HONG KONG LIVE WEATHER / FORECAST
Please don’t ask what the weather is like, please visit the sites below. An airconditioned room is around 22 to 24 degrees.
HONG KONG CLIMATE / AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE
What to Wear When
7 Day Weather Forecast can be found here -> http://www.hko.gov.hk/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm
Mid-20 degrees and above: Summer / Comfortable clothes
Near-20’s to Low 20’s: Long Sleeves / Sweaters
15 degrees and below: Jacket / Thick Jacket
STUDY THE MTR MAP PLEASE!
Central Bus Terminus is underneath the IFC towers.
1. Victoria Peak
By Peak Tram:
From CENTRAL*: Take BUS 15C (which is usually an open-top double decker) from Star Ferry Central to lower Peak Tram Terminus Fare is HK$4.20. Journey time is approx 10 minutes.
From ADMIRALTY*: From MTR-Admiralty Station take BUS 12A (near Lippo Centre) next stop get off near HK Squash Centre (HK Park Cotton Tree Drive) then walk towards HK Squash Center. Cross the street towards lower Peak Tram Terminus. Fare is HK$4.30.
From OCEAN PARK*: From OP ride BUS 629 to Admiralty (Fare HK$10.60) ->> From MTR-Admiralty Station take BUS 12A (near Lippo Centre) next stop get off near HK Squash Center (HK Park Cotton Tree Drive) then walk towards HK Squash Centre. Cross the street towards lower Peak Tram Terminus. Fare is HK$4.30. Or take a taxi from Admiralty to Lower Peak Terminus.
*From there take Peak Tram to go up to the Peak.
Journey time is approx 8 minutes.
Bus 15C Complete Route: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou…exactMatch=yes
Direct to The Peak (will bypass the Peak tram):
By Bus From CENTRAL: Take BUS 15 (Fare HK$9.80) from Exchange Square in Central to the Peak Galleria. Journey time is approx 40 minutes.
Bus 15 Complete Route: http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou…pe=D&company=7
To The Peak
1. MTR to Central then walk to the Peak Terminus then ride the Peak Tram
2. MTR to Central then walk to the Star Ferry Pier, ride bus 15C then ride the Peak Tram
3. Star Ferry to Central Star Ferry Pier, ride bus 15C then ride the Peak Tram
4. MTR to Central then Bus 15. Refer to link above for stops of bus 15
From The Peak
1. Ride the tram going down, then walk to the nearest Central MTR exit.
2. Ride the tram going down, ride bus 15C, get off at 1st stop (Pedder Street), walk to nearest MTR exit.
3. Ride the tram going down, ride bus 15C, get off at Star Ferry Pier, ride Star Ferry to TST.
4. Ride Bus 15 from the top of the Peak going to Central (will bypass the tram).
For those who are walking or riding the century old tram on HK island.
Area near the Peak Tram Terminus. If you see this then you know you are near.
BUS 15 and 15C ARE NOT THE SAME.
As written above there are 2 ways of reaching The Peak, either you take the peak tram or you take bus 15. Bus 15C takes you to the peak tram terminus so you can ride the peak tram. Bus 15 takes you DIRECTLY to The Peak which means you will bypass the tram. You can take the tram roundtrip, the 15 bus roundtrip or you can take the tram going up, the bus 15 coming down or vice versa.
2. Ocean Park
As common sense will have it, you need to take the MTR from wherever you are to Admiralty to reach Admiralty Station.
By Bus from ADMIRALTY: Take BUS 629 from MTR Admiralty Station Exit B to OP Main Entrance. Fare HK$10.60. Journey time is approx 25 minutes.
By Bus from CENTRAL*: Take BUS 629 from Central Ferry Pier (A.M. Peak Hour Special Service) to OP Main Entrance. Fare HK$10.60.
*Morning only! (Last bus departs 10:55am from Central Ferry Pier 7 / Star Ferry Pier)
Last 629 bus leaves Ocean Park at 9PM.
