Transportation, Hong Kong
Unlike in Mainland China where there are hardly any English Street Signs, In Hong Kong, particularly in the frequented Areas by Tourists like Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island, Lantau Island, the street signs are posted both in Chinese Characters and English so that you can determine your location and not get lost easily. But the best deal is downloading the Hong Kong Maps at Google Map App on your smartphone and use your gps locator to know where you are (some smartphones can use the gps function even offline from the internet, provided that you dowload the maps before using it.
Fondest memory: Street Signs are both in Chinese and English
Traffic Congestion is notorious in hong kong hence mass transport is preferred by most as the Public Subway, the MTR, is located Underground, so There is no traffic to Speak Off. Although there are now many Elevated Expressways, Multi-level roads and wide roads, Hong Kong's area is not getting bigger and there are traffic bottlenecks in many areas of the Territory like at the Two Cross Harbour Tunnels, at Nathan Road and Mongkok at Kowloon, at the Disticts of Central, Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Stanley. So Takint the MTR is the best option when going around the Area.
Fondest memory: congested city
take a pick as there are many transport options in hong kong, but renting a car is the least of them as parking is very expensive in hong kong and gas prices are among the highest in the world as there are no subsidies in the price. You can take the Public Buses, the MTR subway or the Minibuses and the Ferries to the Outlying Islands or Star Ferry or the Trams of Hong Kong Island and pay via the Reloadable Octopus Card or take a taxi from points A to B (not much better due to the traffic and high taxi rates).
Fondest memory: your best bet to go around will be taking the MTR as it criss crosses the Territory and the price of a ride is budget friendly.
Gas Stations in Hong Kong are usually very small and not that numerous as the territory is small and you can find that many of the Gas Pumps are located overhead instead on ground level, to save space. Hong Kong also has a High Gasoline Prices of which 1 liter of Premium Unleaded Gasoline cost HKD 17 per liter (or about HKD 64.36 for 1 gallon of Unleaded Gasoline , about 8.25 US Dollars to a Gallon) which is one of the Highest Gasoline Prices in the world hence most people here take Public Transportation as owning a car is really expensive.
Fondest memory: high gasoline prices in Hong Kong
Favorite thing: sorry to tell that the fare of the bus has been raised for 20 % up ! Kindly prepare more money for your traffic. And please read the news before you go to take the cable car to the Buddah in Lantau Island. Since recently it has more accidents , sometimes it's closed for checking up. And you have to queue, it takes more than one hour sometimes. Kindly take a note for preparation of your schedule ! I hope it helps. for more information for the bus in HK , check it up here : http://www.kmb.hk/english.php?page=search
CX is assisting with the provision of some extra sectors to London and a special fare for eligible Oasis passengers from Hong Kong to Vancouver and London, and Vancouver and London to Hong Kong for Oasis passengers with confirmed bookings from today until and including 23rd April.
We have several passenger Hot lines set up in UK, Vancouver and Hong Kong for eligible Oasis passengers to call to make their new bookings at these special fares, and seek more information. Key handling details have been communicated to Hong Kong, London and Vancouver reservations and sales teams where virtually all the enquiries will come.
However your sales and reservations teams may possibly get enquiries from agents and passengers as well.
Please ask your teams to just refer all such enquirers to www.cathaypacific.com.hk www.cathaypacific.ca and www.cathaypacific.co.uk where the most up to date information will be posted on how we are trying to help eligible Oasis passengers in each location.
Dim Sum - but I didn't have a chance to enjoy them because of my unpleasant experience.
Hong Kong is just next to the Philippines and so I thought I should not worry much when I had to spend a night there on my way back home. Unfortunately, as it was late and I was very confident that everything was manageable, I took a taxi without a hotel in mind. I ended up spending the night in a small noisy hotel room. I wish I have kept the hotel receipt to remember the hotel I intend never to visit again. But I think many taxis recommend small hotels from which they get commission.
Favorite thing: Once you arrive in HK the first thing I recommend to do is to buy an Octopus Card which is an electronic payment card. It can be used in most public transports and convenience stores. You can buy the card at the airport or MTR stations with a deposit of HK$50. No need to worry about how much to buy. You can add value later at MTR stations. And when you go back return your card. You can get refunds of the remaining amount and the deposit. HK$7 will be charged if it's returned within 3 months.
Fondest memory: The century-old tram runs on tracks and operate only on the northern part of Hong Kong Island. It grow up with Hong Kong. It is a leisurely and inexpensive ride (HK$2 per ride) to see the Hong Kong Island. The tracks is pretty much a line along the curves of the island with just one extra loop to go into the Happy Valley area.
There are so many different ways to get around HK. Every form of transport is available- Bus, Tram, Taxi, Underground.
But the easiest and most enjoyable can be on foot- The central district is very easy to negotiate and find your way around, and there are so many landmarks to locate on the streetmap that you shouldn't really get lost.
Fondest memory: There is so much to see while wandering around on foot, and if you head up the peak pasing through the residential mid-levels it is amazing to see how people live in very compact accomodation.
Hong Kong's railway and subway network system map.
Fondest memory: The MTR is the quickest way to hop between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon; for access to the New Territories use the interchange station at Kowloon Tong and change to the KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway), which travels north to the border at Lo Wu.
Recommend that you learn to use public transportation while in Hong Kong. Its cheap and goes everywhere. Don't think about renting a car while visiting, you will enjoy much more of Hong Kong if you leave the driving to the locals.
Between, Taxi, Subway and complete bus service, not to mention water ferry service, Hong Kong is just a short walk to the nearest pick up area.
Moving Around Hong Kong:
Hong Kong is small and very crowded, which makes
public transportation the only practical way to
get around. Local public transportation is cheap,
fast and widely used for efficiency. The bus system
is extensive and you will need it to explore the
South side of Hong Kong Island and the New Territories.
The North side of Hong Kong Island and most of
Kowloon are served by Hong Kong's modern Mass
Transit Railway (MTR). There are three
tunnels that link Hong Kong with Kowloon.
The Kowloon-Guangzhou (Canton) Railway (KCR) runs
from Kowloon to the Chinese border at Lo Wu. Light Rail
Transit (fast, modern, air-con trams) run in the New
Territories, connecting the city of Tuen Mun with
Yuen Long. Double-decker trams trundle along the
northern side of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong's ferries
are usually faster and cheaper than buses and trams.
This also provides harbour views which are excellent
when there is good visibility.
Metered taxis are red with silver tops (green with
white tops in the New Territories). They will not pick
up or put down at bus stops. Car rental is available but
not recommended. Bicycling in quiet areas of the islands
would be a nice way to see different parts of Hong Kong
away from the major cities.
Favorite thing: The Tram on the Hong Kong island is an interesting way of traveling around. It goes east to west along the north shore of the island (north of the Victoria Peak). It is really cheap and comes around a lot. The trams are usually crowded and it's hard to find a seat. Nevertheless, it's a favorite and almost a "must-see" activity for tourists who want to experience the old, colonial Hong Kong.
On arrival in Hong Kong,the first thing to do after unpacking is to get the feel of the city. For me the best way to do it is to mix with the local people. The best way to do it is a ride on the MTR - walk alongside the promenade towards the Star Ferry terminal.Take the ferry to Kowloon. At the terminal take the open-topped bus which leaves every 15 minutes toward the peak tram terminal. Take the Peak Tram which leaves every 10 minutes to Victoria Peak.This 72 passenger tram is pulled by a steel cable up the hillside at impossible angles.
Fondest memory: The view on top of Victoria Peak is something which one never forgets.Do it the first day if the weather permitts.