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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“HONGKONG AND MY 30 YEARS OF BEING A RESIDENT: When I moved to Hong Kong 12 months ago, I was shocked by how chaotic the place was. I’ve visited many cities in Asia-Australoa-Europe-USA and at first I thought Hong Kong would be similar. However, on further exploration, I discovered that there’s a lot more to Hong Kong travel than meets the eye. That’s because, as far as culture and customs are concerned, Hong Kong is an East-meets- West kind of place. You could say it’s literally separated into two locations: Kowloon being the ‘east’, and Hong Kong Island the ‘west’. There are also more than 250 outlying islands to explore, a multitude of beaches, plus 60–70% of the country is rural. This puts to bed any ‘big city only’ jibes! Because there’s so much to see and do, you’ll need to plan your trip wisely. Here are my recommendations for what to see beyond the big-ticket sights to truly get a feel for Hong Kong’s unique character. What do I need to know when planning a trip to Hong Kong? 1. This is Asia, but it's not South East Asia. Expect expenses to be higher especially eating out, drinks in bars and accommodation. 2. English is widely spoken in Hong Kong 3. Prepare for busy streets and un orthodox walkers, that's just the way Hongkong is. You'll be bumping into someone in no time. 4. You can adventure in Hongkong at virtually no cost by exploring the outer islands and a variety of peaks. 5. Hongkong has everything shopping wise. So stock up in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Sham Shui Po on everything from cheap electronics to clothes. 6. You don't always need to spend a fortune in the clubs and bars. You can drink and socialise in Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) cheaply by buying alcohol from 7 Eleven (there are three of them on the strip). 7. Public transport in Hongkong is fantastic, especially the MTR, which is widely recognised as the most efficient in the world. It is also super cheap. What do people need to know about Hong Kong? Many people who’ve never visited think it’s purely a London or New York of the east, but Hong Kong is so much more than that. With beaches and islands just a short ferry ride from Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, there’s a huge amount of outdoor adventure to be had. And Hong Kong is very safe, even if some districts and neighbourhoods may not look it. Because it has both outdoor and urban iniuences, Hong Kong is arguably the best super-city of its kind in the world. What’s the best way to get around the city? DeYnitely the rail system, as it goes to all points of the city for very cheap. Buy an Octopus Card and top it up at a 7 Eleven. Taxis can be a rip-off, especially on inter-island journeys, so if the MTR isn’t an option, take the bus. If you’re coming from Hong Kong airport, there are many ways to get into the city. The Airport Express can quickly take you into Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, and there are plenty of bus services depending on where you are going. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to eat
“One of Hong Kong's famed cooked food markets - go to Tung Po for an authentic Cantonese feast!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful view overlooking HK! worth checking out during your stay (excl Fri & Sat - minimum charge applies)”
  • 1 local recommends
Hospital
“Causeway Bay may be a prominent shopping district in Hong Kong, but it’s also a prime spot to sit with a drink and take in the sights. Instead of packed nightclubs and upmarket lounges, Causeway Bay is popular for its friendly local bars, where you can integrate yourself into some lively conversation. There are a few good rooftop bars in the area as well, with reasonably priced drinks and bar food if you're feeling peckish.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
  • 4 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 2 locals recommend
Place to eat
“This place is only open in the afternoon, but it has wonderful coffee and a cool vibe.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“old government property conversion into art gallery. nice open courtyard good for local stroll and rest ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Coffee shop and restaurant, but only opens at 11am (Starbucks next door if you need caffeine earlier)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“new cinema complex with blockbuster as well as independent movies. few station on MTR or a smooth tram ride from the flat”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“You can walk through the park and along the promenade. Nice views to Kowloon.”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
“Chun Yeung Street (Wet Market) - Famous wet market in North point, a wide range of seafood dishes”
  • 1 local recommends
Cinema
“Hong Kong Film Archive, often playing vintage classic movies. Check their schedule.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“A small fireboat musuem retracing the history of firefighting on boats in Hong Kong. Well worth a quick visit, especially the entrance is free of charge.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Japanese mega groceries store. Busy from morning to night with a wide selection of food, drinks, more restaurants etc. Sells clothes, sports gear and almost everything else”
  • 4 locals recommend