In the early days, much of Hong Kong’s success was down to its location—right at the cross roads of key shipping routes from China to India and farther beyond to the West. Clearly, its location hasn’t changed and Hong Kong still sits at the hub of Asia, with immediate direct access into China.
Getting away for a business trip or a leisurely weekend into China or other neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Korea or The Philippines is easy, and there are numerous options for getting in and out of the city, by air, by ferry, by bus, and by train.
From Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok), almost all international carriers such as Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong being its home base), Thai Airways or Malaysian Airlines operate to most countries in the world; there are also budget airlines such as Air Asia or Hong Kong Airlines ploughing mainly Asian routes.
So, all you need to do is get your passport (or Hong Kong ID card if this allows you to exit/enter the city without a passport), check your visas requirements and head off to anywhere in the region you want, quickly and efficiently.
Hong Kong is linked to a number of ports in Mainland China (including to the “Las Vegas of the East”, the famous island(s) of Macau, Asia’s gambling Mecca) by high-speed ferries originating on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, Shun Tak Centre Hong Kong
TurboJet provides 24 hour ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau that take approximately 45-50 minutes.
As well as going to Macau Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS) provides ferry services between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta cities Zhongshan and Zhuhai.
Hong Kong – China Ferry Terminal, Canton Road, Kowloon
TurboJet also provides ferry services between Hong Kong and Macau that take approximately 60 minutes from the CTC terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon; from this terminal Chu Kong Passenger Transport (CKS) provides ferry services between Hong Kong and cities in Guangdong province and to other Pearl River Delta cities such Shekou (Shenzhen), Zhongshan, Humen (Dongguan) and Zhuhai.
Passengers transiting through Hong Kong International Airport on their way to the Pearl River Delta region can use the SkyPier ferry services and do not need to go through immigration and customs or reclaim baggage.
Trains from Hong Kong presently mainly go to Shenzhen (just over the border with Hong Kong) and Guangzhou in China (with short stops over in places such as Dongguan); every other day there is a train to Beijing and also Shanghai. The frequency of the latter is expected to increase the Mainland’s high speed train network has been completed.
The MTR also runs regular through-train intercity services between Hong Kong and Guangdong province (some 14 trains per day), Beijing and Shanghai. The through-train terminus is MTR Hung Hom Station located on the Kowloon harbour-front, where travellers can pass through Hong Kong Immigration before boarding.
Buses or coaches both cross the border to various cities in Guangdong Province usually departing from outside one of the China Travel Services offices either in Wanchai or the Prince Edward area in Kowloon, picking up and setting down people en-route.