Hong Kong at a glance

How to get around: MTR Map click here
You could get to most places by public transportation, so if you’ll be staying in Hong Kong for more than 48 hours, definitely buy an Octopus card. You can pick one up at the airport for HK$150: HK$100 for the card and HK$50 to get you out of the airport, and then you can add to the balance at any MTR stations. If you don’t get one at the airport, you can purchase one at any MTR station. The card can be used for buses and trains.

The MTR system is pretty small and the signage is great. Everything is very well organized, pointing you to correct exits and there are signs throughout the city pointing you towards popular attractions. If you ever get lost, just look for signs pointing you back to any MTR station.

Stay Here: http://www.burlington-hk.com/
We stayed at the Burlington hotel in Wan Chai. It’s in a really good location, near where all of the actions are. The room is pretty small, which is expected, and clean.

However, I must say that this was not one of my favorites. The pipes were pretty noisy all the time, the bathroom had a strange smell, and the bed and pillows weren’t all that comfortable (not to mention the extremely small comforter). Plus, I actually didn’t like that it was in such a central location. Hong Kong is a really busy and fast-paced city and I like being able to retrieve from that to a quieter area. Because of that, I prefer staying further away from the central areas and I don’t mind the slightly longer commute.

If that also sound like you, I would highly recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency in Sha Tin. Sha Tin is about a 15-20 minutes commute out of Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon area. It’s quiet and mountainous. The rooms are slightly larger (around 400-ish square feet), very clean, nice bathrooms, great harbor view, there’s a gym, and a bar.

But if you want to stay in the midst of it all, I recommend staying anywhere in Central, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Mong Kok, or TST.

Do visit:
The Big Buddha
The Peak
Dragon’s Back
Victoria Harbour
Ladies Market
Hong Kong Park
Avenue of Star
The Peninsula Hotel
Shopping in Causeway Bay

If have time:
Macau
Any of the 7 free museums on Wednesdays if you fancy museums
1,000 Buddha Monastery
Man Mo Temple

Eat:
Everything.
But definitely dim sum, bubble tea, and egg tarts.

Have fun!
-Thao

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