1. Octopus Card
Octopus card is an extremely versatile stored-value electronic card that can be used for most public transport, as well as purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops, vending machines and more. Various types of Octopus cards are available. The best types for visitors include Sold Tourist Octopus card at HK$39 and On-loan Octopus card with a refundable deposit of HK$50. You can top up at convenience stores, supermarkets and MTR stations.
2. Moving around by MTR
It is easy to go sightseeing and get to the famous attractions in Hong Kong by MTR. Please visit the MTR's official website to check the details of the MTR stations, traveling time and transportation fee.
Hong Kong is remarkably safe by day and night. Hong Kong's crime rate is generally rather low. However, to ensure your stay is a pleasant one, you should always take extra care of your belongings at all times.
Don't drink tap water in Hong Kong. Boil the water before drinking.
Try local food. Dim sum, chinese barbecue, chinese dumpling (wonton) noodles, local street food like egg tart, pineapple buns, egg waffles, curry fishballs, milk tea... more here.
Be comfortable with casual wear. December in Hong Kong is dry and cool (around 16-22 degree C). At most premises are air-conditioned, you might need a light sweater or jacket. Know more about Hong Kong's climate here.
6. Smoking ban
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, including school campus, restaurants and malls. The smoking ban is also implemented on public transport facilities. Any person who smokes or carries a lighted cigarette, cigar, or pipe in designated no-smoking areas will be liable to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500.
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