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About Hong Kong

Situated at the southeastern tip of China, Hong Kong is ideally positioned at the centre of rapidly developing East Asia. With a total area of 1,103 square kilometres, it covers Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon peninsula just opposite, and the New Territories the more rural section of Hong Kong, which also includes 262 outlying islands.

Hong Kong, described as a 'barren rock' over 150 years ago, has become a world-class financial, trading and business centre and, indeed, a great world city.

Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on July 1, 1997, after a century and a half of British administration. Under Hong Kong's constitutional document, the Basic Law, the existing economic, legal and social system will be maintained for 50 years. The SAR enjoys a high degree of autonomy except in defence and foreign affairs.

Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical, tending towards the temperate for nearly half the year. Temperatures can drop below 10 degrees Celsius in winter and exceed 31 degrees Celsius in summer. About 90 per cent of the rainfall occurs between April and September.

Getting There

Air Service
Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok on Lantau Island is one of the world’s best and most modern airports offering a comprehensive range of facilities and services to the travelling public. It is the main entry point to Hong Kong, Asia’s world city, as well as being the travellers’ gateway to China and to the rest of Asia.

To and From the Airport
Getting to and from the Hong Kong International Airport is easy, convenient and relatively inexpensive.

Rail
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) high-speed Airport Express is the fastest way between the downtown areas and the airport. The line whisks passengers from Hong Kong Station adjacent to the Central MTR Station on Hong Kong Island via Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations to the airport in about 23 minutes, trains run every 12 minutes. A free Airport Express shuttle bus service from Hong Kong and Kowloon stations serves major hotels. Both these stations provide free in-town check-in services. Details of train fares and operating hours >>

Taxis
Taxis are readily available from the taxi pick-up area in front of the Arrivals Hall. All taxis can go to and from the airport. All fares are metered and there are fare details inside each cab.

Hong Kong International AirportBuses
There are nine convenient Airbus routes called "A" routes that can take you to and from the airport with fewer stops than an ordinary city bus. Fares range between HK$14 and HK$45. When you exit the Arrivals Hall, turn right for Airbuses and ordinary city buses ("E" route buses).

Ferries to Tuen Mun
There is also a ferry link from Tung Chung New Development Pier at Chek Lap Kok to the town of Tuen Mun in the New Territories. The ferry operates 6am - 11pm daily.

Charter Coaches and Limousines
Arriving passengers can also book their own personal limousines, mini-vans, vans and group coaches (buses) that will whisk their party to their destination. Operators have counters located in the Arrivals Hall and in the Ground Transportation Centre.

Airport - Mainland China Coach Service
The Hong Kong International Airport is also a hub for ground transport to Mainland China and cities in the Pearl River Delta. Click for more information on coach service to the mainland >>

Airport - Mainland China Ferries Service
High-speed ferries provide fast and efficient service to nearby cities in Mainland China. Book a ticket prior to boarding from the ticketing desks located in the transfer area on Arrivals Level 5 before the immigration counters. Then hop aboard a bus from the airport’s air side (i.e., before immigration) that will take you to the Skypier for your connection to cities like Dongguan, Macau, Shekou and Shenzhen.

Air Passenger Departure Tax & Surcharges
All passengers 12 and above departing Hong Kong International Airport must pay a HK$120 Air Passenger Departure Tax which is normally included in the price of the airline ticket. However, passengers who arrive and depart the same day from Hong Kong are exempt from the tax.

In order to maintain the current standards of safety, security and passenger services, passengers departing Hong Kong International Airport need to also pay a security charge of HK$33.

Immigration/Customs

Visitors to Hong Kong must hold a valid passport. Passports should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from Hong Kong. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas for periods varying from seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. Check with any Chinese embassy or consulate for the latest status. For more information about Visa requirements please refer to Visit Visa/ Entry Permit Requirements by clicking here.

Airport Now, frequent business travel to Hong Kong is easier than ever with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Travel Pass. For more details on the Travel Pass, please visit the Immigration Department's website.

Visas for mainland China can be obtained in Hong Kong. They require one photo and usually take three working days to process. Visas can be obtained through the Visa Office of People's Republic of China, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, China Travel Service (HK) Ltd, or China International Travel Service HK Ltd.

All visitors entering Hong Kong must go through customs clearance.

Departing visitors should note that enhanced security measures are now in effect at Hong Kong International Airport. Visitors are reminded not to carry any sharp objects with a point or blade such as knives, cutters, scissors, razor blades, or household cutlery in carry-on luggage. Instead, visitors should place such items in check-in baggage. Some personal protection devices like the spray mace, while legal in some countries, are prohibited in Hong Kong. To avoid any unnecessary delays, please follow the guidelines from HKIA.

Please refer to the Customs & Excise Department web pages for more information about prohibited articles /goods.

Accommodation
Hotels are situated on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, in the New Territories and on the outlying islands. You can stay among the big city lights, in the verdant countryside or by the beach - the choice is yours. No matter where you stay, all of Hong Kong's attractions are close at hand. The excellent public transport system means you are only a short journey away from the bustle of the city or the tranquillity of the outlying islands.

Many of Hong Kong's luxury hotels are among the best in the world. All the major international chains are represented, along with a dazzling array of local and regional hotels. What's more, there are a multitude of hostels and guesthouses to satisfy the budget-conscious traveller.

Electricity
The standard electrical voltage in HK is 220 volts AC, 50HZ, so you will need an adaptor for your 100-volt appliances and electrical equipment.The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your equipment when you arrive in Hong Kong.

Tipping
Most restaurants will levy a 10 per cent service charge but waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10 per cent tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

Local Transportation
Public transportation via bus, ferry or train is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user-friendly. The system covers extension areas of Hong Kong with signs in English and Chinese.

Currency
Currencies
Legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins, issued by the government, are bronze-coloured for 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents; silver-coloured for HK$1, HK$2, and HK$5; nickel and bronze for HK$10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have denominations of HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1,000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HK$10.

Banks
Major banks are open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday. They close on Sundays and public holidays. Some banks and branches are open slightly longer hours. Some banking services are not available an hour before closing.
ATM Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere and some HSBC "Electronic Money" machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders. American Express cardholders have access to Jetco ATMs and can withdraw local currency and travellers' cheques at the Express Cash ATMs in town.

Business Hours
Generally, business hours are weekdays 9:00am-5:00pm, and Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm. Major banks are open weekdays 9:00am-4:30pm, and Saturdays 9:00am-12:30pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays.

English and Chinese are the official languages The vast majority of shops are open every day. Generally, shops are open from 10:00am-7:00pm. But there are exceptions. Stores in busy retail areas like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open even later, perhaps until 9:30pm. Those in Central, meanwhile, have usually closed their doors by 7:00pm

Telephones
Advance communication systems developed in Hong KongAs one of the world's highest per capita users of cellular phones and radio pagers, Hong Kong thrives on efficient telecommunications. Local calls from public coin phones cost HK$1 for five minutes.

Postal Services
Postage is inexpensive and the service is reliable. The main post offices are on Hong Kong Island, next to the "Star" Ferry in Central, and at 10 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Enquiries: +852 2921

 
 

 


 










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