Hi! oh and this one is the hotel’s sweet outdoor lounge area facing the pool 7 HK skyscrapers
Hacks on Free Tours in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tourism Board offers FREE TOURS in their “Meet the People” program, you can learn about local customs, Chinese tea and the traditional Chinese culture through tours and lectures conducted by locals.
- Kowloon Park : click the link for more about this park http://www.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/see-do/great-outdoors/city-parks/kowloon-park.jsp
- Hong Kong Park : click the link for more about this park http://www.discoverhongkong.com/seasia/see-do/great-outdoors/city-parks/hong-kong-park.jsp
The locals get up early to do Tai Chi in the parks and anyone is welcome to join in for free.
Schedule of Low cost museums
Tip: Hong Kong museums are free on Wednesdays and a Museum Pass provides entry to 7 of the top museums for HK$30.
Budget vacation? I suggest in Hong Kong go take the streets, meet the people and enjoy the dynamic urban jungle, the calm harbor, beautiful parks and ancient culture of the city.
tip # 1 Take the Streets
Eat to your heart’s content on cheap Asian food in Hong Kong, the street food and small Asian restaurants have reasonable prices. For cheap street food try Temple Street Market or Stanley Street Night Market.
tip # 2 Money Exchange
Use credit card – For best exchange rates, minimum commission and lowest risk, use credit card as much as possible and save on credit card conversion rates by notifying the bank that you are about to spend in Euros before you travel.
Get money at local ATMs – You can save as much as 7-8% by getting Euros in local ATMs over buying Euros at home.
Tip # 3 HUNGRY? Here are some tips on Food
Look for lunch deals: notice that most of the restaurant has some very good lunch deal menus or buffets. Organize your meals accordingly and you could save a significant amount of money.
On Tips : tips are usually included as part of the bill but you can leave an extra small amount in case you feel the service has been exceptional.
Stay away from tourist traps: avoid eating too close to the major tourist attractions. Although you could potentially find a decent restaurant near those, it is more likely that you will get into one of the many tourist traps in which you will get a lousy meal with a large bill.
Tip # 4 Never make call from the hotel, instead purchase a local pre-paid SIM card
Even with roaming charges, calling from your cell phone will most probably be a better deal. Roaming charges can be very high . The cheapest way to use your cell both for calls as well as for data would be by purchasing a local pre-paid SIM card and placing it in your phone. This will get you a local number with a pre-paid account and no unpleasant surprises by the end of the trip. Brilliant ey?!
Tip # 5 Shopping
Shop for food in the local supermarkets with good prices for food and daily merchandise instead of local fancy street stores. Also, try to buy as much as possible in department stores instead of in fancy boutiques.
-I lied a bit here, I did visit some fancy boutiques such as Long champ, Dior, etc. – you know, Friends you can go purchase items from these fancy shops, if and only if you brought some extra cash with you. Be sure that you were able to keep track with your budget prior to spending them on things you love. Remember : Better sure than sorry! 😉
here are some of the Legit things I bought on my trip. 🙂
Tip # 6 Free Internet
Use free Wi-Fi where it is possible! Look for it in parks, squares and museums as well as in most Cafes and Restaurants. “wifi gratuity” message is put out in any such place that offers free internet access.
I repeat Hong Kong is not a budget travel destination, but if you keep these rules, you will definitely save a lot on your next trip!
-LEVY ANNE AMOSIN (AnneTours)
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