Stay Connected While In Hong Kong With The City’s Tourist SIM Card

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Published: 06th February 2017
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For those visiting Hong Kong, the Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card can be purchased either as a five or eight day pass that allows the user to stay connected locally and internationally and which also comes with some tourist-oriented special offers.

The Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card sells at HK$88 for the 5-Day Pass and HK$118 for the 8-Day Pass, with both Micro and Nano SIM available.

Those wanting to get connected right after touching down in ‘Asia's World City' can purchase the card upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport Arrival Hall's fifth floor. Otherwise the card is available at any 1O1O centre in town and over 2,000 7-Eleven, Circle K or VanGo convenience stores, csl or HKT shops and the Hong Kong Tourism Board's Kowloon Visitor Centre at the Star Ferry Concourse in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board's website lists what the card offers, including 1.5GB/5GB of data at 4G fast speeds, unlimited csl Wi-Fi usage with log on at over 15,000 hotspots around the city and unlimited local voice calls.

The card is also pre-loaded with HK$30/HK$48 for calls and texts abroad to 36 countries. The user can subscribe for roaming data services in mainland China, Macau and Taiwan for HK$40 a day/40MB data; the SIM card is rechargeable so the same number can be kept for up to 180 days.

Among the special offers available to users of the Discover Hong Kong SIM Card, until 30 June 2015, are a HK$30 discount on BigBus Tours' Deluxe Tour, HK$50 off the regular-priced admission to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, 10 per cent off a Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ticket, and a free HK$50 dining coupon upon spending HK$1,500 or more in designated malls in Lung Cheung Plaza & Wong Tai Sin Plaza, Choi Yuen Plaza or Tai Wo Plaza.

The card also allows the user to download free apps from the tourism board's website which give useful travel and sightseeing information. These apps can be used on the go, or while relaxing poolside at the visitor's Tsim Sha Tsui hotel, for example, to plan the next day's activities.

Those who happen to decide on a hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui for their Hong Kong accommodation, can choose from a number of Kowloon luxury hotels such as The Peninsula Hong Kong and Hyatt Regency Hong Kong and the area's ultra hip, lifestyle-oriented properties like Residence G Hong Kong (by Hotel G).

The downloadable apps include: the Travel Pack app that offers the tourism board's collection of guidebooks on a range of topics including food, hiking, feng shui, tea, street markets, colonial architecture, clan history and practical travel information; the CityGallery app which has audio guides for interactive exhibits in English, Cantonese and Mandarin plus updates received on the latest events and exhibitions; and the Next Train app for real-time MTR train information designed specifically for passengers using the Airport Express and Tung Chung Line.

Hong Kong's MTR is considered one of the world's best public transport systems and is a reliable and affordable way to travel around. A good number of the hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty and other places are convenient to an MTR station.

There's also the Island Walks app for those wanting to explore a Hong Kong of sleepy temples, rustic villages, quirky festivals and rugged coastlines, the Heritage Walks app providing a glimpse into Hong Kong's clan history, and the City Walks app which guides the user through four walks showing the city's vibrant living culture and fascinating East-Meets-West diversity. The 720 sightseeing virtual tour-guide app features panoramas of Hong Kong's top attractions.

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