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Hong Kong boasts a colossal range of every type of accommodation, and rooms are always available. Booking ahead is always advisable however, either to secure a better rate at the higher-end places, or because budget accommodation tends to fill up quickly. The Hong Kong Hotels Association (w http://www.hotels-in-hong-kong.com) features deals, packages and offers for all HKHA properties.

At the upper end of the market are some of the best hotels in the world, costing several thousand dollars a night, though less renowned places offering motel-like facilities start around $600. The lower end of the market is served by guesthouses and hostels, the bulk of which are squeezed into blocks at the lower end of Nathan Road – though there are even a few on the Outlying Islands. Always check these rooms for size (many are minuscule), whether they have a window, and whether you have to pay extra for the use of air conditioning. Even these are not that cheap, however – you’ll be lucky to find a double for less than $300, though shared dormitory accommodation can come in as low as $100–150 a night for a bed.

The Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association (w http://www.yha.org.hk) also operates seven self-catering hostels – mostly a long way from the centre – offering dormitory accommodation for IYHF members from $90. Finally, you can also camp for free at the 38 campsites run by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (w http://www.afcd.gov.hk), mostly in relatively remote sites inside Hong Kong’s Country Parks. Facilities are basic – pit latrines and tank water which must be boiled – and you’ll need to be self-sufficient. Pitches are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get in early at weekends and holidays.

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