Sightseeing in the City

Map of Hong Kong

Famous Landmarks

There are many things to do in Hong Kong if you plan to do a bit of traveling around town to feel the vibes of this vibrant metropolitan financial hub. Some tourists to the territory may not realise there are many great outdoor trails, parks, beaches — scattered around the outskirts of the urban areas — to explore and to enjoy while they are in the city. Of course if you are bookish, you may want to visit some bricks-and-mortar bookstores carrying English-language books around town, such as the bookstore chain Bookazine and these

  1. Malls around town: From the mid-ranged to the high-end
  2. Night Life: Lan Kwai Fong & Wan Chai bars district
  3. Victoria Harbor: Origins of Hong Kong’s Chinese name “Fragrance Harbor”
  4. The Peak
  5. Hong Kong Disneyland
  6. Ocean Park
  7. The Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery
  8. Bird Garden & Flower Market
  9. Night Market & Street Food: Temple Street
  10. Beaches — the piece from the Guardian at the link is a bit dated, but still relevant in many ways
  11. And the outdoors

The above is to quote most more prominent ones but not all.

Public Transportation

  1. Train: Mass Transit Railway (MTR) & Trams
  2. Bus & Minibus
  3. Taxi: When issues regarding the exact taxi fare is in doubt, always ask for an printed official receipt for proof.
  4. Ferries
  5. The Peak Tram

Payment for public transportation are mostly done via the contact-less smart card called the Octopus, except for the taxi and most red-top minibuses. For tourists there are two options of the Octopus to choose from — the “sold” or more specifically tourist type, or the “on-loan” type. For more information regarding the Octopus card, including where to buy, how to use, etc, please visit the official Octopus website.

Most local people prefer to travel by MTR and minibuses where possible, as such means of public transit are considered clean, safe, affordable, efficient, with a fairly comprehensive network in the urban areas. Most public buses in Hong Kong are double-decked. Minibuses in are either green-topped (fixed-route-fixed-schedule-fixed-fare) or red-topped (non-scheduled). Urban taxis are red in color, the New-Territories ones are green, and the Lantau Island ones are blue.

Emergency

Dial 999 for ambulance, fire, and police services on any landline phone or with any smart phone on any local cellular network. Or if the incident requires less urgent attention, you are welcome to approach our conference organisers for prompt assistance. (More information about how to contact conference staff while off-conference venue shall be released during the conference via the official channels of communication.)

For an operator-type directory enquiry service, please call 1081 from within the local Hong Kong (+852) network.

More useful emergency numbers can be found or located here.

Local Weather

All official local weather information is disseminated by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). Their services are in both English and Chinese, as these are the official languages of Hong Kong. Their online services can be reached at this link.

Hong Kong winters in the month of December are in general and historically quite mild, as no snow have ever been officially recorded since it was a British colony under Crown rule from 1841 to 1997 and its subsequent handover to the People’s Republic of China on July 1st, 1997 up till now. Occasionally the winter or “northeast” monsoons would bring about more chilly temperatures, but these usually take place later in the season around Chinese or Lunar New Year (usually falls in January or February of the Gregorian calendar).

Expected temperature range during December: 10℃ to 20℃.

Planning Your Trip

To prepare for your trip to Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Tourism Board has compiled all relevant information and have presented such on their website Discover Hong Kong, which can be conveniently accessed via this link.

 

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