All posts tagged: travel

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 …

Tax free, baby!

Today will be our first time to travel tax free, that is, on any airline and to almost any destination, which comes with our status as per the International Organizations and Diplomatic Privileges Ordinance. The same thing goes for any host country that recognizes the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations and for the home country as well. This is in contrast to our expatriation and repatriation, which are not just tax free but entirely free. What else is tax free if you’re a diplomat? Your accommodation is tax free. Your income is tax free. What? Your car is also tax free?! Well, it is, but you won’t really be needing one in Hong Kong as public transportation here is very efficient (another deterrent for us is the fact that they drive on the left side of the road here, which is the opposite of what we have back home). In such cases, you can get a car (even order a left hand-drive one) 6 months before your repatriation, so you also get to ship it …