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Enjoy a nice lunch at one of the restaurants. 3 hours at any international airport is not enough time to leave. 30-60 minutes to deal with immigration, same again on the return (security, be at gate 30 minutes before departure etc. etc.) leaves you with an hour. Given HKG's location you won't be going anywhere.


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As a foreigner residing in Hong Kong, I would actually advise you not to worry about the language since majority of the people speak English. You will not have any communication problems unless you visit a few remote areas or when you deal with Mainland Chinese tourists and a few locals who do not speak English (Some of them speak English too).


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On paper it's theoretically possible, in reality -- having flown into, out of and through HK a fair amount -- I doubt it will work unless you're extremely lucky. Assuming you want to get to your departure gate thirty minutes before take-off then you have 150 minutes of spare time. You might push that to getting to your gate twenty minutes before take off ...


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Tao Fong Shan would appear to be what you're after. It's a 500m hill, in Sha Tin, where the Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre is located. From the wiki: "A 12-metre-high cross, facing Sha Tin, is the hallmark of the Centre. The cross is a popular among visitors and is a place for outside gatherings and meetings." It includes a photo that seems to ...


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In addition to Mark Mayo's answer, the cross is located in the mountainside on Needle Hill. It takes 15-20 mins to walk from the Sha Tin Railway Station via the path through Pai Tau Tsuen. There is no direct public transport(note1) there and there are not many signs. The camp is not open to public but you can join their events. PS1: The characters 成了 on ...


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I have stayed at the Sheraton HK hotel (back in 2007), the one in Nathan road (that's the English name of the road if I remember correctly). The toilet is no different than any western style toilet. The hotel itself and its facilities are pretty decent.


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I have not stayed at the Sheraton specifically but based on my experience with other Hong Kong hotels/venues, I am pretty sure you will find “Western” bathrooms there. But as far as (men's) toilet experience is concerned, in Hong Kong you must try The Peninsula, more specifically its bar (you can go there even if you can't afford the hotel).


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I would suggest you taking the advices from Wikitravel. Nevertheless, most locals under the age of 40 (and many over that as well) know enough English for basic communication. To improve your chances of being understood, speak slowly, stick to basic words and sentences, and avoid using slang. You may also speak Mandarin, which is also widely understood ...


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I spent my semester abroad in Hong Kong (at HKUST) last year. Basically everybody speaks English, from taxi drivers to cashiers. Also road signs etc. are all in English as well. The students at HKUST did understand Mandarin, but were quite reluctant to speak with you in Mandarin, they definitely prefer English.


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The area next to Hong Kong-China Boundary in Hong Kong is Frontier Closed Area. Only permitted people can access it. If you want to cross the boundary, the cheapest way is Huangbus (皇巴士) from Huanggang Port to San Tin Public Transport Interchange. It costs $9 HKD, paid by cash or Octopus card. Dont expect to hitchhike in GuangDong. Each year many drivers ...


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It depends on the hotel. Upscale ones, especially if they're western brands, will generally have western style (sit) toilets. Cheap hotels, especially if they're local or not a chain, will generally have eastern style (squat) toilets. It's easy to find your preferred style if you know where to look and can identify the clientele the hotel caters to. A large ...


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people said I cannot go back the US without US passport, This is not correct. On one hand you must have a passport but there's no penalty for breaking this rule and more importantly, US citizens can't be denied entry into the USA if adequate proof is provided they are indeed citizens. There is no hard and fast rule here but the USCIS itself says ...


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US law says you must leave and enter the US with your US passport, but the US border officers do not actually look at the documents of people who are leaving, so they do not actually enforce that part of the rule. As for returning, as others have noted, you can get into the country with your naturalization certificate, though you may have to do more ...


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The closest thing to the Walled City is an enormous recreation of the Walled City in a gaming arcade (!) in Kawasaki, an unprepossessing suburb of Tokyo. Here's a blog post with lots of pictures. Address ウェアハウス川崎 (Warehouse Kawasaki-ten), 川崎区日進町3−7, official site (Japanese only). More authentic if rather less exciting are a series of walled villages in ...


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I do not read Chinese very well and speak only at a conversational level, but I have never had problems in Hong Kong, even ignoring my ability to speak some Cantonese. Perhaps you already know this, but many public spaces (street signs, the bus or the metro, etc.) are bilingual. So are many "menus" at many "fast-food" chains I have seen. (To boot, I ...


