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    The Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong (READ PAGE 1 BEFORE POSTING IN THIS THREAD)


    Hong Kong for Dummies Thread




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    Easier Navigation: Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 – Myths and FAQs
    Topics covered:
    About Hong Kong
    Myths About Hong Kong
    40 Things You Should Know Before Going To Hong Kong

    Chapter 2 - General Information
    Topics covered:
    Planning Your Trip
    Tour Packages
    Travel Agencies
    Currency Exchange & Money Changers
    Accommodation in Hong Kong
    Information on Hotels and Hostels

    Chapter 3 - 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 4 - 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 5 - Shopping and Dining
    Topics covered:
    Shopping in Hong Kong
    Sale Season Guide
    Electronics Shopping Guide
    Shopping Recommendations
    Local Dining Recommendations

    Chapter 6 - Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)
    Topics covered:
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Estimating Pocket Money
    Useful Tips / Reminders for First Timers
    Discounted Theme Park Tickets

    Chapter 7 - 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

    Use "Search" (CTRL + F or F3 on your keyboard) for an even faster method of getting the information you need.

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    Basic Information:

    • 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.

    Myths about Hong Kong that are NOT TRUE:

    1. They hate Filipinos because of the Quirino bus massacre.
    2. They are racists against Filipino Tourists.
    3. You need to join a package tour to save money.
    4. HK airport checks your laptop for pirated software.
    5. Bottled water in HK is expensive.
    6. Sale season includes electronics.
    7. Jewelry and watches is much cheaper in HK.
    8. Disneyland and Ocean Park are the only places that symbolize HK.
    9. Knock-offs or fake goods are cheaper in HK.
    10. Eating in local restaurants is hard and intimidating.
    11. Fa Yuen Street sells fake shoes.
    12. Hong Kong people are rude.
    13. Hong Kong is very small so we only need to spend a few days.

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    40 Things You Should Know Before Going To Hong Kong
    (A compilation of the most important information and most frequently asked questions.)

    1. List of Catholic churches and schedule of English masses:

      For Christians:
      Sunday English worship service at St. Andrews Church (Anglican), 138 Nathan Rd

    2. Senior Citizens Discount. Senior Citizen is 65 years old and above in HK. Bring a proof of age like passport or driver's license. If they will honor it, good. If not, then you have no choice. You can't leave your seniors somewhere while you all enjoy the place. Disneyland honors foreign seniors. Ocean Park does not. There's also a Senior version of the Octopus Card which should be cheaper.

      -ELDERS have a discount/s in HK (they have green colored octopuss card)
      -the cost of their entrance ticket to Disney is only 100 hkd
      -we rented one wheelchair in disney ($60 hk for a day) for my mother and the privileges more than pay for the rent ... We are given importance. Example, we dont have to queue to enter a show or have a ride since a disney personnel will assist you while passing a different route (for those disabled)
      -there are reserved seats for disabled
      -the elders are free to ride the ship crossing tst and hk island
      -there are special queue for those with elders in hk/macau Immigration

    3. Sky 100 is NOW OPEN.

      Sky 100 VS The Peak. Sky 100 is in Kowloon Island, The Peak is in HK Island; so the view will be different. The Peak Sky Terrace is open air while Sky 100 is inside the building behind a glass. If you have time, visit both. If not, visiting either will do. Both offers a good view of Hong Kong. Whether the entrance fee is worth it or not, you can be the judge of that. The Sky 100 website offers a 360 panorama of the view.

      View from Sky 100:

    4. Modern Toilet is NOW CLOSED. There is no more Modern Toilet in HK.

      Macao Dragon Ferry has CEASED operations. This company has gone bankrupt.

    5. Public Holidays

    6. Updated Outlet List

    7. ”OK.”

      Ok ba itong hotel? Ok ba itong hostel? Ok ba itong package? Ok ba itong travel agency? Ok ba ang Disneyland? Ok ba ang Peak Tram? Ok lang ba pag 1 way lang kami sa Peak Tram o sa NP360? Ok lang ba mag bus from Peak? Ok ba ang Ocean Park? Ok ba ang Tiger Airways? Ok ba pumunta pag July? Ok ba pumunta pag February? Is this Ok Is that Ok?

      Everything important/pertinent you need to know is on this page. Everything you need to know to accomplish a successful DIY trip is also on this page. We won't put anything here that would cause any sort of inconvenience on your part. We won't put anything that is not “OK”. On your part, you are free to divert from the things written here unless they are clearly specified like doing Macau and Ocean Park in 1 day. The same way, if it's not here then most probably it's because it won't have a big effect on your trip. Either that or the information is already here, you just have to know how to utilize it properly or combining them to get what you are looking for. Leave the minute details to fate. Every trip abroad is an adventure, don't plan everything to the dot because there will always be unforeseen circumstances no matter how well you plan it.

      With places that present multiple options like the Peak Tram and NP360, it is totally up to you whether or not to avail roundtrip rides. The same with reaching the Peak terminus, it depends if you want to walk there or if you want to take bus 15C. We give you the options, you make the decision. In the event you only decide to ride them 1 way, we have also included the instructions on how to get back without riding them. You are free to choose, don’t ask us what is OK because everything has a positive and negative side.

      If you are looking for reviews of a particular hostel or airline, there is a “search this thread” function. You can type “Tiger Airways” and see whatever post has the keyword in it. If the information isn't here, it's somewhere on the Web. Disneyland and Ocean Park both provide sufficient information on what you can find when you get there. Including what you can find during special seasons like Halloween, Christmas or Chinese New Year. Then there's Google for everything else. This thread is the most spoon-fed guide to Hong Kong you will find online. Do your part; exert that tiny effort for anything you can't find here.

      For those asking whether or not their itinerary is “OK”, you don’t have to ask anymore if you simply copied the sample itineraries on Page 1 or if you only revised/edited some parts of those sample itineraries. I see a lot of itineraries patterned after those in Page 1, no need to ask if they are OK.

      For those asking whether or not their pocket money is sufficient already, consult with the guide below on how to estimate the pocket money. Don’t forget to specify where you plan to go and for how many people the pocket money is.

      OK lang ba mag DIY kahit first time namin? Read this thread, read the old threads. Tons of people successfuly went to HK with only Page 1 as guide. They didn't even have to post questions anymore. provides comprehensive reviews and photos of hotels in HK.

      When is travel to HK "OK"? Depends what you are after. Sale? Weather? Celebrations? What? If you want to enjoy the cold weather, go to HK from November to March. If you want to go on a shopping spree, go to HK from July to August.

      Is it OK to shop in Causeway Bay? It won’t be a shopping district if it’s not “OK” for shopping.

      Is it OK to travel during holidays? You already know the answer to this. Holidays means crowded tourist spots no matter if it's in HK, USA or in the Philippines. If you are fine with places being crowded then go ahead with your trip. Don't ask something you already know the answer to.

      Lastly, don't simply ask if something is "OK". Be more concrete. OK in terms of what?

    8. CHEAPEST.

      Cheapest airline. Cheapest flight. Cheapest hostel. Cheapest hotel. Cheapest entrance ticket. Cheapest ferry ticket to Macau. Cheapest package tour. Cheapest place to eat. The 2nd most common word after OK.

      Cheapest airline and flight - Cebu Pacific's Piso/Zero Fare Promo. Airlines regularly have promos so always be on the look out for them. Generally the earlier you buy, the cheaper it is. As a point of reference, regular airfare for CebPac is around P7-9k while it is around P8-12k for PAL. Yes you can fly to Macau then fly back from HK; and vice versa.

