Finding your way around
Hong Kong International Airport (www.hongkongairport.com, tel. 2181 8888), designed by famed British architect Sir Norman Foster, was built on a small island whose size was quadrupled for the purpose. On of the world's largest airport, it is located 40km from the city centre, to which it is linked by a suspension bridge.
The Airport Express (www.mtr.com.hk) provides railway transportation to the airport from downtown Hong Kong in just 24min, departing from the Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong stations. Moreover, the free Airport Express Shuttle Bus Service links the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations to most high-end hotels.
Many bus lines provide direct service from the airport to various points in the city and its surroundings. The express buses that serve the airport are distinguishable by the letter A that precedes their number.
Major bus companies offer direct service to the main cities of Southern China from the airport's arrivals terminal.
Taxis are colour-coded: red cabs serve Hong Kong proper; blue cabs, Lantau Island; and green cabs, the New Territories.
Downtown Hong Kong is well served by the nine-line Mass Transit Railway (MTR) (www.mtr.com.hk, tel. 2881 8888). City buses, many of which are double-deckers, round out the transportation network, which was established by the British in 1904.
Together, the East Rail (formerly the Kowloon Canton Railway, or KCRC, www.kcrc.com) and LR (Light Railway) networks efficiently cover the New Territories and the Chinese border.
Hong Kong Island is linked to the many other islands that make up its archipelago. From the Piersin terminal, traditional or faster vessels ply the waters to Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, Lamma and Lantau. Ferries to Macao depart from the Sheung Wan terminal.