With one of the highest concentrations of cars in the world, Hong Kong can bring unique challenges to drivers. Understanding what to expect will help travelers reap the benefits of having rental cars for exploring.
Renting a Car in Hong Kong
For travelers with U.S. driver's licenses who are just visiting Hong Kong, it's fairly simple to rent a car. Those who have a Hong Kong ID card, though, will need Hong Kong licenses.
Various rental companies, including Alamo, Avis, Hawk, and Hertz, have locations throughout the city. It's more unusual to rent at car at Hong Kong's airport than at other international hubs, so tourists might opt to first take public transportation into the city. The Airport Express connects passengers to the central business district, while buses link to most of the city.
Driving in Hong Kong
Those who opt for a rental car in Hong Kong should prepare for a fact of life in this city: traffic jams. The streets here are usually crowded. Local gas prices are steep, and parking spots are hard to come by and quite expensive.
Braving this challenging driving landscape has its rewards, though. Once tourists get beyond the high-rise towers, Hong Kong is a driver's paradise. Smooth highways traverse subtropical forests and hilltops and lead down to gorgeous beaches. With road signs in both Chinese and English, Hong Kong is also as easy to navigate as any other cosmopolitan city.
What to Do in Hong Kong
There's certainly no shortage of things to see and do once travelers reach Hong Kong. For tourists who want to take in impressive views, Hong Kong offers plenty of those. Victoria Peak rises 1,805 feet above sea level to provide visitors with spectacular sight lines down on Hong Kong Island, Victoria Harbor, and Kowloon. For tourists lucky enough to go up on a clear day, it's also possible to see Kowloon's mountains. A seven-minute ride up the Peak Tram, the steepest funicular railway in the world, brings visitors to the top. Check this out in the day or night, as both times offer breathtaking pictures.
Hong Kong is also the ideal place to sample dim sum, small portions of filled dumplings served in steamer baskets. Tim Ho Wan serves up this delicious dish and is known as the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant in the world.
No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a stop at the city's street markets. These lively markets sell pretty much anything a visitor can imagine. Temple Street Night Market and Ladies' Market are among the most famous, but visitors can find everything from jade to flowers to goldfish and birds by exploring the city's array of markets.
Travelers also can't leave the city without visiting the Tian Tan Buddha, commonly known as Big Buddha. This 202-ton statue sits west of the city center on Lantau Island. The Ngong Ping 360 gondola is the simplest way to get to the Buddha, and it features striking views of the South China Sea and North Lantau Country park — not to mention the airport and countryside — along the way.
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