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Hong Kong Travel Guide for First-Timers: City Guide, Tips, Checklist

by Ryu_C@Central Lion Rock


A free travel planning sharing for you who are preparing to go to Hong Kong

"How should Hong Kong's travel itinerary be planned?", "What's different about Hong Kong in recent years?", "Which attractions in Hong Kong are worth visiting?", "What are some of the latest hotel accommodations in Hong Kong that are worth trying?"

The above questions, whether you are traveling to Hong Kong for the first time or have been to Hong Kong several times, I believe you will want to find some places you have never been to. A topic that must be considered when planning a free trip to Hong Kong.

Although Hong Kong is not a very big place, it is a place with very fast circulation. In addition, there are many scenic spots that you can participate in and experience in person, and it is really not possible to complete all of them in a few days' itinerary.

A new Hong Kong travel plan for you

Also because of the impact of the epidemic in the past few yearsThere have been many changes in Hong Kong, some restaurants and shops choose toClose of business. And the effect on you isIf you still hold some old travel notes on the Internet, Itinerary reference If you come to Hong Kong for tourism, you willThere is a chance to waste time going to some "popular attractions" that no longer exist.

This is the reason, so our group of people who have lived in Hong Kong for a long timeLocal editing, this time for youPrepared a new list of Hong Kong independent travel attractions, restaurants, and itineraries, allowing you toGet the most complete Hong Kong travel itineraryIn addition, you can also have the same perspective as the local Hong Kong people, and have the opportunity to go to some places that only Hong Kong people will know.Unique Hong Kong Attractions, to give you some recommended by Hong Kong peopleHong Kong itinerary". The best thing is to have the opportunity to try to experience the daily life like a local Hong Kong person. I believe it can make your Hong Kong travel itinerary more complete!

And the most important thing is that this article on the planning of independent travel in Hong Kong willRegularly updated, so that you can get the latest and most accurate Hong Kong travel information.

So if you are planning a Hong Kong travel itinerary, we highly recommend youshare our siteFor more friends who are planning to travel to Hong Kong! At the same time, we all have a Facebook page, as long as you follow us, you can get the latest Hong Kong travel information!

And there is a lot of content to share today, but we all guarantee that you will be satisfied after reading it!

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Hong Kong Current Situation Q&A

After several years without a chance to come to Hong Kong, do you have the same questions below?

Q: Is Hong Kong safe now? Is it still worth visiting?
A: Although Hong Kong has experienced different social incidents in the past few years, the overall environment is still very safe. For tourists like you who come to Hong Kong for sightseeing and just stay for a few days, it will not have any impact. To put it simply, those delicious restaurants still need to spend time queuing up, and the clerks in some restaurants are still the same vicious. The only difference is that many things have increased in price.overall travel budgetBoth need to improve a bit more.

Q: Does Hong Kong still require entry health declaration?
A: From around March 2023, you can basically enter the country without declaration

Q: Does Hong Kong still need to wear masks?
A: The mask order was lifted in early 2023, but many people still continue to wear masks for different reasons. It may be a habit, or it may be to prevent infection. In the actual environment, no one will care whether you wear a mask or not, so you can decide according to your own preferences.

Q: How are Hong Kong's attractions and itineraries different from before?
A: There have been many changes in the past few years. Many restaurants and small shops in tourist areas have changed their appearance, and some hotels have closed due to different reasons. Because of this, it is also the focus of today's article to share with you.

Hong Kong Free Travel Plan" Three days and two nights, four days and three nights itinerary recommended list of attractions

Further reading:
Hong Kong Itinerary Planning" Is it enough for three days and two nights? Or would a four-day, three-night itinerary be better?

It is the first time to travel to Hong Kong, what do you need to prepare before departure?

If you have been to Hong Kong several times, you may be very familiar with Hong Kong. You can jump directly to the next chapter to view the latestHong Kong itinerary,hong kong attractions,Recommended hotels in Hong Kong.

But if this is your first time to Hong Kong, or if your last trip to Hong Kong was many years ago, the following information about Hong Kong is worth your time to pay attention to before departure.

Understand Hong Kong’s geographical location

Hong Kong is a city located to the left of Taiwan and south of Shenzhen, China. It is a 60-minute to 5-hour flight away from most Asian cities, and there are more than 20 flights a day connecting Taipei and Tokyo.

The entire area of Hong Kong is not very large. The distance from the southernmost to the northernmost and the easternmost to the westernmost is only 50 kilometers – 60 kilometers. Basically, it takes about 90 minutes to take the subway and bus to get from anywhere in Hong Kong. Depart from one place to the other end of Hong Kong.

