Getting Around in Hong KongEdit This
The Kowloon-Guangzhou (Canton) Railway (KCR) runs from Kowloon to
the Chinese border at Lo Wu (Luohu). Light Rail Transit (fast
modern air-con trams) run in the New Territories connecting the city of
Tuen Mun with Yuen Long. Double-decker trams trundle along the northern
side of Hong Kong Island, which are efficient and cheap, costing $2 HK per adult and $1 per child or senior citizen.
The Star Ferry's cross harbour trip between Kowloon's Tsim Sa Tsui
and HK's Central is a quick 8 minute and inexpensive ride (around $2 for adults) that gives you great views of the harbor and both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The Tsim Sa Tsui pier is next to the Ocean Terminal mall, and the Central pier is near Jardine's House.
For connection to the surrounding islands, outlying area, and points
up into the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong's ferries are usually faster
and sometimes cheaper than buses or trams. They are comfortable, fun and harbour
views can be stunning especially if the weather cooperates. For short
trips to nearby islands, medium capacity ferries are available. For
longer trips (Macau, and destinations in the PRC) two basic types of
small ferry craft seem to be the norm; the double hulled "jet"
catamaran, and the faster hydrofoil (aka "jet-foil"). These ferry
services are set up like airlines, with hostesses on board to
sell you everything from beer to cognac. All ferries out of HK are
airconditioned except for the soon to be obsolete Star Ferry.
Altenatively, if you're really in a hurry, there are also private
helicopter services out of HK. Remember, if you're crossing a border
from HK SAR to the PRC or Macau, you must have your travel documents.
Metered taxis are red with silver tops (green with white tops in the New Territories, blue on Lantau, and black in Macau) will not pick up or drop passengers at bus stops. Starting fares begin at $15 HK for the first 2 km and meters jump $1.40 HK for every additional 0.2 km thereafter. If you take a taxi to another section (like from New Territories to Lantau) you also have to pay a return fare. Cross harbour taxi rides also require payment of the return toll (with toll prices varying between 20-50 HK$, depending on the tunnel). Cycling in Kowloon or Central would be suicidal but in quiet areas of the islands or the New Territories a bike can be quite a nice way of getting around.
An army of minibuses take up the slack in the labyrinthine streets
that are too small for the large doubledeckers. Each usually runs
a dedicated route that is generally a short loop through a local
area but some will be wider ranging. Fares and general
stops are denoted (in traditional Chinese and English) by a green placard in the
front windshield or on the top of the roof. Stops can be made by calling out to the
driver when you want to get off; be loud enough to be heard, and you can either request to stop in English or give it a shot in Cantonese, which is "yau lok".