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HONG KONG v6.0 (Newbies Please Refer to Page 1 Before Posting)

commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭


Hong Kong Part I

Hong Kong Part II

Hong Kong Part III

Hong Kong Part IV

Hong Kong Part V

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

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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. 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.

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

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.


  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    Hong Kong
    • British Colony Until 1997 Handover to China
    • Summers are Wet, Hot and Humid (June to October) | Winters are Cold and Dry (November to March)
    • Extremely 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)
    • Airline Ticket does not need to exactly match the entire Passport name (not big a fuzz)
    • 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 Lantau Island (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.


    How Much Do I Need for a Trip to Hong Kong?
    Approximately P20,000 to P25,000 per person on a 4D3N Trip

    D-I-Y: Do It Yourself Trip

    Option A: Book Airline Ticket and Accomodations Online

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

    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 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.


    - Compulsory city tours WASTE YOUR TIME on useless places like jewelry factories
    - You will be left with half a day to enjoy disneyland
    - 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

    New for Thread 6

    - 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 EXPENSIVE.
    - For those on an extremely limited budget, watch out for the "Zero-Fares" or "Econo-light" fares.

    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
    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 - 100-150HKD per day
    Public Transportation - 150-200HKD for 3 to 4 days (including roundtrip airport cityflyer but excluding taxi rides)
    Theme Park Entrance Fees - Varies (Please refer to their websites for Fee information)
    Shopping - Varies


    To get the most out of your money, convert a small amount of your PHP/USD to HKD in a local FOREX like Czarina or BDO and other banks. 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 Mirador Arcade,
    58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    (Reachable by MTR, Tsim Sha Tsui Station)




    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 hostels might be more 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.

    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.

    Please don't ask which hostel is the best, almost all these are the same in quality, size and price. The main difference is their location. For starters, Golden Crown 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. Taisan also has a good location.

    Mongkok/Yaumatei: Can get very crowded; a low to middle range location when it comes to food and shopping. Markets are located here.
    TsimShaTsui/Jordan: Good mixture of shopping variety; Central location; Close to Star Ferry, Peninsula and Avenue of Stars
    Causeway Bay: Very busy and lively medium to high end shopping district; located on HK island; Near Central and Wanchai

    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.

    Lastly, avoid Chungking Mansions, it is a rundown place with nightmare accommodations.

    Hostels tried and tested by PEXers:

    City Econo Guesthouse (Jordan)

    Dragon Hostel (Mongkok)

    Golden Crown Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Sun Kong Hostel (Causeway Bay)

    Marlboro Hostel (Causeway Bay)

    Taisan Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Other Options:

    The Nest (Mongkok)
    *High End Hostel / 1 Star Hotel*

    Lee Garden / Star Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    USA Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Hotels tried and tested by PEXers:

    BP International (TST)
    Bridal Teahouse Yaumatei http://www.hkchhotel.com/eng.html
    Courtyard by Marriott (Western)
    Dorsett FAR East
    Dorsett Seaview (YMT)
    Eaton Hotel (Jordan)
    Evergreen Hotel (Jordan)
    Hotel Benito (TST)
    Imperial Hotel (TST)
    Kimberley Hotel (TST)
    Marco Polo Prince (TST)
    Metropark Hotel (CB)
    Panda Hotel (Tsuen Wan)
    Panorama by Rhombus (TST/TST East)
    Ramada Hotel (S. TST)
    Shamrock Hotel (Jordan)
    South Pacific Hotel (Wanchai)
    YMCA Salisbury (TST)

    If you plan to reside on hotels, you can choose among the available hotels in online booking websites such as Asiarooms.com, Agoda.com and Asiatravel.com.

    [HIGHLIGHT]Hotel Reviews, Feedback, Photos and Map:[/HIGHLIGHT] www.Tripadvisor.com
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭

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

    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.

    [HIGHLIGHT]The Octopus Card[/HIGHLIGHT]


    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.

    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.

    By the way, this is how you wave your card

    [HIGHLIGHT]Getting to Your Hotel / Hostel[/HIGHLIGHT]

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

    CityFlyer Fare and Routes

    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)


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

    Airport Express

    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.

    For 2 PAX or more, there are discounts to the Airport Express Fare.


    Costs usually around 300HKD++, seats a MAXIMUM of 4 passengers. No exceptions.


    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.




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


    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.


