Getting to know Hong Kong

June 18, 2008

A guide to visiting Hong Kong

According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board:

  • English is widely spoken in Hong Kong. Most staff in hotels, restaurants, and even taxis speak the language well.
  • Hong Kong is compact, so visitors are never too far from shopping and major sights. Hong Kong also has an excellent transportation system so visitors can easily reach other areas, no matter where they stay. Most hotels are located in the heart of the city, in Central, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon.
  • Public transportation via bus, ferry, or train is efficient, relatively inexpensive, and user-friendly. The system includes signs in English and Chinese.
  • Bring summer clothes. The average daily high in June: 86º F (July: 88º F). Average daily low in June and July: 79º F.