From 2001 to 2012, Michael Erin served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Captain in 2009. He currently works as a principal and managing partner with boutique consultancy firm Progressive Management & Associates, located in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Erin has also traveled extensively in his free time, visiting multiple destinations worldwide, including Hong Kong.
With over 7 million people densely packed into the 427-square-mile city, visiting Hong Kong for the first time can be overwhelming. These three tips will help first-time visitors get around the city.
1. Airport Travel – Getting to and from Hong Kong Airport is a breeze with the Express train, which will take you to either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. According to travel writer, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, the Airport Express gets you into the center of the city in less than a half hour, with tickets starting at just $13.
2. Octopus Card – Available for purchase at the Hong Kong Airport, an Octopus card is a prepaid debit card, meaning you load money onto the card to use in place of paper money and coins. The Octopus card makes traveling much easier, as you do not have to fumble for change to catch the subway or bus. As an added perk, many Hong Kong retailers accept Octopus cards.
3. City Center – The “Central” area of Hong Kong Island provides the ideal base of operations. From the city’s center, you will have quick access to shopping, restaurants, and attractions. For activities outside of the city’s center, the Central MRT station will easily get you there and back.