  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭









    TOP 10 Sights in Hong Kong (by Commoner)

    1. The Peak
    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 District
    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 (Beach in HK? LOL!)
    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 / Kowloon Walled City Park (Wong Tai Sin MTR Station)
    3. Hollywood Road (Between Central and Sheung Wan)
    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 Fest in Lamma Island or Sai Kung
    10. Museums
    11. Shatin and Snoopy Land

    TOP 5 Things to Do (by Commoner)

    1. Eat authentic non-commercialized Hong Kong 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)

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

    1. Helicopter Ride (right......)
    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 District, Alive until Midnight
    Avenue of Stars
    Harbour City Shopping Complex (with Toys 'R Us and CitySuper)
    Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard
    Canton Road / Nathan Road / Granville Circuit
    Knutsford Terraces
    The Peninsula and Intercontinental hotel

    Mongkok - Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
    Langham Place (Mall)
    Ladies Market
    Sai Yeung Choi Street
    Temple Street Night Market

    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

    Causeway Bay - Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
    Times Square Mall
    and a whole lot more of shopping and things to see

    Lantau Island
    Ngong Pin Village (Ngong Pin 360 Cable Car + Giant Buddha)
    Citygate Outlets


    NOTE: 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.

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

    3 Days 2 Nights

    Day 1 - Settle down, exchange currency, do a little shopping, visit the Peak around dusk then drop by Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 - Choose Between Ocean Park or Disneyland. After the theme park, free time to shop and walk around.
    Day 3 - *Free Time*

    **For those without elderly and kids, you can visit the Peak after Ocean Park if you choose Ocean Park**
    **For those who chose Disneyland, you can visit Ngong Pin Village / Giant Buddha from 10am to noon**
    **It may be possible to do Ocean Park on your 1st day given you get the 540AM Cebu Pacific Flight**

    4 Days 3 Nights

    Day 1 - Settle down, exchange currency, *Free Time*, Visit the Peak at dusk, ride the Star Ferry going to Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 - Ocean Park
    Day 3 - Disneyland (Optional Ngong Pin in the morning)
    Day 4 - Shopping / *Free Time*

    So what can you do during the free time? For starters, you can stroll around Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok (view above for details).

    You can also ride the star ferry and the century old tram while strolling around Central and Causeway Bay.


    The Peak
    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    Ocean Park
    (Entrance Fees and Transportation Directions can be found here)

    HK General Information
    12hk.com and discoverhongkong.com

    MTR - Subway System

    HK Tramways

    Public Bus

    Ngong Pin Village and Ngong Pin 360
    http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/visitor/gethere.html?play=[type Function]&continue1=yes&soundpos=



    Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭

    Comprehensive Shopping Guide: http://12hk.com/shopping/hk_shop.shtml

    Shopping in HK outside the Sale Season Reminder:

    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.

    [HIGHLIGHT]For those planning to buy Electronics in Hong Kong[/HIGHLIGHT]


    Digital Cameras in HK are offered either with a warranty (local/international) or without a warranty. The no-warranty ones are very cheap but if you will opt for the warranty-ready cameras, the price will not be far from the camera stores in Hidalgo, Quiapo (behind SM Quiapo). If you are going to buy a camera below P20k, rid yourself of all the hassles, worries and warranty concerns and just buy your camera here in Manila. 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.

    There will always be risks in buying electronics abroad, Hong Kong is not an exception. 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

    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
    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)

    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

    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

    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

    Malls - Times Square, Harbour City, Langham Place, Citygate Outlet Mall, Silvercord Mall, Sogo
    Granville Circuit
    Mongkok Markets
    Causeway Bay
    Baleno, Bossini, Giordano, H&M, Uniqlo

    H&M in Hong Kong


    Uniqlo in Hong Kong



    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.

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


    Night Life - Lan Kwai Fong in Central or SOHO


    **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**


    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, H.K.

    Yung Kee (the best roasted goose daw in HK)
    32-40 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong

    Tsim Chai Kee (մ?м?) (great noodles daw)
    98 Wellington Street, Central. You can get there from Central MTR station, Exit D1 and **.

    Tai Cheong Bakery (̩??????) - 35 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central

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

    Cafe Deco and Peak Lookout - The Peak, Central

    Dining in Causeway Bay - Times Square, Jardine's Bazaar Street and Jaffe Road


    Australian Dairy Company - (Best scrambled eggs daw) - 47 Parkes St. Jordan, Kowloon

    Ki Tsui cake shop, fa yuen street, mongkok

    Triple-O citysuper, harbour city

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

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

    Tao Heung Restaurant - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Din Tai Fung - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road

    MOS Burger - Langham Place

    Tao Heung Super 88 - Shop B, 3/F., Grand Tower, 639 Nathan Road, Mongkok

    Ka Ka Lok

    Eat Together

    Modern Toilet - 220 Portland Street, Mongkok
    It seem HKers dont like it.... http://www.openrice.com/restaurant/sr2.htm?shopid=19225


    Discounted Theme Park Tickets

    Traveleasy Ltd
    Shop 316, 3/F, Worldwide House
    19 Des Vouex Road Central
    Central MTR Exit B

    OP tickets: HK$170 each
    Disney Peak-day tickets: HK$320 each

    China Travel Service (Hong Kong)
    Many Branches Including 1 inside the Airport

    *CTS-HK is a little more expensive than Traveleasy but if you are residing in Kowloon, it is more practical to buy at a nearby branch of CTS than going all the way to Central.

