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Hong Kong Travel Tips 21-30

21. Crocs and their escalators are not the best of friends. The shoe material seems to melt on prolonged contact with the metal sides of escalators. The good thing is that Crocs come at a cheaper price here, especially if you buy them from Citygate Outlets. 22. There is a Hong Kong-wide sale every January and July. 23. The Symphony of Lights is not for everyone. It is better to combine watching the show with another activity in your itinerary such as dining in a restaurant with a view of the Victoria Harbour, having drinks on a junk, or riding the Star Ferry. 24. Most cabs along Canton Road will ask for a minimum of HKD100 flag down rate at night. To avoid this illegal practice, take a cab from Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel along this road or from the bus terminal at its harbor end. 25. As a guide to the best bespoke tailors of Hong Kong, refer to forums instead of ads. 26. Save time by knowing the real-time ferry schedules to outlying …

Hong Kong Travel Tips 11-20

11. Bring asthma medication if you are susceptible to air pollution as Hong Kong has a serious case. 12. You can check out OpenRice for the what, where and how much of almost any restaurant here. 13. If you prefer having your drinks with VIP treatment, go to any bar of the Igor’s Group: Bourbon, La Bodega, Marlin, Peel, Pickled Pelican, Pier 7, Stormies, The Keg, Tonic, Watermark, Wildfire etc. No, I do not know the owners. 14. Lifts in MTRs sometimes have their own entrance, so look for the lift sign first before tapping in. 15. Ride the tram through its back door, and go down through the front. 16. Cafe O, The Flying Pan and Tsui Wah Restaurant are open 24 hours, so you can shop til closing then just have dinner after! 17. In shops that have no English-speaking staff, you can negotiate the price through your mobile phone calculator. 18. The East Rail Line (Light Blue Line), Light Rail (Yellow Line), Ma On Shan Line (Brown Line) and West Rail Line …

Hong Kong Travel Tips 1-10

In celebration of our 10th group of visitors in Hong Kong, here is a list of 10 travel tips I have noted down for the past 8.5 months. (It never occurred to me we had an average of 1.18 visiting group or 2.59 guests a month excluding those who just had airport stopovers!) 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 …

5 Favorite Hong Kong malls

After more than 6 months of leisurely (and sometimes lonesomely) going around Hong Kong, I have narrowed down my shopping preference to just five malls. All of them are conveniently located in the Central and Western District in Hong Kong Island and the Yau Tsim Mong District in Kowloon Peninsula, both of which are flanking Victoria Harbour. 1. The Mall at Pacific Place boasts a list of luxury brands packed in just three levels, above which are serviced suites, two office towers and four hotels. I love dropping by this place after my Cantonese class for the convenience of having Zara and Mango side by side. Having Smashbox, Laura Mercier and NARS in Lane Crawford, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics in Seibu, and standalone Shu Uemura and Dior also means that I can shop for my entire makeup kit here sans my MAC Eye Kohl. Creed perfumes are also available in Lane Crawford here. Of course, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Manolo Blahnik complete the team. 2. Harbour City is the biggest mall here at 2 …

Food under HKD25

For backpackers bound for or already in Hong Kong for the holidays, here is a list of where you can find meals within HKD25: 1. Cafe de Coral offers a taste of Hong Kong with a branch at every corner. Do not leave Hong Kong without eating at this fast food joint. 2. Fairwood is another fast food chain spread across Hong Kong. It has a similar menu as Cafe de Coral. 3. Pret A Manger offers healthy sandwiches and wraps if you are not into food additives. Two of its branches are conveniently located at Central Station and Admiralty Station. 4. McDonald’s has Amazing Value Meals for less than HKD15. 5. Ikea Bistro at Causeway Bay offers Swedish meatballs for HKD9 and a hotdog sandwich with a refillable drink for only HKD10! Of course, there will always be 7-Eleven and Circle K for their instant meals, hotdog sandwiches, chha siu baaus, garlic noodles and cervelats. If you are travelling on a really tight budget, bring your own water as drinks usually cost HKD10 to …