Court / Starworld Skyworld / Mirador Mansion / (Hotel Benito)
    Purple - Mirador Mansion / Chungking Mansion

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    Hostels in Causeway Bay

    A11 Detailed Route:
    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...outenumber=A11

    (N11 for those arriving past midnight)

    http://img207.imageshack.us/img207/2016/a11m.jpg

    NOTE: A11 is also used for those residing in Central, Wanchai, Tin Hau, Fortress Hill and North Point.


    Special Section

    Directions for Butterfly on Prat

    Stop 16 or 17 of the A21 Bus along Chatham Road South. Prat Avenue is in between these 2 stops.

    Directions for JJ Hotel (Wanchai)

    Stop 11 of Bus A11. Stewart Road.

    http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou...exactMatch=yes

    http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/wac.gif[/QUOTE]


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    SIM CARDS

    Yes it is much cheaper to buy a SIM Card in Hong Kong for both local and international calls/texts than using Philippine roaming service.

    Prepaid CSL SIM Cards are available in 7-Eleven for those planning to use a local SIM card at around 50HKD each.

    For those going to World Wide House in Central, you can buy the CSL Kabayan SIM Card which should have slightly lower rates for calls to the Philippines.

    CSL Kabayan SIM Cards are also available inside Mirador Mansion, TST.

    [Quote]
    HONG KONG SIM CARD CHARGES

    As requested, here's some information on local Hong Kong SIM card rates & charges.

    *Prices may change without prior notice, so please double check on the mobile provider's website tp confirm

    PCCW Prepaid - $48
    http://www.pccwmobile.com

    Local calls - $0.06/min (off-peak) ; $0.12/min (peak hours)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $3.90/min
    Local SMS - $0.10/SMS (same network) ; $0.70/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $1.80/SMS

    CSL Power Prepaid SIM Card (CSL) - $88
    http://www.hkcsl.com

    Local calls - $0.1/min (off-peak)
    Local SMS - $0.20/SMS (same network - CSL) ; $0.80/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $3/SMS

    one2free Prepaid SIM (CSL) - $48
    http://www.one2free.com

    Local calls - $0.05/min (off-peak) ; $0.12/min (peak hours)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $4/min
    Local SMS - $0.10/SMS (same network - CSL) ; $0.70/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $1.80/SMS

    "ValueTalk" SIM card (Smartone Vodafone) - $68
    http://www.smartone-vodafone.com.hk

    Local calls - $0.15/min (1-50mins) ; $0.10/min (51-300mins)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $2.88/min
    Local SMS - $0.2/SMS (same network - Smartone Vodafone) ; $0.8/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $3.00/SMS

    Peoples SuperTalk Card (China Mobile) - $48
    http://www.peoples.com.hk

    Local calls - $0.05/min (off-peak) ; $0.12/min (peak hours)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $2.88/min
    Local SMS - $0.1/SMS (same network - China Mobile ; $0.7/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $1.80/SMS

    Peoples EasyTalk Card (China Mobile) - $28
    http://www.peoples.com.hk

    Local calls - $0.46/min (Flat Rate)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $2.88/min
    Local SMS - $0.3/SMS (same network - China Mobile ; $0.7/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $1.80/SMS

    Peoples "Kabayan" Prepaid SIM Kard - $38
    http://www.peoples.com.hk

    Local calls - $0.06/min (same network) ; $0.15/min (other network)
    IDD Call to the Philippines - $1.10/min (Mon-Fri) ; $1.00 (Sat-Sun)
    Local SMS - FREE (same network) ; $0.50/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $0.50/SMS

    3G Int'l Roaming Rechargable Sim Card (3 Mobile) - $98 ($52 is stored value)
    http://www.three.com.hk

    Local voice calls - $0.3/min
    Local video calls - $0.3/min
    Local SMS - $0.2/SMS (same network) ; $0.7/SMS (other network)
    International SMS - $1.80/SMS

  11. #10
    HK Disneyland Tips & Suggested Itinerary

    Originally Posted by QueTee

    Be at the Park as Early as possible
    For Park Hours: 10:00am - 7:00pm

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    Grab copies of the following near Park Entrance:
    - Guide Map
    - Times Guide (for show and attraction times)
    - Fastpass Tips

    http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m377/quetee_2008/HK_Disney_IT.jpg

    note:
    - you may skip attractions that you're not interested in and have more time to relax and enjoy the park.
    - there are lots of photo opportunity along the way - so be prepared with your camera and extra battery.
    - let the oldies rest/relax while the yuppies are having fun on the rides.
    - we were able to bring in snacks and bottled water but Iím not sure with rice meals though.
    - you may refill water from drinking fountains from designated spots inside the park.
    - luggage storage service is available near the park entrance - $40 hkd per luggage.


