Travel

Airports

Hong Kong’s international airport, Chek Lap Kok, is located on Lantau Island. The best way to get to and from the airport is via the Airport Express train which takes 24 minutes from the airport to Hong Kong Station in Central. It operates daily from 5.50am to 1.15am at 10 minute intervals. A free in-town check-in service and free porter service are available at Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations.

By taxi, generally allow one hour to reach Chek Lap Kok airport, except in peak hours from 7.00am to 10.00am and 4.00pm to 7.00pm when the trip may take one and a half hours or longer. From Kowloon and the New Territories it will take around 30 and 45 minutes respectively by taxi to reach the airport.

Ground transport

Hong Kong has a very efficient public transport system that makes travelling within the city easy and convenient. Rail, bus, ferry, taxi, minibuses and other public transport services offer commuters a good choice of different transport modes at reasonable fares and different levels of comfort, speed and convenience.

Both Chinese and English are displayed on the vehicles or broadcast at the stations and most of the taxi drivers can understand some degree of English. The Octopus is a pre-paid commuter card that enables fares to be paid for trains, buses, ferries and some light buses.

Hotels

Many of Hong Kong's luxury hotels are among the best in the world. All the major international chains are represented, along with a dazzling array of local and regional hotels. Keen competition has ensured that Hong Kong's hotels remain at the highest standards. They also regularly introduce new facilities and invest in ambitious renovation programs. An additional three per cent government tax and a 10 per cent service charge are charged except where stated otherwise.

Dining

Hong Kong is arguably one of the world's greatest restaurant capitals. The local Cantonese conduct a great deal of business over 'dim sum' lunch – typically an assortment of steamed pork and vegetable dumplings, spring rolls, wantons, taro cakes and egg tarts.

Two of the more famous restaurant districts include So Ho and Wanchai. So Ho is in the hill area above Central and almost any cuisine can be found, including Russian, Cuban, Manchurian, Nepali and Modern Chinese. Wanchai is more casual with its array of bars/restaurants offering light meals, many located along Lockhart Road.

Tipping

A 10 per cent tip is usual, however, most hotels and restaurants include a 10 per cent service charge, making additional tipping optional.

Tourist attractions

Hong Kong is Asia’s most popular tourist destination. The Hong Kong Tourism Board includes all the latest information on where to shop, eat, tours, boat trips, heritage sites, theatre performances and exhibitions and touring in China.

If time permits, a visit to Victoria Peak (The Peak) is highly recommended to enjoy the dramatic views of Hong Kong. The Peak Tram departs from St Johns Building on Garden Road and a double-decker bus connection to the tram can be made from Star Ferry.