      Cheapest hostels can be found inside Chungking Mansions. IF you can stand the shady environment and chance upon a decent hostel inside it then stay here. Otherwise there are slightly more expensive but more decent hostels around the area.

      Cheapest hotel are usually those that are far from downtown HK. Good value hotels are listed below.

      Cheapest entrance ticket - See post below.

      Cheapest ferry ticket to Macau – Ferries to Macau have basically the same price but you can find travel agencies inside ferry terminals that sell discounted tickets. Yes they are legitimate. Detailed info on Macau below.

      Cheapest package tour - You will see this in online advertisements and newspapers. USUALLY they will come with a compulsory city tour which is a waste of time. Before asking if the tour is "worth it", make sure you know the airline, the flights, the hotels included and the tours you are required to join. Generally we do not suggest joining a tour because HK is easy to go around on your own.

      Cheapest place to eat - local eateries or local fastfood. If you can brave the typical restaurant in HK then you will save some money. You are in a different country, don't settle with McDonalds, KFC and Yoshinoya.

      Cheapest, Most Convenient and Fastest (or “Best”) do not go along in 1 sentence. If you are after speed and convenience, prepare to pay more than the usual. If you want it cheap, prepare for some drawbacks. Be reasonable. Save enough to make your trip worthwhile. You won't enjoy a trip to HK if you want to cut down costs on everything. Food is not terribly expensive and it is part of the culture so bringing in food from Manila defeats the purpose of going abroad. If you don't have enough, save some more. Make it short but worthwhile.


      If the minor is traveling without the parents, a DSWD permit is required to travel. If 1 of the parents is going, there is no need for this. Minors (2-12) can also avail of the discounted travel tax of P810 instead of P1620. 2yrs and below is free. Remind the airport staff of the age discount. All travelers should pay the the terminal fee of P750. Do not make an itinerary that is so full and packed. Kids will easily get tired. More specially during summer where the weather is hot and humid.

      When booking airline tickets online, you most probably have to pay the travel tax at the airport. And then you also have to pay the terminal fee as stated above. You also need to bring the credit card used to purchase the tickets or a Xerox of it. Confirm with airline regarding the requirements. If you booked through a travel agency, you need to confirm with them whether or not the price you paid includes the travel tax already.

      You will NOT need to pay anything at the HK airport.

      Make sure your passport still has 6 months before it expires to avoid any hassles.

      Handcarry liquid should not exceed 100ml per canister/container. Umbrellas need to be checked-in.

      For those afraid of being questioned by the Immigration Officer in Manila or HK for whatever reason, prepare the necessary documents and arguments ahead of time. Do not look guilty if you have nothing to hide or it might only give you more trouble.

      Show Money – As long as it’s enough to feed you, pay the entrance fees and transportation fees, then it’s enough. They only ask this if they suspect that you’re going to be a TNT or illegal worker. If you have an itinerary prepared and a decent amount of pocket money, you won’t have any problem. Estimating pocket money can be found below.

      It is also recommended to have your passport with you while in HK just in case a Police Officer questions you. Make sure you have a photocopy of it in the hotel/hostel. There are many cases of overstaying in HK so the Police conducts random questioning.

      Don’t forget to grab a free map of Hong Kong in the HK International Airport.

      Hong Kong Airport Meeting Place – Burger King in the Arrivals Area or the Customer Service Counter

      More Tips for traveling with Kids/Toddlers:
      another nice-to-know for travelling with infants/babies.... most of the bigger tourist areas have changing rooms, there is a Baby area in Disneyland perfect for just resting, diaper changing and breastfeeding

      regarding whether to bring strollers or not... that will depend on
      1) where they want to go and how (If they're going to be riding more buses than MTR, the stroller might prove to be a hassle kasi you have to keep on folding it and stowing it out of the way in the bus.... sa MTR, you have to carry it down and up stairs but there are elevators within the MTR station and spaces inside MTR cars for strollers and wheelchairs)
      2) who will carry the stroller up and down stairs, buses, etc
      3) how old their child is (newborns and infants are better held/worn, toddlers up to 3 years would really need strollers)
      4) where they're going (Ocean park, kahit 6 year old will benefit from a stroller... but you can rent there naman... sa Disneyland, the attractions are closer together so the child will seldom spend time in the stroller, except maybe to nap)

      Ocean Park Strollers - HKD40 for the whole day (plus HKD60 deposit)

      Disneyland Strollers - HKD60 with a HKD100 deposit

      Some hostels sell discounted admission tickets to Disneyland and/or Ocean Park but rarely do they sell tickets to Ngong Ping and The Peak. Include this in your inquiry with them and the rates of the said tickets. If not, you have 3 options.

      Option 1: Travel Easy or Sally's in Worldwide House, Central exit B.
      Option 2: CTS in the airport (arrivals area) or any of their branch in downtown HK.
      Branches and Hours:
      Recent reports say they do not accept credit cards anymore. CTS in the airport closes at 10PM.
      Option 3:

      CTS doesn't offer outright discounts for Disneyland but they do have a combo ticket that comes with a meal voucher. Meals cost above 50HKD so you will save money if you avail of the combos. They also have combos for 2 meals + drink/snack. For the 3in1 combo you can save as much as 100HKD. CTS in the airport does not operate 24/7, they close at 10PM. If you have any plans of buying Peak and Ngong Ping tickets in advanced, buy it in CTS. We suggest this if you want to avoid the long lines. There are no discounted tickets for Ngong Ping 360 and The Peak. A feedback on the combo ticket of CTS for Disneyland here:

      Avail the 3 in 1 Disneyland package at China Travel Services. Sulit sya at $419. That includes 1 Popcorn (masarap 'to) or Drinks, 1 LUNCH, 1 Dinner - any meal WITHOUT drinks at Starliner Diner, Comet Cafe (pero closed nung nagpunta kami) or Clopin's Festival of Food. Yung isang meal kasi dun would cost $50-$70, so sulit na talaga yung package.

      Ganito yan, meron 3 coupons. Yung isa Lunch Coupon (valid until 4:30pm), Dinner Coupon valid from 5:30pm onwards.Then the other one, Popcorn or Drink. Mahal din kasi yung drinks sa loob mga $25 yata each so yung isang coupon niredeem namin ng popcorn, yung coupon ng hubby ko, large coke sa Starliner Diner. Redeemable lang itong mga to sa Starliner Diner, Clopin's Festival of Food or Comet Cafe. Pero yung mga food stalls sa Comet CAfe closed lahat that time. Any meal yan from their menu pwede. Kaya minsan yung pinakamahal ang pinipili namin para sulit.
      If I were you guys, I would buy tickets for The Peak and Ngong Ping 360 in CTS. And then for Disneyland and/or Ocean Park, either you buy the discounted ticket from your hostel or in Travel Easy OR you buy the combo package that CTS offers. It’s basically the same thing because you can’t not eat inside Disneyland since heavy meals and sometimes even snacks can be confiscated by Disneyland staff. For Ocean Park, they are not strict so you can bring heavy meals inside.

      For Option 3, please inquire with them on how/where to pick up the tickets.

