HONG KONG Overview
INTRODUCTION TO HONG KONG
If this is your first trip to Hong Kong you will be amazed by the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Located on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong consists of three main territories; Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, as well as more than 200 Outlying Islands, the largest of which is Lantau Island.
Hong Kong has transformed from a quiet and small fishing village to one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities. With a population of almost seven million, bustling sidewalks, dazzling skyscrapers and flashing neon signs, the densely packed islands can seem chaotic at first glance. However this modern city is wellknown for being structured, safe and easy to navigate. Hong Kong offers visitors a dynamic mix of the East and West, with over 150 years of colonial history and ageless Chinese traditions, teamed with numerous attractions, lively festivals, unrivalled shopping and a vast array of food choices. Discover what makes this charismatic and entertaining city a fantastic holiday experience.
HONG KONG ISLAND
Hong Kong, meaning ‘fragrant harbour’, is home to some of the regions most iconic attractions. Take the Peak Tram, a 120-year-old funicular railway, to the top of Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Repulse Bay with its crescentshaped beach, popular with locals and tourists. Relax while enjoying a sampan ride around Aberdeen for a glimpse of traditional life on the fishing boats. Stroll through Stanley Market and browse through its many small shops selling souvenirs and knick-knacks or visit Causeway Bay’s shopping malls and department stores. On the southern side of the island, Ocean Park provides fun for the whole family, featuring thrill rides, animal exhibits and shows. Hong Kong Island is a metropolis with something for everyone.
Kowloon is the peninsula to the north of Hong Kong. Its name, meaning ‘Nine Dragons’, comes from its eight tallest mountains with the ‘ninth dragon’ being the Song Dynasty’s Emperor Bing who named it. Kowloon is jam-packed with shopping districts to explore and eateries to sample local dishes. Shop for a bargain at Temple Street Night Markets and the Ladies Markets or enjoy world-class shopping along Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Take an evening stroll along the Avenue of Stars and watch Victoria Harbour light up at night with the spectacular laser light show, symphony of Lights. Kowloon is constantly buzzing with activity and will leave a memorable impression on all who visit.
THE NEW TERRITORIES
Also known as the ‘Land Between’, the New Territories stretches from the north of Kowloon up to the border of mainland China. With a mix of unspoiled rural areas, mountains, country parks, temples and monasteries, the New Territories offers visitors an escape from the energy of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon and a chance to experience traditional rural life in Hong Kong.
Lantau Island is the largest of Hong Kong’s Outlying Islands and offers beautiful scenery along with famous historical sites and themed attractions. Take a scenic cable car ride to the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village. Visit the majestic Tian Tan Buddha that sits 34 metres high and draws pilgrims from all over Asia. Experience a world of magical adventures at Hong Kong Disneyland where you can meet your favourite characters and enjoy the funfilled shows and rides. Hong Kong International Airport is linked to Lantau Island, offering visitors easy access to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
Getting Around Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are located approximately 30 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport. A oneway seat-in-coach airport transfer is from AU$40 per person. Seat-in-coach transfers are available for arrival transfers every 30 minutes between 0630 and 2330hrs and for departure transfers every 60 minutes between 0530 and 2100hrs. Passengers travelling to or from the airport outside these hours will require a private car transfer. A one-way private car transfer is from AU$120 per person (based on a minimum of 2 passengers).
AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN
Airport Express trains run daily every 10-12 minutes from 0550 to 0115hrs. It is approximately 21 minutes from the airport to Kowloon Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Station and approximately 24 minutes to Hong Kong MTR Station. A free shuttle bus service is available taking passengers from Kowloon or Hong Kong stations to most major hotels and transport interchanges. Passengers travelling back to the airport on the Airport Express train can check their luggage in at Kowloon or Hong Kong stations between 90 minutes and one full day ahead of their scheduled flight departure time.
MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (MTR) – TOURIST DAY PASS
The MTR connects Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Lantau and has a range of ticket options to suit passengers. A Tourist Day Pass costs approximately HK$55 (AU$8) per person and can be purchased from most MTR stations. It allows visitors one day (24 hours) of unlimited travel on the MTR and is valid for one month from the date of issue. A valid passport must be shown at the time of purchase as proof of tourist status.
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