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Hong Kong wheelchair access tourism

Hong Kong is an autonomous territory and a former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. The Central Business District features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.

Attractions and Opportunities

A Symphony of Lights

Golden Bauhinia Square

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Hong Kong Museum of History

Temple Street Night Market

The Peak

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade

Transport

1. Airport Express Train & Mass Transit Railway System

For passengers traveling by the Airport Express, there is direct access between the passenger terminal and the station in the Ground Transportation Centre. All Airport Express stations are fully wheelchair accessible.

The Airport Express runs every 12 minutes from 05:50 to 01:15 daily. Journeys between the Airport and downtown Hong Kong take approximately 24 minutes.

The Airport Express Train is well connected with the Mass Transit Railway system, linking the metropolis from North to South, East to West. Its 174.7km of track covers 82 stations on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O, East Rail, West Rail, Ma On Shan and Disneyland Resort lines. It is one of the world’s most efficient, safe and reliable transit networks and is accessible to people with disabilities. Wheelchair users can travel from street level to the platform at all stations with the provision of public lifts or wheelchair aids. Passengers who require the portable ramp to connect the platform and the train can contact the MTR staff who are willing to assist. Ancillary facilities such as tactile guide paths, escalator audible device, and induction loop at all customer service centres are provided to assist visually impaired passengers and hearing impaired passengers.

For details of the facilities for disabled passengers travelling on MTR, please visit: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/mtrfacility_engine/mtrfacility_engine.php

2. Light Rail

The Light Rail mainly serves the north western part of the New Territories including Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai area, all stations are accessible to wheelchair users and the train compartment has designated area for wheelchair passengers.

For details, please visit

http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/getting_around/lt_bus_index.html

3. Bus

The public bus service network is extensive, providing relatively inexpensive services. All buses running the Airport service routes are low floor deck design for easy passenger access and luggage loading.

For detailed public bus service running to/from Airport, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html

There are five companies operate franchised public bus services in the city

Most of the buses have the following features to assist disabled passengers:

grab pole for passenger boarding and alighting; two reserved seats near bus entrance with seat yielding signs; large destination display; red-light, line bells and push bells; low floors covered with non-slip floor material; step edges marked with contrasting colours and; grab poles and stanchions with bright distinctive colouring plus; easily-accessed alighting bell; dedicated space is provided for wheelchairs inside some bus

4. Taxi

This is the most convenient way of transport. Walking aids such as wheelchairs and crutches are carried free of charge. The fares are charged according to meter reading. Metered taxis can be hailed at the taxi station, on the street or reserved by telephone.

5. Public Light Bus

Public light bus is known as minibus or van in Hong Kong. It mainly serves areas that standard bus routes cannot reach as efficiently. They carry maximum of 16 seated passengers, no standing passengers are allowed. It is not accessible to wheelchair users, but it is accessible to people with other disabilities. Some of the public light buses have been equipped with the following features:

  • seat belts
  • braille plates with the bus license number
  • rugged grab poles for passengers boarding and alighting
  • route display panels
  • alighting bell

6. Tram

One of the most environmental friendly transportation systems operated by the Hong Kong Tramway Ltd serving the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, it is not accessible to wheelchair users. However, other disabled passengers e.g. those with minor mobility difficulties, persons with visually or hearing impairments, can still gain access to the service. Assistance will be given by tram drivers to board the tram via the front exit door. Seat yielding signs for disabled passengers are displayed inside the compartment as well. For more information, please visit http://www.hktramways.com/en/index.html  

7. Ferries

Ferries are relatively accessible for disabled passengers. Wheelchair users can gain access from the pier to the vessel without much difficulty and the staff at the pier are ready to assist if required. The lower deck of the vessels are more accessible than the upper deck.

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Shenzhen Wheelchair Access Travel

Shenzhen in southeastern China, is a modern metropolis that links Hong Kong to China’s mainland. It’s known for its shopping destinations, including Luohu Commercial City, a massive mall with a vast array of wares, from tailors’ custom clothing to designer bags. Shenzhen’s cityscape results from its vibrant economy – made possible by rapid foreign investment following the institution of the policy of “reform and opening-up” in 1979. The city is a leading global technology hub, dubbed by media as the next Silicon Valley. Shenzhen offers free admission to over twenty public city parks such as People’s Park, Lianhuashan Park, Lizhi Park, Zhongshan Park, and Wutongshan Park. The Xianhu Botanical Garden is spread around the lake of the same name in the Luohu District on an area of 590 hectares. Shenzhen wheelchair access travel is superior to most other Chinese cities, largely as a result of the recent construction of so much of the city. 

Attractions and Opportunities

China Folk Culture Village 

Coco Park (Shopping and Dining)

Dongmen Pedestrian Street

Hauqiangbei (electronics hub)

KK100 (Kingkee 100)

Lianhua Park

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)

Shekou Sea World 

Shenzhen Art Museum

Shenzhen Concert Hall

Shenzhen Library

Shenzhen Museum

 

Transport

Shenzhen Metro

 

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Shanghai Wheelchair Access Tourism

Shanghai, located on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. In the 1990s, the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping resulted in an intense re-development of the city, aiding the return of finance and foreign investment to the city. It has since re-emerged as a hub for international trade and finance. Shanghai has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China; renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl Tower, with distinctive pink spheres.

Attractions and Opportunities

Hangzhou’s West Lake

Nanjing Road

Oriental Pearl Tower

Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai World Financial Centre Observatory

The Bund

World Financial Centre 

Yuyuan Market

Zhujiajiao  

Transport

A number of taxi and car services can carry you and your wheelchair around Shanghai. Making a booking ahead if time is a good idea.

Shanghai wheelchair access

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Beijing Wheelchair Access Travel

Beijing is the capital city of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s third biggest city and the most populous capital city. Located in northern China, Beijing is governed as a municipality under the direct administration of central government with 16 urban, suburban, and rural districts.

Attractions and Opportunities

Beijing Zoo

Capital Museum

Donghuamen Night Market

National Museum of China

Panjiayuan Market

Temple of Heaven

Tiananmen Square

Transport

Airport Train

This train originates at Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK), with stations at terminals 2 and 3. There is barrier-free access to the trains, and plenty of space for wheelchairs onboard. The train stops at two stations inside the city: Sanyuanqiao (with a barrier-free connection to line 10), and Dongzhimen (with connections to lines 2 and 13). The are elevators to the street from the Airport Express platform at both of these stations.

Subway

Beijing’s subway system is the busiest in the world, with more than 3 billion trips taken each year. The network consists of 18 lines and 344 stations. A large city bus network also exists in the city. Access to the Beijing Subway varies. While you might assume that accessibility would be excellent on all of the new, modern subway lines, that is not always the case. While the newer lines do offer barrier free access at some stations, there is no definitive list of which stations these are. Connections to older lines are necessary to get to some of the top attractions, and the connections may require the use of stairs.

Buses

If you’d like to ride the city bus, you can! An increasing number of Beijing city buses are wheelchair accessible with a ramp at the rear door.

Taxis

There were once a significant number of wheelchair taxis available in Beijing, of the London Cab design.

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