Hong Kong Disneyland has its own MTR station next to the park entrance. From Sunny Bay MTR Station a Disney themed train operates a frequent shuttle service for the four minute journey to Disneyland Resort Station.
By MTR: MTR (from either TST/JORDAN/MONGKOK) -> Lai King (interchange to Tung Chung Line) -> Sunny Bay (interchange to Disney Resort Line) -> Disney Resort.
By MTR: MTR (from either CAUSEWAY BAY/WANCHAI) -> Central (walk/interchange to Tung Chung Line) -> Sunny Bay (interchange to Disney Resort Line) -> Disney Resort.
From the airport – If you wish to travel to Hong Kong Disneyland from the airport by public transport take the S1 shuttle bus (fare HK$3.50) from the airport to Tung Chung MTR Station (appx 10 mins). Take the MTR for one stop to Sunny Bay (7 minutes) then change to the Disneyland Resort Line and take the shuttle train to Disneyland Resort Station (4 minutes). The fare from Tung Chung to Disneyland Resort is HK$12.50 (or HK$11.30 if using Octopus Card).
OR take a taxi from the airport to Disneyland (around 100HKD).
From the airport – Take any bus that will stop in Lantau Link Toll Plaza then switch to bus R8 to Disneyland.http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/rou…pe=D&company=5
From Ngong Ping / Tung Chung: Take the MTR from Tung Chung station to Disneyland Resort. Interchange at Sunny Bay.
4. Ngong Ping / Giant Buddha / Po Lin Monastery
Tung Chung Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/tuc.pdf
For those afraid to ride the NP360 Cable Car, TAKE BUS #23 FROM TUNG CHUNG STATION.
By Bus: Take the MTR to Tung Chung. From the bus terminus near Tung Chung MTR Station Exit B take New Lantao Bus Company service 23 (fare HK$17.20 Mon to Sat, HK$27 Sundays and Public Holidays) to Ngong Ping village.
By Cable Car: Take the MTR Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung MTR Station. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminus is next to Tung Chung MTR Station and the cable car journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
From the airport – If travelling from the airport take the S1 shuttle bus (HK$3.50, appx every 10 mins) from the airport to Tung Chung MTR Station then ride Bus/Cable Car to Ngong Ping.
MTR to Tung Chung then Bus 23 to Ngong Ping
MTR to Tung Chung then Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to Ngong Ping
S1 Bus from airport to Tung Chung then Bus 23 to Ngong Ping
S1 Bus from airport to Tung Chung then Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to Ngong Ping
From Ngong Ping/Giant Buddha:
Take Bus 23 or NP360 back to Tung Chung.
5. Nan Lian Garden (situated next to Chi Lin Nunnery)
By MTR: Diamond Hill MTR station exit C2. Open daily 7am to 9pm, admission free.
Diamond Hill Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/dih.pdf
6. Ferry Terminal HK-Macau
From Disneyland, take a taxi to China Ferry Terminal to avoid any hassle.
Option 1 for those residing in Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, etc):
TST China Ferry Terminal (New World First Ferry): 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. (Beside Harbour City)
Take a taxi from where you are staying when residing in Kowloon. Flagdown rate if coming from Tsim Sha Tsui. The Ferry Terminal is roughly a 600M to 800M walk (8-10min) from hotels/hostels in TST. So yes you can also walk going there. AGAIN USE GOOGLE MAPS.
Option 2 for those residing in HK Island (Causeway Bay, North Point, Central, etc):
Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal (Turbojet and Cotai Jet) – On top of Sheung Wan MTR Station
By MTR: MTR (from either TST/JORDAN/MONGKOK) -> Admiralty (interchange to Sheung Wan Line) -> Sheung Wan MTR Exit D (3rd Flr Shun Tak centre)
By MTR: MTR (from either CAUSEWAY BAY/WANCHAI) -> Sheung Wan MTR Exit D (3rd Flr Shun Tak centre)
By Taxi: Take a taxi for those residing in HK Island with plenty of luggage.
