a VirtualTourist member asked on Aug 13, 2016
Hi we booked accommodation and flights for 31 dec to 3 january. Based on what i read we made a bad choice of booking at Regal riverside hotel. as its non refundable can someone pls give me an advice on how to get around tourist attractions on the cheapest fastest way possible and which bar to go to for the countdown:)
Hi, I think your choosen hotel is in Shatin. You can walk over river to East Rail Shatin station or walk other direction Ma On Sha line Shatin Wan or City One stations. This last option requires change of train to that East Rail line. You can then change from a train to metro at Kowloon Tong. Web page [original link] is a very good Hongkong MTR page where you find eg. journey planner with prices. I recommed Octopus card as you can use it ferries, trains, metro and other services (7Eleven, McDonalds).
Cheapest and fastest often don't go together. If you want the cheapest and easiest way, take the MTR as stated above. Depending on where you are going, the bus maybe an alternative. The HK government has a good website that let you search for the route and approximate time it takes. [original link]
The countdown with firework takes place above the harbour. People gather on either side for the countdown. [original link]
I agree with the tip about the Octopus card. Can purchase when you arrive at the airport. Consider the direct buses from the airport if one is close to your hotel. Buses are cheaper than the MTR express so a good alternative. The airport buses have room for luggage.
Travelling around Hong Kong on public transport is a real experience and highly recommended; there are several smart phone apps with good journey planners.
Once you get away from the popular tourist spots you're unlikely to see other international visitors but that's part of the experience. The buses are mostly double deckers so you can sit at the front of the upper deck and get a good view. And if you're not sure where you're going you can go to the "end of the line" and come back again.
The MTR (subway) trains are fast, clean and always crowded.
And finally the tram on Hong Kong island is an experience in itself; rather slow compared to the MTR but so much sightseeing along the way.