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    WELCOME TO THE PEX Hong Kong Guide 2014!

    PEX Hong Kong Guide 2013
    Ultimate Guide to Hong Kong Thread
    Hong Kong for Dummies Thread



    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 (May 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
    • Do not be worried about HK immigrations, nothing to fear when you don't have plans of being a TNT
    • Primary Language: Cantonese | Secondary: English and Mandarin
    • Standard of Living is much higher than the Philippines so expect everything to be more expensive starting with bottled water
    • 1 Hour ferry ride to Macau (Visa NOT Required for Macau, Passport needed)
    • Shenzhen is accessible from HK by Train (KCR). Chinese Visa REQUIRED.
    • Common sense for safety is required; watch out for pickpockets and "salisi" gangs.
    • Hong Kong is a very tourist friendly city; signs are all bilingual and are everywhere. You can hardly get lost.
    • Hong Kong is much much more than Ocean Park and Disneyland.
    • Hong Kong consists of 3 major parts: Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island and New Territories.
    • Hong Kong is synonymous to walking, prepare for long walks so bring comfortable shoes
    • Travelling around HK: The subway (MTR) will take you to most places, if not, the bus will. If there are 4 of you, the taxi sometimes becomes a cheaper and more convenient alternative to the subway.
    • Do not be afraid to explore HK, in the case you get lost, just head to the nearest MTR exit or take a taxi and give your address.
    • A 5 minute walk for Hongkongers means 10 minutes walk for Filipinos (since most of them are briskwalkers).
    • Hong Kong may seem small but it takes time to fully appreciate it.
    • Hong Kong is generally safe even for solo/female travellers but common-sense and vigilance is still required.
    • Left-Side of the Escalator is for people who are in a hurry, do not block their path by staying on this side.

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


      Current Weather:
      9 Day Forecast:
      Actual Conditions (Webcam):

      Those going during winter should check the webcam shots to see if HK is foggy or not. If it's very foggy do not go to the Peak or Sky 100. You can still enjoy the view of the HK skyline from the TST promenade: TST Star Ferry Pier or Avenue of Stars. And you can also join the Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour.

      Those going during summer should be prepared for the heat and humidity. Not to mention, rain and typhoons. The heat can be very draining specially in places like Ocean Park and Disneyland.

      Best Time to Visit Weather-wise = December to March

      What to Wear:
      20°C and up = T-shirt
      15-20°C = Light Jacket / Sweaters / Vests
      10-15°C = Jacket / Light Bubble

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

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

    3. 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 but to pay. Disneyland honors foreign seniors. Ocean Park does not. There's also a Senior version of the Octopus Card which should be cheaper.

    4. Child Discount. Children below 3yrs old usually has free admission for everything, from Disneyland to Ocean Park to the public transportation systems. For those bringing children who are 3yrs old or beyond but will pass as below 3 then it’s up to you if you are willing to take the risk of getting caught. If you do get caught, then be prepared to pay for the fee.

    5. 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:

    6. Public Holidays


      Western holidays like Christmas and Holy Week are not as big as these local holidays but expect hotel and airfares to be more expensive nonetheless.

    7. Updated Outlet List

    8. ”OK.”

      Ok ba itong itinerary? Ok ba itong hotel? Ok ba itong hostel? Ok ba itong package? Ok ba itong travel agency? 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 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.

      For those asking whether or not their itinerary is “OK”, you don’t have to ask anymore if you simply copied the sample itineraries below or if you only revised/edited some parts of those sample itineraries. When asking for itinerary help, include your flights (day/time), accommodation and group composition (how many, seniors? children?) and priorities for the trip.

      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.

      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 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.

    9. CHEAPEST.

      Cheapest airline and flight - Cebu Pacific's Piso Fare Promo. Airlines regularly have promos so always be on the look out. 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 P9-12k 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, the long wait in the elevators and the lowest quality hostels in terms of everything then stay here. For a few hundred pesos more a night, there are more decent hostels inside Mirador Mansions and Golden Crown Court. Please see list of recommended hostels below.

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

      Cheapest place to buy chocolates and food pasalubongs – PRIZEMART.

      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 but check the expiry date and if the sailings are limited. To be safe just buy from the ticketing counters.

      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 like Café de Coral, MX and Fairwood. If you can brave the typical restaurant in HK then you will save a lot of money. You are in a different country, don't settle with McDonalds, KFC and Yoshinoya. Meals below 50HKD are still possible but set your budget at 50-70HKD per meal just to be safe.

      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.


      Short Answer: Golden Crown Guesthouse has the cheapest tickets for everything. So for those who have enough time to buy from them on your first day, just get it from them. For those who can’t due to whatever reason, just get your tickets at CTS at the airport or at any of their branches in downtown Hong Kong. Should Golden Crown run out of tickets, you can get from Cosmic Guesthouse as well. Both sell tickets to outsiders. To be sure, send them an e-mail to inform them you will be buying how many tickets and when. Specially for those in big groups, arriving at night or early morning. CASH BASIS ONLY.

      Golden Crown Rates as of February 2014 (For Reference Purposes Only. If you want the latest rates, send them an email. Don’t ask here! ->

      There are days where Disneyland Designated Day tickets are required (meaning the standard discounted ticket won’t be acceptable) so check Disneyland’s calendar on their website to see if your target date is a Designated Day or not:

      Other Options:
      1. Travel Easy or Sally's in Worldwide House, Central exit B. (Only sells DL/OP tickets)
      2. CTS in the airport (arrivals area) or any of their branch in downtown HK. Sells everything but only DL is discounted at 420HKD each. Cash only. Branches and Hours:
      3. Online agencies like Hotelinhongkong and Asiatravel

      The 3-in-1 meal voucher can only be bought at Disneyland. Whether it’s sulit or not depends on you. You can get 2 vouchers while the others can order ala carte. But if you think you will be able to consume the food included in the meal voucher then just get a voucher for everyone. Average meal without drinks in Disneyland will cost around 80HKD.

