The right insurance for exploring Hong Kong
Illness, accidents, mishaps and misadventures can happen to even the best of us at any time. Worst of all is when something goes wrong when you're on holiday, nobody wants to be left stranded thousands of miles from home. That's what our holiday insurance is for, to help you in your time of need and to just give peace of mind when you travel.
With Holiday Extras, our worldwide travel insurance policies include FREE cover for under 18's if they are travelling with a paying adult, which makes us a fantastic choice for families travelling to Hong Kong. Our policies are flexible, allowing you to make any changes you need and we'll also let you choose from single trip cover or an annual travel policy.
We provide end supplier failure cover with scheduled airline cover. What this means in simple English is that you'll have complete protection if any part of your holiday, including your hotel and airline, goes out of business before or during your time away.
On top of this we also run a UK-based call centre along with a 24-hour emergency helpline and we'll give you a 14-day money back guarantee, so if you decide the policy isn't for you we'll give you a full refund.
Octopus card - Hong Kong's stored value system. It works on the MTR, buses, ferries, trams, light railways, and any transport to and from the airport. You can even use it to pay at McDonald's, 7/11, Starbucks, vending machines, and parking meters as well as other convenience stores and shops. We recommend picking up a three-day airport express octopus card, which will not only get you from the airport and back but also allows for three days of unlimited travel on the MTR, costing just 220HK dollars.
Metro - The Hong Kong metro system is one of the best in the world covering most of Hong Kong island, Kowloon and even parts of the new territories. It's cheap, clean and runs with extraordinary punctuality. MTR stations can be very large. You can haphazardly meander out of any exit and end up blocks away from your intended destination. It's a good idea to consult with one of the exit maps to see which exit corresponds with where you want to go, so you don't end up on the wrong side of a 4-lane highway. Eating and drinking in the metro system is forbidden and there's a two thousand dollar fine if you get caught.
Hong Kong taxis - they are coloured-coded depending on the region they serve. You are most likely to see red taxis. Blue taxis are for Lantow island and the airport, while green taxi's are for the new territories. You are required by law to wear your seatbelt. Some taxi's take octopus cards and credit cards, look for the sticker on the outside before you get in to figure out if the taxi takes payment in these forms.
Star ferry - costs 25 us cents for the 11 minute crossing and breath-taking views of Hong Kong
Getting from the airport to Hong Kong central
There is really only one good way to get from the airport to Hong Kong central and that's with the airport express. The services takes you directly to central on Hong Kong island, costing only 100HK dollars and taking only 24 mins. Taxies are expensive and buses are slow, only getting you to the nearest MTR station
A culinary megacity, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to Michelin starred restaurants in Hong Kong. Even if you don't fancy spending a fortune on food, there are hundreds of small bistros, cafes, food shacks and bazaars with all manner of savoury and sweet offerings for very reasonable prices. Here are some of the things we recommend eating during your Hong Kong adventure.
Pineapple buns - a sweet sugar crusted bun usually served with a stick of butter. Despite being named as such, the pineapple bun does not traditionally contain pineapple - rather it gets its name from the golden-brown sugar coated top which resembles a pineapple. Declared a part of the city's intangible heritage by the Hong Kong government, there's no way you can leave the city without trying one of these sweet treats.
Char suey - this dish of grilled, barbequed pork served with rice is a beloved favourite among Hongkongers, and an absolute must-try for visitors. Duck into one of the many grill houses for a true local experience.
Siu mai - a traditional Dim Sum dish that you can often find on the streets of Hong Kong, Siu mai is a dumpling wit either fish or pork filling served on a stick, often dipped in curry or sweet sauce for an extra hit of flavour.
Did you eat at a fantastic restaurant or stay in a wonderful hotel in Hong Kong? Maybe you discovered a hidden sight or you have a Hong Kong travel tip that you want to share with other visitors?