Many of you are travelling a long way to celebrate ABGT300, so we thought we’d give you some travel tips to help make the most of it. Hong Kong is a vibrant city worth exploring for its ancient temples, buzzing street markets and, of course, the legendary cuisine.
Lower Terminus, 33 Garden Road, Central District
For 360-degree views of Hong Kong, take the ten minute journey on the ancient Peak Tram from Central. You can see the views from the Sky Terrace or wander two minutes down a path to Lions View Point Pavillion. Trams run regularly from 7am to midnight and you can use your Octopus travel card to save time queing for tickets.
Kowloon to Central District
If you only have an hour to do some sight seeing, jump on the Star Ferry at the Tsim Sha Tsui pier and marvel at the views of skyscrapers and rolling hills of jungle. Make sure you get a seat on the top deck!
Go bargain hunting in Mong Kok Ladies Market and stock up on knock-off fashion garments. Head to Temple Street Night Market for cheap trinkets, street food and fortune tellers. We recommend you pull up a chair at an open air kitchen to enjoy some wok-fried noodles and watch the nocturnal activity around you. The night market is most vibrant in dry weather from 7pm to 10pm.
Po Lin is a large Buddhist temple complex featuring Tian Tan, also known as the ‘Big Buddha’. Tian Tan has the honour of being the tallest seated bronze Buddha statue in the world and it is a must see if you have a half a day to visit.
124-126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island
Step inside one of Hong Kong’s oldest and most atmospheric temples dedicated to the gods of literature.
2nd Floor, 99 Java Road Municipal Services Building, North Point, Hong Kong
For an unforgettable dining experience head to Tung Po Kitchen where the head chef will teach you how to open a beer bottle with a chopstick before serving up classic Cantonese dishes. This restaurant is great for hosting large groups, but make sure to call ahead to make a reservation.
Famous Taiwanese dumpling chain! Order DTF's steamers of Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai-style dumplings) with pork, crab, veggies or truffle.
The first no-frills dim sum restaurant to receive a Michelin star back in 2010. You’ll have to queue, but it will be worth if for the most delicious dim sum.
19 Shing Wong St, Central, Hong Kong
A cozy cafe tucked away on a side street serving up western style breakfast food with an Asian twist. Not only do we love the name, we love the hot chocolate!
47 Parkes St, Jordan, Hong Kong
Bloggers love this traditional cha chaan teng (tea restaurant) for it’s world-famous scrambled eggs, steamed milk pudding and hilariously bad customer service. This breakfast spot will require a little patience, but it’s worth it!
The Octopus is an essential if you are planning to travel around on public transport. It’s Hong Kong’s version of a metro pass that can be used on the MTR (Hong Kong’s underground train), Light Rail, buses, ferries, and even use them to buy coffees in some cafes.
The Octopus Card can be bought and easily topped up at any MTR station or convenience stores. A HK$50 deposit is included in the price when you first get your card.
The MTR is the most efficient form of transport in Hong Kong. It’s quick, safe and even has mobile-phone reception. There are MTR stations within walking distance of all key ABGT300 weekend locations.
You can purchase single tickets at the stations or use your Octopus!
You can find the main bus station on Hong Kong Island under Exchange Square in Central. You can use your Octopus card on city buses and on Hong Kong’s green minibuses.
Watch out for red minibuses which are not government regulated and are usually a little erratic!
Taxis could be an easier option in some situations - particularly if you’ve got a lot of luggage with you. You’ll be charged the toll if you use one of the harbour crossings. Cross Harbour Tunnel (crossing between Causeway Bay and Hung Hom) is $HK20 and Western Harbour Crossing (crossing between Sheung Wan and Austin) is $HK70.
Taxi drivers may try to charge you return tunnel fees or automatically take you on the Western Harbour Crossing if you don’t request the Cross Harbour Tunnel - be warned!
Hong Kong’s is generally hot and humid and is known for sporadic downpours. The cool and dry weather starts to set in at the end of September/start of October, but come prepared with a bottle of water and a poncho.
Hello: 你好 / Nei-hou (sounds like nay-ho)
Excuse me / Please / Thank you: 唔該 / ng-goi (sounds like mmm-goy)
Good Morning: 早晨 / jou-sen (sounds like joe-san)
Goodnight: 早唞 / jou-tau (sounds like joe-towe)
Good-bye: 再見 / joi-gin (sounds like joy-gee-n)
Bill, please: 埋單唔該 / Mai daan mm goi (sounds like my daan mmm-goy)
Hong Kong’s Tourism Board ve a lovely website . Check their City Guide for a more detailed look at the different neighbourhoods of this booming metropolis.
Lonely Planet has a dedicated mini-site for Hong Kong with plenty of tips including articles on bars, Instagram hotspots and day-trips out of the city.