Global business relies on Hong Kong more and more as a commerce center and business hub, but traveling to and from the bustling city can be daunting. Cultural and language differences and the sheer volume of activity in Hong Kong can make travel more difficult or overwhelming. Don’t be intimidated by this busy city. With these Hong Kong travel tips from New York travel agent BlueOrange Travel, you’ll be navigating the heart of Australia Pacific business travel with ease.
Hong Kong Travel Tips for Business Travelers
Hong Kong is the gateway to mainland China. The city is a free-trade port, making international business interests essential to the city’s economy. Culturally, the city is colorful and exciting. It spills over with elements of traditional Chinese culture combined with British influences. Additionally, the city is known for its low taxation and well-established financial market. It is considered to be the world’s freest economy.
Hong Kong Airport is easily one of the busiest in the world with 100 different airlines and over 1,000 flights a day. Recognizing this, the airport offers amenities that business travelers want, like lounges for VIP and economy travelers, Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, showers and more. Because of the airport’s offerings, it’s possible to attend meetings or make deals without ever leaving the airport. Plus, with attractions like an IMAX theater and virtual golf, you might never want to.
When traveling around the city, it is best to leave the driving to the experts. Streets are congested and often at a standstill. Take the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) for the most efficient method for moving through the city. You’ll save on high parking fees as well.
Where to Stay
Count on convenience and stay in Tsim Sha Tsui or Central Hong Kong. As popular commercial areas of the city, you’ll simplify your commute between your hotel and business. Many of the city’s financial services are headquartered here.
Tsim Sha Tsui is also known as a popular destination for green spaces, shopping and nightlife. If you stay here, be sure to visit one of the area’s sky-high bars located on the top floors of the tallest skyscrapers. You’ll catch unbeatable views of Hong Kong’s skyline.
Business travelers to Hong Kong might feel a bit of culture shock or not know how to greet their colleagues. Of course, it is important to be respectful of these differences so that business, and not your manners, are the focus of your meetings. English is spoken widely here, as are Cantonese and Putonghua. It might be helpful to learn several important phrases before you travel to help ease communication, just in case.
Greet people with a light handshake while maintaining eye contact. You may initiate the shake, but don’t feel like you have to use your full strength to grip hands. In Hong Kong people in conversation stand close to each other without body contact. Avoid hugging, kissing or patting someone’s back while you’re speaking. Many Hong Kong locals are superstitious. If you plan to present your colleague with a gift, consider giving three items because the number represents “life.” But avoid gifting in fours, because that number implies “death.”
BlueOrange Travel is a leader in luxury business travel services both domestically and internationally. With the backing of the Tzell Travel Network, BlueOrange is able to ensure your business trip is efficient, comfortable and hassle free. Leverage these Hong Kong travel tips for your next business trip abroad and contact us to start planning your Australia Pacific travel today.