Hong Kong, or the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is one of the most densely packed cities in the world! Its massive population of over seven million people live in just over a thousand square-kilometre area. You will find high-density homes a very common sight here. Hong Kong is also known as the economic hub of Asia, as there are many businesses who call this place a home.
The history of Hong Kong goes back to 1942, when the British came and colonized the place, eventually returning it back to The People’s Republic of China in 1997. Hong Kong has grown tremendously since then, especially in its economy of tourism and business.
There are many direct flights to Hong Kong from Malaysia. A lot of airlines such as AirAsia, Malaysian Airlines (MAS), and more, will fly you from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) directly to Hong Kong’s airport, known as Chek Lap Kok International Airport. As it is located quite close by, a flight to the city will take approximately four hours only.
Being a densely packed city, the people of Hong Kong uses a lot of its efficient public transportation to get around the city. It covers a lot of points of interests and traveling is made even more convenient with the Octopus Card - a prepaid card that allows for convenient payment of all transport fees.
The most popular method of transportation is Hong Kong’s MRT system. It is known to be one of the most extensive and most efficient in the world. It will take you around the city to all major interest points and it only has travel intervals of up to three minutes per stop, making it a very fast method to get around.
If you prefer buses, there are also aplenty around the city. A must-ride is the double-decker tourist bus that takes tourists on a short tour around the city. Its roofless top deck lets you take in the sights and sounds of the city at great comfort.
Sitting at an altitude of 552 metres above sea level is the highest peak of Hong Kong: Victoria Peak, or simply known as The Peak. It is a very famous landmark and is often a popular point of attraction for visitors. To get up there, there is a specific train ride that will take you to The Peak; it operates all the way up to midnight and is a seven minute train ride. At the top, you will find popular attractions like Madam Tussauds Museum and the Sky Terrace 48.
A favourite for many, especially those with a family and children. Disneyland Hong Kong is one of the most popular theme parks in the world. It is a rather large theme park and may require more than a day’s visit to fully explore it, which is why there are many different tickets sold: 1-Day, 2-Day, or the Magic Access Membership - an entire year’s worth of admission. You can buy the tickets online before your travel to make things more convenient.
If you are getting tired of the dense city, take a quick getaway with some animals at the Ocean Park. Visitors get to observe ocean and land mammals in close proximity at this place, offering a nice contrast to the concrete jungle of Hong Kong.
If you are one for luxury in the concrete jungle, you can check-in to the various 5-star and 4-star accommodations around Hong Kong. Look for hotels such as the Imperial Hotel, Kowloon district, or opt for the Regal Airport Hotel if you require a lot of convenience traveling to and from the Hong Kong International Airport.
Backpackers and travellers on a budget, Hong Kong has quite a number of hostels for you. These affordable accommodations are, by no means, a setback when it comes to getting a place to stay. Places such as the YHA Mei Ho House is a very popular option for backpackers travelling from around all over.
Family with children will fully appreciate a resort like the Disney Explorers Lodge. Located approximately over 800 metres away from Disneyland, it is quite possibly the best accommodation you will find if you are looking to frequent Disneyland.