One of the first things you must do upon arrival is to purchase an Octopus card, which you can continue to top up throughout your trip. This tap-and-go card will allow you to use all of Hong Kong’s modes of transportation, and even lets you pay for your shopping at supermarkets and convenience stores. Hong Kong is renowned for its efficient public transport system, which, aside from the common busses (double- and single-decked) and taxis, also includes the underground MTR system, mini busses, trams, overground trains, and the much-loved Star Ferry that takes you across the Victoria Harbour at the cheapest rate. You’ll notice taxis in red, green and blue, which indicate service to Hong Kong and Kowloon, New Territories, and Lantau Island.
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Hong Kong has a most efficient public transport system, which, aside from the common busses and taxis, also includes the underground MTR system, mini busses, trams, overground trains, and the much-loved Star Ferry that takes you across the Victoria Harbour at the cheapest rate. If you find yourself with that rare spare hour, hop on a tram (affectionately known as the “ding ding”) for an impromptu tour of the city. For an even more unusual commute, the Mid-Levels escalators is the longest covered outdoor escalator system in the world. It will take you from Central through Soho and finally the Mid Levels, where there are shops and restaurants to try out at each stop. Opt for this for a new experience — and to save on cab fare, too.
Not just for tourists, the Star Ferry in Hong Kong takes you from the city to Kowloon in just a few minutes and is reasonably priced. When in Hong Kong don't miss the escalators to the mid-levels or the tram to Victoria Peak. Be sure to visit the incense infused Man Mo temple and from there stroll through the Cat Street bazaar to round out your day. Transportation all over the city is easy with a well marked subway.