In terms of tourist attraction selection, general shopping and sightseeing attractions will be concentrated on both sides of Victoria Harbor, such asCentral, Causeway Bay,Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok are tourist attractions that most tourists will visit. Other options for tourist attractions in the countryside include Stanley, Sai Kung, Tai O, Disneyland, Ocean Park, country parks, hiking trails, etc., which are relatively far from the city and allow you to plan a full day trip.

The most interesting thing about Hong Kong is that you can arrange to go to shopping malls, cities, and suburbs at the same time in one day, and experience several different special itineraries in one go.

Free travel in Hong Kong-Hong Kong map-Hong Kong geography
The white part of the map is the location of the main city attractions, and the green part is the location of the main suburban attractions in Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Hong Kong weather changes

The weather in Hong Kong does not have four distinct seasons like Tokyo, Japan, nor is it like Singapore or Bangkok, Thailand, which stays between 25 degrees and 30 degrees most of the year. Generally speaking, the weather in Hong Kong can be simply divided into two types of temperatures: summer and winter.

May to October every year are the hottest months in Hong Kong, with the temperature throughout the day ranging from about 25 degrees to 33 degrees. If you will travel to Hong Kong during this period and mainly do outdoor activities, it is enough to prepare some daily summer clothing and sun protection.

However, based on our daily experience of living in Hong Kong, we still recommend that you prepare an extra coat when packing your suitcase. Because the indoor environment in Hong Kong is relatively cold, especially some restaurants and transportation are used to lowering the air-conditioning temperature below 23 degrees, so you need to wear an extra coat to avoid catching cold easily. Another important point is that you must always have an umbrella with you when you go out during the summer, so that you can cope with sudden heavy rains.

From November to April every year, Hong Kong is relatively cool and cold, and the daytime temperature can change rapidly from 5 degrees to 25 degrees. In Hong Kong, the winter temperature change is that the closer to January, the colder it will be, and then it will become a warm and humid weather in March. If you will travel to Hong Kong during this period of time, we highly recommend that you download someHong Kong Weather Forecast APP, so that you can prepare some suitable clothes for the temperature changes in the next few days.

In addition to preparing different clothing in different seasons, you should also note that June to October every year is the season where typhoons and heavy rains often occur in Hong Kong. If you are unfortunate enough to encounter these extreme weather during your travels in Hong Kong, be sure to prepare several different backup itineraries.

Pre-departure preparations for traveling to Hong Kong! List of weather, traffic, local living and cultural habits

Further reading:
What should I prepare before traveling to Hong Kong? List of frequently asked questions about weather, transportation, life, and culture!

Recommended month to travel to Hong Kong

Leaving aside typhoons and some extreme weather days, any time is actually suitable for traveling to Hong Kong. No matter which season or festival you arrange to come to Hong Kong, there will always be different special activities for you to participate in. In addition, because most of the attractions in Hong Kong are open all year round, and many of them are arranged indoors, whether it is hot summer or cold winter, it will not affect your ability to travel in advance. Planned itinerary.

However, if you want to experience some special festivals, such as Halloween and Christmas in Hong Kong, and plan to spend them in some high-end restaurants, you must start booking your favorite hotels and restaurants several months in advance. seat. For exampleThe Peninsula Tsim Sha TsuiEnglish afternoon tea in the lobby cafe,disney hotelThese relatively well-known specialty restaurants have very limited seats that are open for reservations, and even local Hong Kong residents are not easy to get a reservation.

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Daily language and cultural knowledge of traveling in Hong Kong

If your travel itinerary is all about visiting some popular Hong Kong attractions, basically there will be no problem if you speak Mandarin, English, or Cantonese, and whether you write traditional Chinese characters, simplified Chinese characters, or English. Generally, Hong Kong people working in these areas can speak the same language and write the same characters as you.

However, one thing worth paying attention to is that many Hong Kong companies will first communicate with you in English instead of other languages when they reply to emails, answer calls, or provide services to you. In many cases, this is the company's regulations for employees, and it is also a professional service and a manifestation of respect for customers. Usually this situation is very common in some high-end brands and high-end hotels.

And when you walk into some small shops in residential areas and close to daily life, you will find what ordinary Hong Kong people callThe daily communication language is Cantonese mixed with Chinese and English, the written text is in traditional Chinese characters. Although most Hong Kong people can understand Mandarin, there are actually quite a few people who can't or don't like to speak Mandarin. So as long as youIf you will leave the main tourist area,Learning a few words of Cantonese is definitely helpful for the travel itinerary. For example, "Excuse me, please place an order" "唔該落單" and "Where is xx?"Why should xx be sidelined?"And so on, these are some sentences that are often used in Hong Kong travel itineraries. If you can say a few more sentences, you will have an unexpectedly good experience during your trip.

