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A business travellers bleisure guide to Hong Kong

A business travellers bleisure guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, one of the Top 10 Business Travel Destinations for 2018, is seen as one of the top places to conduct business due to its strategic location, attractive tax regime and ‘pro-business attitude’. It also enjoys the reputation for being one of the least corrupt places in the world, meaning businesses feel safe and secure in setting up offices here.

Top Industries: Financial Services, Tourism, Professional Services, Gaming, Real-Estate, and Banking.

A whopping 74,700,000 passengers flew through Hong Kong International Airport every year connecting to over 220 destinations worldwide served by over 120 different airlines.

Business travellers can expect a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and sights in Hong-Kong. In this guide, we provide corporate travellers with all the information they will need when spending time travelling for business as well as some of our favourite places we have visited, weather forecasts, transport links, what to see, where to eat and much more…

Travelling to Hong-Kong
It’s always good to check what VISA requirements need to be in place prior to booking travel. If using a Travel Management Company they will be able to guide you on this. For Hong-Kong, (at the time of writing) the website states that even though Hong Kong is now part of the People’s Republic of China, it remains a Special Administrative Region with its own immigration controls meaning you can visit Hong Kong for up to 6 months without a visa.

Transport Links:

The transport system of Hong Kong satisfies the needs of both tourists and Business Traveller. Land transport comprises of the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), taxi services, bus services and tramways (only on Hong Kong Island). You can easily get to most tourist areas of the city by Mass Transit Rail, but there are a few tourist areas and spots, which you can only get to by bus or taxi, such as Ocean Park, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market or Aberdeen.

For visitors who plan to stay in Hong Kong for a few days, its recommended to buy an Octopus Card (a contact-less card similar to a London Oyster) used to pay for rides on almost all modes of public transport.

Where to stay:

For most visitors, Hong Kong is simply divided by the harbour into two areas – Hong Kong island and the peninsula of Kowloon. Tourists tend not to stay in the New Territories.

TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list of hotels best for business travellers along with the top 10 budget hotels.

Top things to see and do:

Whether you're spending free time in between meetings or adding on some “Bleisure” time to the end of your stay, a trip to Istanbul isn't complete without a visit to the following areas.

Tsim Sha Tsui - Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbour, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong's skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Victoria Peak - Victoria Peak is a hill on the western half of Hong Kong Island. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. With an elevation of 552 m, it is the highest hill on Hong Kong island.

Tian Tan Buddha- Tian Tan Buddha is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni,

located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. The statue is sited near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.

Central - Central is Hong Kong’s frenetic business and retail heart, crammed with skyscrapers, swanky malls and luxury hotels. The neighbourhood is known for nightlife, with raucous pubs and nightclubs in Lan Kwai Fong, and wine bars and trendy restaurants in nearby SoHo.

Where to eat:

When it comes to food, Hong-Kong does not disappoint! Here are some of our favourites:

#1 Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant is a unique combination of a scenic Hong Kong landmark, an internationally renowned tourist attraction and a fine-dining establishment. Over the past decades, Jumbo Kingdom has been much appreciated by locals and tourists. It has played a host to numerous international dignitaries and celebrities, including HM Queen Elizabeth II, and the film stars Tom Cruise.

#2 VEA Restaurant and Lounge

VEA Restaurant and Lounge is an award-winning bringing Asian Ingredients together with French Finesse. Diners are treated to a parade of innovative flavours.The creative and original dishes stimulate all the senses while also paying respect to the history of Hong Kong.

#3 DiVino Wine Bar & Restaurant

DiVino Wine Bar and Restauraunt offer delicious Italian and European options including Vegetarian and Vegan Meals.With a vintage wine selection to die for, DiVino is bookable via the OpenTable app or via the website HERE

#4 Ding Dim 1968

Ding Dim 1968 provides local Asian cuisine. With vegetarian-friendly options, this moderately priced establishment is famous for its “Dim Sum” and even have a takeaway/pickup service if you're wanting to eat on the go or back at your hotel room.

They have received a certificate of excellence every year since 2015 - so this is one place not to be missed!

#5 Amber

Amber features in the WORLDS top 50 restaurants and has developed a contemporary cooking style that puts the spotlight on pristine seasonal produce. A higher-end establishment and bookable via OpenTable, Amber will maybe leave a dent in your wallet, but in turn, will fill your heart, and belly with pride.

Hong-Kong Best Practice

It can be really difficult adjusting to a new culture when travelling for business. The GOV.UK website has some really useful information on best practice when visiting Hong-Kong From local laws and customs to health, terrorism and everything in between, it's essential to be prepared before you travel.

Do you have any tips for travelling to Hong-Kong? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Just leave us a comment in the box below...

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