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Background

Until fairly recently Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire and this has perhaps caused and encouraged its continued East-meets-West image. It is as famous for its natural landscape as its modern architecture. This diversity is echoed in the lifestyle of the people, combining traditional Chinese practices with a more modern, Western-influenced way of life. Superstition still plays a significant role in everyday life. There is also culinary multiplicity, with evidence of both Eastern and Western influences in Hong Kong’s most popular dishes.

How to get to Hong Kong

From London to Hong Kong by plane will take approximately 10 or 11 hours. Flying is the best way to get from the UK to Hong Kong and fares can be quite competitive. Have a look online for the best deals and, if London airports are not the closest ones to you, bear in mind that it may work out more cheaply to travel to London and then fly from here.

Accommodation in Hong Kong

Hong Kong can be a very expensive place to book holiday accommodation, however there has been an increase in the amount of budget accommodation available – hostels and guest houses for example. Check and see if you are going to be staying during any major festivals or events as this drives prices well up and it can be almost impossible to find accommodation if you do not book well in advance.

In Hong Kong the tariffs quoted on the more budget accommodations are usually negotiable and you can get them down by around 25 per cent sometimes. Further discounts are usually likely if you are booking in a large group or are staying for a period of more than 2 weeks. The main hostel companies in Hong Kong are the International Youth Hostel Federation Hong Kong and YMCA.

Travelling around Hong Kong

Getting around the centre (or Special Administrative Region - SAR) of Hong Kong is really quite convenient and easy. On some occasions the only transport available will be boat or ferry – for instance if you want to cross the harbour or reach any of the islands. Regardless, the Star ferry is worth a trip during your stay.

Hong Kong has a very extensive underground network that should be able to take you within minutes of most places in central Hong Kong. Buy tickets from the touch screen ticket machines or the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) counters in the stations. The underground system is very modern and efficient and is therefore a very good way of getting around during your trip.

The train (MTR) system (which includes the underground) is much cheaper than in the UK, though travelling by train is more expensive than travelling by bus in Hong Kong. The quality of the service more than reflects this however. Hong Kong’s trains are clean and incredibly reliable. You can get an Octopus card (a similar system to the Oyster card system in London) which may make it more convenient for you to get around quickly.

This Octopus card can also be used on the buses. Although it is probably usually easier to get one of the trains, the bus network is also good. It is extensive and so will likely be able to take you to or near your destination, however the different routes can be confusing.

Although all of these should suffice during your trip, Hongkong Tramways Ltd also runs a tramline which has been around since the early 1900s.

Other considerations

When budgeting for your hair transplant surgery, you should remember to factor in the cost of travelling. You should also bear in mind that there might be a possibility that you may have to return for further treatment which will increase your costs considerably.

Hair Transplant Techniques used in Hong Kong

Strip Treatment

Strip treatment, more technically known as FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) has been the leading form of hair transplant surgery for a long time and still remains popular. As it is fairly convenient and produces the optimum hair coverage it is especially popular with those who have advanced thinning. As the name would suggest, strip treatment involves the removal of thin strips of hair from the back and sides of your head which are then transplanted onto the areas where hair loss has occurred. Some scarring will result, though this should not be evident unless your hair is shaved very close to your head.

FUE

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is useful for those with minimal thinning or who have had strip treatment in the past and have damaged their donor. If this latter is the case, then it is still possible to undergo FUE as it can access and effect hair removal in areas that FUT does not. Your surgeon very carefully extracts little groups of between 1 and 4 hairs and later transplants them elsewhere on your head. The precision required for this means that you will probably have to have your head shaved for this treatment to be most effective. However this precision also means that it is extremely unlikely that you will suffer any scarring afterwards.

Combination Treatments

If you have had a hair transplant procedure in the past which you were unhappy with you may require a repair procedure. If this is the case then you should consult a specialist who will be able to advise you of what treatment will best correct this for you. Similarly, with Body Hair Follicular Unit Extraction (BHFUE) a combination of treatments may be required. The surgical procedures will vary greatly from person to person and case to case and so, for example, the time taken and the potential for scarring will also vary as a result.

After-care

Regardless of the type of procedure you have it is advisable to ensure that you are fully knowledgeable about after-care procedures, etc. Make sure that you have a detailed consultation with your specialist regarding this. This should also make the entire procedure less stressful for you.


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