10 Must Know Travelers Tips To Hong Kong

Hong Kong is​ an​ international city and it​ has vast number of​ tourists come from all over the​ world in​ all year round. According to​ the​ Hong Kong Government statistics,​ the​ number of​ international tourists visited Hong Kong in​ 2018 reaches 10.8 million which represents a​ 13.1% increase when compared to​ 2004. Countries such as​ Australia,​ Canada,​ French,​ China,​ India,​ Indonesia,​ Malaysia,​ Singapore,​ Korean,​ Thailand,​ British and United States all contributes significant tourist growth for Hong Kong. This article presents some critical traveler tips for tourists so that you​ could enjoy more and have a​ wonderful trip to​ Hong Kong.

1. Personal Identity and Safety
Tourists must carry valid personal identity documentation such as​ passport during their stay in​ Hong Kong. Hong Kong is​ a​ very safe city according to​ the​ low crime rate. However,​ due to​ the​ densely population,​ it​ is​ not suggested to​ take a​ large amount of​ cash when going out since most of​ the​ shops in​ Hong Kong accepts credit cards. Expensive belongs should be locked in​ the​ safe in​ hotel. you​ could easily find policemen on​ the​ streets whenever you​ have encountered any problems.

2. Service Charges
Most of​ the​ restaurants except fast food shops will add 10% service charges to​ the​ bill. Therefore,​ you​ may choose to​ give out the​ odd dollars from the​ changes as​ the​ service tips. For taxi driver or​ bellboy in​ the​ hotel,​ there is​ no pre set norm for the​ service tips,​ you​ may choose to​ give out whenever you​ think the​ service is​ deserved for.

3. Telephone Service
All local telephone call is​ free except for the​ public telephone which charges HK$1 for every 5 minutes. Emergency call is​ 999 and it​ is​ free to​ call even in​ public telephone. you​ could either use IDD telephone call card or​ credit card for long distance call,​ or​ simply through operator for collect call in​ all public telephone counter.

4. Drinking Water
The drinking water in​ Hong Kong reaches World Health Organization standard. However,​ you​ may also choose to​ buy the​ bottle water in​ the​ supermarkets if​ you​ think it​ is​ necessary.

5. Taxi
All taxi only accept cash and they have invoice print out whenever you​ request. it​ is​ easier to​ catch the​ taxi in​ the​ taxi stop or​ outside the​ hotel. Many of​ the​ taxi drivers could understand simple English. it​ is​ suggest writing down your destination (in English) on​ paper to​ minimize misunderstandings. the​ taxi charges is​ based on​ the​ meter which is​ HK$15 for the​ first 2 Km and HK$1.4 for the​ subsequent 0.2 Km. Besides,​ there are tunnel charges ranging from HK$3-45 depends on​ which tunnel you​ have to​ take. the​ charging table is​ clearly shown on​ the​ inner side of​ the​ doors so you​ could check it​ before you​ pay. in​ case of​ any complaints or​ lost case,​ you​ may record down the​ name of​ the​ taxi driver and his license plate number which is​ clearly shown on​ the​ front seat stand,​ and reports to​ the​ police hotline: 2527 7177 whenever necessary.

6. Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
Hong Kong has 6 MTR routes,​ which covers most parts of​ Hong Kong Island,​ Kowloon and New Territories.
Tsuen Wan Route: Tsuen Wan to​ Central
Kwun Tong Route: Yau Mat Tei to​ Tiu Keng Leng
Tseung Kwan O Route: North Point to​ Po Lam
Main Route: Sheung Wan to​ Chai Wan
Tung Chung Route: Tung Chung to​ Hong Kong
Airport Route: Airport to​ Hong Kong
Due to​ the​ convenience of​ MTR and the​ compact area of​ Hong Kong,​ most tourists find it​ is​ not necessary to​ rent car during their stay. Besides,​ due to​ the​ very heavy traffic and the​ complexity of​ the​ city roads,​ it​ is​ not recommended for tourists to​ drive. in​ case you​ really need car rental,​ you​ may consult your hotel,​ and be ready with your passport and driving license.

7. Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR)
The KCR is​ the​ major railway which links up the​ New Territories and the​ city of​ Kowloon. it​ runs through Tsim Sha Tsui East to​ Lo Wu which takes about 40 minutes for the​ whole route. Lo Wo is​ the​ final station which you​ could pass through to​ enter China with valid visa. the​ train will depart for every 3 to​ 10 minutes,​ and the​ earliest one will be started at​ 5:35 a.m. while the​ last one will be departed at​ 12:20 p.m. the​ ordinary fair and the​ first class fair are HK$18 and HK$36 respectively from Hung Hom to​ Sheung Shui.

8. Tram
The tram service has been started in​ 1904 and it​ is​ the​ oldest transportation system in​ Hong Kong. it​ only services the​ Hong Kong Island running from Kennedy Town to​ Shau Kei Wan plus another route to​ Happy Valley. the​ earliest tram starts at​ 6: 00 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. and the​ fair is​ HK$ 2 for adult and HK$ 1 for children under age12. it​ is​ the​ cheapest transportation in​ Hong Kong,​ and you​ are highly recommended to​ take a​ ride at​ the​ upper stairs so that you​ could enjoy all the​ street scenery of​ Hong Kong.

9. Star Ferry
The scenery of​ Hong Kong harbor is​ famous in​ the​ world,​ especially the​ night scenery. Besides,​ there is​ spectacular light show by the​ commercial buildings in​ the​ Hong Kong island at​ 8:00 p.m. every night which you​ must not miss. the​ Star Ferry has been serving on​ the​ harbor for more than 100 years,​ and the​ fair is​ less than HK$3 per rides. you​ could take the​ Star Ferry from Cental to​ Tsim Sha Tsui at​ around 8:00 p.m. you​ could enjoy the​ harbor scenery on​ the​ ferry and continue with the​ light show at​ the​ Starlight Road of​ Tsim Sha Tsui.

10. Hong Kong International Airport
The most convenient route to​ the​ Hong Kong International Airport is​ through the​ MTR which takes about 23 minutes from Central. it​ passes through stations of​ Kowloon,​ Olympic,​ Tsing Yi,​ and the​ train will be departed for every ten minutes. With the​ MTR,​ you​ would never miss the​ airplane due to​ the​ traditional traffic jam. Other than the​ MTR,​ you​ could take the​ Airport Bus which starts from 6:00 a.m. at​ the​ morning until 11:00 p.m. at​ night. it​ covers most part of​ Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with major hotels.
10 Must Know Travelers Tips To Hong Kong 10 Must Know Travelers Tips To Hong Kong Reviewed by Henda Yesti on September 16, 2018 Rating: 5

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