7 Hong Kong Travel Tips

Hong Kong has much to offer the tourist with interesting sightseeing, delicious food, great shopping and an experience in a country with probably a very different culture to your own. These 7 Hong Kong Travel Tips will be useful in preparing your itinerary and knowing what to expect when you arrive in this fascinating travel destination. Tip 1 – Climate Hong Kong enjoys a subtropical climate with two distinct seasons. Summer temperatures 26-31oC Winter – 14-20oC It can get very humid. Tip 2 – Currency The Hong Kong dollar is floating and pegged to the US dollar, so it will fluctuate a little. Cash and Travellers cheques can be changed at banks (recommended for the best rate), hotels and money changers. All main credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels, restaurants etc. Tip 3 – Dining Tips
To ensure a seat it pays to book at popular restaurants during lunchtime (1-2pm) and evenings.

Dress Code – Casual wear is acceptable for most restaurants. Some exclusive restaurants will have a dress code requiring a jacket and tie.It may pay to check if you are dining in a top class restaurant.

Service Charge – Most hotels and restaurants will add 10% service charge. Otherwise tipping is your choice.

Condiments, tea, snacks – these will often be brought to the table but you will need to ask the waiter if there is an extra charge for them. This varies in different restaurants

Paying by Credit Card – Most restaurants accept credit cards….ask your waiter
Tips 4 – Smoking Smoking in Hong Kong is prohibited in all indoor areas, and some public places such as beaches, swimming pools, transport terminals etcTip 5 – Litter Hong Kong has strict laws and a HK$1,500 fine for littering or spitting.Tip 6 – Hong Kong Travel Passes

MTR Tourist Tickets are available.

Airport Express Travel Pass – Choose the pass suited to your stay – either a Three Day Pass with unlimited travel on MTR with one or two single trips on the Airport Express or

A Tourist Day Pass – Both Child and Adults Passes are available – with a full day of unlimited travel. They are valid for a month from the day of issue. NOTE: These passes are for non Hong Kong residents staying for less than 14 days..

Octopus Card – This is an electronic fare card for all public transport. Buy them at restaurants and stores. You can top up the card like a phone card… these are excellent saving the need to carry small change
Tip 7 – Taxis You can easily tell which is the correct taxi as they are different colours for each area of Hong Kong.
Red – Urban taxis
Green – New Territories
Blue – Lantau Island
You will see the taxis when you leave the airport… it is good to know which colour you will need to get to your hotel!More on taxis -
There are extra charges for tolls and luggage handling.
Passengers are by law expected to wear seat belts.
Always get a receipt so lost luggage etc can be tracked.

Travelling Hong Kong Phrasebook. – all taxi drivers have this book and you can get them to use it if you are having communication difficulties or they are unsure of where your hotel is.

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Property Listings – Using the Internet or Newspaper

Are you kicking out with frustration of not able to locate the right property to buy as a home for living or to invest in? If you want to successfully locate your ideal property, Internet and newspaper are 2 popular and effective ways to getting property listings.As search engines make it convenient for people to use the Internet to look for information, searching for property on the Internet has become one of the easiest ways for most people. Although searching for a property through newspapers is still considered one of the most popular ways, but it is very time-consuming. You have to read through the various pages of listings and sort out the ones that you are interested in. then you still have to call up the broker one by one and arrange an appointment to view the property. All these take a lot of time and effort which may turn out to be totally disgusting in the end.Moreover, property listings in newspaper generally happen on a weekly basis. Therefore, if there is a deal happen in the meanwhile, you will not be able to know without actually calling your real estate agent.By using the Internet, you can just go to Yahoo or Google, and type in search query such as “property listings”, you will be able to locate many websites which list tons of properties for you to choose from. Listings on the Internet are also updated everyday or maybe twice a week, which allow you to check for the latest deals available.If you are currently only using newspaper to source out your ideal property, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities and may end up getting stale information. There may be a deal available on the Internet, but because you have waited for the newspaper to publish, you may end up losing the deal. Furthermore, with Internet listings, you will not need to go through all the real estate listings in order to find your ideal property. You can just use the search function provided by almost all property listing websites and locate the property either by its address or target area.With the search function located in property listing websites, you will be able to save a lot of time by browsing through only property listings that are of interest to you. Once you have found your ideal property, you can just call the agent by getting his or her phone number directly from the website. Print out the listing to take note of the address and you are now ready to view the property.For some websites, they also provide tools to track your property listings. You can open a free account with them and you will be able to shortlist properties that you are interested in and view them later. Another important benefit of property listing on the Internet is that most of the listings contain images of the property. So you will be able to see if you like the property at all before going down to view it.So, listing property on the Internet does seem to offer a lot of convenience. However, internet or newspaper is really a matter of personal choice too.

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Property Listings That Sell

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