People with mobility issues face substantial obstacles in Hong Kong, particularly on Hong Kong Island, because of its extremely hilly topography, pedestrian overpasses and crowded – often obstructed – streets. Those with hearing or visual impairments will find several aids to help them, including Braille panels in lift lobbies and audio units at traffic signals.

Accessible Travel Online Resources

Lonely Planet Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guides from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Transport Department (www.td.gov.hk) Guides to public transportation, parking and pedestrian crossings for people with disabilities in Hong Kong.

Access Guide (www.accessguide.hk) A useful guide to accessibility of sights, hotels, transport, shopping and dining venues, run by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation.

Mobility Issues

Ladder streets (streets so steep that they consist of steps instead of pavements) are particularly common in Central and Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island, heading south away from the harbourfront.

Hong Kong's minibuses are not suitable for wheelchair users; about 70% of Hong Kong's full-size bus services are. Wheelchairs can negotiate the lower decks of most ferries. Taxis are easy to flag down, but note that most are not large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.