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    Hong Kong Island Century-Old Tram Stops/Stations

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    Luggage Lockers in Tung Chung (before the cable car ride)

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    Locating The Famous Spots in Hong Kong

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    HK Airport:
    http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/p...t-baggage.html
    http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/s...ugga/fast.html

    40HKD for 3 hours per Luggage

    Tung Chung / Ngong Ping 360:
    http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/visitor/faq.html

    We provide 20 lockers for rent. The size of each locker is 84cm (H), 40cm (W), 87cm (D) The rates are HK$20 for every three hours or HK$70 for one day. Please contact our staff when you arrive at Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal for more details.

    Disneyland
    Lockers

    Storage lockers are available for rental at Hong Kong Disneyland Park on the north end of Center Street, midway up Main Street, U.S.A.


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    Where to Buy/Eat This "Eggette"

    There are 2 to 3 shops along Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    This is 1 of the most famous stalls in Tsim Sha Tsui, located along Nathan Road near Austin Road, tapat ng Police Station.

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    UPDATED ENTRANCE FEE FOR THEME PARKS

    Theme Park Entrance Fees:
    Ngong Ping Cable Car 1-Way = 80HKD Adults, 41HKD Kids
    Ngong Ping Cable Roundtrip = 115HKD Adults, 58HKD Kids
    Ocean Park = 250HKD Adults, 125HKD Kids
    Disneyland = 350HKD Adults, 250HKD Kids
    Peak Tram + Sky Terrace = 45HKD Single 56HKD Return for Adults | 19HKD Single 26HKD Return for Kids
    Peak Tram = 25HKD Single 36HKD Return for Adults | 9HKD Single 16HKD Return for Kids
    Madame Tussauds = 160HKD Adults, 90HKD Kids

    More Hostel Information

    http://www.hostelworld.com/search?country=Hong Kong&city=Hong Kong

    Yes Inn
    http://www.yesinn.com/space/eindex.htm

    SAMPLE TRIP REPORTS

    http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/...6&postcount=12

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    Click on this http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/images_pex/buttons/multiquote_off.gif on the lower right of each post (beside Edit and Quote buttons). What this nifty tool does is compile posts you want to reply to and combine them in a SINGLE post. You just have to click this http://www.pinoyexchange.com/forums/images_pex/buttons/quote.gif on the last post you want to quote. Clicking this will take you to the Advanced Editor, where you can type a reply to all the posts you quoted.
    -Jenn

    ADDITIONAL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Can I Fly to Macau but Fly Back to Manila from Hong Kong? (and Vice Versa)

    YES.

    Airport Terminal Information

    Hong Kong-bound flights from Manila:
    Philippine Airlines - Terminal 2
    Cebu Pacific - Terminal 3
    All others - Terminal 1

    Manila-bound flights from Hong Kong:
    Philippine Airlines - check-in at HKIA Terminal 2
    Hong Kong Express - check-in at HKIA Terminal 2
    Cebu Pacific - check-in at HKIA Terminal 1
    Cathay Pacific - check-in at HKIA Terminal 1
    Dragon Air - check-in at HKIA Terminal 1

    http://www.hongkongairport.com/fligh...chkfltdep.html

    Booking Hotels Online

    For Hong Kong, Asiatravel and Agoda usually have the best rates for most hotels in Hong Kong. Expedia is also OK. There are also some hotels whose rates are lower in local travel agencies.

    Airport Luggage Storage Information

    http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/8089/airportlockerrates.jpg

    OK ba ang Noah's Ark?

    Most of the feedback online are not very good. Hindi daw sulit ang entrance.

    http://www.noahsark.com.hk/

    Charlie Brown Cafe
    G/F-1/F, 58-60 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=16427

    Balikbayan Box

    Worldwide Elite Express. you can call their Worldwide House Central branch and look for Steve - 2774-9736/ 2578-2773. they have the cheapest sa biggest box. 550HKD lang yung metro manila 24x24x36 nila.

    Cargo Forwarder

    http://pic18.picturetrail.com/VOL918/3329992/19334843/359107483.jpg

    What Items Can Be Taxed Upon Return to Manila?

    Brand new electronic items bought abroad, specially those which are boxed. Signature brands might also be taxed. For laptops do not bring home the box.

    Recent Acid Attacks

    The attacks happened in Mongkok (near Ladies Market) and Yaumatei (near Temple Street). As of today, the perpetrators have not been arrested.

