Everywhere you step in Hong Kong, you’d be hard-pressed to miss signs of the city’s unique fusion of East and West—a complex multicultural vibe that makes it such a unique and easy-to-navigate travel destination. Hong Kong’s Chinese and British make-up runs through its fabric: it’s in the very stone of its preserved buildings and the old-fashioned street signs, on the racks of local fashion designers and the tables of the best restaurateurs. From this cultural fusion—these leftovers from the past—emerges a new, modern Hong Kong.
Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong’s geographical position as a gateway between the East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade. As a reflection of this, the heart of Asia’s world city has always been the bustling and beautiful Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong Island lies to the south of the harbour, while the Kowloon Peninsula forms its northern shores. To the north of Kowloon lies the New Territories, which stretch all the way to Mainland China. Hong Kong is also home to more than 200 Outlying Islands, including Lantau Island, where Hong Kong International Airport is located.
Hong Kong can mostly thank its colonial history and international harbour for the rich blend of cultures that give it its unique character. While the majority of the city’s population are Chinese speakers, simply walking the streets will expose you to a medley of Asian and European languages.
The comfort with which these languages and dialects co-exist reflects the high level of cultural tolerance in Hong Kong, where multiple denominations of Christian churches share space with Chinese joss houses; Buddhist, Taoist and Sikh temples; mosques and synagogues. Moreover, the presence of enduring and ancient cultures in a society that has had to constantly adapt to change has created a unique contemporary culture that is a true mixture of tradition and innovation.
Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel
1 Harbour Road
Phone: +852 2802 8888
The hotel experience of a lifetime awaits you here in the heart of Hong Kong's Wan Chai district. With an impeccable waterfront location and beautifully appointed rooms and suites, the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel has established itself as a premier destination for both business and leisure travelers.
It is impossible to miss out the Renaissance Harbour Hotel because of its magnificent exterior beauty and its perfect location. The Renaissance Hotel has always been anchored with the harbour. Once you become a guest in this hotel, you will definitely know why. This 5-star hotel is just one reason why you should visit Hong Kong. Once you step inside the grandiose Renaissance Hotel in Wan Chai, you may forget that you are at the center of the busiest area in Hong Kong. You will fall in love even more, thanks to the many things the hotel has to offer.
After the latest renovation of rooms, guests are now treated with more luxury at its finest. The lobby is an eye-popping entrance, thanks to the enormous pillars, contemporary design and furniture and warm interior color pallet. As soon as you enter your room, you will be treated to a well-decorated signature Hong Kong rooms.
When you are a guest at Renaissance Hotel Hong Kong, it is very convenient to go to various attractions that are just around the corner or are a few rides away. Be sure to visit most if not all of these nearby attractions:
* Golden Bauhinia Square
* Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
* Star Ferry Ride
* Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
* Hong Kong Park
* Pacific Place
* Time Square
* IFC Mall
* Peak Tram Ride
* The Sanitum
The MTR’s high-speed Airport Express takes approximately 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island and is the fastest way to get between the city and the airport. Airport Express passengers are able to take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels. Both these stations also provide free in-town check-in services for major airlines. Please contact your airline for further information.
Airport Express Travel Pass
Purchase a $220 or $300 Airport Express Travel Pass (both include a refundable deposit of $50) to enjoy one or two single journeys on the Airport Express, as well as three consecutive days of unlimited travel on the MTR , the Light Rail and MTR Bus (which operates in the northwest New Territories). The ticket is valid for 180 days from the day of issue.
The Airport Express Travel Pass is only available to visitors who are not Hong Kong residents and who have been in Hong Kong for less than 14 days.
With the exception of some very remote areas, taxis are plentiful throughout Hong Kong. They can usually be hailed on the street (except in restricted areas) or summoned by phone. All are metered, relatively cheap, air-conditioned and clean.
Tips for having a hassle free taxi trip
- Taxis are usually easily hailed along the street, although they can’t pick up or drop off passengers in certain restricted zones. It’s often a good choice to opt for either a taxi queue at a hotel or a taxi stand.
- Drivers are required to use the taximeter and passengers are required to pay the exact fare as recorded by the taximeter
- Always ask for a machine-printed receipt. If the machine is not functioning, the taxi driver is obliged to provide a hand-written receipt.
- All taxis are regulated and taxi drivers are required to display their taxi driver identity cards on their dashboards.
- Passengers are required by law to wear a seat belt when one is available.
- Taxi fare information will be listed on the inside of the taxi.
- If you can't read the price, the taxi number, or the fine print on the receipt, ask for a hand-written version.
If you encounter any problems while using a Hong Kong taxi, such as suspected overcharging, take down the taxi driver's name and licence plate number as shown on the taxi driver identity card on the dashboard. Then contact one of the numbers below to lodge your complaint.
Types of taxis
Taxis in Hong Kong are categorised by three colours, each indicating a geographical area. In addition, there are taxis especially designed for passengers with special needs. All taxis can travel to and from Hong Kong International Airport as well as Hong Kong Disneyland.
Getting around Hong Kong to enjoy its world-class attractions couldn't be easier with the quick and efficient Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system. This covers all major districts in the territory, including stops at the boundary with Mainland China (Lo Wu Station and Lok Ma Chau Station).
The MTR consists of ten rail lines, including Island, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung, West Rail, East Rail, Ma On Shan, Disneyland Resort and the Airport Express. The MTR also operates a light rail system that runs between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun in the New Territories, plus an inter-city train service to Mainland China.
Buses in Hong Kong are plentiful and comfortable, and most are air-conditioned. Especially popular are the double-deckers that offer great views of the surrounding city from the top deck.
Bus routes cover almost all of Hong Kong. Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus operate routes that cover Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. New Lantao Bus mainly operates on Lantau Island and Long Win Bus provides services to north Lantau Island and the airport. Final destinations are prominently displayed in English and Chinese on the front of each bus.
Fares are based on distance travelled and exact change is required if paying by cash. Octopus cards are accepted on all buses in Hong Kong.
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