      PS: Disneyland and Ocean Park tickets are "ride all you can" tickets.

    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, 150-200HKD 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.

      The Travel Pass is only recommended for travellers who will keep traveling back and forth using the MTR multiple times in a day. This is the only time you can take advantage of the unlimited MTR rides. If you are doing the usual first-timers itinerary which includes theme parks, hindi niyo ito masusulit.

      The Customer Service counter where you buy the Octopus Card is not 24 hours, it closes around midnight. No credit card. You can also buy the Octopus in MTR station customer service booths.


      There’s an entire section on this page with guides on how to make an itinerary as well sample itineraries. There is also a section below that discuss how much time you should spend in each tourist spot and how much time must be allotted for travel time. READ THEM BEFORE ASKING FOR ITINERARY COMMENTS/SUGGESTIONS.


      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 like company ID 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 – McDo in the Arrivals Area or the Customer Service Counter


      To check the current ideal exchange rate, go to or

      USD to HKD in Hong Kong is usually pegged at 1USD=7.7HKD. Sometimes it can go higher, like 7.72HKD. Use this as your basis!

      PHP to HKD in Mirador/Chungking is 1 PHP = 0.159 - 0.161 HKD
      PHP to HKD in Worldwide House is 1 PHP = 0.173 - 0.1745 HKD

      Where to exchange money: Inside Mirador Mansion or Chungking Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui or Frankie Money Exchange in Worldwide Plaza, Central. Again, do whichever is convenient for you. If you can exchange money here in Manila, just do it here. If you're changing less than P30,000, the difference among these places will just be around P100-200 so don't hassle yourself anymore.


      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 in Peso currency. Which means the maximum amount you can bring out is USD9,750 AND PHP10,000 per person. Airport security usually does not check pocket money so for me it’s safe to bring out more than P10k as long as your wallet is not bulging already.

    15. HOSTELS.

      DO NOT STAY IN CHUNGKING MANSIONS. Why? You’ll know when you get there.

      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.

      Alternatives for Hostel Booking: Airbnb, Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. How to contact them? Go to their website. E-mail them or call them. 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. Yes there have been PEXers who have used and stayed Airbnb. So stop asking this already.

      Never ending question on sneak-ins. Hostel - 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? ASK THEM!

    16. PREPAID SIM CARDS - All come in Micro/Nano “breakable” SIM cards

      1. PCCW Tourist SIM Card - Cannot be reloaded
      How Much: 69HKD for a 5-day SIM or 96HKD for a 8-day SIM
      Data Allowance: 1.5GB and 5GB
      Where to Buy:
      7-Eleven Arrival Hall Airport (availability very limited)
      3 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (1000-2200)
      8-14 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay (1100-2200)

      2. One2Free Power Prepaid
      How Much: 88HKD (78HKD will be consumed by a 7-day unlimited data plan)
      Data Allowance: Unlimited for 7 days if you get the 7-day package for 78HKD
      Where to Buy:
      1010 Store, Hall F Departure Level in the Airport
      5 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (1030-2200)
      2-6 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay (1000-2200)

      3. CMHK 4G/3G Data & Voice Prepaid SIM Card
      How Much: 80HKD (48HKD for a 1.5GB 5-day limit package)
      Data Allowance: Depends on the plan
      Where to Buy: China Mobile Store at the airport or their stores in the city
      *They also have other types of SIM if you don’t need 4G internet*

    17. 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. 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. Trip reports can be found in the old thread.

      Tourist spots like Disneyland, Macau, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping and The Peak are crowded during weekends. Given na iyan. Even more crowded during Chinese holidays.

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


      You have the choice of taxi, bus (Cityflyer), or train (Airport Express). The airport bus is cheap, convenient and easy to use. 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.

      Learn how to use Google Maps for getting directions and approximate distances. You can also use Street View mode to see what the street looks like as if you're actually there.

      This is a good map alternative for Google Maps:
      For directions, you can also use this:
      Citybus and NWSTBus websites also have journey planners for routes using the bus.


      There is no specific "instruction" for it. The century old tram traverses the main roads of HK island and is almost parallel to the island line of the MTR. It has designated stops where you can get on and get off. The track and stops are all marked in Google Maps and you will see them on Google Maps Street View as well. Just think of them as electric buses on a train track.

      For those heading east-bound, take the trams that say Shau Kei Wan or North Point. For those going west-bound, take the trams that say Kennedy Town, Western Market or Shek Tong Tsui. The tram route is almost parallel to the MTR line. Which means that there will be a tram stop nearby once you are near an MTR station on HK island. You just have to look for the nearest one. How? Google Maps. Just don’t ride the Happy Valley tram and you won’t get lost.

      So where do you get on? The tram stops are marked on Google Maps. Just look for the one nearest you. East bound and west bound trams use different stops, so make sure wait at the right stop.

      How do you know if you've reached your destination? If using a local prepaid SIM on a smartphone, Google Maps with GPS will let you know where you are. If not, then use Google Maps Street View to "see" where you need to get off. It’s OK if you missed the nearest stop, stations are not that far apart, just walk back if you missed it.

