1. Most bathrooms share the same hallway as fire exits, so do not be scared to enter where the green and white signage points you to.
2. Skip the chaos and have lunch before or after most offices go on break at 1:00 pm but not later than 2:30 pm as some restaurants close at 3:00 pm and reopen at 6:00 pm. Also, reserve the more expensive restaurants for lunch rather than dinner as the menu tend to be even more expensive at night.
3. Get an Airport Express Travel Pass, a variant of the Octopus card that allows you to ride the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus for free for the next 3 days, in addition to a ride on the Airport Express.
4. Most MTR stations do not have bathrooms, so do the deed before tapping in your Octopus card.
5. Most restaurants serve hot water and only a few provide ice upon request, so you might want to bring your own water. Of course, you can always order a bottled one.
6. If you are coming from the restaurants and bars of SoHo or just passing by the Mid-levels Escalators in Central, tap on the MTR Fare Saver located in the zone above Hollywood Road. This saves you HKD2 on your next MTR ride. There is also one in Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.
7. Scream inside Madame Tussauds is not their forte, so you can opt to skip this if there is a line.
8. Recheck if all magnetic tags have been removed from clothing before leaving the counter. It never happened to me before in my ssshhh years of existence, but here? Twice in 8 months! You surely do not want to be back in your home country to find these magnetic tags still in place.
9. Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok has become a tourist trap, so counteroffer half of what they quote you. Sometimes, it is cheaper to buy in Li Yuen Street East and West in Central. This is where I get pashminas, flat shoes and Baby Gap (Banana Republic, Gap and Old Navy have no shops in Hong Kong as of posting).
10. Avoid the Tsuen Wan Line (red line) during rush hours. Personally, I avoid it…period! Try riding it thrice, just for the thrill of being a tourist, and I guarantee you will find out why.
To our remaining 164.46 guests, welcome to Hong Kong!