On the other hand, because the pace of life in Hong Kong is relatively fast, sometimes shop assistants seem a little rude. Of course, this may be a personal problem of the clerk, but the more common reason is that they forget to manage their facial expressions after working for a long time. Well... no matter how you put it, this is the most real side of Hong Kong people living in a hurry and busy life.

Currency exchange rate, payment system in Hong Kong

Hong Kong'sThe legal currency is Hong Kong dollars, with banknotes and coins of different denominations, which can be used casually for consumption in any store in Hong Kong. If you don’t know much about Hong Kong’s currency, you can also check out Hong KongMonetary Authority website, there are photos of legal tender in Hong Kong for your reference.

Hong Kong's currency exchange rate is pegged to the US dollar. Every US dollar can be exchanged for HKD $7.75 – HKD $7.85. If you want to calculate how much Hong Kong dollars you need to exchange for this Hong Kong travel itinerary, just check the exchange rate of unposted currency to US dollars, and then you can calculate the amount of Hong Kong dollars required.

Generally speaking, there are two ways to exchange Hong Kong dollars, one is to exchange with the bank before departure, and the other is to exchange after arriving in Hong Kong. If you need to exchange Hong Kong dollars after arriving in Hong Kong, there are some money change shops in major tourist areas such as Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Mong Kok that provide Hong Kong dollar cash exchange services. The advantage is that it is more convenient, and it is very close to the shopping center. The disadvantage is that the exchange rate is often a little worse than that of banks.

If you unfortunately don’t have any Hong Kong dollar cash on hand, although some shops will accept payment in currencies other than Hong Kong dollars, the exchange rate may be worse than that of money changers, so it is better to exchange Hong Kong dollars in advance. In both cases, you can pay with a credit card instead of cash. Some brand stores in large shopping malls and restaurants for middle and high-end consumers will accept both credit cards and cash as payment methods. However, in some small shops and small restaurants run by individuals,Octopus card, Cash is the main payment method, but credit cards are not suitable for these smaller stores.

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Voltage, mobile phone charging equipment in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's daily electrical appliances use220V 50Hz voltage,British three-pin plug, if you need to carry electrical appliances for use during Hong Kong tourism, you must carry an extra transformer!

but,For travel itineraries that generally only use mobile phones, cameras, and computers, you only need to bring the original charging plug and adapter, which is enough for use in Hong Kong. In addition, if you often travel to Hong Kong, we will recommend you to go to IKEA.Buy a Hong Kong standard USB charging plug, or go to several Apple Stores in Hong Kong to buy original USB charging plugs, so that you can fully charge your mobile phone at any time anywhere in Hong Kong.

The reason why we recommend you to go to IKEA IKEA furniture and Apple Store is because you can find their branches in major tourist attractions such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and Central. And in terms of safety and quality, their USB charging plugs are much more reliable than other unknown USB charging plugs, and the price is not very high. As long as you buy a USB charging plug, you can fully charge your mobile phone and camera anywhere and anytime!

2023 Hong Kong Free Travel" latest list of attractions itinerary planning after reopening
The USB charging plugs of IKEA and Apple Store are a relatively safe and convenient choice. (Click on image to enlarge)

Common mobile apps in Hong Kong

Although the area of Hong Kong's main tourist areas is not very large, for you who do not live in Hong Kong, areas with many intersections such as Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Mong Kok are actually like a maze with no exit at all, no matter how you go I can't even walk to the restaurant I want to go to. So in this case you need to prepare yourGoogle Maps.

I’m not afraid to tell you, even though I live in Hong Kong, I once got lost in Mong Kok. Who said that people living in Hong Kong will definitely know all the streets and landmarks in Hong Kong? In the end, you don’t have to open Google Map to get to where you want to go.

In addition, the weather in Hong Kong changes very quickly in summer, and there is a chance of very cold weather in winter, so download it in advance before setting off to Hong Kong.Mobile APP of Hong Kong ObservatoryAll are very important. In this way, you can check the latest weather changes and typhoon forecasts.

In addition to the weather forecast mobile APP, of course there are other ones worth downloadingHong Kong Mobile APP, such as mobile apps for Hong Kong MTR and buses, as well as mobile apps for some restaurants and shopping discounts, etc. You can find more different mobile apps at the links below.

Hong Kong Travel APP Recommended" suitable for free travel commonly used map traffic weather forecast mobile phone APP

Further reading:
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How many days do you need to arrange for a Hong Kong travel itinerary?

Perhaps you are all troubled by the same question like many people, that is, "How many days should be arranged for traveling in Hong Kong?"

Let me talk about the key point first, that is, there is no standard length for Hong Kong travel itineraries. In addition to the fact that everyone wants to go to a different place, as long as you want to go to suburban attractions, Disneyland, Ocean Park, or go to Macau for a day, you need to arrange more travel time.