      More info here:

    20. LOCKERS.

      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).

      Ocean Park:
      Big - 95HKD | Small - 70HKD

      Macau – Venetian:
      Free of Charge even if you are not staying there. Left luggage is located in the West Wing of Venetian. Shuttle to the airport is located in the North Wing.

    21. Never ending question about Citygate outlets.

      Some say it sells old stock, some say it has current collections. Some (including me) 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.

    22. 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 35HKD for a rice meal (Chicken, rice, veggies) or a bowl of beef wanton noodles. For Disneyland, it’s definitely above 70HKD per head per meal. An average of 50HKD per meal should be sufficient.

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

    23. MACAU.

      There are 3 points in HK where you can take the ferry to Macau. Sheung Wan (HK-Macau Ferry Terminal), Tsim Sha Tsui (China Ferry Terminal) and the Airport (only for those inside the airport already). If you are staying in Kowloon then obviously the nearest ferry terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui. Please read details below under Macau section.

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

    25. 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, contact information and the occupation of the friend.

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. 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). Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Mongkok are also OK as long as you are near the MTR station. All areas have their fair share of restaurants, malls and commercial establishments. As long as you don't stay in the far regions (Tai Kok Tsui, Shatin, Hung Hom, Tsuen Wan, Western District, Tsing Yi) then you are OK. Check your hotel’s website Google Maps before you book. If there are no MTR stops nearby (within 500m), don’t choose that hotel!

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

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

    31. 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.

    32. 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:

    33. 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.

    34. Do NOT buy Electronics along Nathan Road and within Causeway Bay. You have been warned. Electronics that are brand new (boxed) MAY be taxed by NAIA customs officials, as well as brand new luxury goods like LV bags.

    35. There's NO NEED to book any entrance ticket online. No need to book Macau ferry tickets online either, except if you are going on major Chinese holidays. In such cases, just save Macau for a future trip.

      Weather ->
      Directions -> Google Maps or this


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    How Much Do I Need for a Trip to Hong Kong?
    Approximately P25,000 to P30,000 per person on a 4D3N Trip (can be lower depending how much you will scrim on food and accommodations)

    D-I-Y: Do It Yourself Trip

    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.


    It’s 2014 already. Packaged tours for Hong Kong that come with compulsory tours are a thing of the past. Unless you can’t read or write English or don’t know how to use a computer, you do NOT need to join any sort of tour anymore.

    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" 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 ≈ 150 to 200HKD per day (Approximately 50HKD/meal kung titipirin niyo)
    Public Transportation ≈ 200HKD for 3 to 4 days (including roundtrip airport CityFlyer but excluding taxi rides)
    Macau Roundtrip Ferry ≈ Approximately 300HKD
    Peak + Disneyland + Ocean Park + Ngong Ping 360 ≈ APPROXIMATELY 1000HKD (Adult)
    Shopping = Varies


    *Disneyland can be expensive. Food is expensive (>70HKD). 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.


    See the FAQ section above.

    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. Book through website.

    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)

    Lee Garden / Star Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Railei Hostel (Mongkok)

    Y-Loft (Wanchai)

    Yes Inn (Fortress Hill)

    Some more options: Homy Inn, Mira Inn, Check Inn, InnSight, Comfort Inn, Just Inn, Pearl Guesthouse, Happyland Guesthouse and Yiu Fai Guesthouse.

    Hotels tried and tested by PEXers:

    Budget/Good Value Hotels:

    M1 Hotel (YMT)
    Silka Seaview (YMT)
    Caritas Bianchi (YMT)
    BP International (TST)
    Bridal Teahouse (YMT) - Cheap but Decent 1 Star Hotel
    Butterfly on the Prat (TST)
    Citadines Ashley (TST)
    Evergreen Hotel (Jordan) - Another Cheap but Decent 1 Star Hotel
    Hotel Benito (TST) - Great Location
    JJ Hotel (Wanchai) - Glass CRs with curtain
    Shamrock Hotel (Jordan)
    Casa Hotel (Yaumatei)
    Holiday Inn Golden Mile (TST)
    L’Hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View

    Hotels with 2 Double Bed Rooms (4 Adults):

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

    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

    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.


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

    HKIA Official Website:

    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 (grab 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 McDonalds. 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.

    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.

    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).

    Typical Initial Load = 150 to 200HKD. 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.

    How to use:

    For MTR: Tap once on the reader 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.


    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 left side 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.

    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:

    MTR Map:

    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 single journey tickets: Pretty much the same as the trains in Metro Manila. Insert -> Get -> Insert to exit. Not all turnstiles accept single journey tickets.

    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 and maps 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. Takes about 5-7mins.

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

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    TOP 10 Things to Do in Hong Kong

    1. The Peak (includes Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum - BEST SEEN AT SUNSET/DUSK)
    2. Ocean Park
    3. Disneyland
    4. Star Ferry
    5. Century Old Ding Ding Tram
    6. Nan Lian Gardens and Chilin Nunnery *No Tripods Allowed*
    7. Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront (Avenue of Stars)
    8. Ngong Ping Village and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car (Giant Buddha)
    9. Causeway Bay and Mongkok Districts
    10. Stanley and Aberdeen (Jumbo Floating Restaurant)

    Places for Kids

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

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

    **Discovery Bay – Only for winter months since summers will be too hot**
    1. Stanley
    2. Aeon and Apita Department Stores and Supermarket in Tai Koo
    3. Dialogue in the Dark
    4. Kowloon City and Kowloon Walled City Park (Accessible by Bus or Taxi only)
    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

