Gary Bembridge of Tips for Travellers shares observations, tips and advice for visitors to Hong Kong.
Listen to the tips and advice:
This show covers among other topics:
- Dense with multitudes of skyscrapers and people. More people live and work above 15th floor than anywhere else in the world and has most residential blocks about 40 stories high and constant development.
- Very pretty harbour – Victoria harbour – one of deepest natural harbours in the world – Hong Kong means “fragrant harbour”.
- Population of 7 million.
- 262 islands – Hong Kong island, Lantau Island (Airport and Disneyland ), Kowloon peninsula and Northern Territories.
- Transforms at night – skyscrapers have light effects – 8pm light show (biggest and longest running permanent show) on Hong Kong island and at 9pm on ICC (International Commerce Building) in Kowloon.
- English widely spoken as one off 2 official languages.
- Very connected city lots of free wifi around
British colony until 1997
Very busy airport built on reclaimed land on Lantau Island.
Cruise – Kai Tak Terminal designed on site of old airport runway in Kowloon.
Best time to go
Hot and humid most of year
Coldest in Jan
Coveted walkways and open air mid -evels escalator – worlds largest outdoor covered escalator.
Trams – kept despite modern metro system following pretty much same routes.
Busses – 5 companies run 700 routes.
BigBus Hop-on Hop-Off bus tours
Use UK style 3-pin plugs
Good App – “Discover Hong Kong” developed by HK tourism board and Cathay Pacific Airline. Works off line and has series of suggested walks.
Tram launched in 1888- 8 minutes ride to the stop with stunning views across city, also has Madame Tussards and shopping.
Iconic service since 1870s – taking people 7 minutes from Hong Kong to Kowloon Ocean terminal.
Many options from Star Ferry, Sailing Junks and motorised junk boat trips.
See Hong Kong at night
Night bus tour
Light show- “Symphony of lights” – 45 skyscrapers on both sides of harbour
Walk the streets on Hong Kong side in Wan Chai and Kowloon along Nathan street
Good prices as do no sales tax and is a Duty free port
Central district- high end shops
Hollywood road – antiques and art
SoHo – galleries
Temple Street Night Market
Fishing village and Luxury marina
Afternoon tea at Peninsula Hotel
Flagstaff house museum of Teaware – in oldest surviving colonial building –
Ocean Park -see Cunard notes
Can get good value 7-day museum pass
HK museum of art
the space museum
HK science museum
HK museum of history
Macau – high speed ferry or bus