      Some people are coming from Macau, some people arrive at the airport but CTS is already closed, some people are staying in a hotel, some people are staying far from Central. Different situations, different scenarios. In the end, it doesn't matter which has the cheapest rates. What's important is convenience. Eg: If you will go out of your way to Central just for the tickets, you are spending for the transportation and the time/effort you put out as opposed to just buying in the airport or in the hostel you are staying at. Bottomline: As long as you will have some savings without having to exert the extra effort, then you should be satisfied already. Nakatipid ka nga ng konti sa ticket, gumastos ka naman sa MTR, edi parehas lang. Please don't be so nitpicky when it comes to this. Halos pare-parehas lang ang matitipid niyo after all is said and done.

      Ask if what you are buying is the actual ticket or a voucher. Also ask where to line-up when you get to the tourist spot. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an actual ticket or a voucher, either way you won’t have to line-up for a long time. A detailed section including the rates can be found below in this same page under FAQs.

      Disneyland also sells the 3in1 food voucher for 125HKD.

      PS: Disneyland and Ocean Park tickets are "ride all you can" tickets.
      PS: Judging from Asiatravel’s discounted tickets, there MIGHT be another impending increase for Disneyland next year (2012).

    11. Octopus Card vs Airport Express Travel Pass.

      The consensus for this is that the travel pass is not worth it. You won't be able to maximize the ride-all-you-can. So just stick with the Octopus Card. For those staying for 3-4 days, 150HKD is enough (including 50HKD deposit). If you are taking the AE to the city, purchase it separately (preferably as a group so you will have discounts). The AE has free shuttles to selected hotels. Details below on the Octopus Card.

    12. Never ending question about Citygate outlets.

      Some say it sells old stock, some say it has current collections. Some say it's not worth it, some say they found good bargains. If you have time for it, if you are in the vicinity, then go ahead check it out. If not, there are a couple of outlet stores in TST. When there is a sale going on, there might not be a need to go to an outlet store altogether. Just shop wherever you want to. Bottomline: If you have very limited time in HK, just shop in the city.

    13. Never ending question on Money Exchange.

      Based from reports, the best place to exchange currency is in HK; Wing Hoi in particular. So what you can do no matter if you have PHP or USD is to exchange a small amount in Manila or at the HK airport and then exchange all your other cash in Wing Hoi. However if you are after convenience and peace of mind you can also exchange your cash in Manila either through banks or money changers depending who offers a better rate. If you are converting around P20,000 or less, the difference is basically negligible already AKA you won’t save a lot by spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to do. DO NOT double convert PHP->USD->HKD because chances are you will have losses if you do this.

      The exchange rate of Wing Hoi does not vary greatly. No need to keep asking the updated rate cause it's only a few cents if it does change. Wing Hoi also has good rates if you are bringing PHP. So exchange a small amount in the airport then exchange the rest at Wing Hoi. Average Wing Hoi rate is 1USD--7.7HKD. (Aug/2011 report: PHP100--18HKD). More details on Wing Hoi and FOREX below.

      According to Philippine laws you cannot bring more than USD10,000 or its equivalent in another currency. You also cannot bring out more than PHP10,000.

    14. HOSTELS. Never ending question of whether a specific hostel is "OK" or not.

      For the nth time, if it's listed below then it's OK. If it’s listed below then it means it’s clean, has a good location and very decent overall. The only reason these hostels made the list below is because a Pexer has previously stayed in it and gave a good feedback. Only Taisan has negative reviews. How to contact them? Go to their website. E-mail them or call them. There's a reason why I post the link to their websites. Taisan and Golden Crown aren't the only hostels in HK. Apart from the list below, you can check and Hostels are practically all the same. Same size, same services, same old building, same accessibility. If the hostel you are asking is not listed below, search it in Google to see if there are any reviews of it online.

      Photos of hostels and hostel rooms are posted in their websites and on Page 2 of this thread.

      Never ending question on sneak-ins. Hostel and small hotels (like Butterfly on Prat and Hotel Benito) - NO SNEAK-INS. For big hotels yes you can do it. If a hostel room is for 2 people, 3 people cannot pay the price of 2. Read details below. How to know if a hotel has a big lobby? Go to their website or to for photos.

      Do hostels provide toiletries? Discounted tickets? WiFi? Drinking water? Rice? E-mail them, inquire. We do not represent these hostels and their freebies do vary.

    15. Unless you plan to exhaust yourself, don't go to Disneyland, Ocean Park and Macau in a 4D3N trip. It is impossible to do all 3 if you only have 3D2N. You will end up rushing, tired and failing to enjoy the experience. Hong Kong is just 2 hours away, don't cram everything in a single trip because the world won't end in 2012. Forget about shopping if you will do an "amazing race" type of trip. If you want to enjoy Macau, allot at least 1 whole day for it. Disneyland, Macau and Ocean Park all need 1 whole day each to fully enjoy them.

      Tourist spots like Disneyland, Macau, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping and The Peak are crowded during weekends. Given na iyan. Even more crowded during holidays in China like May 1, October 1-3, Chinese New Year, Mid-Autumn Festival, etc.

      Conditions during summer, specially outdoors, can be unbearable. You have been warned.

    16. Food is the last thing you should worry about. HK people love to eat; they have very high standards when it comes to food so it is very rare to find a restaurant that has bad quality. No matter if it's Chinese, Asian, Desserts or Western food, it will most probably be better than the average restaurant we have to offer. Don't settle for western fastfood when there are tons of delicious food in HK.

      Do not worry where you will eat in HK because there’s literally a restaurant every block. You will never run out of choices and places to eat. Bring disposable spoon and fork just in case the restaurant only has chopsticks. Unless you have a LOT of free time do not try to make life difficult by trying to plan/plot where you will eat for a particular meal. Trips abroad usually means the usual time for eating won't be followed. Tendencies are you will just eat when you get hungry. Like I said, restaurants are everywhere in HK. You will NOT go hungry no matter where you are.

      If it’s not a classy sit-down restaurant, prepare to pay around 20-30HKD for a rice meal (Chicken, rice, veggies) or a bowl of beef noodles. For Disneyland, it’s definitely above 50HKD per head per meal. An average of 50HKD per meal should be sufficient.

      For any food/dining related concerns, please visit this website:

    17. SHOPPING.

      Number 1 rule for those planning to shop, canvass target items in Manila first so you will have a price reference. Nobody will be able to give you a guarantee whether or not something is cheaper in HK so canvass first! At least when you get to HK you will know immediately if it’s cheaper or not.

      Fashionable clothes for women (non-branded) - Argyle Center in Mongkok, Granville Circuit in TST, Causeway bay - Island Beverly, Fashion Island, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay Plaza 1, Lee Gardens, Lee Gardens 2, Lee Theatre Plaza, Jardines Bazaar, Jardines Cresent. See Causeway Bay map below for details.

      Souvenirs - The typical "gas-gas" souvenirs can be found in Ladies Market and Cameron Road in TST. I Love HK shirts are 5pcs for 100HKD. Magnets cost 10HKD. Remember to bargain hard. The Peak also sells souvenirs; much expensive but better quality.

      Rubber Shoes - Fa Yuen Street in Mongkok has plenty of rubber shoes shops that sell authentic items. They have the best price and selection. Old stocks are put on sale.

      Ladies Market – Knock-offs you can find in Manila. And the usual souvenirs. Not a place to shop for clothes other than those “I love HK” t-shirts. Temple Street Night Market – Knick-knacks and other novelty items. Also not a place to shop for clothes. Not too many souvenirs either.

      Best place to shop for clothes, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay. Hong Kong has brands that are not available in Manila yet like Uniqlo, H&M, American Eagle, E-Base, etc.