So whether it is a short "Hong Kong two days and one night itinerary", "Hong Kong three days and two nights itinerary", or a longer "Hong Kong four days and three nights itinerary" or "Hong Kong five days and four nights itinerary", in the end it is all It depends on what kind of experience you want in Hong Kong.

Of course, a standard three-day and two-night itinerary in Hong Kong is enough for you to visit most of the city’s attractions. Most of the popular attractions in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central can be visited in this one itinerary. The four-day and three-night itinerary can allow you to arrange to go to one more suburban scenic spot, and the five-day and four-night itinerary can almost allow you to travel all over Hong Kong. The kind of itinerary you want to arrange actually depends on the places you want to visit in Hong Kong.

And because we believe that different people will have their own list of attractions when they come to Hong Kong, so our list of attractions willFocus on sharing the characteristics of each scenic spotHere to introduce you, instead of giving you a Hong Kong travel template itinerary that you may not be interested in seeing.

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Transportation arrangements for free travel in Hong Kong

Compared with other cities, although Hong Kong's transportation system is not very complicated, it is actually quite difficult for you to understand the relationship between scenic spots and transportation in a short period of time when you come to Hong Kong for the first time.

To put it simply in a few words, whether you should take transportation other than the Hong Kong MTR depends on which attractions your Hong Kong itinerary will take you to.

if youThe main itinerary is arranged on both sides of Victoria Harbor, that is, Central, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, some shopping and dining-based attractions, and then go to Wong Tai Sin Temple, Choi Hung Station, Che Kung Temple and other special attractions, and also go to Disneyland and Ocean Park. , as long as you take the Hong Kong subway, you can reach every scenic spot.

However, if you willHope to take different means of transportation, such as taking the Star Ferry to enjoy the scenery of Victoria Harbor and experienceHong Kong Island Tram"Ding Ding car", or you need to take a taxi, "taxi", transportation other than regular travel itinerary such as "minibus", etc., or you plan to take a public bus "bus" instead of the subway to travel to different attractions , if you take the opportunity to enjoy the city scenery of Hong Kong, you must first understand the characteristics of different modes of transportation to make your trip smoother.

And these useful information related to transportation can be found inHong Kong Traffic TeachingFind it in this article!

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Hong Kong Tourist Transportation Recommendation" How to use subways, buses, trams and minibuses to make Hong Kong more convenient for free travel?

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Choice of Hong Kong Telephone Network Card

If I want to talk about one advantage of living in Hong Kong, it is that Hong Kong’s Internet speed is very fast, and free Wi-Fi services are provided in major tourist attractions and restaurants. In addition, the Internet SIM cards sold by some major telecommunications companies are very cheap, which is very suitable for purchasing after arriving in Hong Kong

for exampleTake a Hong Kong itinerary within 7 days as an example, as long as you spend HK$$80, you can buy one7GB data phone card valid for 7 days. The average daily cost is not HK$$10, and you can freely share photos with relatives and friends throughout the trip, or use Skype and Line to make free calls home. And this Internet SIM card also includes the usage of local calls, so you can directly call to make reservations for different restaurants, which is very convenient!

In addition to travel phone SIM cards, there are of course some companies that provide WiFi sharers – plans with unlimited traffic can be booked, but the process of picking up and returning the WiFi sharer is more complicated than teaching, and it is not suitable for use in a rush Hong Kong itinerary . In contrast, a travel phone SIM card that can be used at any time is much more convenient. For details, please refer to the following travel phone SIM card article.

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Recommended list of Hong Kong attractions

Although there may not seem to be many famous attractions in Hong Kong, if you calculate carefully, there are actually dozens of attractions worth visiting. If this is your first time traveling to Hong Kong, you can check out this complete list of Hong Kong attractions first.

Recommended attractions in Hong Kong: 60 must-visit Hong Kong attractions

In addition to some scenic spots that are often recommended by different travel websites, there are actually more than a dozen less popular places that have Hong Kong characteristics. We have put all the sharing related to these attractions in another list of Hong Kong attractions. If you have been to Hong Kong several times and want to go to some attractions recommended by local Hong Kong people, or want to experience the daily life of local Hong Kong people, I believe this list of attractions can satisfy you.

Hong Kong attractions collection: The most complete list of Hong Kong attractions

The focus of this part is that we hope to be able toLet you know the locations of different attractions in Hong Kongand then you canPlan a unique itinerary according to your own interests.

First of all, before planning your daily itinerary, we recommend that you use the Hong Kong subway route map to identify the location of the main attractions in Hong Kong, so that you will have more budget for transportation arrangements!

