ESSENTIALS GETTING THERE AND AROUND
British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Virgin Atlantic fly direct to Hong Kong from London Heathrow (from £410; britishairways.com). Hong Kong’s MTR metro is easy to navigate and pay for. You can tap in with your Octopus card, Hong Kong’s equivalent to London’s Oyster, which also works on the Star Ferry (fares range from 20p to £3.50; octopus.com.hk/en).
WHO CAN HELP
Hong Kong’s tourist board website has information on attractions, events and accommodation (discoverhongkong. com). Klook offers Hong Kong itinerary ideas, including the Street Art Tour and the Ink-Brush Painting Lesson featured here (klook.com).
For more information, our Hong Kong guide (£14.99) has detailed material on the whole region, including Macau. Alternatively, individual chapters on areas such as Central, Wan Chai and Kowloon can be downloaded at lonelyplanet.com (£2.99 each).
WHERE TO STAY
On a budget Chungking Mansions (36–44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon) is a large building made up of various shops and businesses. Its guesthouses are widely regarded as offering the cheapest accommodation in Hong Kong. Among the largest and best value is Cosmic Guest House, which is clean and quiet, with internet access in every room (from £25; cosmicguesthouse.com).
Mid-range Little Tai Hang (98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang) is a boutique tower-block hotel in the quiet Tai Hang neighbourhood. Rooms are decently sized, have modern furniture and some have balconies with harbour views (from £135; littletaihang.com).
High-end W Hong Kong (Austin Road West, West Kowloon) is stylishly designed with an ‘urban jungle’ theme, which begins with the concrete branches that are suspended outside the lift. The entire hotel maintains a high standard of décor, while the bedrooms and even the en suite bathrooms have big TVs. The true showstopper, however, is the view over the city, particularly from the rooftop pool (from £210; w-hongkong.com).