Apart from being a popular tourist destinations, this densely populated island is a major global financial centre and one of the busiest ports in the world.
A selection of must see locations
During the evening go for a walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade giving you a view of the Central business district skyline and busy waters of the Victoria harbor.
Take the star Ferry from Central to Kowloon during the day or evening.
Victoria Peak gives you an amazing view of the city.
Shopping Central, Temple Street Night Market, Stanley street and Causeway bay.
Take a boat trip to Macau to see how “the Asian Vegas” looks.
Travelling with kids, do not forget to go to Hong Kong Disneyland.
If you want to get away from the Hong Kong hassle take a trip to Lantau Island or just venture to the south side of Hong Kong island.
The MTR (metro) system connects the most important parts of Hong Kong and is the best way to get around. Do buy an “Octopus card” which is an electric payment system. These cards are available at 7-eleven shops & MTR customer service hubs.
In addition, cabs are readily available and cheap. Please note a minor surcharge applies when you put something in the trunk. And they accept cash payments only.
Transportation between the city & airport can be done by means of the Airport Express train for HK 100 one way.
When looking for a hotel, consider looking at Kowloon side (Northern part) of the city. As here it is usually much cheaper than on Hong Kong Island and you are only a very short boat, MTR of taxi ride away from Central HK.
The locations for halal food are rather scattered and marginal in numbers.
The Islamic Centre (aka Masjid Ammar Islamic Centre) has a very good Canteen. It is located on the 5th floor with the prayer rooms located on the 2-4th floor. Other places you might consider are Ah Long Pakistan Halal food, Ma’s restaurant, the Great Indian Kebab. In case you need a fat snack, the fastfood store “Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen” is halal certified.
There are few mosques in Hong Kong. The biggest is the Kowloon Mosque & Islamic centre, near Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. On the central island the biggest mosque is the Masjid Ammar And Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre (between Wan Chai & Causeway Bay MTR station).
In case you go for the Friday prayers, take note that the “Jummah Khutba” will last at least 1 hr.
Have sufficient cash with you in case you get lost and need to take a cab. In addition, the average HK citizen doesn’t necessarily speak proper English. So it is always good to have the address of your Hotel or your destination written down in Chinese.