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Where to stay in Hong Kong

One of the many reasons Hong Kong is such a great place to visit is that it offers a lot of options for where you can stay, depending on your situation. Traveling for shopping and sight-seeing? On business? With the family? Are you on a tight budget or do you need a hotel that reflects your company's rising business status? We'll give you a very general overview here of different parts of the city and then you can dig deeper into the districts to see where you want to stay. It's important to keep in mind that Hong Kong is very compact, and the transportation system - particularly the MTR subway/metro/tube - can get you from anywhere to anywhere in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island quickly. It's very easy to stay at a budget hotel in Mongkok and be able to comfortably shop in Tsim Sha Tsui or even across Victoria Harbour in Causeway Bay.

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Also, there are good-value gems scattered throughout some of the more "expensive areas" of the city. Some of our favorite are the Wharney Guang Dong Hotel in Wanchai, the YMCA Salisbury Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Island Pacific Hotel in Hong Kong Island West.

On Hong Kong Island, first-rate business hotels are, of course, everywhere. The Grand Hyatt is perched at the steps of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, while JW Marriott commands Pacific Place at Admiralty next to Hong Kong Park.
Across the water in Kowloon, you will find a larger concentration of budget hotels, especially as you move away from Tsim Sha Tsui. Kowloon is the more "touristy" hub of the city with thousands of shopping choices and spectacular views of Hong Kong Island. In general, prices drop as you go north away from Victoria Harbour and many of the budget hotels here would be found up in Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Mongkok.
The New Territories offers some great values, if a bit further from downtown. We like the Gold Coast Hotel in Tuen Mun at Castle Peak Bay. A good spot for families, there's lots of green grass around the hotel and it's set right on the waterfront. There's a convenient shuttle bus that takes you into town and brings you back. Oh, it's also a great base for Hong Kong Disneyland in Lantau.
Whatever your choice, you're sure to enjoy all this special city has to offer. We hope our resources here will make it all the easier on your planning and your pocketbook. Have a great trip!

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This is infamous Tsim Sha Tsui, home to the world's most stunning city views and some of the most concentrated, frenetic shopping anywhere. By the way, Tsim Sha Tsui was formerly written Tsimshatsui everywhere you looked but kindhearted people decided to split it into three words to make its pronunciation (slightly) more apparent. Anyway, it is pronounced, very roughly - 'jim 'sa 'joy - spoken rather quickly. Don't worry, no matter how well you say it you'll get a smile from the locals.

The building of the new Hong Kong International Airport and its accompanying required infrastructure - the Tsing Ma suspension bridge, the Kap Shui bridge, the West Kowloon Reclamation, and the Western Harbour Tunnel - not to mention the highway and rail links between and on these structures - is one of the largest engineering projects ever undertaken in the world.

Causeway Bay was one of the first areas in Hong Kong to have high-rises with buildings such as the World Trade Centre and the Excelsior Hotel being constructed in the 1970's and early 1980's. Now, shopping is the main thing here with commercial shopping rents in the area being the some of the highest in the world. (Madison Avenue is first.)

Formerly a playground for sailors and home to one of the racier parts of Hong Kong, Wanchai has grown into a business district. Its crowning jewel - the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - sits proudly in the harbor guarding Wanchai's new reputation. Don't be too deceived, however.

Central / Admiralty

Central is the Manhattan of Hong Kong, home to many of its banks, financiers, real estate companies, and brokerages with Admiralty being a (relatively) new upstart neighbor with gleaming glass skyscrapers, many interconnected by elevated walkways. The huge projects accompanying the building of the new airport (Tsing Ma suspension bridge, West Kowloon Reclamation, Western Harbour Tunnel) also include, in Central, the Hong Kong Terminus of the Airport Express Line railway.

Lantau Island is a beautiful weekend getaway for residents of busy Hong Kong, and a favorite day-trip for visitors. In addition to its scenery, there are several major attractions here. Hong Kong Disneyland is here on the northeast part of the island.