Direct from HKIA skypier (Transit to Macau): HKIA ferry transfer desk. Only for those going straight from the airport.
7. Wong Tai Sin Temple
By MTR: Wong Tai Sin MTR station.
8. Snoopy World / 10,000 Buddha Temple / Shatin New Town Plaza
By MTR: Shatin MTR station. Then look for further signs/directions.
Shatin Map: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/images/maps/sht.pdf
9. Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen
Bus 71 from Central Bus Terminus
Bus 75 from Central Bus Terminus
10. Sky 100
MTR – ICC is located at Kowloon Station on the MTR Tung Chung and Airport Express Lines. Sky100 entrance, on the first floor, can be reached via the Metal Zone of Elements mall.
BUS – Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by bus routes 8 (from Star Ferry Pier Bus Terminus, Tsim Sha Tsui – although this a lengthy indirect route taking about one hour), 11 (from Diamond Hill MTR Station Bus Terminus), 215X (from Lam Tin Kwong Tin Estate Bus Terminus), 203E (from Choi Hung Bus Terminus) and 270A (from Sheung Shui Bus Terminus).
GREEN MINIBUS – Kowloon MTR Station Bus Terminus is served by green minibus routes 26 (from To Kwa Wan Chi Kiang Street), 74 (from Mongkok Luen Wan Street) and 77M (from Tsim Sha Tsui East).
Please use common sense for transportation combinations (ex: The Peak to Tsim Sha Tsui/Mongkok or Ocean Park to The Peak), just combine the directions/modes of transport (ex: Star Ferry + MTR).
For the other places, please visit the destination’s website or google it to know which MTR station to get off at. Chances are your destination will be covered by the MTR.
*Day trips to Macau are possible via a 1+ Hour Ferry Ride from HK*
*HALOS PAREHO LANG ANG TURBOJET/COTAIJET. DO NOT ASK WHICH ONE IS BETTER. CHOOSE THE ONE NEARER YOUR HOTEL*
Weekends can be crowded; expect long lines in immigration for both sides. Adjust as neccessary.*
Bring Bonamine just in case the ferry ride gets bumpy.
NO VISA REQUIRED. Only your passport is needed.
If you want to enjoy Macau without rushing, spend a whole day there (ie. 8AM to 9PM)
Ferries from HK to Macau
From Kowloon (those residing in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Yaumatei / Mongkok / Tsuen Wan):
There are 2 major ferry terminals in Macau:
1. Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Terminal is near downtown Macau. It is close to Fisherman’s Wharf, Wynn, Lisboa, Grand Lisboa, Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square.
2. Taipa Ferry Terminal is near Venetian, Macau Airport, City of Dreams and Galaxy.
Sample 1 Day Itinerary for Macau:
8AM Ferry to Macau
10AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
Take Free Shuttle or Public Bus to Fisherman’s Wharf
12NN Go back to HK Macau Ferry Terminal
Take Free Shuttle to Wynn – Start Walking Tour
1PM to 4PM Wynn, Grand Lisboa, Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul
Walk back to Grand Lisboa, Take Free Shuttle back to Ferry Terminal (or taxi from Senado to save time)
Take Free Shuttle to Venetian
5PM to 830PM Venetian, City of Dreams, Galaxy (If time permits)
930PM or 10PM Ferry to Hong Kong
8AM Ferry to Macau
10AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
Take Free Shuttle to Grand Lisboa
11AM to 2PM Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, Grand Lisboa, Wynn
Take Free Shuttle back to Ferry Terminal
3PM to 830PM Venetian, City of Dreams, Galaxy
930PM or 10PM Ferry to Hong Kong
*There are free shuttles from City of Dreams to Venetian and vice-versa.
Reachable by MTR (Lo Wu Station). China Visa is REQUIRED. Day Trip Possible.
China Visa should be applied here in Manila. Huwag makulit, hindi pwede sa HK magapply ng visa.
