A popular tourist destination for Indians, Hong Kong has a capitalistic flavoured economy with low taxation and free trade - thus a shopper’s paradise. It is also visited for it’s Disneyland, the youngest so far, opened in 2005 and as per a recent news report is a much favoured tourist destination from India. Another reason to visit Hong Kong is for those who can’t afford a ticket to the Vegas and want to try out a hand in Black Jack or the Russian Roulette – Macau is the place to be which is just an of hour from Hong Kong by speedboat. You can enter Hong Kong without a visa for upto 14 days. The currency is Hong Kong Dollar and the exchange rate is appx. Rs.7.15 for one dollar.
The neatness of HK streets is to be seen to be believed
The double decker bus tram is rare in any country
Majorly, the city state of Hong Kong comprises of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon to its north, the New Territories and Lantau, where the new International Airport has been built on a reclaimed land and at the time of aircraft descent for a moment it seems that you are landing on water. The swanky airport features at no. 3 in the list of best Airports of the world. The quickest mode to reach Central of station which actually is the Central Hong Kong in the Hong Kong Island is to take the Airport Express which takes just 24 minutes and a lot cheaper than taxi which charges about $250-350.
The luxury Star cruises start from there
Don’t forget to get yourself an Octopus card – a travel pass which, besides the super efficient MRT (Mass Rapid Transit metro), accepted in public buses and even in many of the convenience stores. And the best part is you even get a small discount on your travel and the balance left over is refunded alongwith the security. Hong Kong has the highest percentage of people travelling by public transport in the world i.e. more than 90%.
The Hong Kong MTR station and flower baskets