I spent New Year’s 2014 in Hong Kong and finally made it up to the Peak. I’ve included some pictures here that should entice you to pay this fine city a visit very soon. If you’ve been to Hong Kong or want to go, please add a comment below.
Here are some things you should know about Hong Kong:
- Airlines Serving: Aeroflot (SU), Air Asia (AK), Air Busan, Air Canada (AC), Air China (CA), Air France (AF), Air India (AI), Air Mauritius (MK), Alitalia (AZ), ANA (NH), Asiana Airlines (OZ), Bangkok Airways (PG), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific (CX) [hometown airline], Cebu Pacific Air (5J), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), Delta Airlines (DL), Dragonair (KA) [hometown airline], El Al (LY), Eastar Jet (ZE), Emirates (EK), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), EVA Air (BR), Garuda Indonesia (GA), Hainan Airlines (HU), HK Express (UO), Hong Kong Airlines (HX), Japan Airlines, (JL), JetStar Asia Airways (3K), Jin Air (LJ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Lufthansa (LH), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Mega Maldives (LV), Peach Aviation (MM), Orient Thai (OX), Philippines Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Royal Jordanian (RJ), SAS (SK), Scoot (TZ), Shanghai Airlines (FM), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Singapore Airlines (SQ), South African Airways (SA), Spring Airlines (9C), Swiss (LX), Thai Airways (TG), Thai AirAsia (FD), Tigerair (RI), Turkish Airlines (TK), United Airlines (UA), Vietnam Airlines (VN), Virgin Atlantic (VS), Xiamen Airlines (MF).
- Side Trip Tip: Head to Macau, by taking the ferry from the city. You apply for the visa upon arrival. You can make a great day trip out of it.
- Airport Tip: You won’t be allowed into the departure lounge area without a confirmed seat. Flights to the U.S. are usually heavily weight restricted, so plan accordingly. Check your schedules on passrider.com. You may try flying into Tokyo-Narita or Seoul, South Korea (ICN) and then to your final destination if necessary.
- Airport Name: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
- Airport Lounges: Air France / KLM Lounge, British Airways-Terraces, The Bridge, The Cabin, China Airlines Lounge, CNAC VIP Lounge, Emirates, G16 Lounge, Hong Kong Airlines VIP Lounge, Korean Airlines Lounge, The Pier, Plaza Premium Lounge (East and West), The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge, Royal Orchid Lounge (Thai Airways), Silver Kris Lounge (Singapore Airlines), Star Alliance Lounge, United Club, Virgin Atlantic The Clubhouse, The Wing; additional information
- Airport To The City: Local Bus – this the most economical way to get into the city, but it does take time. So if you want to save money and have the time this is it. The ride is very scenic as well. I recommend doing this at least once, Airport Express or taxi; additional information
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). You can use ATMs at the airport or around the city as you get a better rate, plus you can use the foreign exchange counters.
- Language: Chinese, English is also spoken
- Visa Information: None required for Canadian, EU, U.K. andU.S. citizens. Use this link to check for other citizenship. Here is some additional information from the U.S. State Department including visa and health requirements. Plus I’ve prepared this article about visa requirements.
I found the Night Market and saw some of the local delights.
The view as you hike up to The Peak.
Skyscrapers in the Financial Center at night.
As you make your trek up the hill, you pass several very large houses. This is one of them.
A view of the track on which the funicular runs. You can see it way in the distance.
The Peak is a very popular destination as you can see all of the city from up there. The queue is usually quite long as you can see here. You can however hike it as I did. It will take about 1.5 hours or so. Wear very comfortable shoes.
Two of the many modes of transportation in Hong Kong.
This is your ticket for a single journey on the trains. You can also purchase a day pass.
Onboard the train.
Please leave a comment below about your own experiences and tips.