As if Hong Kong wasn’t efficient enough, there are a whole bunch of apps that make it that much more convenient for families on the go! We’ve downloaded, tried and tested them to give you the lowdown on Little Steps’ picks for Hong Kong’s best mobile apps! Check the weather, find a movie or a meal, make your way on the MTR, bus, or taxi, and even learn a little history while you’re cruising around town. Enjoy!
You may know how to hail a cab, but it can be hard to communicate where you want to go. Download the Hong Kong Taxi Translator app which lets you punch in an English address and have it instantaneously translated to the address in Chinese. There’s also a handy map function that guides you along your way.
Hong Kong Taxi Translator, Click here to download
HK Drivers, www.hkdrivers.com
When you have to find an obscure station in a jiffy, use the helpful MTR App to do a quick and easy search and find out the best way to get there. You won’t miss a line change, and it also calculates an approximate time of arrival. Download the Octocheck App while you're at it, to check your remaining value on your Octopus card!
Octocheck, Click here to download
Download this app to get grandpa and grandma’s flight status, so you don’t have to run around the terminal like a headless chicken! Apart from flight information, you’ll also be super prepared for your next family vacation, as the app locates restaurants, shopping and parking at the airport.
Hong Kong Airport App, Click here to download. They also have built-in information for Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo, and Manila.
Hong Kong’s tourism bureau has got you covered when it comes to this all-in-one app that details the best places to eat, go and play. The app has restaurant recommendations, walking guides to historical monuments, hiking tours to the best peaks and leafy valleys on the island, family and kids guide, and oodles of practical information on the city.
Discover Hong Kong, www.discoverhongkong.com
Ever take junior on a stroll around town, and wished you knew more about the skyscrapers and heritage buildings? Get outside plus learn a bit about the city by taking Pocket Guide Hong Kong's walking tours. Follow one of their recommended itineraries and see undiscovered gems with the help of the audio guide.
Pocket Guide Hong Kong, www.pocketguideapp.com. Download the app for your travels as well - they've got 100 top tourist destinations.
Get the answer to all of these wardrobe queries by flipping onto your Hong Kong Observatory’s My Weather App. It tells you the weather, the forecast for the upcoming days and also any additional notices about air pollution, typhoons and storms. There’s plenty of other meterological information for weather geeks that are worth a browse, too.
Hong Kong Observatory, www.hko.gov.hk. It's free!
This popular dining website doesn’t always come with the top food critics, but you'll never have to try the new hotspot without gaging the reviews from other diners! With nearly 200,000 restaurants online, and more than double that in reviews, it’s worth downloading this app and locating an eatery with Open Rice’s iconic seal of approval!
Open Rice, www.openrice.com
When you’re at a loss of knowing where to grab a drink for date night, download the Openbar HK App. The trendy app has a profile of the bar, pics of the interiors, as well as practical information, including contact info and opening hours. Best yet – it has a list of happy hours and ladies nights, so you can score a bargain on drinks any night of the week!
Openbar HK App, Click here to download
Hong Kong Movie, Click here to download
* iDiscover CITY WALKS - A guide to HK's must-see heritage sites, local eateries, standout shops, and hidden treasures
* Waygo - Visual translator of Chinese characters to English
* Car Park Hong Kong - Find a car park nearby
* Toilet Rush - Find a toilet, fast, in Chinese only
* HK Air - Up-to-date air pollution levels
* The Entertainer - Tons of BOGO offers around town
* Taxi Wise - Reserve a taxi, get directions and translations
* HK eTransport - Point-to-point public transport routes
* Ocean Park - Transportation info, maps, coupons, showtimes and more
* Oanda - Currency converter
* Mobile Slingbox App - Turn your smartphone or tablet into a TV
* Starbucks - Pay for your coffee, get rewards!
* 16 Seats - Great way to navigate the green mini bus routes.
* CitybusNWFB - Sets alarms for when to get off the bus, shows pictures of the bus stop and more! Available on iOS and Android
* Skipmenu - skip automated hotlines in Hong Kong
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