Hong Kong Attractions MTR Route Map
As long as you take the MTR, you can go directly from the hotel to the doorsteps of most of Hong Kong's attractions. (Click to enlarge the picture)

As I said just now, the main attractions in Hong Kong are located on both sides of Victoria Harbour, Disneyland, Ocean Park, and some attractions that cannot be directly reached by the Hong Kong MTR. If you take the route map of the subway as an example, it would be:

Dark Blue Island Line

Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay. Including Tai Kwun, PMQ, Central Market, Star Ferry, Central Ferris Wheel, Bank Street, Central Mid-Levels Escalator,Peak Tram,Hong Kong Tram One Day TourIn addition, there are many high-end shopping malls, wet markets frequented by local Hong Kong people, stalls where you can experience "beating villains" under the Gooseneck Bridge, a large shopping area composed of shopping malls, and so on.

To put it simply, Hong Kong Island is a mixed commercial and shopping area, which is enough for you to spend a day exploring.

Hong Kong Attractions Central Hong Kong Attractions
Hong Kong Central Pier, Tai Kwun, Hollywood Road. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Hong Kong Attractions Causeway Bay Attractions Causeway Bay Shopping Center
The most important large shopping mall in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Crimson Tsuen Wan Line

Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Sham Shui Po. Including Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower,Sky100 Observation Deck,Peninsula Hotel Kowloon, West Kowloon Cultural District, Star Ferry sightseeing, "Ladies' Market", "Sneakers Street", "Temple Street", "Goldfish Street", some common street scenes in former Hong Kong production films, the largest fruit wholesale market in Hong Kong , the only shopping street in Hong Kong specializing in electronic products and so on.

The area located in the west of Kowloon is basically an area that mixes famous attractions, shopping malls, and ordinary residences. It takes half a day to simply visit the main famous attractions, and if you like an in-depth experience, you can spend a whole day.

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Hong Kong Attractions Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui Sightseeing Attractions
A selection of attractions in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Hong Kong Attractions Hong Kong Nathan Road Night View
Night view of Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Dark green Kwun Tong Line, dark blue Hong Kong Island Line

In addition to the above two popular tourist areas, there are alsoDark Green Kwun Tong LineWong Tai Sin, Rainbow, here you can find Wong Tai Sin Temple, Rainbow Village. and inDark Blue Island LineThe Taikoo has "Monster Mansion"Haishan Building" is called. Some scenic spots in the East District of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon East District, and scenic spots mainly in residential areas are worth spending an afternoon in arranging a special photo shoot.

Hong Kong Attractions Choi Hung Village
Located in Rainbow Village at Rainbow MRT Station. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Hong Kong Attractions Haishan Tower Monster Building
The Monster Building at Hai Shan Lou, Tai Koo MTR Station. (Click to enlarge the picture)

pink line, orange line, light yellow line

In addition to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, there are also pink linesHong Kong Disneyland, orange lineNgong Ping Crystal Cable Car, and the light yellow lineOcean Park. If you want to go to both theme parks, you need to arrange a one-day itinerary in each theme park.

Hong Kong Attraction Tian Tan Buddha Disneyland
Take the subway to Tung Chung Station on Lantau Island, and you can experience the Ngong Ping Crystal Cable Car and Hong Kong Disneyland. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Attractions other than the subway map

finallyAttractions that are not on the Hong Kong MTR map, such as Stanley,Tai O, Sai Wan Bell Swimming Shed,Peak Tower,Tian Tan Buddha, Repulse Bay, Sai Kung, etc., some scenic spots with excellent natural scenery are far away from the MTR station and require more than half a day to complete.

I believe that after you have seen the characteristics of different regions, you will also understand that the attractions in different regions can bring you different experiences. At the same time, you can also combine different itineraries according to your own interests. So if you all want to know more about the different attractions in Hong Kong, you can also check out the comprehensive list of Hong Kong attractions below.

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Hong Kong restaurants, Hong Kong food choices

If you were given 5 days to go to any restaurant in Hong Kong, how would you choose? What dishes do you most want to try in Hong Kong? Will it be the same as referring to the restaurants often recommended by travel books?

Are popular shops recommended by travel books still worth visiting?

If you are traveling to Hong Kong for the first time, maybe you will choose to go to Jiuji Beef Brisket, Kwan Kee Claypot Side Dishes, Yishun Milk Company, Australian Milk Company, Huaxing Ice Room, etc. according to the recommendations of travel books. Restaurants with long queues. It may be because many people have been there, and there is no big problem with the taste, so it is worth spending half an hour in line.

However, as long as you spend a little time to understand Hong Kong's food culture, you will find that there are actually many different types of restaurants in Hong Kong, and many of the dishes are the same delicious, and the price can be more favorable.

