An Accessible Holiday in Hong Kong

1.27.2017
via Accomable

Hong Kong is, without a doubt, a bustling and vibrant city. It exudes charm in every street, offers a bounty of local delicacies, and boasts a magnificent skyline by the harbour. Srin has recently experienced the unique culture of Hong Kong, and has a few suggestions and tips of getting around this busy city in a wheelchair.

Srin spent a week in Hong Kong, with the first few days dedicated to conferences. The last few days were then devoted to touring around the city.

Accommodation

Hotel rooms, even accessible rooms, in Hong Kong are usually smaller due to space constraints. Furthermore, Srin admits that “finding accessible hotel rooms with a roll-in shower wasn’t easy.” Eventually, he managed to secure accommodation at the Novotel Century Hong Kong.

Although the room had a roll-in shower, Srin felt that the bathroom was very cramped. Therefore, Srin advises: “If you’re travelling out to Hong Kong, make sure the room size is sufficient for you!”

Getting Around

Hong Kong is also full of steep hills, and when coupled with busy streets, can be difficult to navigate. Srin got around mainly by taxi or the subway system, both of which he found easy to do. Srin found an accessible taxi service, Diamond Cab, which had a well-adapted wheelchair accessible van that his big powered wheelchair could fit in.

As for the subway, most stations have level access from the platform to the train. “However, getting around these huge stations is like being in a maze and finding the correct entrance / exit that was accessible wasn’t always straightforward,” Srin says. Nonetheless, the subway system also has great access.

Sights

The first attraction Srin visited was Victoria Peak, which he arrived by taxi. Victoria Peak is a viewing point that provides a great view over the cityscape, and by nightfall, the buildings will lit up! However, while the views were fantastic, the viewing points were very crowded.

Another way to see the city is by taking a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon at the Victoria Harbour. The ferries are cheap and accessible, and doing so offers a great view of “the skyscraper scrawl that is Hong Kong.”

man in a wheelchair on a boat in hong kong

Srin also participated in a walking tour with Walk In Hong Kong. “My tourist highlight of Hong Kong was going on the city’s first ever accessible walking tour around a part of the city,” he shares. This tour offers portable ramps to make the route as accessible as possible. They visited the more historic areas of Hong Kong, which offered “a stronger local feel with lots of quirky stalls and markets.” They even went to sing some local Chinese karaoke!

Food

Hong Kong food is not to be missed. As a lover of Chinese food himself, Srin enjoyed trying out the various delicacies Hong Kong had to offer. Although stalls and markets that serve more authentic local delights are not as accessible, Srin recommends to still give them a go, as “the food is a treat and worth improvising to find a way around (or worth just getting take out!).”

All in all, while getting around Hong Kong might be slightly trickier due to its steep hills and packed streets, “it is [still] possible to get around with planning; and many of the major tourist sites can be easily accessed.” A trip to Hong Kong might just be what you need if you are looking for a different kind of holiday!

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