It’s East meets West as happening Hong Kong effortlessly manages to blend its Chinese and British influences into one huge fragrant melting pot of flavours. You’ll see evidence of this blend all over the city; wooden boats sharing their berths with huge ocean liners, high-rise buildings under construction flanked by bamboo scaffolding. If there is only one thing you do in Hong Kong, it must certainly be to visit Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of this magnificent city…
Hong Kong is a city of islands, one of which, the original British settlement, is its namesake. Most of Hong Kong Island’s impressive skyscrapers are located on this island as is the city’s financial centre. Kowloon meanwhile is the peninsula just north of Hong Kong Island is the most densely populated area of the city and today offers a chaotic mix of street markets, apartments and malls.
Your cruise ship will dock at Ocean Terminal where passengers will have immediate access to a three-story terminal building with over 700 retail shops, 50 restaurants and two cinemas. And in just a few minutes’ walk you can visit the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Space Museum. Ocean Terminal is just 10 minutes’ walk from Nathan Road from where travellers can access buses connecting to the airport, a trip of about 60 minutes. A taxi drive from Ocean Terminal to the airport should take about 40 minutes.
With a world-class public transport system comprising taxi, ferry, rail, bus or tram, visitors to Hong Kong will never be stranded. Buy an Octopus Card at supermarkets, vending machines or the Metro Stops to access all forms of public transport in the city. Or opt for a $55 Tourist Day Pass to enjoy one day of unlimited travel on Hong Kong’s MTR (Metro), which visits Disneyland Resort and Hong Kong Island. Hop on a historic ride through Hong Kong’s streets aboard one of the city’s double-decker streetcars or board a ferry to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands. There are also taxis and buses, as well as an airport express train.