Hong Kong is a pot of cultivation. With some of the most iconic seals, the towering mountains, the brilliant harbor and the neon lights, there are so many secrets to discover the city's exploration.
By taking an octopus card to find the best faint amount, there are a few things you need to know before your trip.
Here are 10 tips for your first trip to Hong Kong!
Hong Kong Art Museum
You probably do not need a visa
While Hong Kong is governed by China, it enjoys SAR status, which means that some of the constraints on the mainland do not apply to Hong Kong. So you probably will not need a visa to visit if you come from Western Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia and America!
Always check visa requirements before closing your flights if something changed for your nationality!
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Get Star Ferry
Star Ferry is the fastest and cheapest way to travel between Kowloon and Hong Kong. With the dams at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wan Chai, it takes less than 10 minutes to cross.
The virtual ferry operates since 1880 and offers stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbor.
The best advice? Do not take it at peak time. From 8am until 9:30 am and from 6 pm until 7 pm, the locals use it to get out and get out of work, making the journey feel much less relaxed.
Plus a one-way trip costs less than a dollar!
Visit Choi Hung Estate
There is a good chance you have seen Hong Kong's famous Choi Hung basketball court throughout Instagram. It is located in Choi Hung Estate, which is one of the oldest public housing buildings in the city.
The only problem is that it's not the easiest location to find. The exact location is 2 Tse Wai Ave, Ngau Chi Wan, Hong Kong and you would recommend using Google Maps to assign a route from which you live
Read more: How to Find Choi Hung Estate Court Basketball in Hong Kong
Get Airport Express
The easiest way to get to your hotel from the Airport Express Train. It connects the airport to Hong Kong and Kowloon in less than 25 minutes.
Once you have reached the airport, go right to the train and go to the city.
While you can buy tickets for Express Airport at the airport, there is usually a long line. Instead, buy them online from the MRT website.
Try Dim Sum in Hong Kong
Hong Kong hosts delicious Michelin restaurants and food on the street. But what is most famous is its traditional faint amount.
This is a Chinese dish served in a small steam basket with a variety of fillings. My favorite point in Hong Kong for gourmet dim sum is Yum Cha!
Read more: Where to find the best food in Hong Kong
Save money with Hong Kong's free attractions
It is no secret that Hong Kong is a long way from the budget of tourist destinations. While staying is expensive, you are likely to spend a budget if you plan your itinerary around Hong Kong's free sights.
You can explore Hong Kong's art galleries, walk to Tai Long Wan, go for a free city tour, visit the many markets and watch the famous Lighting Agreement!
Read more: Top free things to do in Hong Kong
Learn basically Cantonese
While English is spoken in many places in Hong Kong, you should still learn a bit of Cantonese before your trip. If you visit the smaller corners of the city, street workers will not speak English and brands, while restaurant menus will be written in Cantonese.
I would also recommend that you write any key phrases you need in Cantonese, especially if you are allergic to any ingredient or you are following a restrictive diet.
What to wear
Hong Kong is often wet and hot, so you want to pack a lot of light, breathable clothing options. You will also want really comfortable and supportive walking shoes.
Surprisingly, Hong Kong consists of many hills, and if you do a lot of sightseeing or shopping, you will want to be comfortable.
It's also a good idea to carry an umbrella everywhere. The weather in Hong Kong can be extremely unpredictable and the city is experiencing over 100 days of rain a year.
Take the octopus card
The prepaid Octopus card is useful for paying any of the city's public transport options. Whether it's MTR, bus, ferry or tram, you can easily tap the card as you go and avoid waiting for long tickets for tickets.
The best octopus card for travelers is the "On-Loan" option. It requires a refund of $ 50 and you can buy one at the airport when you arrive or at any of the city's MRT stations.
Stay in central Hong Kong
Store the Ladies Mong Kok Market, try the local cuisine, drive the historic tram towns and finish your day with a cocktail inspired by New York Do not Say.
For those who want to slip, I stayed at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central! It is an incredible five-star hotel featuring a lovely restaurant, bar and luxurious spa.
Read more: Top 20 things to do in Hong Kong Central
Hong Kong is an incredible city for exploration, especially for solo female travelers! With so much to see and do sightseeing for every budget, it's not hard to figure out why it's one of the most popular destinations in the world!
Do you have any hints for the first travelers in Hong Kong? Please let us know the comments below!