Useful Tips of Hong Kong Independent Travel

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Collection of most consideration questions might help you do Hong Kong tours more easily, take care of packing and ignore unworried details.

Weather

1. What is the weather like in Hong Kong?

Located in a semitropical zone, Hong Kong enjoys relatively mild weather.

Hong Kong's spring (Mar. & Apr.) is warm and humid. The average temperature is 22 centigrade. Most of the days are sunny, intervened by drizzles from time to time.

Summer (May to Sept.) is the hottest period in the city, with the temperature varying from 27 centigrade to 36 centigrade. And it also rains a lot and sometimes encounters with rainstorms or typhoons due to its special geographical conditions.

Autumn (late Sept. to Nov.) is considered as the coziest season in Hong Kong. Sufficient sunshine, gentle breeze, and moderate temperature make it a perfect time to tour the cosmopolitan city.

Winter (Dec. to Feb.) is usually cold and the average temperature is 17 centigrade. Because of the humidity, it feels colder than it actually is. There aren't any snowfalls in winter. So winter gears are not a necessity in Hong Kong.

For daily weather information of Hong Kong, you can visit: http://www.weather.gov.hk/contente.htm
 
2. When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?

It depends on what you focus most. If you care about the climate, spring and winter are the most preferable seasons to visit Hong Kong; if you love shopping, December to February is an ideal period for big sales and grand celebration events like Christmas, Lunar New Year; if you are sensitive to air quality, the summer rain season (late May to mid-September) fits you best because the pollution is relatively lower and the air cleaner. 

Safety

3. Is it safe to travel in Hong Kong?

Yes. Hong Kong is said to one of the safest cities in the world. even at night, when people may walk alone with confidence. A major concern is no rather than the pickpockets especially in crowd places like the market, metro, etc. To ensure your stay is a pleasant one, keep an eye on your belongings.

Top Attractions

4. What are the top attractions in Hong Kong? And can I get any promotion now?

Hong Kong is well-known as not only an international commercial hub but also a city with ancient colonial heritages and unique Chinese cultural variants. The most-visited attractions include Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbor, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, Aberdeen floating community, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Star Ferry. Yes. A hot 10% discount campaign is at the operation from 1st January to 31st December 2011, called "Hong Kong Attractions Fun Deals". This campaign runs in five top attractions in Hong Kong, including Ocean Park Hong Kong, Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong Wetland Park, The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace and Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. The 10% admission discount works when you present your ticket stubs at any ticketing office of the other four attractions. 

Packing

5. What should I take along with while traveling to Hong Kong?

It is recommended that you bring comfortable shoes. You will undoubtedly be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must. Sunscreen is recommended, as well as carrying bottled water with you. If you wish to visit the beaches of Repulse bay don't forget your swimsuit. If you are a photography lover, do not forget your camera, film, and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself. An umbrella is also recommended for those unexpected showers.

Transportation

6. What kind of vehicles is available for getting around in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, there are many options for transportation, such as taxis, buses, subways, minibusses, Pedicabs and of course by your private car. There are also cars and bikes available for rent.

Accommodation

7. What is accommodation like?

Accommodation in Hong Kong is easier and more convenient than you can imagine. From cheap and clean hostels, boutique hotels to the world's most luxuriant star hotels, there are accommodations for all types of people. Whoever you are, you can definitely find a residence in your favor. Besides, we warmly recommend some idea hotels from top to normal ones at hotels.

Cuisine

8. What cuisine options are there in Hong Kong? Are there other options besides only Chinese foods?

The cuisine available in Hong Kong is quite diverse. Because a large number of people in Hong Kong come from the mainland, the local food has an almost endless variety and is far more delicious than anything you can find in a "Chinese" restaurant in the west.

We highly suggest you try the local foods. We are fairly certain you will love it. There are also many Western restaurants in Hong Kong. Almost any kind of Western cuisine is available in Hong Kong as well as McDonald's, Starbucks, Subway, Hooter's Burger King, Pizza Hut, and KFC.

Currency & ATM

9. What are the currency and the ATM system in Hong Kong like?

Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Hong Kong, but you can exchange your money at the many Bank of China outlets throughout the city. Most major hotels in Hong Kong will accept major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find.

Language

10. Will there be problems with the language barrier?

Visitors to Hong Kong do not need to worry about the language barrier. The majority of Hong Kong's residents can speak both English and Cantonese. All of the signs and announcements are both in English and Cantonese and all staff working in the Hong Kong government has fluent English speaking level. In general, shop assistants, restaurants workers in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui could handle English well. However, an obvious barrier is from taxi drivers and some staff at small private shops, they hardly speak English. As the barriers exits, some taxi driver can ask for help with others who can speak English. Moreover, you can try to speak out the famous attractions or the street road of the living hotel, and some landmark buildings in Cantonese.

Handy Telephone Number

Emergency cases (fire, police or ambulance, etc): 999. It is free to dial this number on public payphones. 

Hong Kong International Airport : (852) 2181 0000

Weather: 1878022

Loss of credit card: American Express (852)2811-6122 

MasterCard (852)2511-6387 

Visa (852)2810-803

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