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1. Is Victoria Harbour the best location to view the fireworks?

Victoria Harbour (sea) is inbetween Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The firework will be presented on Hong Kong Island, therefore, the best is to view from Kowloon ie. "Avenue of Star" is the best standing point.

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2. What is the specialty food of certain area in Hong Kong?

To be specific, yes! there are specialty food originated from some particular areas. As you know Hong Kong is a food heaven, food & beverage industries here, especially in the city or popular area, are very competitive and certain level of standard has to be reached before anyone of them can survive. Unless you're visiting somewhere far away from the City, otherwise, you will definitely find most of the HK specialty food located in one area.

Tips for food store search in Hong Kong: To know whether a food store is good or bad, you can tell from the crowd especially the locals.

Golden rule for tourists: If possible, try everything under one-roof for saving time.

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3. Where can I find Halal food in Hong Kong?

For details, please browse through the restaurant list issued by an Islamic organisation in Hong Kong.

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4. Are shops closed during Chinese New Year?

No, most of the shops are not closed even on the 1st to 3rd day of Chinese New Year.

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5. When is the sale period in Hong Kong?

There are only 2 sale seasons, which are Summer sale during end of June or early July to August or early September and Winter sale during early December to January or February.

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6. Do we need to go through immigration if traveling from Macau to Hong Kong or vice-versa?

Yes! You need to go through with your filled immigration landing form. Even HK people need to go through as well but the only difference is that they can use their HK ID without filling up any form.

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7. How is the weather during ? period?

As weather in Hong Kong is very uncertain and hard to predict within each season, therefore, it would be best to check out the weather forecast a few days before departure.

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8. How many ferry terminals & ferry operators in Hong Kong to Macau?

There are 2 terminals and 2 ferry operators:

Hong Kong Macau Terminal, Sheung Wan

Ferry operators : TurboJet, CotaiJet

Location : Inside Shuk Tak Centre, direct access via Sheung Wan MTR station Exit D

China Hong Kong Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui

Ferry operators : TurboJet, CotaiJet

Location : Inside China Hong Kong City, about 10mins walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit A1

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9. Which ferry terminal should I choose to depart from & arrive at Hong Kong?

It depends on which area you’re staying at, and whether you’ll be carrying a lot of luggage. If you are going to Macau just for a day trip during your stay in HK with no luggage to carry, then you should choose according to the location you stay, i.e. choose Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal if you are staying in Kowloon area, and choose Sheung Wan Terminal if you are staying on Hong Kong Island. If your flight lands and/or departs from Macau and you will be carrying luggage, it’d be better for you to choose Sheung Wan Terminal no matter where you stay because Sheung Wan Terminal is very close to MTR station that you can reach the station with escalators and you don’t need to walk with your luggage all the way to take MTR. While for the Tsim Sha Tsui Terminal, as it’s located away from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station with 10-15mins walk, so it’s relatively inconvenient for traveler with luggage.

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10. How do I travel to Shenzhen from Hong Kong?

There are 3 means of transport available namely train, bus or ferry:

- Train by MTR - Please check out the MTR Journey Planner. You need to take the light blue line, which starts from Hung Hom MTR station, all the way up to either Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau station. Just type in your boarding station and destination, the planner will generate the traveling time and fare amount.

- Bus - You can take bus operated by All China Express Limited from WanChai bus station to Huanggang, Shenzhen. This is the direct bus without any stop, so it's convenient. Check out the Google Map for WanChai bus station.

- Ferry - You can take ferry from Hong Kong Macau Terminal in Sheung Wan to Shekou, Shenzhen. This is only convenient if you want to go to Shenzhen airport. Otherwise, would suggest to take either bus or train.

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11. Tourist Cross-boundary Travel Pass, Airport Express Travel Pass and Standard Octopus, which is the suitable one for my trip?

Let me analyse for you to decide which type of Octopus is best suitable for your itinerary :

Tourist Cross-boundary Travel Pass

HK$120 valid 2 consecutive days with 2 single journey to Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau & unlimited MTR rides within those 2 days. For single trip to Lo Wu, it costs HK$42.5, then return is $42.5x2=$85. $120-$85=$35, therefore you have to use up to HK$35 to be benefited from this Travel Pass. So you've to see if you can travel that much in HK after you come back from the Shenzhen trip.

