This post was updated on October 19th, 2018
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Hong Kong may seem like an overwhelming city to visit alone for the first time. However, I went here by myself and found it was an excellent 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. Cantonese and English are the official languages. Most signs, especially those on the subway, in the airport, and on the road, are in Chinese and English. Announcements on the MTR (the metro) are in Cantonese and English, and many businesses and restaurant menus also use English. Enough people speak English 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 here. 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.
Like any city, there is some crime, but for travellers, Hong Kong is a pretty safe city. As a woman, I felt safe travelling alone to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and the New Territories. The most prominent 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, this is 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. There are also lots of 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.
This city has something for everyone. There are temples, museums, parks, markets, beaches, and mountains. It even has its own Disneyland. Plus, you’re only a ferry ride away from Macau and an MTR ride from Shenzhen in mainland China. Hong Kong is a city that’s bustling 24/7. There is always something to see or do in Hong Kong.
Things You Should Know
This post is a paid post with a promotional link that I (Alouise) wrote. I spent five 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.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Peak Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion in Kowloon. I was delighted 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 are not on a strict budget, there are plenty of high-end hotels that you can book here.
Would you take a solo trip to Hong Kong? What’s your favourite solo travel destination. Let me know in the comments below.