Still in Hong Kong, I decided to post a quick guide about getting around the city. When I first arrived I spent many frustrated hours looking for shops and places to eat and figuring out the best transportation. I’m hoping this guide can help anyone travelling here in future. It’s a great city to visit but getting around can be quite challenging for first time visitors like myself. I found the best ways to find shops, places to eat and things to do is use the local websites. So get yourself internet as soon as you can. Internet is widely available in hotels but if you are planning on staying for more than a few days you definitely need to get internet for your phone. Hong Kong has very good coverage for 3g and 4g internet and you can pick up prepaid plans for less than $200 HKD. I got a prepaid plan from PCCW and the internet is very fast, great for skype, facebook and browsing. For shopping and things to do butterboom and discoverhongkong are very helpful sites. For places to eat get the app Openrice for your smart phone which has the best reviews for every restaurant in town. It can browse by location so you can find the best places to eat nearby anytime. To help navigate your way around the city google maps and GPS are a must – simply download the app to your smart phone, type in the address of the place you want to go and it’ll give you real time directions on how to get there from where you are.
For a list of shops go to the new stores section on butterboom. Not everyone in HK speaks English, to help get directions from locals on the street or communicate with taxi drivers you can also get an app called hong kong taxi which lets you type in any address in english and it will translate into chinese for you. I use this one a lot for taxis because most of them don’t speak English. I mostly travel by taxi or MTR which is their light rail train. Google map will also give you directions for which train and which bus to catch to get you where you want to go. The bus and train systems are very good transportation and both operate very frequently – mostly every couple of minutes.
The Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Cause Way Bay districts are very good for fashion shopping. There are many big malls for bags, accessories, shoes and clothes. I was excited to see a Philipp Plein store right in the heart of Central. For those who don’t know, Philipp Plein is a furniture designer turn fashion designer from Munich. The brand has many great leather pieces. I bought a jacket and a pair of shoes in their new store opening sale. If you are looking for fashion clothing and bags you can also go to the Landmark mall in Central or Ocean Terminal shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) where you can find many high end luxury brand shops all in one best place. For accessories and shoes I found many cool local designers in the shopping centers in Causeway bay.