Airport Express Travel Pass

HK$220(one way Airport Express)/$300(return) with 3 consecutive days (72 hours) of unlimited MTR rides. It mainly depends on whether you will take Airport Express to your hotel or not. If not, then no point to consider this pass. FYI, return fare of AEL to Hong Kong station is HK$180, $300-$180-$50 (deposit)=$70, you gotta use up to HK$70 on MTR to get the biggest benefit from it. However, it just costs a few bucks if you're travelling a few stations away within the city unless you'll be traveling away from the city such as Disneyland etc.

Standard On-Loan Octopus

HK$150 (HK$100 value + HK$50 refundable deposit), pay as you go, with discounted fare on MTR rides on each single journey. When you return it at any MTR station's customer service counter, they will refund you the remaining value + HK$43 deposit (the HK$7 is handling fee if you return the Octopus within 3 months). It's the most flexible one amongst all, unless you really got a very full itinerary that you will go many different places by MTR each day.

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12. What are the options for prepaid SIM card in Hong Kong?

The cheapest pre-paid SIM card in HK is HK$20, following are the options:

1. PCCW - from HK$48 (2G)

2. SmarTone - from HK$48 (Compatible with Tri-band, Dual Band, HSPA+ phones)

3. 3 - from HK$33 (2G) or HK$98 (3G)

4. One2Free - from HK$48 (2G & 3G)

5. New World Mobility - from HK$20 (3G)

6. China Moblie - from HK$28

Please note that different prices of the pre-paid SIM card carries different function and airline rate/min, the cheapest one does not mean it is the most value for money. You should choose one which is most suitable to your usage but not just looking at the face value.

Also, the links provided above may expire anytime from now and prices listed may not be the updated and it is subject to change by service provider without notice.

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13. Where can I buy tickets for concert in Hong Kong?

You can buy them online via URBTIX, a centralized ticketing system in Hong Kong, where you'll find all kinds of concerts and events in Hong Kong.

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14. How do I go to Sai Kung and Lei Yue Mun for seafood?

Sai Kung:

- Bus 92 from MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2.

- MTR Choi Hung Station Exit C2 and take green minibus 1A to the Sai Kung town terminus.

- MTR Hang Hau Station Exit B1and take green minibus 101M to the Sai Kung town terminus.

Lei Yue Mun:

- MTR Yau Tong Station Exit A2, take green minibus 24 to Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier, follow the signs, about a 15-minute walk.

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15. Where is the top 10 Christmas lighting vantage spots?

- Tsim Sha Tsui East

- Avenue of Stars

- Harbour City

- 1881 Heritage

- Park Lane Shopper's Boulevard

- Times Square

- Statue Square

- ifc

- Lan Kwai Fong

- The Peak

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16. Where is the best vantage points for new year countdown?

- Avenue of Stars

- West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade

- Promenade at the Golden Bauhinia Square

- Victoria Harbour

- Area around Central Piers

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17. When is the 3 days unlimited ride on MTR that comes along with Airport Express Travel Card gonna start to count?

The 3 days starts from the recorded entry time of the first MTR train journey and lasts for 72 hours plus any additional hours up to the end of train service on the last day.

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18. When can I visit racecourses in Hong Kong?

There are 2 racecourses in Hong Kong, Sha Tin Racecourse and Happy Valley Racecourse. Generally, they are closed on non-race day. For racing calender, please check here. For general admission time, check out the FAQ in their website.

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19. How can I go to Macau from Hong Kong International Airport?

Before considering taking ferry from Airport to Macau, it has to be same day connection only, which means the ferry service is for transit passengers only. It is not applicable to passengers originating in Hong Kong. Turbojet is the only operator, which provide this ferry service. For more information, please check:

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20. How do I travel by MTR from Hong Kong to either Dongguan, Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Beijing or Shanghai?

Information is clearly stated in MTR website and you can even buy the ticket online.

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21. How to be a Hong Kong resident besides marrying a local, studying or working in Hong Kong?

HK Gov't has suspended the investment on real estate as a condition under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, and has raised the threshold of investment from HKD6.5million to HKD10million. So, other than marrying a local, studying or working in HK, you have to invest at least HKD10million other than real estate. Also, even if you've married a local or currently studying or working in HK, you have to live here for a consecutive of 7 years before you can get the permanent residency. For details on the Capital Investment Scheme, please refer HK Immigration website.

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22. When is the typhoon season of Hong Kong?

Generally, HK's typhoon season starts from late-May and goes until October, with a peak in storminess in July to early September. When a typhoon is approaching close, Hong Kong Observatory will issue warning signal according to the severity of that typhoon. So if you plan to visit HK during these months, please do check the weather forecast a few days before you fly.

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