Business Traveller’s Guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong, one of the four Asian Tigers, is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and is one of the world’s leading international financial centre. It is recognized by Forbes as the country with the highest degree of economic freedom. Despite returning to the hands of the Socialist Republic of China in 1997 from Britain, Hong Kong’s government is run by a Chief Executive that administers the region under a unique “one country, two systems” constitutional principle. Hong Kong is home to a vast amount of multimillionaires who earned their wealth in the financial services sector, trading and logistics, tourism, and professional and producer services. Such has been the pillars and driving force of Hong Kong’s economic growth.

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)


HKIA ranks 4th in the world’s top airports list in 2014 by UK-based consultancy, Skytrax. It is also recognized as a 5-star airport by the consultancy and is Business Traveller China’s Best Airport in China for 8 consecutive times. The airport is located at Chek Lap Kok and has two terminals.

There are two external lounges in the airport. Plaza Premium, a pay-in lounge at 4 different locations within the two terminals and China Mobile GoTone VIP Centre – a name that known in mainland for providing VIP lounges in domestic airports. HKIA is the domestic and international hub for Cathay Pacific, Air Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and Dragon Air.

Cathay Pacific Lounge in Hong Kong Airport

HKIA is also where Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge is located. There are two separate sections for Business and First Class passengers. Known as The Wing, it has been refurbished in 2013 and opens from 0530am to the last daily flight. For all other airline lounges within the airport, click here.

The North Lantau Highway connects the airport to the city at a total distance of 35.3km. Hong Kong International Airport is very accessible from Hong Kong city via these channels of transportation…

By Taxis

The taxi ranks are found on the left-hand ramp outside Arrivals Hall. A journey from HKIA to Central costs HK$295. Lookout for the red (urban taxis) which serve all destinations from the airport.

By Rail (Airport Express Line – AEL Rail)

One of the lines of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) servicing Hong Kong. AEL links HKIA to principal urban areas of Hong Kong. The journey to Hong Kong Station is 24 minutes. You can purchase an Octopus Card and travel on the MTR with it. However it is advisable to purchase a round-trip ticket, starting HK$160.

To make a purchase, look out for the Airport Express Customer Service Desks in area A and area B of the Arrival Hall at Terminal 1. Upon reaching Hong Kong station, you can switch to other lines to get to your destination.

Along any AEL Line, there are free shuttle buses with stops at major hotels and MTR stations.

Hong Kong Station provides an in-town check-in service for flights departing Hong Kong International Airport and free shuttle bus services to most major hotels in the Central and Wan Chai areas

By Bus

There are many types of bus services at HKIA. There are Hotel Express Buses which drop passengers of at various major hotel sops in the city the companies that operate this are Airport Hotel link and Vigor Airport Shuttle Services Limited. Prices started from HK$130 one-way only.

There are 4 public companies that operate 25 bus routes to and fro to the airport and the city. A11 runs across Hong Kong Island from Central to Causeway Bay and tickets start at HK$40.

Because public transport (MTR) is sufficient and taxis are in abundance and regulated, not many visitors self-drive in Hong Kong.

If you have queries on the most suitable mode of transport for you from HKIA, do not hesitate to ask any of our travel consultants for their recommendation.


The Destination 

Central (or Chung Wan to the locals) is Hong Kong’s CBD. It’s located in Central and Western District on the north of Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui. Central station is a terminal where Tsuen Wan Line and Island Line both meet. You can catch bus, public light bus, tram, Peak Tram and ferry to the other islands.

Many multinational financial services have their HQ in central alongside the government headquarters. The landmarks in Central range from colonial buildings like the Old Supreme Court to modern day skyscrapers like I.M Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong’s Stock Exchange is located at Exchange Square which houses prominent tenants like Credit Suisse, Allen & Overy etc. After working hours, you can find professionals at Lan Kwai Fong – a street that encapsulates Hong Kong nightlife with over 100 restaurants, bars and retailers. A bigger entertainment area would be The Soho (South of Hollywood Road) where art galleries and antique stores are a plenty.


Hotels – The Langham


The Langham Hong Kong is a 498-room property situated on Peking Street in Tsim Tsa Tsui. This area is a prime shopping district and is 2 MTR stops away on the Tsuen Wan line to Central.

Tsim Tsa Tsui is also where the major museums are located. The Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre are located at the southern waterfront. Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Science Museum are situated in Tsim Sha Tsui East. The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike as it offers an unobstructed view of Central area’s skyscraper skyline. The Star Ferry terminal is another popular attraction for tourists, and the Avenue of Stars is also popular with photographers. 

There are currently 7 options of hotels in Hong Kong that are on FCm’s SmartSTAY program. With SmartSTAY, you can expect to receive complimentary WiFi Internet access, complimentary room upgrade* and complimentary 3 pieces of pressed laundry with a min 3 night stay *. To read more about this hotel, click here.

When booking through FCm’s SmartSTAY Program, you get to enjoy 3 extra added benefits that non-SmartSTAY guest do not have access to. 

For more information regarding SmartSTAY participating hotels in your destination city, visit this page, or you may contact our Travel Experts directly. Benefits included in the stay vary across different lodgings.

*Upgrades subjected on room availaiblity upon arrival.