      Cosmetics and Perfumes – Cheaper in HK. See details under Shopping below.

      Sale Season is July to Early September but there are smaller sporadic sales throughout the year.

    18. MACAU.

      There are 3 points in HK where you can take the ferry to Macau. Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui and the Airport. If you are staying in Kowloon then obviously the nearest ferry terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui. Please read details below under Macau section.

    19. Google Maps is very helpful. MAKE GOOD USE IT! Another good reference for area maps is this:


      Getting to your hostel or hotel from the airport is extremely easy. You have the choice of taxi, bus (Cityflyer), or train (Airport Express). The airport bus is cheap, convenient and easy to use. Details on how to use it is written below. You can also ask the hotel/hostel to provide you with instructions on how to get to their place; and how to leave their place.

      The Hong Kong subway system is very extensive and easy to use. It will take you to almost anywhere you want to go. I don’t know why people keep asking how to use the bus. Use the MTR, it’s the best and easiest way to get around HK unless specified otherwise.

      If you are 4 or 5 sometimes it is cheaper to travel by taxi specially for shorter distances since you will divide the cost by all of you. Just don’t travel by taxi during rush hour or you will be stuck in traffic.

      The "Getting To" section below is as good and as clear as it gets. It won't get any more straightforward than how it's already written so find the time to understand it. Getting around is EXTREMELY easy. You just need the instructions and a free map from the airport. You can also print your own maps if you want.

      Is it walking distance from X to X? How near is X to X? Google Maps (To/From Direction) maps out the shortest route by walking/car/bus including the distance and approximate walking time. Or you can use Google Maps Street View to estimate the distance.

      The MTR location maps ( are very detailed and useful; a good alternative to Google Maps. USE THEM!

      Getting from Point A to Point B. Read the instructions in the special section below, use Google Maps or this

      There are no instructions for "Ocean Park to The Peak" or "Ocean Park to the Star Ferry Terminal" because there are already instructions on how to get from Ocean Park back to Admiralty. How do you get to Central from Admiralty? MTR. Easy as that. There are maps of MTR stops / districts below. It's not hard to figure out how to get from an MTR exit in Central to somewhere adjacent like the Star Ferry Terminal or the Peak Terminus. Again there's also Google Maps. Almost everything can be reached by riding the MTR so all you need is to figure out the route and how to get to the nearest MTR station.

    21. What can you see here? What is so special with this place? GOOGLE IT.

    22. If you are a first time traveler abroad, better to have a hotel/hostel reservation just in case the immigration officer asks for it. If you are staying with a friend, make sure you know the exact address and the occupation of the friend.

    23. WALK-IN ACCOMMODATION. For those who are planning to walk-in their hostel accommodation, there are a lot of hostels to choose from in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you can stand the environment in and around Chungking Mansion then by all means, book a room there. Otherwise there's Mirador Mansion, Golden Crown Court, Burlington Arcade and a bunch of other buildings in the area that have a much better ambiance. Walk-in rates for hotels are much more expensive than booking online. DO NOT walk-in to a hotel if you don’t want to waste money.

    24. Ocean Park Cable Car, Ngong Ping 360 and The Peak Tram have regular maintenance scheduled. Check their website to see if they are operational during the duration of your trip.

    25. ALLOWANCE. Make sure you allot an allowance for the travel time, the waiting time, the pocket money, etc. Don't make an itinerary or a budget plan that is so rigid. There should always be an allowance.

    26. To enjoy the century-old "Ding Ding" tram on HK island, don't use it as a means of transportation because it will be challenging for 1st time visitors. Ride it as an attraction from 1 point to another. Just enjoy the sights, don't worry where you will get off. Worst case there's always an MTR station nearby. It runs parallel to the island line of the MTR. The views on top from end-to-end is very nice specially at night. Visit the sites below for more info:

      Same with the Star Ferry. Use it as an alternative to the MTR; as another sight-seeing attraction.

    27. ROAMING AND SIM CARDS. Cellphone roaming is very expensive no matter which service provider you have. If you want to communicate within HK and to Philippines, better buy a local SIM card in HK. On the average they only cost around 50HKD. You can buy a prepaid SIM in 7-Eleven or inside Mirador Mansion near Wing Hoi. Chungking also sells them. Detailed section including charges can be found below.

    28. Before believing rumors or hearsays about Hong Kong make sure that person has been to HK and knows what he/she is talking about. Don't be paranoid just because some know-it-all claims something.

    29. Where to stay in HK? It doesn't matter! The most popular districts are Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay but because HK has a very good transportation system, all you have to do is stay in a hotel/hostel that is walking-distance to an MTR station and preferably along the path of the airport bus (Cityflyer). All areas have their fair share of restaurants, malls and commercial establishments. As long as you don't stay in the far regions (Tak Kok Tsui, Shatin, Hung Hom, Tsuen Wan, Western District, Tsing Yi) then you are OK.

    30. LOCKERS.

      Luggage Tip: Bring a bigger luggage bag (esply if they plan to shop) kasi like in HKIA, they charge per bag per hour when we had to leave our luggage for a while before going to Citygate... it's also easier to leave just one huge bag with your hotel (easier to keep an eye on, since our hotel just left it in the lobby pero with ropes/locks naman)

      Lockers in Ngong Ping / Citygate: Both places have lockers. Prices are almost the same. Check their website for location or ask their staff when you get there. Mas marami at mas malaki lockers ng Citygate. The HK airport and Disneyland also have luggage storage facilities.

      HK Airport:

      Ngong Ping 360:

      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.

      Lockers are located in Basement 2

      Storage lockers (Small HKD40 / Big HKD60) are available for rental at Hong Kong Disneyland Park on the north end of Center Street, midway up Main Street, U.S.A. They also have a baggage counter (HKD60/piece regardless of size).

    31. WEATHER AND WHAT TO WEAR - There are TONS of links below where you can check weather forecasts. Most accurate:

      April to October: Comfortable Clothes; typical summer clothes.
      March/November: Light Winter Clothing; longsleeves, sweaters, etc.
      December-February: Winter Clothing; jackets, boots, etc.

    32. Do NOT miss the fireworks display in Disneyland. It's the best attraction of the theme park.

    33. HKD can be used in Macau, no need to change currencies. MOP cannot be used in HK.

    34. Airport buses have an LCD screen so you will know what stop it is and what the next stop is. There are also "stop" buttons you can press if you will alight at the next stop. Just to make sure the bus will stop.

    35. SHENZHEN - There are reports that you can join group tours from HK to go to Shenzhen. Honestly there's nothing special to see in Shenzhen when Macau is nearer without the need for a visa. If you are not going to join a group tour you need to process your China Visa in the Philippines.

    36. The A21/A11 buses operate until midnight. After midnight take the N21/N11 buses which have a slightly different route but should still be similar to the day routes. Check this site for the detailed routes:

    37. Snoopyworld is a VERY small recreation area for kids. If you don't have time, you don't have to go all the way to Shatin for it.

      Charlie Brown Cafe - G/F 58-60 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

    38. ELECTRONICS. Do NOT buy Electronics along Nathan Road. You have been warned. Electronics that are brand new (boxed) CAN be taxed by NAIA customs officials. You know what to do.

    39. Stanley has a new attraction - Ma Hang Park. Ngong Ping Village has a new attraction - Ngong Ping Piazza. I have yet to read any special review on Noah's Ark so I guess it's nothing special.

    40. Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions below for more FAQs.



    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM.