For example, for a restaurant like Jiuji Beef Brisket recommended by many travel books, a simple bowl of beef brisket noodles costs more than HKD $50. If you include drinks and snacks, it is common for each person to spend more than HKD $100 on average. But with the same budget, you can actually find a few beef brisket noodle restaurants with good quality in Central and Wan Chai. Not only can the price be more favorable, but more importantly, the staff of those restaurants are much more polite than those of Jiu Kee Beef Brisket. .

Of course, if you regard being scolded by the clerk at Jiuji Beef Brisket as a tourist experience, Jiuji Beef Brisket is still worth visiting. But for ordinary Hong Kong people, the quality of a restaurant still depends on the quality of food and service attitude, not how much time it takes to queue. if you putSpent the same money at other restaurants, and as long as you know where different types of restaurants are concentrated, I believe you willYou can get a better eating experience.

Hong Kong Jiu Kee Beef Brisket
Whether Jiuji Beef Brisket is worth visiting depends on what kind of experience you want.

Find restaurants by region

For many tourists, when deciding whether to go to a certain restaurant, they usually first consider the dishes, the evaluation of different travel books, and then consider the distance between the restaurant and themselves, and finally decide whether to go or not. So there are many times that "a certain restaurant took a lot of time to queue up, and in the end it was expensive and not delicious", "a certain restaurant had good reviews, but it was so expensive when I went there..." etc. evaluation of.

andFor local Hong Kong people, there is another process to judge whether a restaurant is worth visiting.

generallyFirst consider its location, whether it is a chain store, and then between the same dishesFind a few stores of the same type to compare, and finallyLook at the price of the meal to determine whether it’s worth trying..

Although it seems a bit complicated, this process can reduce the chance of encountering some expensive and unpalatable restaurants.

For example, if the family wantsGo to some higher-end teahouses to drink tea, usuallyRecommended to go to Central, Tsim Sha TsuiAnd so on in the high-end teahouse. Although the consumption budget will be a little higher than that of the teahouses in Wanchai and Mongkok, it can be guaranteed that the dim sum will be more refined, the environment will be cleaner, and the service of the shop assistants will be better.

orIf you want to try tea restaurants, you can go to Wanchai and Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon.Wait for some mixed residential and commercial areas instead of going directly to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. In addition to the fact that there are more choices in these areas and the price is more favorable than Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, more importantly, the taste of these tea restaurants will be closer to the taste of ordinary Hong Kong people, that is, the place where you can experience the taste of Hong Kong the most.

If it is classified by different regions, restaurants in the core areas of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, such as restaurants near the IFC in Central and K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui, will have higher per capita consumption, but the overall dining experience will be more guaranteed.

Restaurants far away from the core area will be closer to the daily life of Hong Kong people in terms of consumption budget and taste, such asSheung Wan and Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island; Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok in Kowloon, etc., if it is a tea restaurant, tea house, siu mei restaurant, congee shop, wonton noodle shopAll the same there are plenty of quality restaurants to choose from.

How local Hong Kong people choose restaurants

Perhaps it will be easier to understand from another angle. If an ordinary Hong Kong person wants to book a high-end restaurant for a date, the first choice is the hotel restaurant or high-end restaurant in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. If you want to eat siu mei, wonton noodles, ordinary tea houses, tea restaurants, and ice rooms, you will go to areas with more residential buildings, such as "common people's restaurants" in Wan Chai, Sheung Wan, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, etc. There are more choices , the price will be more favorable than eating in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.

And we also believe that as long as you start planning those restaurants that are worth visiting from the area, you can find some delicious restaurants that you like more easily.

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Hong Kong restaurants and food collection: List of food recommended by local Hong Kong people

Hong Kong Food Recommendations – List of Must-Eat Food Options in Hong Kong

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Find the right restaurant starting with the dishes

Every time you open different travel books and travel notes, you will find some commonly recommended Hong Kong dishes. They are mainly inseparable from tea houses, tea restaurants, egg tarts, siu mei, claypot rice, etc. It seems that Hong Kong only has these kinds of dishes. eat.

But in fact, in addition to these kinds of dishes, there are dim sum restaurants, ice rooms, bars and restaurants, high-end western restaurants, chain fast food restaurants, chain fast food restaurants, etc. are worth trying. That allows you to arrange according to your own itinerary, instead of spending time taking a bus and queuing up, just eating some dishes that can be eaten in other regions.

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In addition to Tsui Wah Restaurant, which is often recommended in travel books, there are also chain tea restaurants of the same type including Tai Hing, Man Wah, Silver Dragon Tea Restaurant, Kowloon Ice Room, Huaxing Ice Room, etc. In addition, large and small independent regional tea restaurants, there will be several in any subway station, and the number may be more than convenience stores!

