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These are platform numbers. The colour indicates the line but the number is specific to the station. (Online confirmation) You can note the platform numbers (I think trains of different lines always leave from different platforms in Hong Kong, ), but they vary from station to station.


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I would worry less about the Shanghai-Beijing train being full than the Hong Kong-Shanghai train - unless you travel over Chinese new year or another holiday. There are trains in intervals of 10-40 minutes and should allow you to at least get on the next train in case the current one is full. There is a website that lets you check the availability of seats ...


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While I never tried to bring alcohol to Australia from Hong Kong personally, there are plenty of reports saying it's not possible. I have never seen the required duty-free sealed packages in Hong Kong on the airport. Both this report from 2012 and this one here from last year say that it's impossible. Also this here from August this year confirms that. I ...


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To add to Josh B's answer - Wan Chai Computer Centre. Wan Chai MTR Station, Exit A4 on to the pedestrian bridge, there will be escalators when you hit the main road to let you get down to street level. It is right next to a McDonalds (you can see that sign from the bridge). Less busy than the rest, good range. Mong Kok Computer Centre. Mong Kok MTR Station ...


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When you arrive with the airport express you will be in an underground station 2 floors below the IFC Mall. There will be two exits: The one on the same level to a taxi station. The other one will be an escalator leading up to the airport express check-in on ground level. Go up the escalator 2 floors. There will be the check-in counter on one side of the ...


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You can do so at the MTR service counters, but you will get the money back immediately only if there is less than 500 HKD on the card and the card is not damaged. There are several such service counters at the airport: At the airport, the Customer Service Centres can be found in the "buffer halls", after baggage reclaim and before entering the arrival ...


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There is no such regulation. Visa consultancies in Hong Kong do not list such a change in the list of changes that will take effect on 1st of September. There are changes regarding extensions in Shanghai that will be bound to a proof that you have enough money for each day you want to extend the visa, but this does not touch the initial visa duration. ...


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There are no "ferries" that travel the route. Ferries are not available for this distance since the minimum distance (bee line) from Hong Kong to Vietnam is 600+ kilometers. You would rather get on board a cruise ship. Here are some cruises departing from various places in Vietnam, this one here for example going from Singapore via Vietnam to Hong Kong. As ...


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I would suggest a thin jacket to protect you from cold wind and a thin sweater that you can put over whatever you are wearing. Both together should protect you enough. The temperature might drop end of December/January some more so the later you come the colder it gets, sometimes down to 8 degrees. Right now it's 25 for example. What I have to tell you ...


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My reading of that -- and I'm obviously not a Chinese immigration bureaucrat -- is that she's probably OK without the visa, as long as you can make the trip out to be Malaysia->China->Malaysia via Hong Kong on both legs. From Malaysia to Hong Kong, as long as she claims to be going to Shenzhen or wherever, she is "in transit through Hong Kong" and "will go ...


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Yes, they are interchange recommendations. The easiest and most important rule is that if the line doesn't go into the circle, it doesn't stop there (for example the Airport Express in Sunny Bay). The parenthesis-shaped symbol in Yau Tong conveys that there is a same-platform interchange between Tseung Kwan O (purple) eastbound and Kwun Tong (green) ...


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Where will you be...? If you are on Hong Kong island then Wan Chai Computer Center is great. On the Kowloon side there is Mong Gok Computer Center but I have never been there. Both will have power adapters. The Computer Centers can be intimidating to non-technical people but I always found the people in WCCC helpful and honest.


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You could try using the prices from a HK supermarket as a rough guide. Park N Shop is a pretty big chain (http://www.parknshop.com/WebShop/index.do); the other major one is Wellcome (http://www.wellcome.com.hk/wd2shop/en/html/index.html). I can't remember what the situation is with taxes on alcohol in HK, but I think it'll be a pretty safe bet it'll be ...


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I've only ever had to show this when reentering Mexico from a sidetrip to Central America, or when extending my tourist visa in Mexico. It's been a few years (six to eight) but at that time they always accepted a printout of my bank balance from my bank's online banking website, and even just having a credit card. There was no attempt to verify the printout ...