    Other Hidden Gems:

    Museums Information:

    Harbour Cruise:

    District Breakdown

    Tsim Sha Tsui - Shopping/Tourist District, Alive until Midnight
    Avenue of Stars & Old Clock Tower
    Star Ferry
    Harbour City Shopping Complex (with Toys 'R Us and CitySuper)
    Park Lane Shoppers' Boulevard
    Nathan Road / Canton Road / Side Streets
    Kowloon Park
    The Peninsula Hong Kong (Peninsula Group Flagship Hotel)
    China Ferry Terminal (to Macau)
    Science Museum, Space Museum, Museum of History
    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
    IFC Shopping Mall / Pacific Place Shopping Mall
    Lan Kwai Fong and SOHO (Bars and nightlife)
    Star Ferry (to Tsim Sha Tsui)


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


    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
    Discovery Bay


    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. If you have kids with you or if you are going on a weekend, allot a whole day for theme parks.


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    Day 1 (Nanlian Garden) + Peak + Star Ferry + Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 3 (Nanlian Garden) + Ngong Ping + Shopping

    4 Days 3 Nights

    Day 1 (Nanlian Garden) + Peak + Star Ferry + Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 3 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 4 (Nanlian Garden) + Ngong Ping + Shopping

    5 Days 4 Nights

    Day 1 (Nanlian Garden) + Peak + Star Ferry + Avenue of Stars
    Day 2 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 3 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 4 Disneyland / Ocean Park / Macau
    Day 5 (Nanlian Garden) + Ngong Ping + Shopping

    1 Day “City Tour” Itinerary
    1. Head to Nanlian Garden by MTR, Lunch at Plaza Hollywood Mall
    2. MTR to North Point via Tseung Kwan O Line, ride the Ding Ding tram marked Kennedy Town or Western Market on King’s Road to Central which should take around 45min.
    3. Get off at Bank of China Tower ( then walk to St. John’s Building (Peak Terminus), then take the Peak tram going up. If you see this it means it’s time to get off the Ding Ding tram already.

    4. Take the tram down and then board bus 15C OR take bus 15 to the Central Star Ferry Pier
    5. Take the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui
    6. Walk around Tsim Sha Tsui (Avenue of Stars, Heritage 1881, etc.)
    *You can modify this itinerary by removing Nanlian Garden or the Ding Ding tram ride if time does not permit.

    What you can do on your FIRST day in Hong Kong:
    1. The standard 1 day itinerary found above (after leaving your luggage at the hotel/hostel).
    2. Direct to Disneyland from the airport IF you arrive in HKIA earlier than 9AM. But this means you have to leave your luggage at Disneyland then bring them to your hotel after Disneyland.
    3. Ocean Park IF you arrive in HKIA earlier than 8AM but you have to head to your hotel immediately to leave your luggage there before going to Ocean Park.
    4. Direct to Ngong Ping before heading to your hotel, then Peak afterwards.

    What you can do on your LAST day in Hong Kong:
    1. Shopping.
    2. Nanlian Garden, check-out, head to Ngong Ping with your luggage, Citygate.
    3. Disneyland IF your flight is past midnight. Bring your luggage with you already.
    4. Ocean Park IF your flight is past 9PM but you have to leave Ocean Park by 4PM to retrieve your luggage before heading to the airport.

    Walang sisihan kung kinapos kayo ng oras or kung nabitin kayo sa Disneyland or Ocean Park. Lalo na kung hindi kayo pasok sa mga flight na binigay ko sa taas.

    What you can do on the days IN BETWEEN:

    1. Disneyland + Mongkok
    2. Ocean Park + Mongkok
    3. Nanlian Garden + Stanley + Ding Ding Tram Ride + Tai Koo
    4. Ocean Park + Peak IF you finish OP early and willing to risk long lines at the Peak tram
    5. Nanlian Garden + Ngong Ping + Peak/Shopping/Stanley
    6. Stanley + Discovery Bay + Tai Koo
    7. SHOPPING!

    The combinations are limitless. These are just examples. Just refer to the “Estimated Time to be Spent on Each Place” below.

    Where to Spend Evenings and Free Time in general:
    For first timers, stroll around TST or Mongkok. Shopping can consume a lot of time, so devote an entire day for shopping if you really plan to shop. You can also join the Star Ferry Harbour Tour, go to Discovery Bay to relax, or check out Apita and Aeon if you like Japanese products or if you want to see “nice” things. If Tai Koo is too far, CitySuper in Harbour City or Times Square will do. You can also spend a couple of hours in Stanley. The scenic bus ride to Stanley is amazing.

    For those travelling in a big group (6 or more people):
    1. Finalize your itinerary before you arrive in Hong Kong. Everyone has different priorities so try your best to come up with an itinerary that will please everyone.
    2. There will be instances where it will be beneficial if the group will be split into smaller groups so people can do what they like without waiting for the others. If this happens, make sure you set strict a meeting time and meeting place. This is best done when shopping.
    3. Get 2 local prepaid sim cards for cheap and easy communication. Of course you need to bring extra openline phones with you.
    4. Do not make itineraries with too many places on each day because chances are you won’t be able to follow a packed itinerary like that.
    5. Expect people to arrive late during mornings so set an early call time.

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

    *Check Ngong Ping 360 Maintenance/Shutdown Schedule here:


    HK General Information


    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

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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 or later.

    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.


    PRIZEMART – Best Place to Buy Chocolates and other Food Pasalubongs


    Malls in Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay – For all your branded shopping needs.