    For those looking for non-"gasgas" souvenirs

    http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/6421/80892.jpg

    http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/6865/dw10505.jpg

    Price varies, meron sub-100hkd, meron din hundreds of hkd per bus.

    Store Locations:
    http://www.80mbusmodel.com/menu-6.html

    How Many Hours Before A Flight Should I Be In The Airport?

    At least 2 hours.

    Taxi Flagdown Rate + Additional Charges

    http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in...ong/index.html

    Getting to Lin Heung Teahouse

    http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1247533097
    Last edited by commoner; Dec 6, 2010 at 08:58 PM.

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    HOSTEL PHOTOS

    These photos are purely for reference only (Some may have more room types, others may not)

    *Credit goes to the different PEXers who photographed some of these hostels/hotels*

    *Other photos lifted from official websites*

    Taisan Store 1

    http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/5963/taisandm0.jpg

    Taisan Quad Room

    http://i333.photobucket.com/albums/m377/quetee_2008/HK_Mac%20Feb%202009/IMG_0222.jpg

    Marlboro Hostel

    http://img155.imageshack.us/img155/7432/hos.jpg

    Others

    http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/7725/hos1.jpg

    http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/9749/hos2.jpg

    http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/4436/hotel.jpg
    Last edited by commoner; Dec 6, 2010 at 07:39 PM.

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    Off Topic Section: Buying A Digital Camera

    I am planning to buy a digital camera, which brand is the best?

    I will assume that you are looking for a point-and-shoot camera and not a Digital SLR aka "Professional" camera. If this is the case then the answer is a no-brainer, Canon. Canon is the most consistent digital camera manufacturer for P&S cameras. It will not matter if you will get its cheapest model (Powershot A4 Series), its ultracompact line (Ixus Series) or its flagship line (Powershot G series), you will be assured of the best or at least Top-tier photo quality. Canon may not have the best or most stylish/fancy cameras but it's the best at 1 thing, taking pictures.

    I have used almost all the brands (with various models of each) out there which produces P&S cameras (Canon, Sony, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic, Kodak, Fuji, etc) and I can easily say that only Canon doesn't have a "lemon" camera. Yes other brands have a number of commendable to outstanding cameras but as a whole and in general, no other brand comes close to Canon in the P&S business.

    If you don't believe me, there are tons of digital camera review sites and magazines, you will see for yourself the consistency of Canon for different categories, from budget to luxury cameras.

    Other brands that I will recognize to be fair:
    Sony - Takes decent photos in good light, cameras are very fast and easy to use.
    Fuji - Famous for their High ISO achievement for a couple of their cameras. Poor interface though.
    Olympus - If only their everything-proof cameras can actually take decent pictures.
    Panasonic - Their LX3 is now the most highly commended P&S camera today.
    Nikon - Their P&S simply sucks. The total opposite of their dSLR line.

    Conclusion: Yes most companies have their cream-of-the-crop cameras but if you want a risk-free worry-free camera no matter what your budget is, that will assure you of a good photo, get a Canon.

    I am planning to buy a dSLR ("Professional") camera, how will I choose?

    For newbies or beginners, it will almost not matter which dSLR you will get. Choosing will mostly depend on your budget but if you stick with Canon or Nikon, you will definitely not regret it. Entry-level models are the usually recommended ones for beginners and are usually the cheapest also. I suggest you try out your target cameras and see which 1 you are more comfortable with.

    Off Topic Section: Buying A Laptop

    My personal choice - Asus Laptops. Why? They have been in the industry for so long, computers and laptops is their primary line of work. Moreover, they manufacture their own laptops unlike other brands (Dell, HP, Compaq, Sony, etc) who contract OEM laptop companies to manufacturer their laptops.

    Asus is the pioneer when it comes to laptops. All those micro laptops or netbooks you see today started with Asus' EEE PC. This alone will show you that they know what they are doing when it comes to laptops.

    Asus is World's Most Reliable Brand: http://www.rescuecom.com/2010-2nd-Qu...ty-Report.html
    Last edited by commoner; Dec 6, 2010 at 07:39 PM.

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    http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/4383/streetp.png

    http://maps.google.com.hk

    It's like being in HK without the need to be there.

    Sample:
    http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/3609/94494722.png

    How to Use:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukqbTbU2gvg

    How Street Maps was made:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJH_dMUUJps


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    http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/2415/123q.png

    http://ptes.td.gov.hk/en/index.asp
    Last edited by commoner; Dec 6, 2010 at 09:07 PM.

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