The center of Hong Kong has an extensive network of pedestrian bridges connecting buildings one floor above street level. This is an efficient and popular way of walking around downtown. Since you’re above the traffic, there is no waiting at corners for the light to change. It’s also an excellent way to stay dry if it happens to be raining. The network is a grid ranging for the most part east and west with one arm connecting north to the Star Ferry terminal at Central.
It´s more interresting and cheaper to use Star Ferry to get from Hongkong Island to Kowloon, running from Central and from Wanchai to Tsim Sha Tsui, HK $ 1,50 upperdeck (1,80 saturday, sunday, holiday), 1,40 (1,70) lowerdeck.
If you are landing at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and are going to be visiting the city, than the easiest way to get into town is the Airport Express train. The pickup in the airport is right next to baggage claim, and it has three delivery points, terminating on Hong Kong Island at the Central business district.
I was able to take this three times from the airport to town and back, and it was very efficient. I also had the opportunity to take a taxi from central to the airport once, and I can tell you that the train was a much better method of transportation.
The cost of the ticket is HK$100, and there is also a special offer of $100 round trip if it is same day. If you are going to be travelling with a companion, we went to the money exchange facility to purchase the ticket, and received a 2 person one way ticket for HK$160.
HK Taxis are a distinct breed - they are red and white, a bit of a difference from the taxis in many other cities. In truth, despite the fact that they are clean, reasonable and safe, there's not a whole lot of need to take cabs in HK. The subway system is excellent, and the cramped quarters mean that things are fairly close-by. You might consider using one to go up the mountain or during a rain storm, but on the whole you can have a good tour of the city without ever stepping foot into a cab.
Specially decorated in a rickshaw livery, the "NWFB Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus" offers you a convenient hop-on, hop-off service. Like riding on a rickshaw in the old days, you can explore Hong Kong with a 540-degree panoramic view, this time in an air-conditioned double decker, and enjoy a spectacular sight of all the attractions along the way.
Your Touring Choice:
- One Day $50 Hop On Hop Off - to experience the fun of riding on Open-top Sightseeing bus
- Two routes cover 16 declared monuments and 10 Grade-1 historic buildings
- Passengers can enjoy the scene along the routes and take our bus service to travel between the hotspots
- Commentary video available on-board
H1 (Heritage Tour) - A tour around the main attractions in Central and Western District to experience the goldh Hong Kong culture and colonial lifestyle.
H2 (Metropolis Tour) - Takes you to the hotspots and attractions of Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Central District to enjoy the urban wonder of Hong Kong.
If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, you will definitely want to look at Cathay Pacific as a main airline to use. It is based out of Hong Kong, and therefore services the most locations directly.
Cathay is a member of the OneWorld Alliance, so you will likely fly a codeshare on this airplane if you normally book through American, Qantas, British Airways, or FinnAir. Japan Airlines (JAL) has also recently joined this group.
Cathay also has a subdivision called DragonAir, which is a low cost carrier to mainland China, which also earns OneWorld mileage.
To get to the top of Victoria Peak or "The Peak", you can choose either to go by the Peak Tram or simply catch a taxi up the winding road to the Peak. I assure you that the earlier mode will be more exciting and you get the best views that you will never forget. Peak Tram, a a cabled-hauled funicular railway that carves a steep 373meters swathe up the mountainside has been in operation since 1988. It transport s about 9.000 passengers a day on its 1.4km line and the gradients are as steep as one in two.
See more pictures attached on the ride up...
You can use your Octopus card when paying for the ride.
Trams run 10-15minutes from 7am till midnight.
Tram ride one way is HKD20 and two ways HKD30.
We took the one way ride and walked down via the Peak walk... pretty interesting.
The Trains : The MTR is a very efficient rail system with clearly marked stations and audible warnings in both Chinese and English of approaching stations. Each station has a different colour to make it easier to recognise. Each station has a bank located inside, most also have a Mr Minute (shoe repair) and usually a bakery.
The Buses : The Bus services seems to run everywhere in Hong Kong whether it be the double decker's, the aircon city shuttles or the mini-buses. Bus fares are paid upon boarding and vary according to distance and bus route. Exact change is required as drivers do not give change. On the Aircon buses, the fare is usually shown on the window.
The old Glasgow trams are a particular favourite on HK Island, they are narrow, no aircon and rattle away but they are a fun way to go from one side of the island to the other. In most instances I would recommend 'foot power', there is so much to be seen by just wandering the streets.
The Hong Kong International Airport is at Chek Lap Kok Lantau Island, about 25 minutes from downtown areas in Hong Kong.
By taxi : You can find the taxi's outside the arrival hall.
By Airport Express (train) : links the airport with the city centre and these new trains have space for luggage. They stop at Tsing Yi, where a huge modern shopping mall has developed. At Tsing Yi and also the Hong Kong Station where the train terminates, you can then transfer to the main MTR lines but stay clear of rush hours.
Shuttle Bus : Many Hong Kong hotels also run hotel shuttle buses to and from the airport. Ask your hotel if they have this service.
Tram is the most cheap transportation in Hongkong Island with the route from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town
From Bishop Lei, there are plenty of buses that takes you to Central, Admiralty or Causeway Bay.
Or you can take the free shuttle to these places as well at designated timings.
You can take the Star ferry at the terminal to visit other islands such as Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Kowloon etc.
You should try taking the tram up the top of Victoria Peak as it is a good experience. The tram station is located near the Admiralty MTR station at the Hong Kong Island.
You should take the trams along the streets of Hong Kong. They are a very traditional and cheap way of getting around and a trip in Hong Kong will not be complete if you have not try it.
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