    Granville Road (TST) – Non-branded shopping and Lung Shing Dispensary for the cheapest source of cosmetics, body care and perfume products. Expect a LOT of people, cash only.

    Argyle Centre (Mongkok) – Non-branded clothes, bags and shoes shopping for women.

    Sino Centre (Mongkok) – Toy collectors and everything under the sun.

    CTMA Centre (Mongkok) – Girly stuff, Instax, Toys.

    Pak Po Lee Commercial Centre (Mongkok) – Instax, Casio Watches, Girly stuff, etc.

    Ho King Building (Mongkok) – Console Games.

    Yan On Building (Mongkok) – Hobby stores, airsoft stores, etc.

    Fa Yuen Street (Mongkok) – Rubber Shoes and Sneakers. They rarely sell old stocks here. Got an Adidas Falcon Elite 3 for just 330HKD. Most of the shoes were above 500HKD though.

    Ladies Market (Mongkok) – Souvenirs and fake goods you can find in Greenhills.

    Temple Street (Yaumatei) – Same crap you can get in 168 with maybe just 10% you can’t. Mga anik-anik and what not.

    Fuk Wa and Fuk Wing Street (ShamShuiPo) – Similar to Ladies Market minus all the tourists. I’d rather shop here than in Ladies Market.

    Apliu Street (ShamShuiPo) – Hong Kong’s version of Raon/Avenida – electronics for the older folks and enthusiasts = LED lights and flashlights, dashcams, CCTV, VHF radios, binoculars, etc.

    Stanley Market (Stanley) – Another market geared for tourists similar to Ladies Market but with less people. Similar goods.

    Golden Computer Arcade (ShamShuiPo) – Enthusiast-level DIY computer electronics, laptops, monitors, console games, cables/connectors/USB drives, everything computer-related is here.

    Mongkok Computer Centre (Mongkok) – Less than half the size of Golden selling computer stuff also.

    Sin Tat Plaza (Mongkok) – Cellphones, cases and accessories.

    Sim City (Mongkok) – Mostly digital cameras, general electronics and electronic accessories (audio, bags, powerbanks, cellphone accessories, cables, etc.)

    Wanchai Computer Centre (Wanchai) – Mix of everything if my memory serves me right. For those who are staying in HK island, just go here.


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

    Lung Shing, Granville Road, TST - Cheapest




    Apple has a universal price worldwide but the US has a significantly lower price. For reference, you can visit Apple Hong Kong's Online Store. Where to buy? Apple Stores.

    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.

    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.

    Where to Buy Digital Cameras / Accessories (BUY AT OWN RISK)

    Suntek Electronics, 43-49 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui (Also sells smartphones, etc)
    Wing Shing or Man Shing in Mongkok (Sai Yeung Choi Street)
    Big chain stores such as Fortress, CMK & Broadway inside malls
    DC Career, 298 Computer Mall, Hennessy road, Wan Chai
    DG, shop 162, Wan Chai Computer Centre, Wanchai MTR exit A4
    Sim City, Mongkok (corner sai yeung choi and shantung streets)
    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 (Exercise Caution)

    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 Hair Accessories and other stuff for Ladies

    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.

    Where to Buy Anime - Sino Centre, Nathan Road, Mongkok

    Where to Buy Pet-related Accessories - Around Sham Shui Po

    Where to Buy Car-related Items - Shantung St. Mongkok

  7. #7


    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. Most restaurants charge for hot water and hot tea, same price lang usually. Bring disposable spoon and forks just in case restaurants only have chopsticks and soup spoons.

    If you have to eat in a fastfood, Maxim's (MX), Cafe de Coral and Fairwood are decent local fastfood with big servings.

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

    High concentration of Affordable and Authentic Local Eats:
    1. In Central -> Stanley and Wellington Streets
    2. In Causeway Bay -> Jaffe Road and Jardine’s Bazaar
    3. In Tsim Sha Tsui -> Side Streets (Hankow, Ashley, Granville, Humphreys, Kimberley, etc.)
    4. In Mongkok and Wanchai -> Everywhere

    Alternative places to eat:
    1. Cooked food section and food court of CitySuper/Aeon/Apita.
    2. Sogo Basement.
    3. Food Republic Food Court – inside Citygate and Silvercord Mall.

    “Branded” Dining (Use to search for their address):
    1. Charlie Brown Cafe
    2. Hello Kitty le petit café
    3. Café & Meal MUJI
    4. Fiat Caffè
    5. Ladurée Tea Room
    6. IKEA
    7. Le Salon De Thé de Joël Robuchon
    8. L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
    9. agnès b. Café
    10. SPOON by Alain Ducasse

    List of Michelin Star Restaurants in Hong Kong for 2014:


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

    Fung Shing – Dimsum and typical Chinese food
    2/F, Pearl City, 24-32 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay (Near Wellcome)

    Yat Lok - Famous for Roastings / Rice Toppings
    34-38 Stanley Street, Central (Central Exit D-2)

    Tsim Chai Kee - Wanton Noodles
    98 Wellington Street, Central (Central Exit D1)

    Mak’s – Wanton Noodles
    77 Wellington Street, Central


    Canton Deli (Dimsum) Shop 3303, 3/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, TST

    Chuk Yuen (Dimsum) G/F, HK Pacific Centre(South Wing), 28 Hankow Road, TST

    Chuk Yuen (Dimsum) 35 Kimberly Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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

    Din Tai Fung - Silvercord Mall, Canton Road, TST

    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


    Where to Satisfy your DIMSUM Cravings.... (expect long lines during meal time)

    Lin Heung Teahouse (Sheung Wan)

    Dimdimsum (Mongkok/Jordan/Causeway Bay/North Point) - VERY GOOD!

