Where would we be without our smartphones when travelling these days? From sorting out our transportation, to finding restaurants and using online maps, smartphones have changed the way we travel irreversibly.
Here we highlight the ten best Hong Kong apps for visitors.
My Hong Kong Guide
by Hong Kong Tourism Board
This official Hong Kong Tourist Board app has a wealth of information for tourists to Hong Kong. More than 1,800 activities and attractions are featured on this Hong Kong app, including addresses and links to websites, plus information on nearby places. You can also search through other people’s pre-planned multi-day guides and save them as your own, before tweaking and sharing with friends. An events guide keeps you up-to-date with all the latest goings-on in Hong Kong.
by Uber Technologies, Inc
There are more than 18,000 taxis in Hong Kong. But if you have ever tried to hail a Hong Kong taxi in the rain, or after midnight in Lan Kwai Fong, then you will know that it is a dog-eat-dog world out there. You need a Hong Kong taxi app. Get ahead of the pack by downloading the Uber app and smugly walk to the front of the queue and jump in a cab you have booked with the tap of a button from your phone.
Hong Kong Taxi Translator
by Triple Happiness
It’s all very well and good securing your taxi, but not much help if you can’t make yourself understood by the driver once you’re inside. Every now and then you will find a taxi driver who, despite your best Cantonese accent, will not understand the street name you are going to. This is one of the best Hong Kong apps to have in your arsenal – use it to search among more than 3,000 streets, residential areas, buildings and sightseeing spots and create a flashcard in Chinese characters that the driver can read at a glance.
by Transport Department, HKSA
This comprehensive Hong Kong app helps you plan any route across Hong Kong using public transport. Simply type in your starting point and destination, and a selection of route and transport options will be given to you, including bus, tram, minibus, ferry and MTR, together with fare and estimated travel time.
by MTR Corporation Ltd
MTR Tourist makes visiting the major tourist attractions in Hong Kong via MTR (the city’s underground/subway system) a doddle. Use this Hong Kong app to choose the attraction you want to visit, and it will provide your route there via MTR, a map of the surrounding area and estimated journey time.
by Hong Kong Observatory
The weather in Hong Kong is fickle. One minute it will be brilliant sunshine, and the next you could be in a torrential downpour. Keep your finger on the pulse with the My Observatory app, which gives you weather forecasts, alerts you if there is a thunderstorm on its way, lets you track typhoons in the vicinity, and even warns you if rain is coming to your current location.
by Google, Inc
Finding your way around the streets of Hong Kong can be a challenge. I have lived here for over a year and I still use Google maps to navigate the streets of Central and Wan Chai whenever I am running errands. Don’t look like a hapless tourist with your large Tourist Board map; blend in with the locals and walk along looking at your smartphone instead!
OpenRice Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s most comprehensive dining guide brings you this Hong Kong app, which includes over 40,000 restaurants and 600,000 reviews. Search for restaurants by cuisine, district, restaurant type or price range, bookmark restaurants for later, navigate to nearby eateries with GPS, share restaurant info via social media and even book online for certain establishments.
by Agriculture, Fishing and Conservation Department
Most people associate Hong Kong with skyscrapers and busy bustling streets, but there are some incredibly beautiful hiking trails to be explored outwith the city centre. Use this Hong Kong app to choose the type of hike you are interested in – Family Walk, Nature Trail, Country Trail or Long Trail, and find all the route information you need – Distance, Time, Difficulty, Starting Point, End Point and public transport access, plus of course a map of the hike.
Hong Kong is in the throes of a long-term love affair with Starbucks and Pacific Coffee that just refuses to die. For serious coffee lovers, finding a decent barista-brewed coffee can sometimes be a challenge. The Beanhunter app uses GPS to find your location and points you in the direction of the best coffee shops in your area. You can read reviews from coffee gurus who have been there before you, and leave your own reviews for others. The best bit – no chain shops are included on the app; this is for independent, specialty shops only.
What do you think are the best Hong Kong apps out there? Let me know in the comments below!
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