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I can only think of two that would be easy to get to: Citygate Outlets is about 25 minutes away by bus - a wide range of shops, restaurants etc. On that route there is also the Ancient Kiln Park and Hkia Hostorical Garden. Asiaworld-Expo centre is less than 10 minutes away - check out the link for events that will be on when you are there.


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I crossed back in 2012 using the Shenzhen metro (I believe it was to Lo Wu/Luohu), then walking across the checkpoint, then taking the MTR train to downtown Hong Kong, just as user Gagravarr mentions in comments. It was super-fast, easy and cheap, no Chinese language knowledge required. I do recommend getting a 1st-class MTR ticket though - it's slightly ...


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The easiest option is almost certainly the nearest supermarket, but if you're looking for something a little more tarted up and are willing to pay the corresponding premium, you could do worse than Regency Spices. They've got a 14-piece "Chinese Spices Starter Kit" (HKD 328, ~US$42) and will even ship it worldwide for an extra $9. Response to an e-mail ...


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According to the Hong Kong Immgration Department nationals of India are allowed to visit Hong Kong visa free for 14 days (see part II). Given that you will not be required to have a visa to transit either.


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No, that does not appear to be the case anymore. The authoritative reference appears to be the Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, by the Immigration Department (last updated July 2015), and it makes it quite clear that there are three separate categories that countries fall into: Visa free for visit not ...


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As a US citizen, you do not need a visa to visit Hong Kong SAR for a short visit of up to 90 days. You do, however, need a visa to visit mainland China. As you are visiting family, you may be able to apply for the Q2 family visit visa, which allows you to remain for up to 180 days. You will need to have at least a double entry visa, as when you visit HK, ...


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Of course it has. All mid to upscale Hotel in China do these days especially if they are name brand. Same for restaurants. The only "hole in the ground" style toilets I've seen in the last 5 years are either in very rural areas or inside the factory for operators and line workers. Assuming you mean the Sheraton in Kowloon close to the harbor, it's really ...


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The Sheraton is above my discretionary accommodation level - but based on what is provided at less salubrious establishments, I'd expect western toilets in en suites and just maybe a squat toilet or too in shared facilities - usually well labelled on the door. Even quite down-market Hong-Kong hotels are liable to have western-style toilets in en-suites. As ...


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Hong Kong consists of a number of islands, and also a sizeable chunk of mainland, called the New Territories. The New Territories are the larger part of Hong Kong, but also the least densely populated, least interesting and least visited. Kowloon is a more populated and residential area, also part of the mainland, surrounded by the New Territories. Shenzhen ...


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I did some research and while it used to be possible to get this in Macau in the past, the company most people suggested: CTS does not offer this service anymore. They suggested their Hong Kong office. I contacted a different agency in HK suggested in another post on travel.stackexchange FBT, they said they don't need hotel bookings or return flights. ...


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You should encounter absolutely no problems. Hong Kong immigration are both efficient and pleasant. I have resided in Hong Kong for over 9 years and hold permanent residency. We receive both family and business visitors who regularly tour the surrounding region. Recently a colleague holding a Thai passport entered HK on the 4 June, left for Dubai on 5 ...


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What about the Fes Medina (Fes el-Bali) in Morocco? Dense, labyrinthine, mixed residential-commercial, and pedestrian-only, but larger and more sparsely populated than the Walled City. Most parts are safe to visit, at least during the day, but guidebooks I've read suggest hiring a local guide as it is quite easy to get lost.


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The answer is a little bit long, so i jump to the conclusion in the beginning. Louhu/Lo Wu Point is suggested to be used due to its location advantage, and Futian/Lok Ma Chau is also advised. If you are going to HK airport, travel by ship is also a good option. Chartered car are advised if you have enough budget/ travel with disabilities. Land transport: ...


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Regarding to my search on google: In Hong Kong there are forty six point zero seven (46.07%) peoples are English speakers. The amount of English speakers are (3,136,784) And forty eight percent (48%) peoples in Hong Kong speaks Mandarin Mandarin overtakes English as Hong Kong's second language


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Your time frame precludes much, if not all, travel on the MTR, as you probably know. Train service starts a few minutes before 6:00. The easiest way to get there is to just take a taxi. It should cost around 350 HKD. Not cheap, but quick and simple. You could also take a bus. Not sure where exactly you are - Yuen Long is big area - but you most likely ...



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