    One Dimsum (Prince Edward/North Point)

    Tim Ho Wan (Central/North Point/Sham Shui Po) - Personally DISAPPOINTED with their quality. (Not Michelin)

    Canton Deli (Harbour City TST)

    Chuk Yuen (Tsim Sha Tsui)

    Fung Shing (Causeway Bay/North Point)


    Food Blogs for Hong Kong


    So how much is dimsum in HK? Credit to for her sample menu of Chuk Yuen.

    Dimsum Menu

    Japanese Restaurant Menu

    Cafe de Coral Menu

    Disneyland Menu

    Ocean Park Menu (Click the Photos)

    Bottled Water (Wellcome)

    As you can see, mas mura pa ang tubig sa HK kaysa sa 7-11 or Mini Stop dito. So there's no need to bring water!

  8. #8

    by QueTee


    Central Bus Terminus is underneath the IFC towers.

    1. The 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. 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.

    From OCEAN PARK*: From OP ride BUS 629 to Admiralty ->> 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. 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 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 (or Ding Ding tram to Bank of China Tower from wherever) then walk to the Peak Terminus (St. John’s Building) then ride the Peak Tram going up.
    2. MTR to Central (or Ding Ding tram to Worldwide House from wherever) then walk to the Star Ferry Pier, ride bus 15C then ride the Peak Tram going up.
    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 stop of bus 15.

    From The Peak
    1. Ride the Peak tram going down, then walk to the nearest Central MTR exit.
    2. Ride the Peak tram going down, ride bus 15C, get off at 1st stop (Pedder Street), walk to nearest MTR exit.
    3. Ride the Peak 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).

    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 ->

    As common sense will have it, you need to take the MTR from wherever you are to Admiralty to reach Admiralty Station.

    By Bus from ADMIRALTY: Take BUS 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B to OP Main Entrance. 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.
    *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 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). 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 ->

    Tung Chung Map:

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

    By Bus: Take the MTR to Tung Chung. From the bus terminus near 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 village.

    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.

    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:

    7AM Ferry to Macau
    9AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
    Walk or Public Bus to Fisherman's Wharf
    10AM Taxi to Wynn, walk to Grand Lisboa, Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul
    1PM Free Shuttle from Hotel Sintra to City of Dreams, Venetian, Galaxy
    6PM Ferry back to Hong Kong

    7AM Ferry to Macau
    9AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
    Walk or Public Bus to Fisherman's Wharf
    11AM Taxi to Wynn, walk to Grand Lisboa, Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul
    2PM Free Shuttle from Hotel Sintra to City of Dreams, Venetian, Galaxy
    8PM Ferry back to Hong Kong

    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.*

  9. #9

    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. Langham Place in Mongkok and Hysan Place in Causeway Bay will also have decors.

    Tourist Spot Operating Hours

    1. Disneyland - 1000AM to 8PM (Check Park Calendar because sometimes it changes)
    2. Ocean Park - 1000AM to 9PM
    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 (1 hour without climbing)
    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 Hour
    12. Other Museums - At least 1 Hour Each
    13. Nanlian Garden & Chilin Nunnery - At least 1 Hour
    14. Sky100 - At least 1 Hour

    Average Time Needed

    Airplane Touchdown in Hong Kong until Octopus Card: around 45 minutes to 1 hour
    Airport to Kowloon/HK Island: 45minutes minimum; usually takes 1 hour (or more during rush hours).
    City to Disneyland by Train: Approximately 45minutes
    City to Tung Chung / Ngong Ping: Approximately 45minutes
    Ngong Ping 360: 20 minutes (1 way)
    Star Ferry Ride: 7 minutes
    Ferry to Discovery Bay: 25 minutes
    Bus ride to Stanley: 30-40 minutes

    You need to be in the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. For 1st time visitors make it 3 hours specially if you still plan to eat at the airport.

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

    Where to Buy Pasalubong

    Prizemart for Food Pasalubongs like Chocolates
    Mongkok Ladies Market for the usual cliché souvenirs
    Temple Street Night Market
    Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
    The Peak
    Knick Knacks in Citysuper
    Grocery&Food Items from Citysuper / Sogo / Wellcome / Prizemart
    Hong Kong Egg Tarts
    Mooncakes from Kee Wah Bakery or Maxim's


    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?

    No. Just stay in the city.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 Many Trams Are There in HK?

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

    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.

    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.

  10. #10
    Chriscie's Section about Hong Kong

    Quote Originally Posted by chriscie View Post
    Hong Kong probably one of the few cities around the globe which is fast phase, fascinating and convenient... it all sums up into two words... SUPER CITY

    Flying out of the Philippines to Hong Kong

    Airline -

    Although budget airlines like Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Tiger Airways probably can fly you to Hong Kong for cheap by booking their promo fares like the fame PISO Fare but did you know you can take non-budget airlines to the Super City like Dragon Air and Cathay Pacific for less than 8k RT... Yes you read it right... if you book 2 to 4 months before your intended flight day.. you can get as low as PH6,000 for a round trip ticket to Hong Kong which includes a snack, refreshment and 20 Kilos of check-in baggage allowance each flight from Clark or Manila. (this post is not sponsored by Dragon Air or Cathay Pacific.. this is just a recommendation)

    Travel Tax

    One of the biggest failure of our local government is PH regular passport holder have to pay terminal fee/travel tax. To lessen the hassle of falling the queue... Pay your travel tax days ahead before your flight by visiting your airline business office.

