Hong Kong may seem like an overwhelming city to visit alone for the first time. However, I went to Hong Kong by myself and found it was a great city for solo travel. Here are four reasons why Hong Kong is a perfect solo travel destination.
English Is Prevalent
From 1841 to 1997, Hong Kong was a British colony. While it is now a Special Administrative Region of China, its British past is still noticeable. Along with Cantonese, English is an official language of Hong Kong. Most signs, especially those on the subway, in the airport, and on the road, are in Chinese and English. Announcements on the subway are in Cantonese and English, and many businesses and restaurant menus also use English. Enough people speak English in Hong Kong that it’s easy to get around and communicate with others.
Getting Around Is Easy
I usually get lost when I travel, but that wasn’t an issue in Hong Kong. Walking around Hong Kong is easy. There are tourist signs that point the direction to various attractions. The subway system is simple to use and offers access to the whole city. You can even take the subway to and from Hong Kong Airport. For a first-time visitor, I didn’t have to worry about getting lost in Hong Kong.
Like any city, Hong Kong has some crime, but for travelers, Hong Kong is generally a safe city. As a woman, I felt safe traveling alone to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and the New Territories. The biggest issue you’re likely to encounter is people trying to sell you fake goods. Ignoring them or saying “not interested” and walking away is all you need to do. Should you require assistance, the police are readily available, and you can reach them by calling 999.
Lots to Do for All Budgets
In Hong Kong, you can stay in a five-star hotel, shop at designer stores, eat at fancy restaurants, and spend a lot of money. If you’re on a budget Hong Kong is also the perfect city to visit. There are plenty of guesthouses and hostels for medium to minimal budgets. There are lots of markets in Kowloon if you want to shop without breaking the bank, along with free attractions like Kowloon Park and the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. You’ll also find cheap street foods like egg tarts and low-cost local restaurants.
Hong Kong has something for everyone. There are temples, museums, parks, markets, beaches, and mountains. Hong Kong even has its own Disneyland. Plus, Hong Kong is only a ferry ride away from Macau and a subway ride from Shenzhen in mainland China. Hong Kong is a city that’s bustling 24/7, and there is always something to see or do here.
This is a paid post, with a promotional link. Posts like these help me to keep this site running. This post was written by me (Alouise). I spent 5 days in Hong Kong in March of 2016, and I wrote this post from my own experience. Hong Kong quickly became one of my favourite cities and I sincerely recommend it as a solo travel destination. If you only have a short time in Hong Kong check out this post with some highlights on what to do in 24 hours.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Pearl Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion in Kowloon. This is a large scale building that caters to budget travelers. I was quite happy with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was a 2 minute walk from Kowloon Park as well as the subway.
If you can stretch your budget there are plenty of moderate and high end luxury hotels you can book in Hong Kong here.
Have you done a solo trip to Hong Kong?