Hong Kong is a very efficient and fast city. Nowhere is this more evident than in the region's comprehensive and modern transportation system.
Norman Foster (who also designed the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank) is responsible for masterminding the fantastic new airport at Chek Lap Hok. The new terminal is the largest single airport building in the world and was designed to soothe the fears of those who dislike flying.
The ingenious use of light and space within the building allows visitors to see out to the fields, planes and sea, the idea being that this should be a welcoming place to enter and stay. The facilities here too are fantastic and the airport has the largest retail space of its kind in the world.
As one would expect from a site this grand, there are flights from the airport to virtually everywhere in the world. Within China, there are numerous flights per day to Beijing (4hr), Shanghai (2hr), Xian (2hr 30 mins), Guangzhou(30 mins), Guillin (1hr), and Xiamen (1hr). Hong Kong is a notoriously expensive airport to fly out of however.
There are two ways to get to the new airport. The Airport Express train is very fast, efficient and high tech. The trip from the airport to Central takes 23 minutes and the trains are very punctual. The train costs
HKD70 one way but, a return used within twenty four hours is the same price! The trains stop at midnight. There is also a good Airport Bus which runs through the city (bus No. A11 or A12) out to the airport approximately every fifteen minutes. The trip costs
HKD35 one way and takes about 50 minutes. There are a few night buses too. A taxi should cost around $350 to Hong Kong Island.
One thing to bear in mind is the compulsory Airport
Hong Kong's train station, Hung Hom Railway station is in Kowloon. Trains between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Shanghai and other Chinese cities operate out of here. Bus No.5 runs to the station from the Star Ferry. For up to date train information call 2602 7799.
By sea is one of the nicest ways to arrive in Hong Kong. Two ports serve the city; one is for Macau and the other serves Guangzhou, Shekou, Shanghai, Xiamen and Zhuhai. The Macau Ferry Terminal is on Hong Kong Island. To get there take the MTR to Sheung Wan. The China Hong Kong Ferry Terminal is in Kowloon, a ten minute walk west from Nathan Road.
Hong Kong's city transport is also very good. The tram is a fun way to explore Hong Kong Island. Each trip costs
HKD3. Tram lines run from Happy Valley to Kennedy Town. The MTR (the underground system) is also very efficient. There are four lines operating on Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and single journey's cost from between
HKD4-11. Finally, the Star Ferry is a scenic, efficient and cheap way to travel between Hong Kong Island and