You’ll get lots of advice on Hong Kong about what to see and do so I don’t want to replicate any of that. But here is some very simple advice for travelers who are interested in going outside the touristy main stream area of Hong Kong Island or Tsim Sha Tsui in Southern Kowloon (unless of course that’s what you want or all you can handle):
- Always, ALWAYS carry tissues and napkins/serviettes when traveling around the city. Some toilets have no tissue; some restaurants do not provide napkins.
- Always carry bottled water.
- DON’t be ambivalent or tentative in the subway. Move forward (please!) or get off to the side if trying to figure out where to go. There is nothing worse than someone walking hesitantly or stopping in the middle to look at a cell phone when moving through the very busy, very crowded train areas.
- ALWAYS carry plenty of cash. Many, many restaurants (again, outside of mainstream touristy areas, of course) do not take credit card, nor, or course, do the open market merchants.
- Be ready for the tea-culture by being prepared to pay around $8 USD for a beer, more for more.
- Carry a raincoat or umbrella all the time. Days are unpredictable and when it rains, it RAINS.