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Hong Kong-style tea restaurants located in different tourist hotspots in Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)

Siu Mei Restaurant

In addition to the common Yung Kee Roast Goose, Kam Brand Roast Goose, and Tai Hing Roast Meat restaurants, there are also Yile Roast Goose on Stanley Street in Central, Huafeng Roast Meat on Queen Victoria Street in Central, and Qiang Roast Meat in Tin Lok Lane in Wanchai. Kee Restaurant, WOW Charsiu in Hillier Street, Sheung Wan, Kung Kee Siu Mei in Lock Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, etc. Every siu mei restaurant has its own strengths, and it is much cheaper than the famous Yung Kee Roast Goose.

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Roast goose and barbecued pork are common meat choices for siu-flavor rice. (Click on image to enlarge)

Egg tart

In addition to the Tai Cheong Bakery recommended by general travel journals, in fact, the egg tarts produced by the Bakehouse on Staunton Street in Central, Kowloon Ice House in Mong Kok, or other small bakeries can all reach the standard of Tai Cheong Bakery. If you pass by halfway, you can also take a moment to buy one and try it!

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You must eat a Hong Kong-style egg tart when you come to Hong Kong! (Click on image to enlarge)

Claypot rice

Because claypot rice is a seasonal dish in Hong Kong, most Hong Kong people don't eat it in summer, so there are not many choices. The only ones that can provide claypot rice all year round are Khun Kee Claypot Side Dishes at Queen’s Road West in the Western District, and Changxi Claypot Side Dishes in Kennedy Town North Street in the Western District. If you really want to taste claypot rice, it is recommended to arrange a "claypot rice theme" winter itinerary.

Wonton Noodles, Beef Brisket Noodles

Basically, besides the "famous restaurant" of Jiu Kee Beef Brisket, there are also Luo Fu Kee in Des Voeux Road Central, Mak Man Kee in Wellington Street in Central, Mak Man Kee in Parkes Street in Jordan, and Canal Road East in Causeway Bay. Kong Tsai Kee, Sister Hua's Clear Soup Belly in Causeway Bay Electric Road, etc., are all noodle shops that local Hong Kong people go to again and again.

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Wonton noodles are served in many Hong Kong noodle shops. (Click on image to enlarge)

bar restaurant

If you like to experience bars, you can also go to Lan Kwai Fong in Central and Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui. There are more than ten bars on each side of these two places for you to choose from. Of course, there are more than a dozen bars on the Bar Street on Lockhart Road in Wanchai, but they mainly serve European and American customers. It depends on the kind of experience you want to get.

chain fast food restaurant

Café de Coral, Maxim's MX, and Happy Food are all Hong Kong-style fast food restaurants frequented by Hong Kong people. Some meals and drinks that are common in tea restaurants can be bought in these fast food restaurants. These chain fast food restaurants are characterized by a large number of branches and reasonable prices, which are suitable for quick meals when you are in a hurry at noon.

chain fast food restaurant

Because there are so many fast food restaurants in Hong Kong, most people don't buy food in convenience stores. Common fast food chains include Starbucks, Pacific Coffee, Maxim Bakery in the subway station, Tang Bao Dian Chinese steamed buns, Hua Yujie Japanese rice balls, siu mai fish ball snack shops that are common in Causeway Bay and Mong Kok, or Common bakeries and so on in general residential areas. Generally, if the unit price is within HK$$30, you can eat well. If you are interested, you can spend a little money to try it!

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Hong Kong hotel accommodation recommendation list

"When traveling to Hong Kong for the first time, which area should I choose the best hotel?", "Should I stay in a hotel in Central? Or a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui?", "Are there any cheap hotels worth recommending?"

To be honest, there are really many hotel choices in Hong Kong. If we randomly pick more than a dozen hotels like ordinary travel books, in fact, we may not be able to help you find the most suitable hotel room. That's because whether you choose from the region, price, service, or environmental level, there will be dozens of hotels for you to choose from on each side of the list.

So we are all going back to the basics, and based on our experience living in Hong Kong, we will start to introduce you to a process that allows you to choose a hotel accommodation in Hong Kong.

To put it simply, hotel room rates in Hong Kong are generally composed of two parts – location and class.

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So next to IFC in CentralFour Seasons HotelFour Seasons Hotel,Mandarin Oriental, Central, as well as the view of the entire Victoria Harbor from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfrontRosewood Hotels Hong Kong,Regent Hotels Hong KongApartment K11 ARTUS, in the West Kowloon Cultural DistrictThe Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong,Hong Kong W Hotel, and in the center of Tsim Sha TsuiThe Peninsula Hong Kongetc. It is also because these hotels are in the best locations and provide the most advanced 5-star services, so the price of each night is more than HKD $5000.

