Hong Kong in 60 Seconds
Everything you need to know for a trip to Asia's bustling "fragrant harbour"
One Awesome Hong Kong Video
A Haiku about Hong Kong
Lights and illumination
An urban tropic
Speak Like A Local
All Hong Kongers speak Cantonese, most speak Mandarin. English is also widely used.
Chat Like A Local
Popular messaging apps include WeChat and WhatsApp.
All About That Cash
The official currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD, ~HK$8= US$1).
Best Time to Visit
October to December offers comfortable temperatures. Note that the typhoon season in Hong Kong is between May to November.
Is it safe?
One Crazy Fact
Hong Kong has more Rolls Royce’s per person than any other city in the world.
- Mong Kok and Causeway Bay: Known as popular shopping areas.
- Admiralty, Central, and Soho: Upscale shopping district with malls and skyscrapers.
- Sheung Wan: A popular hipster area with cafes and eclectic shops.
- Lantau Island: Known for its natural landscapes and temples.
World’s Longest Outdoor Covered Escalators
Not one escalator, but a series of escalators, the Central–Mid-Levels escalator and walkway system in Hong Kong is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world.
Getting In and Out
The Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport in Hong Kong.
Travelling from Hong Kong International Airport to the city:
- By train: The Airport Express takes you to the Central in 24 minutes for HK$100.
- By bus: Public city buses goes to various parts of the city, with fares ranging from HK$10 to HK$40. Check your destination and fares here.
- By coach: Head to the Commercial Services Counter in Arrival Hall B, Terminal 1 for this service.
- By taxi: A trip to the Central costs around HK$250. Check the fares for other destinations here.
Common forms of transportation include:
- Train: The MTR an efficient form of transport. Download the MTR tourist app for guides and to plan your routes.
- Taxi: View the various types of taxis and fare charges here.