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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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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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It's going to be quite short, but should be doable. Whether it's sensible is another matter. Consider the following, though: your incoming flight may of course be late time to disembark (if you're in the last row of an A380, that could take a while) time to get to immigration checks (may be 2 minutes or 15 depending on your arrival gate, possibly more — ...


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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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Here is how it is supposed work: in the station (Hong Kong or Kowloon) you go through a turnstile. The turnstile has an RF card reader which can read (and invalidate) the ticket. Typically you need to swipe the ticket over the reading area next to the turnstile but if you are lucky the reader may still see it if it's just in your hand. After it's read, the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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I don't think it will be an issue, especially because you are accompanying someone who is a family member. I have also been invited to attend funerals for people I am not actually related to, and it hasn't been a problem. In fact I was often made to feel very welcome. At these sorts of occasions I tend to wait for an invitation from someone before I join in ...


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If you are unhappy with the time factor of getting into Hong Kong city, consider as an alternative: the Ngong Ping Cable Car to the Big Buddha. The bottom of the cable car is a five minute taxi ride from the airport (you'll need a blue taxi). The cable car ride is 25 minutes, and the Big Buddha statue at the top well worth seeing. Allow a bit longer for ...


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You can buy an Octopus at basically at all transport terminals. This includes all MTR stations (including the airport), major light rail stations, major bus and ferry terminals, etc. Look for the "Customer Service Centre", which is basically the manned ticket booth.


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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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I have few things to add to jcaron's answer. Returning your octopus card will cost you money. I'd advice on buying same day return airport express ticket. Second, exchange for some Hong Kong dollars and ask the MTR staff to changes some coins for you, they're willing to to this in general. Third, you probably will hit peak hour traffic on your way, and you ...


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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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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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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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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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I was there from 19th to 23rd, and most people of working age and of the white-collar occupations speak English. However, you might want to have an extra patience on listening and understanding them as their Chinese accent indeed has bearing on their pronunciation. Locals farther away from Central (e.g. Shau Kei Wan) tend to be less knowledgeable in ...


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HKD is pegged to USD. It's usually at a rate of HKD7.75 = USD1. It has been pegged for several decades now. So technically there shouldn't be a difference with regards to purchasing using USD or HKD. If there is, the difference is marginal (less than 0.01%). You will find more fluctuation between JPY and HKD (and USD) because JPY is not "permanently" pegged ...


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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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Simple, you walk. The distance between the two terminals are only about 100m apart.


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As an Indian national, you do not require a visa to visit Hong Kong as a tourist for up to 14 days. Changing planes is obviously no problem. Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_policy_of_Hong_Kong


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Ngong Ping 360 opens at 10am-6pm on weekdays, and 9am-630pm on weekends and public holidays. It will extend services hours to 7pm on weekends and holidays in July and August. Please note it will close on Scheduled Servicing Days. The closest one (at the time of writing, prior to any revisions) is from the 7th to the 24th of September. The trip lasts around ...



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