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You'll want to decide whether you need to make calls, send SMS, or if you're just after it for data. Then take a look at the Prepaid Sim Card Wiki entry for Hong Kong. Depending on what phone you have, you have a few options there, and it'll depend on how much data you plan on using in those five days, of course, as to which one suits you the best, but ...


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Definitely on Friday, come as soon as possible. Once the weekend starts and people come from work or school (Friday from 16:00 on), it gets packed very quickly. People start lining up overnight to get the best stuff anyhow. You can assume that once the prices go down, the good things will be gone, too. The visitor numbers have been increasing massively over ...


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Others have explained what “evidence of adequate funds” is in general but for Hong Kong specifically, none of this seem to really matter in practice. Traveling on a European passport, got in by plane, went to Macao and back by ferry, my passport and those of other people traveling with me were stamped quickly every time without asking much or looking at any ...


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I was in Hong Kong recently and there was nothing that appeared to be 'weekend only'. I didn't see any change in how crowded things were at weekends compared with weekdays. Hong Kong is always incredibly crowded. We did try to visit the Hong Kong Museum of History on a Tuesday and found that it was closed every Tuesday. (It is well worth it, by the way - ...


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As I just found out to my dismay at the airport, Australia-bound passengers are unable to buy, although there doesn't seem to be any liquids/security re-screening at the gate. The duty free cashiers told me I would have to buy on arrival. I have just looked up the price and it seems to be 30% higher at Melbourne airport duty free. Feel like I've been ...


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You might be able to pick one up at the airport or if you jump a train to the IFC mall it would be strange if you couldnt find one quickly inside there. I'm a Mac person so I usually visit the Apple store in the IFC mall (Hong Kong MTR). In fact sometimes when I need to buy a new laptop I actually look for stopover flights in hong kong when I can jump on ...


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According to TIMATIC (the Visa system the airline will likely use when you check-in) : Visa required, except for Holders of a PRC Travel Document (Lu Xing Zheng) containing an entry permit for Hong Kong (SAR China). Visa required, except for A max. stay of 7 days for: - holders of passports issued by China (People's Rep.), provided ...


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As a Pakistani national, unfortunately, you need a valid Visa for Hong Kong even if you are only transiting and never leave the airside in Hong Kong airport. You will most likely get one however since it says on this page that: An application for an entry visa/permit to enter Hong Kong for a visit (leisure, social or business) or transit may be ...


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Forever Bright Trading is a reliable visa agent in HK who I have used in the past. They claim to be able to provide M visas with the following information, which doesn't sound too onerous: Document(s) required: Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by ...


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Yes, you do need a visa. While almost everybody can transit through HKIA visa-free, Pakistani passport holders belong to the "^" group where: All nationals (except holders of Diplomatic and Official passports) are required to hold a valid visa for the HKSAR for whatever purpose (including those who are in transit and remain on the airside). This ...


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Unless you want to be shared for a stop-over, you must limit yourself to 23:59 minutes. Most travel sites let you search for flights and sort by total duration. This will help you find the longest stop-over at the end of the list. What often happens with popular routes is that you will not be offered such a layover because there are enough shorter options. ...


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You need to specify the price range and facilities that you hope for. As you mention Chunking mansions then you are probably wanting something very low cost. When I am spending my own money :-) I am very happy to stay in budget accommodation, but a look through Chungking persuaded me to look elsewhere for value for money. BUT if you say that Chungking ...


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One thing that is fun is going to the 10,000 Buddhas temple: It requires a bit of a walk and is therefore off-limits for tourist buses. There are many Buddha statues with funny faces along the way, the view is great from there, they have a vegetarian restaurant that serves quite good food which visually and taste-wise imitates classic Chinese dishes (sweet ...


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If you're travelling on a budget - which I assume you are because you're staying in hostels - then the key thing would be to find a place to spend the night in Macau. The only hostel that I know of in Macau was Augusters Lodge (they weren't on Hostelworld) but as far as I know they shut down. So the only option for "cheap" accommodation that's left is ...


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We found that 3 gave the best coverage and price when we were in Hong Kong last month. It's highly recommended you go to one of the numerous "Computer Centers" (eg Wan Chai Computer Center) to buy it. They will be more inclined to set it up for you and if it doesn't work, they will usually refund you. Top-ups are easy to get from a 7-11. Yes, you can get ...



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