*Not recommended for HK first timers staying for 4 days or less.*
Very Detailed and Accurate Maps of Hong Kong – USE THEM! THEY ARE FREE!
Finding Something (Store, Mall, Hotel, Restaurant, etc) and Getting There in Hong Kong
1. Google for it! (eg. search for “uniqlo hong kong” or “harbour city hong kong” or “citysuper hong kong”)
2. Look among the results and go to the link that will give you the address/es of what you are looking for.
3. Copy the address and take special note of the district part of the address (eg. Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Central or Shatin)
4. Go to the 2nd link above (MTR website) and download a vicinity map of the district.
5. If the map is insufficient, enter the address in the search engine of the 1st or 3rd link above.
6. Combine steps 4 and 5 to find out how to get there by MTR or MTR + Taxi.
7. Do note that the location might be in an adjacent MTR station when using step 5. (eg. Jordan map instead of Tsim Sha Tsui map).
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- Sep 2011
- Hong Kong
Using the Airport Bus Coming From The Airport
For those residing in HOTELS:
Information on bus number and stop number to get off at:
If your hotel is in Kowloon – see the A21 detailed route below. If your hotel is in HK Island, see the A11 route.
Alternative: Go to your hotel’s website and follow the directions they give.
Some hotels cannot be reached by the A21/A11 bus alone (like hotels in Tsuen Wan) or are not that walking distance from the bus stops (like the Metropark hotels).
Using the Bus going to Disneyland from the Airport:
Bus R8 from Lantau Link Toll Plaza.
For those residing in HOSTELS:
Hostels in Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordan / Mongkok
A21 Detailed Route:
(N21 for those arriving past midnight)
Blue – Dragon Hostel
Orange – City Econo
Green – Taisan Store 3 / Starworld Wing Lee
Red – Taisan Store 1 & 2 / Golden Crown Court / Starworld Skyworld / Mirador Mansion / (Hotel Benito)
Purple – Mirador Mansion / Chungking Mansion
Hostels in Causeway Bay
A11 Detailed Route:
(N11 for those arriving past midnight)
NOTE: A11 is also used for those residing in Central, Wanchai, Tin Hau, Fortress Hill and North Point.
Directions for Butterfly on Prat
Stop 16 or 17 of the A21 Bus along Chatham Road South. Prat Avenue is in between these 2 stops.
Directions for JJ Hotel (Wanchai)
Stop 11 of Bus A11. Stewart Road.
Using the Airport Bus Going To The Airport
For the A21 and A11, the bus stop going back to the airport is USUALLY a couple of meters (or hundred meters) on the opposite side of the stop where you got off coming from the airport.
Yes it is much cheaper to buy a SIM Card in Hong Kong for both local and international calls/texts than using Philippine roaming service.
Prepaid CSL SIM Cards are available in 7-Eleven for those planning to use a local SIM card at around 50HKD each.
For those going to World Wide House in Central, you can buy the CSL Kabayan SIM Card which should have slightly lower rates for calls to the Philippines. Otherwise, get your SIM cards inside Mirador Mansion or Chungking Mansion.
HONG KONG SIM CARD
PCCW Prepaid – $48
CSL Power Prepaid SIM Card (CSL) – $88
one2free Prepaid SIM (CSL) – $48
“ValueTalk” SIM card (Smartone Vodafone) – $68
Peoples SuperTalk Card (China Mobile) – $48
Peoples EasyTalk Card (China Mobile) – $28
Peoples “Kabayan” Prepaid SIM Kard – $38
3G Int’l Roaming Rechargable Sim Card (3 Mobile) – $98 ($52 is stored value)
Additional Information for Traveling with Toddlers/Children
1) Depending on your carrier, you might not be offered snacks/meals so bring your own for your kids. You may also want to bring some toys or books to occupy them during the 2-hour flight. If you can, keep them awake before the flight while at the airport so they’d nap during the flight.
