I would say that I was quite lucky to be able to live in Hong Kong for 6 months in order to do my internship at one of the best fine dining restaurants there. In this thread I will write about the basic things you should know if you are just planning a visit, moving there, or you are already there and you need some guidance.
Hong Kong SAR
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the people’s Republic of China.
Although HK is considered a city in China, it has a different currency (HK dollar), different language (Cantonese as opposed to the Mandarin they speak in China), and you are required to issue a different visa. This means that if you have a nationality that requires you to get a visa for HK and China before you depart your country then granting a visa for China doesn’t mean you are allowed to enter HK and vice versa.
In general Hong Kong is divided into 3 general parts: HK Island, Kowloon, and New Territories. HK Island is considered the Westernized area where most of the expats and almost all the rich people live. And as soon as you travel to the Kowloon side you will actually feel the difference and see more of the traditional chinese neighbourhoods.
As soon as you arrive at HK International Airport you can either take the MTR (underground) or simply take a cab. You might save a little bit of money by using the MTR, but if you have heavy luggage or if you just had to fly for 11 hours to get over here then don’t worry about saving 100 HK$ which is around 10 euros and just get in the Cab. Be careful though, because here in Honk Kong there are three different colors for Taxicabs. Red operates almost around all HK, Green is for New territories and blue is only for Lantau Island. Most of the taxi drivers understand basic english or at least they know the names of the places in English. Also be careful about putting any luggage other than a purse or back-pack with you in the cabin, anything else you better put back in the trunk or the driver will charge you extra.
Finding a place to eat should not be a problem, even if you are not ready to try any chinese food yet, you will find McDonald’s almost everywhere in HK. I will also write a later blog about food in Hong Kong and about some street food that you have to try while you are there.
After you arrive at your destination, and in order to travel around the city, you either keep taking taxicabs (which could break your bank), or you get your Octopus card which allows you to take the MTR, trams, and busses. The plus side to this card is you can even use it to pay in most supermarkets. You can recharge the Octopus card at any supermarket, or MTR station.
Sightseeing. There are so many places you can visit in Hong Kong. From small temples to large ones, islands and much more. You can know about almost everything in the official discover HK website, where I will also write later about specific places that are a must to see.
The very last but not least thing that people want to know about is Nightlife. In Hong Kong there are mainly two places to enjoy the wild nightlife. LKF (Lan Kwai fung) in Central and Wan Chai, both of which are located on HK island. For sure there are other places but those are the main two. If you are looking to meet young crowds, locals and foreigners then LKF is your choice. There you will find countless clubs, bars and restaurants all in the same area. You will also find more people outside, rather than inside, on the street drinking and enjoying their time. However, if you fancy a more mature crowd, an escort, or a girl to take home then Wan Chai is the place to go.
There are so many websites for expats and for meeting people, two favorites of mine were:
Cheers from An Orange,