    "The necessity of a PH Tourist Traveler"

    I've been reading a lot of people asking in this forum..what to bring and how much money do I need... To tell you honestly all you have to BRING are passport, round trip ticket and hotel booking. Bringing of COE stated that your company allows you to leave for a certain number of days with company ID is only applicable to those people who are currently working and not self-employed. But you only have to show it to immigration if they ask you.

    In terms of how much money you need to bring... 10,000 whatever the currency of this amount... if you want to bring more than 10,000 PESOS, just declare 10,000. Or you can exchange your PESO money to USD. Another suggestion, bring your ATM but you need to advise your bank that you will use your card abroad...same rules applies to credit card.

    Before departure from PH

    With all the buzz how ridiculous Philippine have to be in the airport three to four hours before your flight especially if you haven't paid your travel tax.

    Arriving Hong Kong International Airport (in short HKIA)

    After getting out of the plane

    Always look for the numbers shown on the paper hold by flight/ground attendant... its where you will pickup your check-in baggage if you have.

    Follow the sign "To ARRIVAL or To IMMIGRATION

    If you can read...its easy to follow

    After immigration

    Check-in baggage... if you have check-in baggage and remember the numbers shown by FA...then go to that carousel...if you forget... just look at the monitor of each carousel but more hassle.

    Then exit via "Nothing to Declare" wing.

    GET/BUY Octopus Card before you leave HKIA

    Octopus Card probably one of the best thing about Hong Kong... its a have to load it and you can use it to; ride train, bus and ferry, purchase items in supermarket, convenient store, department store, fast food chains and even buy ice cream/sundae to a truck selling it.

    There is a refundable HK$50 deposit... you can surrender your card to any MTR Customer Service and you will refund the deposit amount BUT...

    if you surrender the card three months or less use, there is a HK$9 fee and will be deducted in your deposit.
    if you surrender the card more than 3 months use, there is NO fee and you will get the full HK$50 deposit.

    How to purchase:

    If you haven't leave HKIA, go to MTR customer service. Its easy to spot MTR customer service because of its big round shape counter.
    If you already leave HKIA and use cash to pay for your transportation to the city... you can purchase the Octopus Card in every customer service you will see in every MTR station. Its easy to spot the customer service because of the YELLOW color.

    How much minimum initial load:

    Adult - HK$100 + HK$50 for the deposit
    Kids - HK$20 + HK$50 for deposit
    Infant - FREE

    How much minimum reloading amount:


    Airport Express Tourist Pass and Tourist Day Pass

    Tourist Day Pass -HK$55 - UNLIMITED MTR (ONLY... MTR is their version of our LRT or MRT) ride for 24 hours from your first ride of the train.

    Tourist Pass - Includes Either one way Airport Express ride (HK$220) or RT Airport Express ride (HK$300) and UNLIMITED MTR (only) ride for 3 consecutive days from your first ride of the train (exclude Airport Express). The price includes HK$50 deposit which you get it back full when you surrender it. This also can be use as Octopus card by loading any amount minimum of HK$50.

    To The City

    You have three options if you don't book chauffeur, hotel transportation or airport transfer.

    Airport Express - expensive yet fastest way to the city in less than 25 minutes.
    Cab - expensive yet fastest way to the city in less than 25 minutes and less hassle than the airport express.
    Double Decker Bus - cheapest way to the city but it will take more than 45 minutes to the city. If you will stay in Tung Chung area then take S1 bus, if you will stay in Tsim Sha Tsui/Jordan/ Yau Ma Tei/Mong Kok/ Prince Edward/Hum Hom/Canton Road/Kimberly then ride Bus A21 (AM Bus) or N21 (Night Bus). If you will stay in Central, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, North Point, Admiralty, Sheung Wan then ride A11 Bus

    Where to stay

    If you can afford to stay in a hotel... then I recommend these hotels

    Four Seasons
    W Hong Kong
    Marco Polo
    Hotel Icon
    Hotel Indigo
    Holiday Inn Express TST
    Park Lane
    Langham TST
    Langham Mong Kok
    Metropark Causeway Bay
    Kimberly Hotel
    Nathan Hotel
    Hotel Rainbow
    Novotel in Jordan
    Hotel Benito

    If you can't afford to stay in hotel

    I recommended Taisan Guesthouse... I know some of you have issues... but this is one of the hostels/guesthouse with best location.

    Where to Eat

    Hong Kong is one of the best places in the entire globe for FOODPORN! As much as possible avoid western fast food giants which we already have here in Philippines like McDonalds... but I love Hong Kong McDonald's Grilled Chicken Burger which we don't have here...its my midnight snack


    As much as possible please don't visit starbucks for coffee fix except you collect the mugs... I recommend these

    Caffe Habitu - not only for coffee/latte/cappucino/machiato but also for food too! They have branches scatter in Hong Kong
    UNAR Coffee - this is my place for coffee in Hong Kong... my favorite but you have to strut your *** to Tai Hang near Tin Hau MTR station and Victoria Park in Causeway Bay
    18 Grams - after UNAR... this is next as my favorite
    BlissHive Bakery and Cafe - also in Tai Hang so you have to squeeze effort to visit and sip a cup of their coffee
    Teakha - forget TWG for teas... this is my place for tea...and their green tea cake is a must try but you also put an effort to visit this place because its in Sheung Wan
    Agnes B Cafe in Gough Street, Sheung Wan - So far the cutest ambiance in all Agnes B cafe chains in Hong
    The Library Cafe - located inside the Lane Crawford in Canton Road TST.
    MUJI Cafe - as in the japanese store...they have cafe in Hong Kong located in Lee Theater in CWB


    I love sweets and pastries...and so as Hongky pips too!