  4. #4

    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 Accommodations Online

    Airline choices:

    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,,, and has a ranking and a review database of almost all hotels in Hong Kong. These sites are all SAFE.

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

    Option B: Book Airline Ticket and Accommodations 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.


    - Hong Kong isn't USA or Europe where you need a tour guide and a bus to take you around because of the sheer size, language barrier and culture/history. The reason why people go to HK is pretty cut out: sightseeing, food and shopping. You don't need a tour guide explaining things you don't even want to know. Hong Kong's transportation is one of the best, most extensive and easiest to use in the world. All you need to do is a little preparation and the ability to read English.
    - 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 -
    Pan Pacific - 5255611-14 - 353 Nuevo St Binondo Manila Philippines
    Rajah Travel -
    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 Person
    Food - 100 to 150HKD per day (Approximately 50HKD/meal. Can be half of it, can be double.)
    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 = 80HKD Adults, 41HKD Kids
    Ngong Ping Cable Roundtrip = 115HKD Adults, 58HKD Kids
    Ocean Park = 280HKD Adults, 140HKD Kids
    Disneyland = 399HKD Adults, 285HKD Kids
    Peak Tram + Sky Terrace = 53HKD Single 65HKD Return for Adults | 24HKD Single 31HKD Return for Kids
    Peak Tram = 28HKD Single 40HKD Return for Adults | 11HKD Single 18HKD Return for Kids
    Madame Tussauds = 160HKD Adults, 90HKD Kids
    Sky 100 = Cheaper if booked ahead of time

    *Disneyland can be expensive. Food is expensive (>50HKD). Souvenirs/goods also expensive.
    *Check their website to see if there are any price increase.
    *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.

    It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Any violation of this rule may lead to its seizure and civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995)
    The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,0000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and/or penalties.
    Personally I haven’t witnessed anyone questioned/checked in the airport on how much cash they are bringing.

    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. Wing Hoi also has competitive rates if you are bringing PHP.

    WING HOI Money changer
    9B, Ground Floor, inside Mirador Mansion
    58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    (Reachable by MTR, Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit D1 or **)
    Office Hours: 8am to 8pm (7pm if there are no more customers; closed on Sundays)
    Average Rate of Winghoi: 7.7HKD +/- a few cents for every 1USD
    (Aug/2011 report: PHP100--18HKD)
    Alternative for those going to Worldwide House or those bringing Peso:
    Frankie Exchange Co. - Shop 144, 1F, Worldwide House

    To check the current exchange rates, go here:

    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 you’re buying more than the branches can sell)
    Czarina Remittance Ltd. (Hong Kong)
    163 1/F Worldwide House, Des Voeux Road, Central Hong Kong
    Tel: (852)310-19872 Fax: (852)310-19873

    Greenhills Branch
    Bridgeway Shops Greenhills Shopping Center
    San Juan, Metro Manila
    Market Market Branch
    Ground Floor, The Themed Bazaar
    Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Metro Manila
    Gateway Mall Branch
    3rd Level Gateway Mall Araneta
    Center Cubao Quezon City
    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)

    Greenlanes Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan


    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: Almost 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 charge per head and not per room unlike hotels.

    Hostels CANNOT be booked through travel agencies. 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)
    Harilela and Burlington are the better ones but their other branches are still very accessible and OK.
    Call Ate Yolly to reserve/book - (852) 2366 8273 or (852) 2739 1673
    Disclaimer: This hostel is nice BUT there have been instances where reservations were not honored (mostly those without a deposit) or instances where a different room or a different hostel was given upon arrival. If you want to avoid the trouble, contact Ate Yolly directly through the phone and pay the downpayment required through Paypal or other options.

    City Econo Guesthouse (Jordan)

    Dragon Hostel (Mongkok)
    *Free Wifi*

    Golden Crown Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
    *Free Wifi*

    USA Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Cosmic Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Hop Inn Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Oi Suen Guesthouse (Mongkok)

    Sun Kong Hostel (Causeway Bay)
    Marlboro Hostel (Causeway Bay)
    *Located in a shopping district*
    *2 Computers provided for free*
    Jetvan Traveller’s House (Causeway Bay)

    Other Options:

    Star World Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    The Nest (Mongkok)
    *High End Hostel*

    Lee Garden / Star Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Railei Hostel (Mongkok)

    Y-Loft (Wanchai)

    Yes Inn (Fortress Hill)

    For those planning to walk-in or want more options, here are 2 more hostels in Mirador Mansion:
    Pearl Guesthouse - [email protected]
    Happyland Guesthouse - [email protected]
    You can call Ning Lacsa (Happyland Pinoy caretaker) 852 21919086 or 852 93499286

    More Hostels Here:

    Hotels tried and tested by PEXers:

    New Hotels in Hong Kong:

    Dorsett Regency
    The Bauhinia (Central)
    Best Western Causeway Bay
    Hotel Icon
    The Ritz Carlton
    Butterfly on Wellington
    The Bauhinia (TST)
    Hotel M
    East Hotel

    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)
    Casa Hotel (Yaumatei)

    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 Smart 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)
    Novotel Nathan Road (Jordan)
    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 (4-5 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 (Still acceptable to some extent)
    Panda Hotel (Still acceptable to some extent)
    Gold Coast Hotel
    Rambler Garden
    Rambler Oasis
    Mexan Harbor

    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).

    A local travel agency is offering competitive rates for Hotel Benito, e-mail them here: [email protected]

    As much as possible get a hotel which is located near an MTR station on the Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line for your own convenience.


    Booking Hotels Online:

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


    Hotel Reviews, Feedback, Photos and Map:
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 17, 2011 at 12:26 AM.

  5. #5

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

    HKIA Official Website:

    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.

    *It takes roughly an hour from touchdown to getting an octopus card.


    The Octopus Card

    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. They close before the last trip of the Airport Express to the city which is a little past midnight. If you cannot get an Octopus Card just pay the airport bus using cash. You can buy the Octopus Card in any MTR station’s customer service booth; ferry terminals MIGHT have a booth that sell it too, ask their customer service.

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

    Can also be used for: Wellcome, 7-Eleven, Mcdonalds, and a whole lot more places.

    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.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    The Octopus Card and its load expires 3 years after the last reload.

    More Information here:

    By the way, this is how you wave your card

    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

    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;

    Includes a HK$50 deposit and provides one trip on the Airport Express and three days* unlimited travel on all MTR lines but not to the border stations Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau. Since 1st October 2009 the pass also includes three days unlimited travel on MTR Light Rail and MTR bus.

    Provides two trips on the Airport Express and three days* unlimited travel on MTR all lines but not to the border stations of Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau. Since 1st October 2009 the pass also includes three days unlimited travel on MTR Light Rail and MTR Bus.

    * The three days unlimited travel commences at the time of first MTR journey and ends 72 hours later.

    These cards can be “topped up” in the same way as the standard Octopus Card and will then function as a "normal" Octopus Card. Once "topped -up" the card can be used on all other forms of public transport which accept Octopus Card in addition to MTR.

    A refund of the deposit can be obtained by the same method as for the standard “On-loan” Octopus Card.

    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)

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

    The A21 buses have luggage storage inside the bus. They also have an LCD screen stating the current stop and the next stop so you will know when to get off.

    For the A21 and A11, the bus stop going back to the airport is USUALLY a couple of meters (or hundred meters) on the opposite side of the stop where you got off coming from the airport.

    *Detailed Guide on the bottom of this thread*

    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.

