Hong Kong, Hong Kong travel tips

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If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to visit Dundas Street in Mangkok, and you'll find stall after stall of sweet confections.

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Even in a city as congested as Hong Kong, there is still an opportunity for hikers to stretch their legs. Follow the Hong Kong Trail, which will take you from the island's highest point to its lowest point.

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Music lovers: the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is a must-see on your trip.

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For one of the trendiest bars in the city, check out Phonograph, which hosts regular live music.

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Don't be afraid to use the public transport system. Hong Kong's is one of the best and most efficient in the world.

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You'll find that large shopping malls abound in Hong Kong. But don't forget to stop at some of the small, independent boutiques to see work from Hong Kong's young, up-and-coming designers.

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To see the work of Hong Kong's young, up-and-coming artists, be sure to check out Osage Kwun Tong, or the Cattle Depot, which was once a slaughterhouse but is now an artists' commune.

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For an escape from the city and a bit of a rustic experience, try clamming in the village of Shui Hau. Clam digging tools are available for rent and it's very secluded.

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There are several waterfront promenades that offer beautiful views of the skyline. Tsim Sha Tsui is generally a little overpopulated with tourists, so if you prefer a less crowded locale, try West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.

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Don't feel the need to tip, as it's not customary in Hong Kong. In upscale restaurants, it could even be considered offensive.

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When gesturing towards something, motion with your palm and take care not to point with your index finger.

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Most people in Hong Kong speak English. But they are generally taught a more formal, textbook English, so if you use slang, they may not understand you.

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Don't be afraid to bargain in Hong Kong. Many merchants expect it, and you could wind up getting a great deal.

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Don't wear blue or white in social settings, as those colors generally represent mourning.

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On Victoria Harbor at 8PM nightly, you'll find an incredible light and laser show. Don't miss it!

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Don't be afraid to be a little adventurous with your food choices. Many restaurants have menus in English, or at least have pictures of their dishes, which makes ordering a little less intimidating.

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Don't be afraid to take a taxi. Unlike other major cities, Hong Kong's are actually affordable.

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Get an Octopus Card. With one card, you can ride trains, buses and ferries. It requires a deposit of $50HKD and an initial $100HKD load, but you can return it at the end of your trip, and be refunded the deposit and any unused money on the card.

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Feeling lucky? Visit Che Kung Temple and spin the small bronze windmill three times for luck. There must be something to it---locals flock there!

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Bird-watchers: be sure to visit Hong Kong Park, where the aviary is home to over 70 kinds of birds. And as an added bonus, it's free!

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