Mr. Rango just got back from Hong Kong a week ago. I used to live in Guangzhou and travelled to Hong Kong every two weeks for fun. Haven’t been to that region in a looooong time. After a hiatus of 4 years, nothing’s really changed.
Here are a couple of tips for you if you’re heading that way soon:
10. Get your Airport Express cards on board the plane (if you’re flying Cathay)
You save HKD$10 and you won’t have to queue to buy tickets when you arrive
9. Visit the oldest Dim Sum restaurant in Hong Kong (and be prepared to fight for it)
Fight for your food. Literally. When the food comes, ditch all you know about courtesy and politeness and go grab yourself something to eat.
Here’s the address:
Lin Heung Tea House
160-164 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong; 852-2544-4556
8. Here’s a better place to watch Victoria Harbour light shows
Don’t bother with freezing in the cold, sweating in the heat or squeezing with tourists.
Go to Kowloon MTR, there’s a mall called “Elements”. Go there, go find a nice restaurant and park yourself there to watch the Victoria Harbour light show. Sure, you won’t get to hear the (cheesy) music, but trust me, it’s nothing fantastic.
Or you can…
7. Go visit Ozone at the Ritz Carlton
At the 120th floor, the scenery is impressive. Just don’t go during typhoon season.
Address: 1 Austin Rd W, Hong Kong ….then take the lift all the way to the top. You’ll need to change two lifts.
6. Don’t bother with Dim Ho Wan
You wait over half an hour at least during off peak hours – and you wait standing. You eat hurriedly, you get stared at by impatient diners. The chee cheong’s not really fun. Not worth it in my opinion.
…and talking about food…
5. If you’re going to try the famous chilli-pepper crabs (which is nothing like the chilli crabs in Singapore/Malaysia) – DO NOT, for the love of your taste buds, DO NOT order “extra spicy”
Unless of course your taste buds have been forged out of the fiery depths of Mordor. For the rest of us with more Elvish tolerance to spice, go for the more modest choices.
Underbridge Crab is located at:
Shop 1-2, G/F, 414 – 424 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai
4. Going to Guangzhou? Take the trains.
The bus rides to Guangzhou take over 3 hours and you have to deal with the mainland Chinese crowd at the border crossings. I say you pay S$20 more, take the trains and save yourself an hour and a lot of hassle.
3. Taking a taxi between Hong Kong island and TST?
Go to a cross-harbour taxi stand or look out for taxis with signs saying they’re crossing. Otherwise you’ll have to pay more in toll for the taxi’s return journey.
2. Get an Octopus card
It pays for more than transport. You can use it for retail, some places of interest and even ferries to nearby islands. Sure beats queuing to buy tickets.
1. Use the in-town check in. one located in Hong Kong MTR and the other in Kowloon MTR
You check your luggage in, confirm your attendance on the flight and then you can go do your thing in the city. Sure beats being bored out of your wits waiting at the airport. It’s worth it.