    List of Hotels that are serviced by the Free Shuttle Bus:

    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


    Costs usually around 250-350HKD from the airport, seats a MAXIMUM of 5 passengers. Additional charges for luggage/toll. Take the Red Taxi to downtown HK. Take the Blue Taxi to Disneyland and Tung Chung. Green Taxis are for New Territories, they also permitted for Disneyland.

    Flagdown rate: 20HKD (Red) 15HKD (Blue) 16.5 (Green)
    Luggage stored in the trunk: 5HKD/piece

    Detailed Taxi Info:

    The MTR is Hong Kong's extremely efficient and easy to use subway system. You will not get lost using this. Most MTR stations have elevators for planning to use the MTR to get to Tung Chung with their luggage. Unlike the LRT/MRT, Hong Kong’s MTR stations have multiple exits. Inside the MTR station you will see maps and signs that will tell you where to exit.

    Do not be intimidated by the interchanges. The stations are very dummy-proof. All you need to know is the direction of the train and what line the train belongs to. It is NOT hard to use. With pre-planning using the MTR website you will breeze through it.

    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: <--- VERY USEFUL.

    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.

    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.

    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 17, 2011 at 12:27 AM.

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

    Alternative Good Source of Information:

    Museums Information:

    Open-Top Bus Tours:

    Harbour Cruise:

    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. Sky 100
    5. Tsim Sha Tsui District
    6. Causeway Bay and Mongkok District District
    7. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (Avenue of Stars)
    8. Ngong Pin Village (Giant Buddha)
    9. Nan Lian Gardens and Chilin Nunnery (Diamond Hill MTR Station) *No Tripods Allowed*
    10. Stanley / Aberdeen (Jumbo Floating Restaurant)

    TOP 10 Sights in Hong Kong (by

    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. Central and Sheung Wan
    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, HK Space Museum and Museum of History)
    11. Shatin (New Town Plaza, Snoopy Land and 10,000 Buddha Temple)
    12. Outlying Islands (Lamma, Lantau, Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, etc)
    13. Hiking in Lantau, etc.
    14. Happy Valley Racecourse (every Wednesday night)
    15. Hong Kong Wetlands Park

    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

    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
    Kowloon Park
    The Peninsula Hong Kong (Peninsula Group Flagship Hotel)
    China Ferry Terminal (to Macau)
    New Malls: 1881 Heritage, K11, iSquare, The One
    Sky 100 is also near Tsim Sha Tsui but it's closer to Kowloon Station


    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 MTR)
    Plenty of local food stalls and small shops scattered all over


    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
    Star Ferry (to Tsim Sha Tsui)


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


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


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


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



    It's not very difficult to plan a trip to Hong Kong. A whole day means you don't have a flight on the same day either inbound or outbound. You count how many whole days you have and then you insert the theme parks on these days. A trip to Macau will also occupy an entire day. If you have 3 whole days then you won't have a problem going to Disneyland, Ocean Park and Macau while still having enough time to see the other parts of HK as well as some shopping. There have been people who were able to do Disneyland with just half a day (2PM onwards) but there are no gurantees that you will be able to do the same. Maybe they didn't have kids with them, maybe they were lucky it's a weekday and not a holiday, maybe they only saw a couple of shows and attractions. If you have kids with you or if you are going on a weekend, allot a whole day for theme parks.


    Know and set your priorities. Is it shopping? Sightseeing? Food trip? You won't be able to do all these in a single short-duration trip. So prepare to make compromises. You also won't be able to please a group of people with varying agenda. Disneyland and Ocean Park in 3 days practically takes away any decent opportunity for shopping. Add Macau in a 4 day trip then it will be the same result.

    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. During evenings you have a couple of hours for something else.

    The best view from the Peak is from the Sky Terrace. Although it has an entrance fee, it is worth it as a one time experience. If you have no plans of going to The Peak you can go to the Sky 100 instead.

    If you want to make it to the Symphony of Lights, leave the Peak by 7pm.

    Disneyland vs Ocean Park: Go to their respective websites and see which 1 appeals to you more. We cannot decide for you. Some adults prefer Disneyland, some prefer Ocean Park. This is VERY subjective.

    NOTE: Include in your post the time/origin of your flights both outbound and inbound as well as the age breakdown of your group. Also indicate what sights or theme parks you plan to visit.
    Example: May 1 Manila-HK 8am Flight | May 5 Macau-Manila 7pm Flight

    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 4pm)
    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*

    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
    *Free Time*
    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 at Hotel, 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
    Visit Avenue of Stars
    Day 3
    Nanlian Garden
    *Free Time*

    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
    Optional - Ngong Ping 360 + Village + Giant Buddha from 10am to noon
    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
    Free to walk around.
    Day 3
    Ocean Park
    Free to walk around.
    Day 4
    Nanlian Garden
    *Free Time*

    5 Days 4 Nights

    Day 1 Ngong Ping - Peak - Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 Disneyland
    Day 3 Macau
    Day 4 Ocean Park
    Day 5 Nanlian Garden - Shopping

    Free Time = For first timers, stroll around TST / Mongkok or Central / Causeway Bay (Refer to District Breakdown above). You can also go to the new Sky 100 or ride the tram along HK island from end to end.

    1 Whole 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
    Lockers are available at Citygate and Ngong Ping 360.

    *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:


    HK General Information and


    Sky 100

    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)

    Hong Kong International Airport

    MTR - Subway System

    HK Tramways - Complete Route

    Public Bus - List of Routes and Stops

    Ngong Ping Village and Ngong Ping 360

    The Hong Kong "Star" Ferry and its Routes

    Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong - search "Hong Kong"
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 16, 2011 at 01:26 PM.

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    Comprehensive Shopping Guides:

    Commercial establishments including malls open around 1030 to 11AM sometimes as late as 1130AM in Hong Kong. But they also close late, somewhere around 10PM.

    Outlet Information:

    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.



    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.
    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, 43-49 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Also sells smartphones, etc)
    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, Shop G-19 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

    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 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
    Elements Mall - High-End
    IFC - High-End

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

    Lung Shing, Granville Road, TST

    Where to Buy Hair Accessories and other stuff for Ladies

    Parklane Shoppers Boulevard, TST
    Wing Kut Street in Central/Sheung Wan (also sells clothes, etc.)

    Where to Buy Souvenirs

    Ladies Market, Mongkok
    Temple Street Night Market, Yaumatei
    The Peak
    Side Streets of Tsim Sha Tsui
    Hong Kong Transportation Souvenirs -

    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

    Uniqlo in Hong Kong

    Where to Buy Anime - Sino Centre, Nathan Road, Mongkok
    Where to Buy Anime -
    Where to Buy Pet-related Accessories - Around Sham Shui Po
    Where to Buy Car-related Items - Shantung St. Mongkok


    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. "English Menu" = Ying Man Choi Tan.

    Bring disposable spoon and forks just in case restaurants only have chopsticks.

    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.


    *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 -

    *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

    Where to eat at The Peak (inexpensive) -> Tsui Wah, Mak's Noodles


    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

    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

    Tao Heung - 3/F, Carnarvon Plaza, 20-20C Carnavon Road,, Tsim Sha Tsui

    Other Suggestions: Summit Delicious, Five Generations, Wah Kee Snacks, Hoixe Cake Shop.

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

    Affordable Dimsum = Lin Heung, Ho Choi, Maxim's City Hall and Tao Heung
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM.

