Car Hire in Hong Kong
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Hong Kong, the city of ancient traditions, delicious food, and skyscrapers, makes a fine place to check out in Southeast Asia. It is also one of the greatest shopping meccas in the region, featuring a host of goods from kitchen tools to fashion items. You will also find the cultural experiences delightful as well, as you listen to the nuances of the Mandarin language in this part of China and interact with the Chinese in general.
Where to hire a car in Hong Kong
There are a number of car rental companies available in Hong Kong. Although few, some of them include Avis and Hertz, which allow you to consider a variety of vehicles you can use. The primary requirements in renting a car are a valid licence and an International Driver's Permit (IDP) before you can process your application. You may also have to enquire with your provider about other required documentation, such as insurance. Make sure to ask about these before departing for your trip to avoid any hassle.
What to expect when hiring a car from Hong Kong
Traffic jams are normal for drivers in Hong Kong, so you should allow for possible traffic restrictions when making your way here. It is important that you think of the possible traffic restrictions when arranging meetings and leave at least 30 minutes to an hour before your appointment, so you will arrive on the venue on time. The commuting times are the worst times to be caught in the traffic, so be sure to schedule a trip outside these hours. Road signs are both in English and Chinese, so finding your way around should not be too difficult. Driving across the border to mainland China, on the other hand, is not permitted, unless you have authorisation from the Chinese officials.
There are no tolls for the usage of all major roads in Hong Kong, except for some tunnels. If you are likely to pass through these tunnels regularly, you have the option to use the Autotoll prepaid electronic toll collection system. You can also pay with cash, depending on your preferences. Congestion charging is also the norm in Hong Kong, so you should additionally be prepared to deal with these expenses. One-way streets make a normal sight in the city, especially if you veer away from the main roads. You should also watch out for the tram in Hong Kong Island, which travels from the eastern part of the isle to the west side, as well as up to the peak. Upon arriving in your destination, you will find that it is also hard to look for appropriate parking. They can be relatively rare and very costly, even though there are car parks, parking meters, and other short-term options.
Getting to your destination
Hong Kong Island
Some of the most iconic visual features of Hong Kong can be found in this part of the region. A possible first stop is The Peak, which overlooks the city's spectacular skyline. There is also Victoria Harbour, and the beautiful South China Sea to check out. You can also go on a fishing trip in Aberdeen, as well as go on to the scenic coastal gems of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay.
Since the central part of the island is located in Hong Kong Island, it takes only a short drive away to the sights. When starting the exploration, get on Gloucester Rd/Route 4 and continue on Route 4 to Connaught Pl. Take exit 12A and then follow the way to Edinburgh Pl. Take exit 10 from Connaught Rd Central and drive on to your destination. If the traffic is smooth, then you can go on your way in around 10 minutes.
Called the 'Back Garden of Hong Kong', Sai Kung makes a lush peaceful location in the north-eastern New Territories. It is popular for hiking, seafood, fishermen's villages, and pristine beaches. One such beach is the next along Tai Long Wan, which is accessible only by boat.
To get here, follow Fleming Rd to Convention Ave and take Route 4. Go on to Exit 5, Route 2, Route 7, and Hiram's Hwy to your destination in New Territories. This route has tolls, with about 40 minutes of estimated travel time if traffic conditions are fair.
Rolling green mountains, traditional villages, and unspoiled beaches can be found in this part of Hong Kong. You will also see here the Wisdom Path, Ngong Ping Village, and Tian Tan Buddha. Some of the area's best seafood can also be found here, as well as dried shrimp paste, the local specialty.
Get on Gloucester Rd/Route 4 and then take Route 3 and Route 8 to Yu Tung Rd in New Territories. Take exit 6A from Route 8 and then continue to Tung Chung Rd and S Lantau Rd to Ngong Ping Fun Walk. The road can have tolls, with around an hour and 10 minutes of travel time.