Hong Kong's location
is geographically strategic to some of the major travel routes in
the world, thus opening doors to Asia. The country itself is advanced
with its public transportation system thus bearing the reputation
as having one of the best transport systems in the world. Traveling
to and around Hong Kong is fairly easy and quick. However, like
most major cities it is best to avoid rush hours (8 a.m. to10 a.m.
and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) if possible.
Kong is the major air-traffic center for the region, so there are
sufficient flights in and out of the country. Since the commencement
of the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok on July
6, 1998, visitors luxuriate in one of the world's largest and most
futuristic airports. The airport sits on a small island offshore
Lantau, about 34km from Central. It is convenient to get to the
airport using the Tsing Ma Bridge, the world's longest single-span
suspension bridge, or by the Airport Express train, MTR, Airbus,
regular city buses, and taxis.
The Airport Express
is a 64-seat train, which only takes 23 minutes to reach the airport
from Central to Hong Kong Island. It costs HK$50 to take the Airport
Express, while the fare to Kowloon and Tsing Yi is HK$40 and HK$20
respectively. The airbus is also a good alternative because it stops
at most major hotels. Taxis are easy too as they take you from the
airport to almost anywhere in Hong Kong. To know more about fares
and routes from the airport, pick up the HKTA's Public Transport
From Hong Kong International Airport leaflet.
Most trains are linked
to the major cities in China. Four daily trains link Guangzhou and
the Hunghom station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, with two extra
trains added during special festivals and other peak periods. Traveling
time is 2 hours. A 3 hour direct train between Foshan and Hong Kong
is also available.
Tickets can be bought
from most hotels and the CTS office in Guangzhou. However, if tickets
are sold out, there is an alternate route to the border terminus
of Lo Wu from Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR), which would take approximately
40 minutes, with three departures an hour from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Shenzhen station is right across the border. There are many
trains a day between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The trains stop at
either Guangzhou's central or east railway station.
Trains between Kowloon
and Guangzhou are fully air-conditioned, but not all are between
Shenzhen and Guangzhou. While purchasing a ticket, ask for the air-con
class. Although it is slightly more expensive, it is worth the price,
especially during the hotter seasons.
Visitors have the
choice of various destinations when traveling by boat between China
and Hong Kong. Among them include Guangzhou, Xiamen, Shantou, and
Shanghai. Also, different types of sea transportation are accessible
to visitors. There is an overnight steamer between Hong Kong and
Guangzhou that takes eight hours, a daytime catamaran service taking
just over three hours, and ferries to Shantou, Xiamen, and Shanghai
with varied traveling hours.
A hydrofoil service
links Hong Kong to Guangzhou, Huangpu, Guangzhou's commercial port,
and the delta cities of Lianhua Shan, Nansha, and Zhuhai. For information
on hydrofoil schedules, call 2833 9300 or 2542 3428 in Hong Kong.
Visitors may catch the hydrofoil from the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry
Terminal at Shun Tak Centre (200 Connaught Road, Hong Kong) and
from the China Ferry Terminal (Guangzhou Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui).
The most impressive
ride by day is aboard a huge, high-speed catamaran between Kowloon
and the Bogue port of Nansha, located at the entrance of Zhu Jiang
(Pearl River). From the Nansha terminal, a free bus shuttle takes
travelers to the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou. There are three
catamarans operating daily between Nansha and Hong Kong (8:30 a.m.,
9:15 a.m., 2 p.m. from Hong Kong, and 11:20 a.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m.
from Nansha). Tickets can be bought at the China Ferry Terminal
(Tel: 2375 0537) in Hong Kong, the Nansha Terminal (Tel: 498 8312),
and the basement floor of the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou.
Boats are available
at night from either Hong Kong or Macau to Guangzhou. These boats
run daily, except on the last day of each month, leaving either
way at dinnertime and arriving by sunrise. Visitors will be able
to enjoy a view of the harbor as the boat sails from Hong Kong.
The 'Xinghu' is the most comfortable boat. Departures are from the
China Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong and from the Porto Interior in