Hong Kong travel tips

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Hong Kong is an archipelago of 260 islands, so to really experience it, hire a pleasure boat and have a blast. Don't leave your picnic basket.

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Forget the 1962 setting, but a visit to Lin Heung Tea House is a must to get the best dim sum.

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Do not miss the panoramic view of Hong Kong from Victoria peak. It is breathtaking!

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Getting around in a taxi for short trips is pretty cheap with the meter starting at $2, and increasing by $.90 for every kilometer thereafter.

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Fine dining facilities impose a 10% service charge with another five percent expected for great service.

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Rush hours on the Mass Transit railway are 8-9 am and 6-8 pm.

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Don't worry about getting around on the Mass Transit Railway. The Station maps and signs are bilingual.

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Starbucks and Pacific Coffee always provide free wireless access.

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Chinese people speak very poor, if any English. Learn a few useful phrases.

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Don't think that the Chinese are being rude when they move briskly pass you or serve you very fast. It's due to the dense population they've had to focus on being swift rather than cordial.

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Remember to tip your porters 10 or 20 Hong Kong dollars which is ($1.30 to $2.50) per bag.

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Always have your destination written in Chinese as drivers speak very little English.

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The Airport Express gets you to and from the airport faster than a taxi and for a fraction of the cost.

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Hong Kong's number one air hub is the newly built Hong Kong International Airport.

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Public transportation is great in Hong Kong, definitely the fastest way to travel!

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You need a Chinese license to drive in China, and getting one can be quite tricky!

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Prepare for your Chinese trip by learning a few Chinese symbols. 'Toilet' especially comes in handy!

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Tap water is risky business in Hong Kong, but it's good enough for brushing teeth.

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Want to enjoy the full hospitality of a fine hotel? Try booking a room at Harbour Grand Kowloon!

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Hotel Benito Hong Kong is an ideal mid-range choice with some gorgeous rooms.

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