Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore Hong Kong, Hong Kong
How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
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Saving Money with City Passes
To save yourself time and money visiting Hong Kong's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Hong Kong Pass, iVenture Card, or Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass.
A city pass combines all or multiple Hong Kong's (or even neighboring Macau's) top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows user to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.
Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels
Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Hong Kong hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, The Pottinger Hong Kong.
Taking Care of Your Feet
To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hong Kong, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.
Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device
Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.
For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.
Exploring City on Guided Tours
We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Hong Kong typically costs somewhere between US$50 and US$150 or more per person:
- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Hong Kong from the open top of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one day (24 hrs) and may be upgraded to 48 hrs plus a night tour.
- No visit to Hong Kong is complete without savoring authentic Cantonese cuisine. Embark on a half-day food tour of Hong Kong for a generous dollop of delectable local treats and insight into the city's British and Chinese heritage.
- Dive into the history of Hong Kong on a historical walking tour to find out how the city came to be, what prompted the Brits to colonize it and then cede back to China, and what will become of it after 2047 when the “no change for 50 years” promise by The People's Republic of China has expired.
- Complete your sightseeing of Hong Kong in one day on a 5-hour guided tour exploring the city's top attractions from the open-top double-decker and Peak Tramway, catching a glimpse of daily life at Aberdeen Fishing Village, shopping for souvenirs, and more.
- Razzle-dazzle yourself on a night cruise over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour complete with a lavish 7-course dinner aboard the famous Jumbo Chinese-style boat restaurant. In addition to sumptuous Cantonese delicacies and unlimited drinks, you will enjoy postcard-worthy views of the city’s harbor and shimmering skyline.
- Experience first-hand the old-style shopping as it was done back in the day preceding eBay, malls and supermarkets. Embark on a market tour of Hong Kong to see the glorious local markets in action, soak up the atmosphere, and get thrilled from haggling!
If you have a full or half day to spare whilst in Hong Kong, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Lantau Island, Macau, or Cheung Chau Island.
For as little as circa US$140 per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, find a different side of Hong Kong exploring the beauty of nature and unique traditions of its biggest island replete with pristine beaches, traditional fishing villages, lush valleys and soaring mountains, sail across the sea to visit the oldest European settlement in the East, and more.
For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Hong Kong, and transported either by a comfortable air-conditioned coach, minibus, boat or private vehicle (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.
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