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11 Ways To Conquer Hong Kong Like A Local

Hint: eat. Practice all these tips and book your next flight to Hong Kong with American Airlines, nonstop from DFW Airport.

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1. First of all, you'll need an Octopus card.

It will make your life so much easier. You'll be able to use it to pay for the MTR and virtually any public transportation in the city, as well as at many fast food vendors, photo booths, supermarkets, and more.
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It will make your life so much easier. You'll be able to use it to pay for the MTR and virtually any public transportation in the city, as well as at many fast food vendors, photo booths, supermarkets, and more.

2. Indulge in the best dim sum city in the world.

Seriously, HK dim sum will put any other dim sum you've ever had to shame. Try Ming Court or Lin Heung Teahouse.
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Seriously, HK dim sum will put any other dim sum you've ever had to shame. Try Ming Court or Lin Heung Teahouse.

3. Stroll along the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.

It's WAY less crowded than the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, and the view of the skyline is totally better.
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It's WAY less crowded than the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, and the view of the skyline is totally better.

4. Check out one of HK's homegrown theme parks, Ocean Park.

Roller coasters and a Ferris wheel that overlook the ocean, pandas, a world-class aquarium, and the best cable car rides in the city.
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Roller coasters and a Ferris wheel that overlook the ocean, pandas, a world-class aquarium, and the best cable car rides in the city.

5. Stop for afternoon milk tea and pastries.

Pineapple buns are soft, sweet heaven.

6. Bike along the Shing Mun River.

The most picturesque place to cycle in all of HK. You can rent bikes at the Tai Wai MTR exit.
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The most picturesque place to cycle in all of HK. You can rent bikes at the Tai Wai MTR exit.

7. Go shopping at Causeway Bay.

Many people dismiss Causeway as a tourist trap, but it's full of bargains and hidden gems. Here's a helpful guide.
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Many people dismiss Causeway as a tourist trap, but it's full of bargains and hidden gems. Here's a helpful guide.

8. Hike in the New Territories.

Tons of locals hike here, and there are so many trails to choose from.
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Tons of locals hike here, and there are so many trails to choose from.

9. Satiate your hunger at a Dai Pai Dong (food stall).

Casual dining along the streets of the city.
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Casual dining along the streets of the city.

10. And definitely don't hesitate to order up some congee.

Rice porridge with meat, fish, century eggs, or any other accoutrements your heart desires (pickled vegetables, cilantro, pork floss — you name it). As ubiquitous and hearty as chicken noodle soup is in the States.
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Rice porridge with meat, fish, century eggs, or any other accoutrements your heart desires (pickled vegetables, cilantro, pork floss — you name it). As ubiquitous and hearty as chicken noodle soup is in the States.

11. In fact, do the most HK thing of all, and just keep eating all the delicious things the city has to offer!

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Fried octopus balls, youtiao (savory Chinese crullers), crispy pork belly, steamed buns — bliss.

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And you BETTER be Instagramming all of it.