Mongkok is the next stop north of Yau Ma Tei on the Tsuen Wan line, as you move further away from the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui. Let's see...it's the most densely populated areas on earth (according to the Guiness World Record folks) and it's the (former?) home of the most famous and dangerous Triads (Hong Kong gangsters).

North Point is located on the eastern part of Hong Kong Island on Victoria Harbour, and is the northernmost point on the island. Hotels in North Point are generally a less expensive option to further east on the island, and there are convenient MTR connections at Fortress Hill, North Point and Quarry Bay stations to get you into town.

Sha Tin is located in the New Territories, just north of the Kowloon Peninsula. Built on land reclaimed from the sea, the main residential areas surround the Shing Mun river and have been, for many years, a proud example of Hong Kong's ability to build a new, modern city where none existed before.

Tsuen Wan is located in the New Territories, directly to the north and northeast of Tsing Yi island. L'Hotel Nina et Convention Centre is located on Yeung Uk road, very close to the Tsuen Wan West station on the MTR's Tuen Mun line.

The area of Hung Hom between the train station and the Harbour Grand Kowloon Hotel used to be Hung Hom bay. It, like most areas of Hong Kong fronting the water, is currently undergoing development.

The main distinction of Yau Ma Tei, along with the Jade Market and the Temple Street Night Market, is the Airport Express Line's Kowloon Station built exclusively on reclaimed land and serving all the major hotels of Tsim Sha Tsui.

Tsing Yi is an island strategically located between the New Territories mainland and Lantau Island, and is a major stepping-stone between Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport.

One of the prettier areas of Hong Kong (though still an industrial base!), Kwun Tong is on Victoria Harbour, directly northeast of the end of the runway at the former Kai Tak Airport (now the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal).

Kowloon City includes the area of the former Kai Tak Airport, just northeast of Hung Hom, and just west of the Kowloon Bay MTR station. Our hotels of interest here are all in the southeast of the area and include the Harbour Plaza 8 Degrees and the Regal Oriental Hotel.

Tuen Mun is on the southern coast of the New Territories, west of Tai Lam Country Park, and across the South China Sea from Hong Kong Aiport at Chek Lap Kok, adjacent to Lantau Island. A ferry is available at the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier both to Lantau Island and further to Zhuihai in mainland China.

This is a large area in the northwest of Kowloon, just north of Tai Kok Tsui. One of the first developed areas in Hong Kong, the area suffered from some urban decay. Still, there's great shopping here, especially for computers, software, and electronics. The Ovolo 256 Tung Chau Street Hotel is a well known place to stay in the area.

Aberdeen in on the southern part of Hong Kong Island, roughly between Deep Water Bay and Aberdeen Harbour. The main attractions here are the massive Ocean Park Hong Kong, and the famous floating restaurants at Jumbo Kingdom out in the bay at Sham Wan.

Tin Shui Wai is located in the far northwest of the New Territories, just across the bay from Shenzhen in China proper. Another ex-burb designed to provide low-cost housing, the area was supposed to be built up with many industries that would provide jobs to the residents.

Chai Wan lies on the harbour at the very eastern tip of the northern part of Hong Kong Island between Mount Parker and Cape Collinson. In the continual search for room and housing for Hong Kong Island's residents, Chai Wan is yet another example of a residential area lying on land that has been mostly reclaimed from the sea. With easy MTR connections to downtown, it's a great low-cost housing alternative.

Tai Kok Tsui is a smaller area of Hong Kong, immediately west of Mong Kok, and just east of the Olympic MTR station (on the Tung Chung line).

The area of Hong Kong Island West lies just west of Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, beginning around the entrance to the Western Harbour Crossing. Connaught Road West and Des Voeux Road run through this most traditional of the neighbourhoods on Hong Kong Island.

The Jordan area in Hong Kong surrounds the Jordan MTR station on Kowloon Peninsula, between the Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei MTR stops. The area is roughly defined by Austin Road on the south, a few streets below Gascoigne Road on the north, and the Kowloon Cricket Club on the east.The area is densely populated with hotels, often a bit less expensive than those further south on the peninsula.

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