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Shops at the Airport

Q:  I am going to Auckland New Zealand from Vancouver Canada, in October. I might fly with Cathay Pacific by way of Hong Kong, if the price is right.

If so, in my stop over I would consider buying a digital camera.at the international airport, are there duty free stores where I might find what I want. Also, is it possible to 'window shop' before I start my journey?

A: Yes, there are duty free shops in the departure area.

Airport Hotel

Q: What are the hotels at the Hong Kong International Airport?  I will be passing through Hong Kong several times in the next few months and am looking for a hotel that is located at the airport, is relatively inexpensive, and is convenient to and from the airport.  I see the Regal Hotel at the airport from your web page.  How do I make reservations for the "595 HK$ Special Internet Rate" at the Regal hotel?

A: The Regal (at least at the moment)  is the only hotel at Chek Lap Kok. To find out if a room is available, just click on the link Regal Airport Hotel at Chek Lap Kok , enter your dates of travel and choose among the rates that are returned (click on the red "book it" beside the rate that you like best).

Ferries to mainland China

Q: Where can I get schedules for the ferries to mainland China (Guangzhou, Shekou or Zhongshan)?

A: A schedule for the hovercraft ferries can be found at:


Day Ticket for MTR

Q: I have a short question about the Hong Kong subway and I hope you can help me with it. In March a group of 30 student from Holland will stay in Hong Kong for a few days. Considering the transport: Is it possible to buy subway tickets which are valid for one whole day (you can get every metro you want)? If yes, what are the costs of such of ticket?

A: There are monthly tickets for the MTR, but no "day tickets". However, the fares are low (the maximum fare for a single trip  - this takes you from one end of Hongkong to the other ! -  is HK$ 26,00 ~ 3,5 US$.)

Octopus Card 

Q. Hi,Your information on Hong Kong is very detailed. However, I couldn't find any reference to the Octopus Card which could be used on their MTR system. Do you have any idea where can we get the Octopus Card? I'm from Singapore.

A: The Octopus card is an electronic debit card that is only useful if you stay for a longer period of time. The Octopus card can be bought from any MTR Customer
Service Center. For adult use it costs HK$150; Octopus cards for students cost HK$100 and for a child  HK$70 each.

One "normal" MTR trip costs between HK$4 to HK$11 so you can imagine that you need to make quite a couple  of trips for the card to pay off.

Obtaining a visa for China in Hong Kong

Q: Hi, can you  tell me whether it is possible (for a European citizen) to obtain a visa for mainland China in Hong Kong? Where? And how long does it take?

A: It is relatively easy to get a China visa in Hong Kong (HK$ 180- 600, it  depends on the kind of visa). Most of the travel agencies in Hong Kong provide this service, (1 or 2 days) a bit of service charge is probably worth the hassle to go to the authority yourself.

You can also apply for the visa yourself at the consulate; it is cheaper (prices start at HK$ 100), but it usually takes longer.

Consulate Department Office of
the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region
5/F Lower Block, China Resources Building
26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Hong Kong
Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm
Sun & PH: Closed

Enquiries: Tel : (852) 2585 1794
Tel : (852) 2827 1881 ( Recording message)
Fax : (852) 2585 1717

We recommend applying through a travel agent.

Fastest Transport to Kowloon

Q: Is there any faster way than the Airport Express to get into Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui)?

A: The Airport Express is the fastest means of transport to Kowloon, and, apart form a taxi (which is very expensive) also the most comfortable one. The trains depart every 15 minutes and need about 20 minutes into Kowloon.


Ferry Schedules

Q: Where can I find up-to-date schedules for the ferries to Macau and the Outlying Islands and for the Star Ferries?

A: The Ferry Company has a website at NWFF. They have schedules for Macau and the Outlying Islands (Lamma, Lantau, Cheng Chau, etc. (Click Skip Intro, then select Timetable. Lantau is = Mui Wo)). The Star Ferries cross the harbour every few minutes - there are no special schedules. 


Transport to Shenzen

Q:Dear Sir/Madam,I arrive in HongKong at 8AM  and need to get to the ShenZhen crossing that eveing. As I am partially diasabled and carrying luggage, it is an impossiblity to catch a train and buses I believe from the Airport to ShenZhen finish in the early afternoon. Do taxi's got to the crossing or is there another car service that could assist me in getting to ShenZhen?

A: There are now buses that go from Chek Lap Kok to Shenzen, but the coach station is a few minutes to walk from the aiport terminal . China Travel Service, GoGo Bus,  and Eternal East offer transportation to Shenzhen.  There are regular services from 7.00 a.m. until midnight. You can get tickets at the M & G (Meeters and Greeters) Hall. 

(All information provided without guarantee! Please read our disclaimer.)

P.S. Don`t forget -  you need a visa for the People`s Republic of China to be admitted to Shenzhen!

Going to Shenzhen by Train

Q:What is easiest and cheapest way to go from Hong Kong airport to Shenzhen by subway/train?

A: You could take the airport express train to Kowloon, a taxi from the express train station to Hung Hom and then a KCR train from Hung Hom in Kowloon to Lo Wu. Fom there take a taxi (it is a short ride) to Shenzen. There are trains leaving for Lo Wu until 1 am. Here is schedule:


Going to Guangzhou  by Train

Q: If I want to go to Guangzhou by train, do you have schedules?

A:Here is a link with schedules for the express trains:


and here is a link to the schedules of the KCR trains:



Transport to  Guangzhou

Q: I need ferry schedules from Hong Kong to Guangzhou  Please advise rates and times. Thank You.

A: Guangzhou is better reached by train. Several trains per day depart from Kowloon, roughly every two hours and they need about two hours to get to Guangzhou.  Please consider also that you need a visa for the Chinese Mainland if you want to visit Guangzhou and that visa should be obtained before you start your trip.


Visa and Work permits

Q: I am a UK citizen. Do I require a visa to land in Hong Kong? How long am I permitted to stay and can I workd? Please advise as much detail as possible.

A:Dear Reader, British citizens can stay as tourists in Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa. However, if you want to work, study or joing/establish a business in Hong Kong, you ALWAYS need a visa. You must apply at least six weeks prior to departure at your nearest Chines consulate/embassy.

You can look up details at:


Luggage Lockers at Hong Kong Airport

Q: Dear Sir/Madam, I was wondering if you could tell me whether the Hong Kong airport has facilities to store luggage, and what the price per day is?

A: There is a left luggage counter in the arrival hall (on level 5, near the McDonalds). They are open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. It is unfortunately a little bit expensive: 40HK� for one day, 60 HK$ for the second day and for each day more 80HK$ per piece of luggage.  If you need your bags stored because of a late evening flight, you can also ask your hotel to store the bags for you. All the better hotels (from middle class up) provide this service.


Hotels near the Airport

Q:  Hello to the team of INM Travel Guide! My girlfriend an I are going to visit Hong Kong in Jan./Febr..We will travel by plane. We are both in the age of 30.It is our first time there and so we want to know something about a good/cheap accommodation/hotel perhaps near of the airport and the rates there.(it would be nice if you could give us some advice). Thank you!

A: Hotels near the new airport Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island are not really advisable if you plan to go sightseeing in Central District or Kowloon (it is about 40 minutes into town). We recommend hotels in Kowloon; among the cheaper ones are The Kowloon (excellent location about 750 HK$, but the rooms are VERY small), the Miramar (a big hotel, better than The Kowloon, but  five minutes to the Star Ferry, same rate). Please check out our Hong Kong Hotel Discount Guide. There are also several others, e.g. in Mongkok or the Regal Hotel near the old airport Kai Tak, that are in the same price range.


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