Few things stump non-locals more than the imaginative array of MTR station names, be it a random object tied to a geographical feature, a posh designation with sometimes overt colonial colours, or a phonetic transcription that straight-up doesn’t make sense to the average English speaker. Let’s explore three of the most popular MTR stations in Hong Kong and assess how their names came into being.
There are plenty of ways to travel around Hong Kong, from bus to taxi, from rail to ferry.
Thanks to its strategic location, Hong Kong is regarded as a gateway to Mainland China and the rest of Asia, with many of the region’s key markets, including Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, within a four-hour reach of the city. Located in the heart of Asia-Pacific, half of the world’s population can be reached from Hong Kong within a five-hour flight. This means you can easily jet off to Bangkok or Shanghai for a weekend city break and enjoy relaxing holidays in Thailand or Bali.
One of the major advantages of doing business and living in Hong Kong is its proximity to Mainland China, and the city provides easy access to the factories of Guangdong, which account for about three tenths of China’s exports and one-third of the world’s production of shoes, textiles, and toys.
The multi award-winning Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the busiest passenger airports globally: in 2019, it handled 71.5 million travellers, with 68 flights taking off every hour at peak times. Connected to about 220 destinations by more than 1,000 daily flights from over 120 airlines, it’s the primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, plus Greater Bay Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express, and cargo carrier Air Hong Kong.
There are a few things you can do right now to ease faster into Hong Kong life, and one of those is downloading some nifty transport apps. For every mode of transportation, there are options that can help you get directions and check traffic information. Here, we’ve compiled a short list of apps to get your travel game up in no time.