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Flying into Beautiful Hong Kong

They say that Hong Kong is the “New York of Asia.” It is split into two islands, with Hong Kong Island comparable to Manhattan and Kowloon Island to Brooklyn.
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Baltimore (BWI) Hong Kong (HKG)Fri Mar 20-Sun Mar 22$1498
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Yes, the skyscrapers are jaw-dropping, and the subway is incredibly efficient (you’ll seldom have to wait more than 5 minutes for a train in the city center), but beneath all the glitz lies a grittiness and authenticity. It can be a tad overwhelming when you arrive. Don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about traveling into Hong Kong.

How do I get to Hong Kong? 

You can fly directly into Hong Kong International Airport from most of the world's major cities, including London, New York, and even Johannesburg. The major airline is Cathay Pacific, but other airlines include Singapore Airlines and India Air. The airport has one of the world’s largest passenger terminals and, despite being arguably the busiest airport in Asia, it is very easy to navigate.

Once in Hong Kong, how do I get around? 

Visitors to Hong Kong have a multitude of affordable transportation options once they arrive at the airport. The Airport Express bus takes passengers to the city center in 24 minutes and will set you back only HK$100 (USD$13) per person. The airport is well-served by public bus routes, the network of which spans most of the island. Private taxis are plentiful, and most drivers can speak English, but the cost of a taxi commute from the airport to the city is more expensive at HK$245 (USD$31).

What are the must-see attractions in Hong Kong? 

A visit to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without admiring its skyline, and you can do just that from Victoria Peak. A tram will take you 396 meters above sea level, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy panoramic views of the city. Or you can make your way to the Sky Terrace, which sits an impressive 428 meters above sea level. The ticket price for both is HK$83 (USD$11).

If you love luxury brands, you’ll be in heaven in Hong Kong. You can find many of the world’s most premium stores in the city, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, and Prada. To find them under one roof, head to The Landmark, Hong Kong’s oldest and most prominent mall, which spans five levels of chic boutiques and decadent beauty outlets.

For something a bit more cultural, check out Temple Street Night Market, which is Hong Kong’s largest market, featuring a dizzying selection of clothing, bags, and artwork, as well as a variety of seafood restaurants.

Are there any nearby hotels?

If it's glitz and glamour you're after, stay in the financial district with its awesome skyscrapers and plethora of fantastic restaurants and shops. One of the area's finest hotels is the iconic Mandarin Oriental, which houses eight of its own restaurants. Admittedly, this is also one of the pricier options. For something more budget-friendly, try the Holiday Inn Express, which offers prime location at a fraction of neighboring properties' room rates.

To experience a more cultural side of Hong Kong, head across the Victoria Harbour and stay in Kowloon. Here, the Novotel Nathan Road, which is conveniently close to the subway line, is an option that won't disappoint. 

Are there any additional travel tips?

If you want to enjoy the outdoors, then plan your trip so you're not in Hong Kong during the rainy season, from May to September. To make things worse, many taxis refuse to run in extremely rainy conditions, so you'll have to wait longer than usual for a ride home. 

If you're shopping on the street, whether for a magnet or a scarf, never take a price as given. It's a well-known fact that you can bargain down to less than half of the original quoted price. In addition, stay away from buying expensive jewellery unless you can tell for certain that it isn't fake. 

Once you’ve ticked off all the above on your list, make sure to simply walk around the city and soak up its vibe, which is like nothing you’ll experience elsewhere. 

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