Hong Kong Travel Guide

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With more than 50,000 rooms available, Hong Kong offers a huge choice of accommodation from cheap digs to super luxury. Most places are linked by the excellent public transport system that ensures all attractions are close at hand but budget travellers who are spoiled by cheap prices in many Asian countries are often shocked by the accommodation cost in this international city where rental payment is as high as London and New York.

Anything under $700 is considered budget. While it is possible to have a dorm bed for $70–150 and a double room for $200–500, you should not expect anything except a bed. Accommodation with reasonable space, decoration and cleanness is usually priced from $150–250 for a bed and $800 for a room.

Most super-budget guesthouses are located along Nathan Road between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok. Expect a tiny, undecorated room and little else. Some bathrooms are shared and noise could be a problem for light sleepers. Single rooms with private bathrooms cost around $150–$250 a night.

Two popular guesthouse clusters are inside Chungking Mansions (nicknamed Chungking Jungles by some local people) and Mirador Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. Located in the city centre and regarded as a slum by local people, it is home to tight budget travellers from Europe, America, India and Africa. Your friends in Hong Kong will probably be shocked when hearing that you choose to stay there and it is true that there are considerable negative reviews on those guesthouses, but it is the place packed with most of the cheapest (and the worst) accommodation. Brush aside the gloomy environment, the annoying fake watch sellers and disturbing pimps, the well-patrolled place in the heart of Hong Kong is safe. Just bear in mind that $100 for a dorm bed and $300 for room is still low in Hong Kong. Keep your expectations as realistically low as possible.

Cheap guesthouses can also be found in Causeway Bay, a place popular with young backpackers with less of a budget. They are $50–$100 more expensive than those in Kowloon but they are more likely to provide free internet and better environment.

For affluent travellers, Hong Kong houses some of the best world class hotels that run a fierce competition for your money by offering a pick-up service by helicopter, a Michelin star restaurant and extravagant spas and all possible comforts to picky customers. Major international chains are also well represented. Five-star hotels include The Peninsula, Four Seasons, Le Meridien, W, InterContinental, JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental and rooms usually start at $3000.

There are also some four star hotels such as Marriott, Novotel and Crowne Plaza and prices start from around $1500 up, depending on the season.

Notice that some drab "guesthouses", especially those in Kowloon Tong, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay, may actually be love hotels.

The Hong Kong Youth Hostel Association runs seven youth hostels. All of them are located outside the city and expect extra budget from $100 to $300 for a taxi when public transport service is closed. All but the one on Hong Kong island also have a strict curfew rule and have a daily closing time in which hostellers should leave the site between 10:00 to 16:00 (13:00 - 15:00 on public holidays). Free shuttle bus service is provided by several hostels but the service stops at 10:30pm.

When choosing a location to stay, try to pick one near the MTR (metro) stations. When the metro service is closed at 1am, they are likely to be connected by 24-hour bus services. Hotels are also available in outlying islands such as Lamma Island and Cheung Chau, but it is probably not an ideal option for nightlife travellers.

Hong Kong's country parks also provide 39 camping sites

. The facilities are on a "first-come-first-served" basis and places run out quickly during weekends and public holidays. You are not allowed to camp other than in a designated camp site which can be identified by the sign board erected by the Country and Marine Parks Authority. According to some Wikivoyagers, the park is frequently patrolled by the Authority staff and they are strict at penalizing an offence.


source: Wikivoyage

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