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As long as the budget is sufficient, there are many high-end hotels in Hong Kong to choose from. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Mid-level location, mid-level service hotel selection

In addition to 5-star hotels, of course there are also some 3-star and 4-star hotels in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. The characteristic of this kind of hotel is that it is a little distance from the subway station, but the location is still in the main business district, and it is very convenient to go to different scenic spots. The overall service will be a little simpler than that of a 5-star hotel, and the view is not as good as that of a 5-star hotel. But under similar experience, the price can be as low as half of the price of a 5-star hotel, which is about HK$$1000-HK$$2000 per night.

There are many choices of this type of hotel. There are more than ten hotels in each area such as Sheung Wan, Wanchai, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island, Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon Park in Kowloon. Also because each hotel has different characteristics, it is actually not easy to list all the hotels in one go.

However, if you really want to choose a few popular hotels for you, you can also consider Hong Kong IslandThe Pottinger Hong Kong,Renaissance Hong Kong Harbor View Hotel,The Park Lane Hong Kong. Kowloon District can considerThe Mira Hong Kong,Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel Kowloon Shangri-La,The Langham Hong Kong,YWCA Hong Kongetc. These are reliable hotel room options with guaranteed quality of service.

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For ordinary Hong Kong independent travelers, some mid-level hotels are the best accommodation options. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Affordable hotel room in mid-level location with simple services

As I said at the beginning, there are many hotel choices in Hong Kong, so even if the accommodation budget is not high, there are still some good hotels to choose from. For example, taking a hotel with a room rate of HK$$500-HK$$1000 per night as an example, there are ten hotels in Central, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island, inside Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Jordan MTR Station, and Yau Ma Tei MTR Station. Multiple rooms can be chosen.

For example, Hong Kong IslandLan Kwai Fong Hotel @ Kau U Fong, KowloonEaton HK, JordanFor example, these hotels are characterized by relatively simple decoration and relatively small room size, but they still maintain the standard service of the hotel, so that the room rate can become cheaper. And many of these hotels are located near some 4-star hotels and 5-star hotels, so they are allA very cost-effective option.

Choices below HK$$500

If you do not have high requirements for the accommodation of the whole itinerary, and you want to keep the accommodation budget to a minimum, you can also consider some simple hotel rooms in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, and Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island. For example, it is a hotel in a black tea house, some youth hostels, hotels, etc., and the average room price can be below HK$$500. However, when choosing this type of room, you need to pay attention to the following points:

The hotel room area of this price range is relatively small, and the standard room is only 10 square meters, which is the most common choice.
The equipment in the youth hostel type rooms is relatively simple, and there is a high chance that a shared bathroom will be needed. If you need private space, you should pay more attention when booking a room.
The hotel-type rooms are mainly concentrated in some old-style buildings. The room equipment is so simple that it cannot be simple, and the room service will be reduced. If you really plan to book a hotel-type room, you need to be psychologically prepared in terms of room quality and accommodation experience.

Of course, if you really plan to stay in a hotel of this price, you can also considerMini Hotel in Ice House Street, Central,Mini hotel in Xinhui Road, Causeway Bay, or inThe Bridal Tea House Hotel on Yata Street, Yau Ma Tei, will be some relatively clean, reliable hotel choices, and there will be no major problems in terms of transportation and safety.

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Which hotel is the most convenient for your sightseeing trip?

As I said just now, there are hotels of the same level on both sides of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It seems that there is not much difference in which side you live in.

When actually planning your itinerary, if you will go to Ocean Park, Disneyland, Repulse Bay, Stanley, and The Peak at the same time, it is recommended to choose hotels in Central, Admiralty, and Wanchai, which will be more convenient than hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. . In addition to the direct subway from Central to Disneyland and Hong Kong Airport, Central is also the bus terminus for departures to Ocean Park, Repulse Bay, Stanley and other southern attractions, which is much more convenient than hotels in Kowloon.

If your main itinerary is to go to the shopping area, there will be no big difference between choosing a hotel in Mongkok or Causeway Bay, because many brands in Hong Kong will have branches in both places, so you can see where you want to go more The restaurant on one side depends on whether you want to take the tram "Ding Ding Car". However, if you also want to experience some traditional attractions in Hong Kong, such as Man Mo Temple, Lan Kwai Fong, etc., hotels in Causeway Bay will be more convenient and cheaper than hotels in Central.

In addition, if you leave Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok in Kowloon, Central and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island, and go to areas such as North Point in Hong Kong Island, Aberdeen, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan in Kowloon, Lantau Island and other outlying islands, you will have more hotel choices and cheaper room rates. However, there are relatively few tourist packages in these places, so they are suitable for friends who have been to Hong Kong many times, and it is not recommended for those who come to Hong Kong for the first time.

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