Must have Smartphone Apps for Living in Hong Kong
15 April 2016
Life in the city is certainly fast, but these apps make the day-to-day easier to navigate. From travel to trekking, just click to connect to your Apple or Android and off you go…
Whether you are riding train, bus or car, there’s an app to assist you. Jump lines and book a taxi through Easy Taxi and local success Fly Taxi, or arrive in style using Uber. If you need to travel cross-harbour, open up HK Cross-Harbour Taxi Stands Finder to locate a taxi, and if a driver doesn’t understand an address, flick open Hong Kong Taxi Translator to show him the location in Chinese.
Two apps from the MTR send you speeding along the subway. Next Train is useful if you catch trains on the Airport Express, Tung Chung, West Rail or Tseung Kwan O lines, while MTR Mobile has comprehensive info across the whole network on route planning, station exits and even nearby shops. Residents of the outlying islands rely on apps like OnTime HK to get to the boats on time.
And if you aren’t sure which transport to use, check road congestion with Traffic Hong Kong for apple users and Live Traffic Hong Kong on Android, where you can peek at the roads you want to use, and use comparison app HKeTransport to check the fastest route between two addresses depending on transport taken.
Living the Life
Get a better look at Hong Kong’s strikingly green and tranquil country parks with TrailWatch, where you can map your walk using GPS and share it with others. There are 19 cool tree species waiting to be discovered on Tree Walks while Enjoy Hiking lists rural routes that really take you away from the urban sprawl.
Back in town, take the hassle out of trawling cinema listings with Hong Kong Movie on iOS and Android where you can check show times, view real time seat plans and make your booking all in one app. Keep exploring with Sugar, which promises to uncover quirky stores, secret bars and other hidden gems right on your doorstep, and if quality coffee is your thing download Beanhunter to lead you to the city’s best baristas.
Hong Kong can be expensive but Groupon helps keep costs down – the app lists specials on everything from goods to getaways. Scroll Klook for discount entry to kid-pleasing places like Hong Kong Disney and Ocean Park, as well as the Peak Tram and Ngong Ping 360. Once purchased, Klook’s coupons allow you to skip past ticket lines with one swipe of your phone.
Then after all those activities why not pamper yourself with discounted beauty treatments via BloomMe. With over 200 spas available choose your closest and grab yourself a deal. After all you can’t be seen browsing through your apps without perfectly manicured nails can you?
Food Glorious Food
Hong Kong is famous for good eating and for years community reviews on Open Rice have helped locals decide where to nosh. Now the app has expanded so you can make bookings and order take out too. Restaurants here pack out quickly but handy Food Gulu allows you to make reservations or remote queue while you wait for your ticket number to be called.
And then you’ve got Feedme Guru who have short listed 600 of the best restaurants in the city and allow you to create your own log book and tick them off as you go. Filtered by new restaurants, cuisine, cravings, and location you can also book restaurants straight away via the app. When you live in a city with this many restaurants that check list may just come in handy!
Feel like staying home? Apps like Deliveroo and Foodpanda deliver dishes from many restaurants, mostly on Hong Kong Island, right to your door step! Gone are the days of hungry office workers and hungover party-goers!
Go forth and click happy!
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