2) Hong Kong is generally stroller and wheelchair friendly as there are a lot of special lanes/ramps if you can’t take the stairs. However, it may mean having to go the long way for elevators. bringing a stroller may also mean having to fold/unfold it when going down MTR stairs, buses, etc.
3) Strollers aren’t allowed inside the Ocean Park cable car but there are special lanes and allocated area for people travelling with kids/strollers inside the Ocean Express (train).
4) Strollers/wheelchairs may be rented at Disneyland (HKD60/day with HKD100 deposit) and Ocean Park (HKD40/day with HKD60 deposit). You get the deposit back after returning the strollers and you get to keep the name card (a sort of ID attached to the stroller, with your chid’s name written on it) as souvenir.
5) You may be tempted to get a harness for your child (and with the crowd in HK, it’s logical to be scared you will lose your child). Be prepared to be stared at if you will use one. However, if your child can already walk, the harness might just be a hassle (get tangled up) as he runs to check whatever catches his fancy… so hold his hand instead or put him in a stroller. You may also consider putting your hotel’s calling/business card in their pockets (or a printed ID with your contact info and temporary address in HK).
6) There’s an Octopus card for kids so avail that. Kids 3 years old and below ride free in some buses so research/ask the driver.
7) Everyone should wear sunscreen when going out, wherever you are, but especially kids in HK… even during cold months. It’s easy to get suburned there without you noticing.
8) Bring the usual meds your child might need (paracetamol, antihistamine). If you didn’t, Watson’s generally delivers.
9) For families with diaper-wearing kids, it’s up to you to bring diapers to HK or just buy there. However, prices may be higher in HK and there may be sensitivity issues with your child. This also covers formula and baby food and baby soap/wash. But if you don’t want to bring any of those, HK has enough groceries to provide what you may need.
10) Bring extra clothes for the kids especially if going to Disneyland and Ocean Park. Plan your visit in these parks because most kids get sick after being out in the heat then entering an air conditioned show/attraction. Pack these extra clothes togeher with other changing implements so you just have to get one bag when needed. And during the summer (which is also their rainy season), bring foldable umbrellas.
11) It helps infants’ ears if they’re breastfeeding/bottle feeding as the plane takes off and descends. It helps toddlers if they’re chewing on something or drinking, or yawning, or you can cover their ears with your hands. If you’re flying with a child that has colds, ask your pedia if you can give a decongestant to avid earache.
12) If you’re bringing baby food, either pre-pack in disposable containers or bring all the things you may require for each feeding (water, extra spoons). Typical noodle houses/restaurants don’t really give mineral water for free and may serve food that used preservatives, processed ingredients or msg.
13) For babies, a sling is a lifesaver.
14) Main attractions like Ocean Park and Disneyland have nappy-changing areas but not all establishments in the general HK area all offer a changing room or even toilets. So, don’t wait till the last minute to change your child’s diaper. Also consider pull-ups.
15) You can breastfeed anywhere, especially if you have a nursing cover. But you may have to go to the classier hotels if you want to pump. And you would need a cooler with ice pack if you’re storing your milk. And you need to stay in a hotel with your own ref (with a good freezer) if you’re storing your milk to bring back home.
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If you are not sure of something, ASK! Do not be afraid to ask for help from the locals, use English.
Pack Light as much as possible. Bring comfortable shoes for long hours of walking.
Do not forget to bring basic medicine (Loperamide/Paracetamol) and muscle pain ointment for long hours of walking.
When you are taking the escalator or the Walkalator, Always remeber to stay on the RIGHT SIDE if you do not plan to walk. Left side are always for those in a hurry.
The Smoking Ban, as it is commonly referred to, bans smoking indoors in restaurants, workplaces, schools, karaoke lounges, as well as beaches, swimming pools, sports grounds and public parks. The ban came into force on 1 January 2007.