  8. #8

    Where To Celebrate Holidays In Hong Kong

    Halloween - Theme parks for kids. Lan Kwai Fong and SOHO for adults.
    Christmas Eve, New Year, Chinese New Year - Canton Road in TST or Times Square in Causeway Bay

    Generally Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui have the best displays during holidays right. Particularly Harbour City and Times Square.

    Tourist Spot Operating Hours

    1. Disneyland - 1030AM to 8PM (Fireworks at 8PM)
    2. Ocean Park - 930AM to 730PM
    3. Ngong Ping 360 - 10AM to 6PM Weekdays 9AM to 630PM Weekends/Holidays
    4. Avenue of Stars - Building lights shut off beginning 11PM
    5. The Peak Tram - 7AM to Midnight
    6. Peak Tower and Sky Terrace - 10AM to 11PM (8AM on weekends and holidays)
    7. Madame Tussauds - 10AM to 10PM
    8. Sky 100 - 10AM to 10PM (Last ticketing at 9PM)

    Places / Things Best Done During the Day

    1. Ocean Park
    2. Ngong Ping 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)
    6. Sky 100

    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 (excluding travel time)

    1. Disneyland - At least 6 hours | Recommended = Opening Time to Closing Time
    2. Ocean Park - At least 6 hours | Recommended = Opening Time to 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 2 hours | Recommended = 3 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
    9. Snoopyworld - At least 30minutes
    10. Stanley - At least 2 Hours
    11. Wax Museum - At least 1.5 Hours
    12. Other Museums - At least 2-3 Hours Each
    13. Nanlian Garden & Chilin Nunnery - At least 2 Hours
    14. Sky100 - At least 1 Hour

    Average Time Needed

    Airplane Touchdown in Hong Kong until Baggage Claim: around 45 minutes to 1 hour
    Airport to Kowloon/HK Island: 45minutes minimum; allot 1 hour for safety.
    City to Disneyland by Train: Approximately 45minutes
    City to Tung Chung / Ngong Ping: Approximately 45minutes
    Ngong Ping 360: 20-25minutes (1 way)

    You need to be in the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. For 1st time visitors make it 3 hours.

    For Macau, you need to be in the terminal/gate at least 20-30 minutes before departure.

    Where to Buy Pasalubong

    Mongkok Ladies Market
    Temple Street Night Market
    Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    The Peak
    Knick Knacks in Citysuper
    Grocery&Food Items from Citysuper / Sogo / Wellcome
    Hong Kong Egg Tarts
    Mooncakes from Kee Wah Bakery or Maxim's
    Royce Chocolates from Citysuper*

    *Now available locally: Powerplant Rockwell / Greenbelt 5 / Trinoma / Robinson's Place


    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.

    Taisan Ticket price as of 09/07/11

    Adult kids
    Disney 350
    O/P 250 130

    For other hostels, inquire directly with them for availability and price.

    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

    350HKD hkd (Adult Rate)
    Ocean Park
    240HKD hkd (Adult Rate)

    No tickets for Peak and Ngong Ping.

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

    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
    Complete List of Branches in HK:
    CREDIT CARDS NO LONGER ACCEPTED. This can still change without prior notice.

    *No discounts for Ngong Ping 360 and The Peak.

    *Rates are subject to change without prior notice.


    Credit Cards

    Yes almost all establishments in HK accept credit card payments without extra charge / surcharge.
    Electronics stores in Tsim Sha Tsui and smaller shops like Travel Easy might charge you 3% more.

    Is The Symphony of Lights Something We Shouldn't Miss?

    No. It's absolutely OK to not watch this. It's nice but not spectacular.

    No you can't appreciate it while inside the Star Ferry.

    How Many Hours Before Should I Arrive At The Airport Before My Flight?

    For both Philippines and Hong Kong, make sure you arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. If you plan to go around or eat, make it at least 3 hours.

    It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to get from downtown HK to the airport.

    How Many Days Can I Stay in HK?

    14 days.

    Is There A Cheap Hotel or Hostel Near Disneyland?


    We Are Staying Disneyland, Where Can We Eat and Do Grocery?

    Citygate Outlet Mall. Take the MTR to Tung Chung.

    Is There A Dimsum Buffet in HK?


    What Is The Name Of The Store in HK That Sells Cheap Designer Goods?

    Milan Station.

    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 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 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 ->

    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 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:

    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.

    Go Here: 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

    Bus 75 from Central

    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.

    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 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 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.

    Wax Museum in Hong Kong

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

    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.

    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.

    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:

    Tsim Sha Tsui Branches

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

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

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

    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

    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.

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

    Take a taxi from any point in Kowloon. Or walk if staying in Tsim Sha Tsui.

    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:

    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

    Will our passports receive stamps from the Immigration in Macau?


    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.

    Some hostels like Taisan and Marlboro lend adaptors.

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

    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.

    Estimating Travel Time when using the MTR

    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 similar but not exactly the same. Take time to study it.
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM.

  9. #9


    Please don't ask what the weather is like, please visit the sites below. An airconditioned room is around 22 to 24 degrees.


    What to Wear When

    7 Day Weather Forecast can be found here ->

    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

    by QueTee


    Central Bus Terminus is underneath the IFC towers.

    1. Victoria Peak

    Link ->

    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.
    Journey time is approx 8 minutes.

    Bus 15C Complete Route:

    Direct to The Peak (will bypass the Peak tram):

    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:


    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 (will bypass the tram).

    For those who are walking or riding the century old tram on HK island.
    Area near the Peak Tram Terminus. If you see this then you know you are near.

    BUS 15 and 15C ARE NOT THE SAME.
    As written above there are 2 ways of reaching The Peak, either you take the peak tram or you take bus 15. Bus 15C takes you to the peak tram terminus so you can ride the peak tram. Bus 15 takes you DIRECTLY to The Peak which means you will bypass the tram. You can take the tram roundtrip, the 15 bus roundtrip or you can take the tram going up, the bus 15 coming down or vice versa.

    2. Ocean Park

    Link ->

    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)

    Last 629 bus leaves Ocean Park at 9PM.

    3. Disneyland

    Link ->

    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.

    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 ->[type%20Function]&continue1=yes&soundpos=

    Tung Chung Map:

    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.


    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.
    Diamond Hill Map:

    6. Ferry Terminal HK-Macau

    Link ->
    Link ->

    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. The Ferry Terminal is roughly a 600M to 800M walk (8-10min) from hotels/hostels in TST. So yes you can also walk going there. AGAIN USE GOOGLE MAPS.

    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.
    Shatin Map:

    9. Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen


    By Bus:

    Bus 71 from Central Bus Terminus

    Bus 75 from Central Bus Terminus

    10. Sky 100

    MTR - ICC is located at Kowloon Station on the MTR Tung Chung and Airport Express Lines. Sky100 entrance, on the first floor, can be reached via the Metal Zone of Elements mall.

    BUS - Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by bus routes 8 (from Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus, Tsim Sha Tsui - although this a lengthy indirect route taking about one hour), 11 (from Diamond Hill MTR Station Bus Terminus), 215X (from Lam Tin Kwong Tin Estate Bus Terminus), 203E (from Choi Hung Bus Terminus) and 270A (from Sheung Shui Bus Terminus).

    GREEN MINIBUS – Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by green minibus routes 26 (from To Kwa Wan Chi Kiang Street), 74 (from Mongkok Luen Wan Street) and 77M (from Tsim Sha Tsui East).


    Please use common sense for transportation combinations (ex: The Peak to Tsim Sha Tsui/Mongkok or Ocean Park to The Peak), 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.