    Grocery / Supermarkets

    Wellcome is much cheaper than 7-Eleven.

    Citysuper is where you can buy the much coveted Royce Chocolates. The huge Citysupers' are inside Harbour City (TST) and Times Square (CB).

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




    Ferries from HK to Macau

    From Kowloon:

    From Hong Kong Island:

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

    Macau Thread -> http://pinoyexchange.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274186


    Reachable by MTR / KCR.

    China Visa should be applied here in Manila for convenience but can ALSO be applied in HK.

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



  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭

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


    This is a special tourist card only available for visitors spending 14 days or less in Hong Kong and for many visitors does not represent good value or have the same flexibility as the standard “On-loan” card.

    It is available in two denominations;

    HK$220 CARD
    Includes a HK$50 deposit and provides one trip on the Airport Express and three days unlimited travel on MTR urban lines

    HK$300 CARD
    Provides two trips on the Airport Express and three days unlimited travel on MTR urban lines.

    These cards can subsequently be “topped up” in the same way as the standard Octopus Card and a refund of the deposit can be obtained by the same method as for the standard “On-loan” Octopus Card.

    More detailed information can be obtained from the Octopus Card website at;



    A one day pass is available which may be useful to some visitors. It is valid for one day in a 30 day period from date of purchase and can be used on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Island, Tung Chung and Disneyland Resort lines. The pass costs HK$50. It is also available online. Details 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.

    Open an account with photobucket by logging in. Once you have an account, you will see a prompt there asking you if you wanna upload your pictures.

    Just click Choose Files and it will automatically open a new window and will ask you to select the jpeg file to upload. make sure that you select "Reduce to: 640x480 (large)" ang ilalagay mo para malaki ang pics otherwise thumbnails ang lalabas.

    After that, you will be informed that the files have been loaded successfully. tapos, you will see the thumbnails of the files that you have uploaded. something like this:

    Now that you have uploaded the pics, all you need to do is to click the "Image Code" box under the picture that you want to upload. it will automatically copy the code so all you have to do is to paste the copied codes here in the thread.


    Before you ask for transportation directions, make sure you have consulted your destination's website first. Online maps are everywhere.

    Pack Light! Bring comfortable shoes 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.
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    by QueTee

    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.

    *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.

    By Taxi From OCEAN PARK: Approx Fare HK$40-$50.

    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.

    3. Disneyland

    Link -> http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/tools/transportation/listing?name=GettingToTheResortListingPage

    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).

    4. Ngong Ping

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

    By MTR/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 MTR/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.

    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.

    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

    Option 1:
    TST China Ferry Terminal (New World First Ferry): 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

    Option 2:
    Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal (Turbojet and Cotai Jet) - Faster boats

    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)

    Option 3:
    Direct from HKIA skypier (Transit to Macau): HKIA ferry transfer desk

    Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong

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

    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).
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    Courtesy of Achuan88
    Sa mga gustong bumili ng mga electronic sa HK. May mga style yung ibang store dyan specially along nathan road; Beware and huwag kayao papadala. Here is the style that I know:

    When you ask a price of a particular model, mababa ang ibibigay nilang price. (Since alam nila na you are somewhat familiar with the price and is looking for a bargain) ito ay para pumasok ka sa store nila. Then they will say that you need to wait for them to get the item in the warehouse. while waiting ask you to pay first (para hindi ka makaalis) or give small talk . like asking you why you like the particular model and also will recommend a "better" model at a lower price but with different brand or if not they will invite you to a room where in they will let you see other item na better daw with your choice. DO NOT BE FOOLED. STICK TO YOUR CHOICE. since if na sales talk ka nila sa item nila na alam nila di ka prepared sa spec and price dito ka magogoyo.

    If di ka papadala sa sales talk nila and if the price that they gave you for your item is really very low tatlo lang ang mangyayari una sasabihin nila na wala na stock. Pangalawa sasabihin nila na unit only ang ibinigay nila sa iyo at yung ibang DAPAT kasama ay kailangan mo pang bilhin seperately. ang huli naman at pinakamatindi ay bigyan ka ng deffective na unit or refurbish na unit.

