Hong Kong – THE BEST DESTINATION FOR FIRST TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS!
- A British Colony Until 1997 Handover to China
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (Approx. 1HKD = 6PHP)
- Electricity is same as Philippines, 220V but sockets are different
- Summers are Wet, Hot and Humid (April to October) | Winters are Cold and Dry (December to February)
- Territory is relatively small but very dense, packed and fast-paced lifestyle
- Right-hand drive, look at left and right sides when crossing the street
- Visa is NOT required for Filipino citizens (maximum stay of 14 days)
- Do not be worried about HK immigrations, nothing to fear when you don’t have plans of being a TNT
- Primary Language: Cantonese | Secondary: English and Mandarin
- Standard of Living is much higher than the Philippines so expect everything to be more expensive starting with bottled water
- 1 Hour ferry ride to Macau (Visa NOT Required for Macau, Passport needed)
- Shenzhen is accessible from HK by Train (KCR). CHINESE VISA REQUIRED.
- Common sense for safety is required, watch out for pickpockets and “salisi” gangs.
- Hong Kong is a very tourist friendly city, signs are all bilingual and are everywhere. You can hardly get lost.
- Hong Kong is much much more than Ocean Park and Disneyland.
- Hong Kong consists of 3 major parts: Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong Island and New Territories.
- Hong Kong is synonymous to walking, prepare for long walks so bring comfortable shoes
- Travelling around HK: The subway (MTR) will take you to most places, if not, the bus will. If there are 4 of you, the taxi sometimes becomes a cheaper and more convenient alternative to the subway.
- Do not be afraid to explore HK, in the case you get lost, just head to the nearest MTR exit or take a taxi and give your address.
- A 5 minute walk for Hongkongers means 10 minutes walk for Filipinos (since most of them are briskwalkers).
- Hong Kong may seem small but it takes time to fully appreciate it.
- Hong Kong is generally safe even for solo/female travellers but common-sense and vigilance is still required.
- Left-Side of the Escalator is for people who are in a hurry, do not block their path by staying on this side.
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