Good evening Love! Finally reached Hong Kong! Today was indeed one of the longest day I’ve ever had when it comes to traveling. There were a lot of delays for today’s flight. Yet, I am still grateful for being able to reach Hong Kong safe and sound.
What do I mean by the title? I have been to and from Hong Kong several times and yes, I do consider my self as an EXPAT & no longer a tourist for this place.
EXPAT: An expatriate is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship.
As for this City Guide I will try to elaborate on how to survive Hong Kong during rush hours.(This city guide maybe useful for expats like me or for travelers without a rented tourist guide.) In this travel guide you will find the following useful tips:
1.What to do next right after arrival in Hong Kong.
2.Questions usually asked at immigration. (Arrival -HK)
3.MTR (Airport bus) Using the “OCTOPUS”
4.Dealing with Taxi drivers.
5. Cash & Communication hacks.
Today we landed exactly at 5:00 PM. Which is nearly an hour before rush hour (6PM) In Hong Kong.
WHAT TO DO NEXT RIGHT AFTER ARRIVING IN HONG KONG…
If you’ve decided to take a connecting flight (PAL) like ours, always keep in mind to keep track of where to pick up your luggages. From Iloilo we checked in our baggage and picked them up in Hong Kong international airport. (This means that even if we had to stop over in Manila, we need not to take our baggage out from the plane, it was automatically transported to our next flight which was from Manila – Hong Kong)
Always have your boarding pass & passport with you. Be sure to fill up the arrival form for the immigration at the airport.
The immigration officer would ussually asked about …the purpose of your stay (work/vacation.) where your staying, and until when is your stay ( They ask this to check if your answer would match your ticket & the approved days of stay on your passport from the local immigration.)
MTR- USING THE OCTOPUS
Tip: if your a frequent traveler and you chose to stay in Hong Kong. I suggest that you purchase the Octopus.
According to mtr.com.hk Launched in September 1997, Octopus is the pioneering electronic fare collection system that makes travelling easier and more enjoyable. All Octopus contain a built-in microchip that can communicate with different fare or payment processors. You simply tap your Octopus over the Fare Deducting Readers as you pass through the ticket gates and enter the MTR system. Octopus are available in Adult, Elder, Child and Personalised versions.
Octopus is incredibly versatile and can be used to pay for multiple modes of transport including the MTR, Airport Express, Light Rail, buses and ferries, etc. Once you have an Octopus, you don’t have to worry about scrabbling around in your pocket or purse for coins ever again. (mtr.com.hk)
Tip: The cash inside octopus does have it’s expiry after a year. So if you do travel year after year, be sure to check your Octopus card if it still has it’s value. For insuffiecient values, you are obliged to load the octopus card once again.
DEALING WITH TAXI DRIVERS
Living in Hong Kong is easier compared to other places. The only thing about it’s transportation is that, some drivers are not that clear on pronouncing english words.
Tip: As an expat, one should be willing to elaborate and be familliar with the address of your desired destination. If you are having a hard time doing this, be sure to list down the complete address of your destination on a piece of paper, show this to the taxi driver and off you go!
CASH & COMMUNICATION HACKS
On cash: I suggest before leaving your native country be sure to have your cash changed on HKD, days prior to your flight. This will allow you to adjust your budget. For ATM users, I recommend that you contact your bank service provider and have it access cash internationally. This may allow you to shop more with less hassle and save time from lining up at money changers.
On communication: it would always be a better idea to buy a Local sim card than using your local network. Doing this will make you save more and contact any other individual in Hong Kong. Besides as an expat, you will be using the said local sim, the moment you decide to live in Hong Kong for a long while.
I hope this guide did help some of you. For those who didn’t know, I will be staying at Hong Kong Central, Downtown district (the Mountain City) for a long while, I’ll be back to the Philippines by the end of the month or by September. So if you wanna know more about my stay in Hong Kong, come follow my travels at instagram & snapchat @ annetours and Youtube @ Hugging Horizons.
Xie xie! (Enjoy the rest of the pictures)
Good night Philippines, with much love from Hong Kong. ✈️🌏❤️🇭🇰
LEVY ANNE AMOSIN