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7 Essential Things to Know Before Visiting Hong Kong for the First Time

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Visiting Hong Kong for the First Time

Hong Kong can be described as a beautiful region on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. Maybe you know that it has one of the world’s most thriving economies and that it’s also a hub for international trade and investment. What you should also know about it is that for tourists, it can be quite overwhelming. It is big and approximately seven million people live there, so you can expect that there are plenty of things you can see and do when you visit it. If you do have plans to spend time there and explore this destination, here are some tips for you, things you should be familiar with that will make your trip a lot easier.

The Airport Express train

This is the best way to get to and from the airport. You can buy tickets at the station and the train stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It will only take you around 20 minutes to get where you want!

The Airport Express train

You can purchase your ticket online ahead of time if you want a discount of 30%. When you buy it online, you can use the QR code. They send it to you so that you can swipe through the special gates equipped with the QR reader.

An Octopus card

Getting an Octopus card is the first thing you want to do as soon as you arrive in Hong Kong. It’s a stored value card that’s awesome because it works on all public transportation (except taxis). You can purchase yours in advance – it can be picked up from the airport when one arrives, and a good thing is that it comes with HK$50 already pre-loaded! You can also hang on to the card for your next trip if you have plans to visit Hong Kong more than once.

Hong Kong’s largest outlying island – Lantau

Tourists are impressed with Lantau Island, which is the largest outlying island in the region. You can enjoy the amazing Buddhist architecture, the mall with great boutiques and shops, long sandy beaches and so much more. In addition, maybe you have heard of the glorious Tian Tan Buddha that was completed after 12 years of construction in 1993. It’s the famous statue of the island.

Hong Kong's largest outlying island – Lantau

If you need accommodation, you can stay at an incredible Discovery Bay hotel, for you can find really beautiful ones in this part of the island. Wherever you stay, you should know they say the island brings solace to the soul, and you will certainly have a remarkable time and leave it with amazing experiences and a lot of shopping bags. Lastly, use the Mass Transit Railway to get there (major public transport network serving Hong Kong).

Try their famous dim sum

Hong Kong is a perfect place for huge foodies. People from different countries love their delicious meals. One of the things you need to taste is dim sum. They typically eat it at brunch time (or earlier) and it consists of steamed shrimp dumplings, barbecue pork buns, spring rolls, fried turnip cake and much more. There are many dim sum restaurants in this region and the best thing is that it’s inexpensive to eat there. You can visit the Little Bao, Chahawan, 22 Ships, and other magnificent restaurants. You can try outstanding meals like the crab omelette, grilled chicken thigh, the papaya salads and others.

A sunset cruise on the Aqua Luna or Dukling

You might have heard of the Aqua Luna, which is a restored old Chinese junk boat that hosts cruises and dinners along Victoria Harbour, and there’s the Dukling – one of the oldest Chinese junk boats still in operation. You can have a sunset cruise and have the time of your life! It’s very romantic if you go with your significant other.

A sunset cruise on the Aqua Luna or Dukling

Taxis and public transportation

Hong Kong is expensive and you might think taking a taxi there is a luxury, but it actually isn’t because it’s surprisingly cheap. Public transportation in general is efficient, cheap and clean, and the network is very extensive. That’s one of the best things about the region!

An umbrella is an essential

The weather in Hong Kong is unpredictable and fickle, especially during the period between June and September. Even when it’s sunny, it can start raining in no time. This is why always having an umbrella is a must. You’ll feel much more comfortable if you carry it with you because you’ll know that you won’t get soaked.

Hong Kong is a marvelous region and it’s no wonder that tourists love it so much. It’s a destination you’ll wish to visit more than once. However, if you’re going for the first time, these were several things that are useful to know. Have a great time exploring it and enjoying its beauties!

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in social media and latest business technologies. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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