Don’t get picked by pickpockets – always keep an eye on your belongings. They even work in teams, sometimes even involving a vehicle to suddenly stop in front of you while someone else does the lifting! I have also known an unsuspecting tourist shopping in a store who set his backpack down to try on some jeans and afterwards his wallet was missing! Remember: their hands are faster than your eyes!
Watch out for how much the taxi-driver charges you. There are some taxi drivers in sheep’s clothing. They either trick the meter, go the long way, or cover up the decimal point of the fare on the meter. The safe thing is to know how much it should cost (the per kilometer charge and luggage charge are all posted inside), and also get a receipt from the driver. If they can’t give you a receipt, copy down the licence number and the driver’s name (shown on the dashboard). But then just a small percentage of the taxi-drivers are wolves.
Don’t buy electronic products without marked prices: (This is probably the biggest tourist trap here into which many have fallen.) Many of the shops on Nathan Road in Kowloon selling electronic products don’t display the prices on the items. Many tourists have been scammed or cheated. One ploy is to give you an unbelievably good price, then after they have your money, they say they are out of stock, offering you another item but at an outrageous price. Some tourists have said that even calling the police did not help.
Watch out when doing anything with a rickshaw: even taking a picture in, with, at, or even OF a rickshaw will cost you money! So settle on the price with the driver BEFORE you click that camera! There is no fixed price on the ride or a picture, but it is said that a picture costs HK$10 to $HK20 (US$1.25 – US$2.50).
Look both ways before crossing a street: if you are from a country where the traffic goes on the right, you will want to pay special attention to this since in Hong Kong when it comes to traffic, left is right and right is wrong! Besides, pedestrians don’t necessarily have the right of way – at least many drivers think that.
Take along a pack of tissue and a windbreaker: a lot of indoor places and vehicles can be very cold with the air conditioning at full blast (even in winter), so take along a windbreaker. Except for more expensive ones, many restaurants don’t provide napkins. Have a pack of tissue handy.
Getting mistaken for “I.I.”s – I.I. is short for illegal immigrants. If you look Asian, be sure to carry your passport with you. It is required by law for everyone to carry either one’s Hong Kong ID card or passport. Police officers routinely stop people on the street to check for ID. There is no “probable cause” clause that I know of. As long as you don’t look right, you could be stopped and checked.
Avoid buying cooked food from hawkers pushing a little cart.
YOUTUBE: Travel with prEttyNDistress in Hong Kong and Hostel Bookings
Communication with prEttyNDistress is always subject to the person’s availability.
Hello HK Addicts and Newbies… Here are some of my self-made youtube moment to help you navigate through Hong Kong. From how to find the bus at the Hong Kong International Airport to riding the mickey train to Disneyland
My Hong Kong youtube Playlist:
Hong Kong International Airport 101 Part 1 – 4 – Here I show you on where you may leave your luggage at the airport, where to buy your Octopus Card and how to find the A21 bus to Kowloon City.
Hong Kong 101 – Part 1-2 – Here is where I show you where to get off when taking the A21 bus from the airport to Nathan Road Tsim Sha Tsui Kowloon. Also how to find Mirador Mansion where in it’s famous for the cheap hostels and accommodations. Where to buy CSL Kabayan sim card for cheap HK-MLA calls….
Tsim Sha Tsui MTR going to Tung Chung Part 1-4 – Here you will have a clear idea on how to take the MTR (subway) and learned how convenient is it to take MTR in HK.
From Tung Chung MTR to Ngong Ping 360 – This is where a lot of newbies get confuse on where is Ngong Ping, where is Tung Chung and where is Disneyland. After viewing this clip you’ll definitely know how to navigate from MTR to the cable car once you are there!
From Tung Chung to DisneyLand Part 1-2 and Sunny Bay MTR Station interchange to Disney Train part 1-2 – People are asking about taking taxis all the time to Disneyland!! Sometimes it’s really hard to put in words on how convenient is it to just take the MTR instead. After you view this video, whether you are travelling with toddlers, kidssss, senior citizen, taxi is no longer an option anymore..