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


    Weekends can be crowded; expect long lines in immigration for both sides. Adjust as neccessary.*

    Bring Bonamine just in case the ferry ride gets bumpy.

    NO VISA REQUIRED. Only your passport is needed.

    If you want to enjoy Macau without rushing, spend a whole day there (ie. 8AM to 9PM)

    Ferries from HK to Macau

    From Kowloon (those residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Yaumatei / Mongkok / Tsuen Wan):

    From Hong Kong Island (those residing in Central / Wanchai / Causeway Bay / North Point):

    For more info:

    There are 2 major ferry terminals in Macau:
    1. Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal is near downtown Macau. It is close to Fisherman's Wharf, Wynn, Lisboa, Grand Lisboa, Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square.
    2. Taipa Ferry Terminal is near Venetian, Macau Airport, City of Dreams and Galaxy.

    Sample 1 Day Itinerary for Macau:

    8AM Ferry to Macau
    10AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
    Take Free Shuttle or Public Bus to Fisherman's Wharf
    12NN Go back to HK Macau Ferry Terminal
    Take Free Shuttle to Wynn - Start Walking Tour
    1PM to 4PM Wynn, Grand Lisboa, Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul
    Walk back to Grand Lisboa, Take Free Shuttle back to Ferry Terminal (or taxi from Senado to save time)
    Take Free Shuttle to Venetian
    5PM to 830PM Venetian, City of Dreams, Galaxy (If time permits)
    930PM or 10PM Ferry to Hong Kong

    8AM Ferry to Macau
    10AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
    Take Free Shuttle to Grand Lisboa
    11AM to 2PM Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Grand Lisboa, Wynn
    Take Free Shuttle back to Ferry Terminal
    3PM to 830PM Venetian, City of Dreams, Galaxy
    930PM or 10PM Ferry to Hong Kong

    *There are free shuttles from City of Dreams to Venetian and vice-versa.

    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.*


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

    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).
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 16, 2011 at 11:35 PM.

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

    Go to 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 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.


    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.


    YOUTUBE: Travel with prEttyNDistress in Hong Kong and Hostel Bookings

    Communication with prEttyNDistress is always subject to the person's availability.

    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:

    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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    Using the Airport Bus Coming From The Airport

    For those residing in HOTELS:

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

    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.

    For those residing in HOSTELS:

    Hostels in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Mongkok

    A21 Detailed Route:

    (N21 for those arriving past midnight)

    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

    Hostels in Causeway Bay

    A11 Detailed Route:

    (N11 for those arriving past midnight)

    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.[/QUOTE]

    Using the Airport Bus Going To The Airport

    For the A21 and A11, the bus stop going back to the airport is USUALLY a couple of meters (or hundred meters) on the opposite side of the stop where you got off coming from the airport.



    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. Otherwise, get your SIM cards inside Mirador Mansion or Chungking Mansion.


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

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    HK Airport:

    40HKD for 3 hours per Luggage

    Tung Chung / Ngong Ping 360:

    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.

    Citygate Basement 2 also has 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. Disneyland also has a baggage counter: 60HKD/pc.

    Ocean Park
    There are also lockers in Ocean Park (at the Entrance) for about 30HKD each.


    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.


    What Is The Famous Dessert Chain that serve Mango desserts?

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

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

    The one in Mall of Asia is a rip-off, a fake.


    HK Disneyland Tips & Suggested Itinerary

    Originally Posted by QueTee

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

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

    - 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 I’m 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.


    Hong Kong Island Century-Old Tram Stops/Stations

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    Additional Information for Traveling with Toddlers/Children

    1) Depending on your carrier, you might not be offered snacks/meals so bring your own for your kids. You may also want to bring some toys or books to occupy them during the 2-hour flight. If you can, keep them awake before the flight while at the airport so they'd nap during the flight.

    2) Hong Kong is generally stroller and wheelchair friendly as there are a lot of special lanes/ramps if you can't take the stairs. However, it may mean having to go the long way for elevators. bringing a stroller may also mean having to fold/unfold it when going down MTR stairs, buses, etc.

    3) Strollers aren't allowed inside the Ocean Park cable car but there are special lanes and allocated area for people travelling with kids/strollers inside the Ocean Express (train).

    4) Strollers/wheelchairs may be rented at Disneyland (HKD60/day with HKD100 deposit) and Ocean Park (HKD40/day with HKD60 deposit). You get the deposit back after returning the strollers and you get to keep the name card (a sort of ID attached to the stroller, with your chid's name written on it) as souvenir.

    5) You may be tempted to get a harness for your child (and with the crowd in HK, it's logical to be scared you will lose your child). Be prepared to be stared at if you will use one. However, if your child can already walk, the harness might just be a hassle (get tangled up) as he runs to check whatever catches his fancy... so hold his hand instead or put him in a stroller. You may also consider putting your hotel's calling/business card in their pockets (or a printed ID with your contact info and temporary address in HK).

    6) There's an Octopus card for kids so avail that. Kids 3 years old and below ride free in some buses so research/ask the driver.

    7) Everyone should wear sunscreen when going out, wherever you are, but especially kids in HK... even during cold months. It's easy to get suburned there without you noticing.

    8) Bring the usual meds your child might need (paracetamol, antihistamine). If you didn't, Watson's generally delivers.

    9) For families with diaper-wearing kids, it's up to you to bring diapers to HK or just buy there. However, prices may be higher in HK and there may be sensitivity issues with your child. This also covers formula and baby food and baby soap/wash. But if you don't want to bring any of those, HK has enough groceries to provide what you may need.

    10) Bring extra clothes for the kids especially if going to Disneyland and Ocean Park. Plan your visit in these parks because most kids get sick after being out in the heat then entering an air conditioned show/attraction. Pack these extra clothes togeher with other changing implements so you just have to get one bag when needed. And during the summer (which is also their rainy season), bring foldable umbrellas.

    11) It helps infants' ears if they're breastfeeding/bottle feeding as the plane takes off and descends. It helps toddlers if they're chewing on something or drinking, or yawning, or you can cover their ears with your hands. If you're flying with a child that has colds, ask your pedia if you can give a decongestant to avid earache.

    12) If you're bringing baby food, either pre-pack in disposable containers or bring all the things you may require for each feeding (water, extra spoons). Typical noodle houses/restaurants don't really give mineral water for free and may serve food that used preservatives, processed ingredients or msg.

    13) For babies, a sling is a lifesaver.

    14) Main attractions like Ocean Park and Disneyland have nappy-changing areas but not all establishments in the general HK area all offer a changing room or even toilets. So, don't wait till the last minute to change your child's diaper. Also consider pull-ups.

    15) You can breastfeed anywhere, especially if you have a nursing cover. But you may have to go to the classier hotels if you want to pump. And you would need a cooler with ice pack if you're storing your milk. And you need to stay in a hotel with your own ref (with a good freezer) if you're storing your milk to bring back home.
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 16, 2011 at 11:04 PM.

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    Clarifications on the Currency Exchange - Double Conversion

    Based on a computation by 1 of the Pexers here, double conversion in the Philippines is not recommended.

    However, exchanging PHP to USD in Manila and then USD to HKD in Wing Hoi seem to be acceptable.

    The rates of Wing Hoi are pretty much stable. Do your computations ahead of time by inquiring rates in our local banks and money changers.

    In the end it's probably going to be just a difference of a few hundred pesos.
    Last edited by HongKongThread; Sep 17, 2011 at 01:18 AM.

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