    Kaya in summary;

    1. know what you are buying (research, reserach, research)
    2. be firm and do not be intimidated
    3. ask for manual so that you will know what are included in the box
    4. as much as possible do not give money until you have seen the item. (kasi minasn alam nila gipit tayo sa time and they will take their time so as to pressure you to make a decission.)
    5. ask about the warranty and also mahalaga ang resibo.

    Not all stores are dishonest naman but it pays to be carefull.

    Baka may alam kayong iba pang style dyan na bago. paki post na rin.
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    Snapshots of Hong Kong:

  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭

    [HIGHLIGHT]Last Minute Reminders for Thread 6 Newbies[/HIGHLIGHT]

    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.

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

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

    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 (November 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. 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.

    What to Wear When

    Summer - Comfortable clothes + Umbrella during the rainy months
    Early/Late Winter (November/March) - T-Shirts or Longsleeves
    Winter Proper (Late December-February) - Sweaters or Light Jacket

    Places / Things Best Done During the Day

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

    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 (also more expensive on holidays and weekends)
    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 Pin 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

    *Airplane Touchdown in Hong Kong until Baggage Claim takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour
    *Departure from Hong Kong: at least 2 Hours before flight time
    *Airport to City: 45minutes to 1 Hour
    *City to Disneyland by Train: Approximately 45minutes

    Estimating Travel Time when using the MTR

    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.

    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.

    [HIGHLIGHT]Various Tips from Different PEXers[/HIGHLIGHT]
    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.
    Sample Pricelist for Pasalubong:

    Bossini Shirts - 70-90 HKD
    Bosinni Polo Shirt - 125 HKD
    Meiji Chocolates - 12 - 20 HKD
    Royce Bar Choc- 38 HKD
    Royce Nama (Box) - 85 HKD
    Souvenirs (Magnets, Key Chains) 10 HKD
    Esprit Bag - 59HKd dito P698 (checked sa glorietta)
    Giordano Top - 80hkd

  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    Locating the Famous Spots in Hong Kong

  • ellebiramellebiram Member PExer
    Link: http://travel.ninemsn.com.au/img/language/cantonese.pdf


    Welcome to Thread 6!!! :love:

    WOW! So impressive! Information overload! *okay*
  • mumsiemumsie Member PExer
    i'm really loving this.. kahit hindi ako first-timer sa hk i still love reading the information that everyone shared..
  • purpleheadd07purpleheadd07 Babae po ako ✭✭
    bukas na alis ko, ayoko na magbasa dito baka magsawa na ko sa HK :lol:
  • mumsiemumsie Member PExer
    bukas na alis ko, ayoko na magbasa dito baka magsawa na ko sa HK :lol:

    i'll be in hk too. how long will u stay and when are u coming back? friday-sunday nasa hk kami then move to macau on sunday-monday.. :)
  • purpleheadd07purpleheadd07 Babae po ako ✭✭
    ^^baliktad tayo, 19-21 kami nasa macau, 21-24 in HK. :)
  • achuan88achuan88 Member ✭✭
    Post ko lang some pictures of Hong Kong Harbour

    Hong Kong Convention Center

    Another picture of HKCC

    Star Ferry

    cargo mover and people mover

    Hong Kong Junk Boat

    Harbour at night

    Star Aquarius dock along the harbour
  • florenofloreno Miyembro ✭✭✭
    Mga Pasaway at di paawat na PEX "Hongkies"

  • commonercommoner Honorary Member ✭✭✭
    Cruises from Hong Kong

    For those interested in Cruising, Star Cruises docks in Hong Kong.



    There are promos by local travel agencies and a few days' cruise is actually quite affordable. Around 300USD up.
  • i'm back!

    well, back to work din so di agad maka-post. but i did try to answer those who sent private messages. will try to post some pictures soon, pero pagtiyagaan nyo lang kse di pa hi-tech camera gamit ko :D

    just a word of caution to those leaving for HK soon. i got duped by a forex agent in HK airport (hay naku sir blue, yes i'm super malas!). nagpalit kse ako money sa airport kse i needed some HKD for at least the first part of the trip. so yung sa forex na guy, he said if i exchange my peso to hkd, they have this promo na if you have any HKD left pagbalik mo, you can exchange it sa kanila at the same rate na nakuha mo.

    so nung pagbalik namin sa airport yesterday, my mom decided na ipalit na lang to peso yung ibang natirang money (para pambayad ng utang sa credit card pag-uwi, hehe!). tapos sabi sa akin nung forex agent, di daw same rate, me discount lang daw. haaay! ang hirap talaga nila kausap. anyway, dun sa mga magpapalit, better if you can have HKD before you leave or kung magpalit man sa airport, konti lang. a little more than enough lang to get you to the places where you can find better forex rates.
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