    Po's Atelier - their bread and pastries are expensive but its worth it! this is like a luxe located in Sheung Wan
    Kisses Cupcake - this is my favorite place for cupcake... they have FERRERO cupcake!
    Sift Dessert - next to The Library Cafe for cupcake
    The Library Cafe - another expensive place for pastries but worth to try...their cupcake so damn good!
    NOSH - located in Sheung Wan
    Laduree/Pierre Herme - for macaroons located in Harbour City in TST and IFC Mall in Central
    Sakurashima - cheapest yet their products are good... located in WanChai Road


    - 208 Duecento Otto - italian restaurant... their antipasti buffet is must try for only HK$98 if you want to try authentic napoletana pizza add $28. Available on weekdays only 12PM-3PM
    - Linguini Fini - their lunch menu set is worth to try especially their Salted Egg Cured Genevese Pasta. Available on weekdays only. For weekends... their Big Boy Breakfast and Eggs Benedict are the best!
    - NOSH
    - 22 SHIPS - tapas/spanish food and their suckling pig and foie gras burger are must
    - BLT Burger, Common Room for burgers and fries
    - ZUMA sunday brunch buffet
    - Tim Ho wan
    - Lin Heung Tea House for cantonese food
    - Classified in Tai Hang and Hollywood Road


    - Blue Butcher - for steaks
    - Yardbird - yakitori and japanese alcoholic drinks
    - Restoration - New Orleans/Soul food
    - Duddell's - for cantonese
    - Cuisine Cuisine/Spring Deer for peking duck
    - Together Pot and Him Kee for best HOT POT
    - Ippudo for ramen
    - Din Tai Fung for xiao long bao
    - TungPo Ktichen for dai pai dong/squid ink pasta and wind sand chicken
    - Cha Cha Wan for thai food
    - Zafran for spanish food
    - Chum Chum Mi for Korean/soy garlic chicken


    - Little Bao/Bao Wow for bao/buns ala Chowking Chao Pao buns but more delicious
    - Lab Made for nitrogen ice cream
    - City Super food court
    - IKEA Bistro for swedish meatballs
    - Street food
    - Takoyaki in food republic

    Where to Shop

    This is one of the reasons why I love Hong Kong... love to shop brands we dont have here

    COS - brand under H&M management but more chic, minimalist located in Queens Road Central and Harbour City
    Monki - brand under H&M management but more high street fashion for girls located in Langham Place Mong Kok
    NIKE Outlet Store in North Point - you are wasting time if you want to visit the Citygate branch..,go here instead...more last season items
    Aland - if you love korean items but more of a high street style then a visit in this store is a must...
    KAPOK - where you can find independent lifestyle brands under one roof
    I.T. Outlet in Silvercord - although this outlet branch if I.T. is a bit small...but I found 80&#37; off CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL backpack here and the KENZO x VANS shoes here!
    Moustache - same as KAPOK
    15 square street - same as KAPOK
    Abercrombie & Fitch/Hollister - it is not the clothes the reason why I always drop by in these stores... you know what if you visit them in HK
    Lane Crawford - this is the Bergdorf or Barneys of Hong Kong

    Addition to where to eat

    After 12 AM

    Some of you go back to your hostel, hotels or guesthouse after 12 midnight... and hungry... although 7-11 or McDo is a good fix for empty stomach... there still good chains open after 12AM

    Paisano Pizza in TST and Wan Chai - one slice of pizza is good for two because the size is big like S&R pizza
    Common Room in Central - you can dine it here until 4AM and eat mouth watering burgers
    Basement in Sheung Wan - fine dining after 12 midnight....


    Lin Heung Tea House - the best place to start your to wake up some bones and joints in your body because of its environment...
    Australian Dairy - light but good to start the amazing race of your trip

    END but if I have things to add... I'll post it here

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    My Trip Report for 2013 (Apita/Aeon):

    My Trip Report for 2014 (Discovery Bay/Stanley/IFC):

    My Favorite Beverage in Hong Kong (Nestea Honey Pear Tea):

    My Favorite Dimsum Places:
    1. Chuk Yuen
    2. Dimdimsum
    3. Canton Deli
    4. Fung Shing
    5. Lin Heung Teahouse

    My Favorite "Local Joints":
    1. Yuen Kee in TST
    2. Yat Lok in Central
    3. Mak's in Central

    My Favorite Bakeries:
    1. Sakurashima for HK-style Egg Tarts
    2. Kee Wah for Mooncakes during August/September

    My Favorite Spots to Relax and Unwind (December to April Only):
    1. Peak
    2. Stanley
    3. Discovery Bay
    4. IFC Mall Rooftop
    5. TST Clock Tower Area

    My Favorite Things to Do:
    1. Star Ferry
    2. Ding Ding Tram
    3. EAT
    4. Window shop and Food Trip at Apita, Aeon and CitySuper

    Why I consider eating at McDo / KFC / Yoshinoya in Hong Kong a MORTAL SIN --->

    If you don't think you can stomach authentic Chinese food, you can settle for local fastfood chains like Cafe de Coral, Maxim's or Fairwood. Spaghetti House, the food courts and the cooked food section of big groceries like CitySuper are also good alternatives. Japanese food like Ramen is easy to find, all you need is the Openrice App.
    Last edited by HongKongThread; May 17, 2014 at 05:37 PM.

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