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About Hong Kong
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.
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.
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 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"
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.
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
All visitors entering Hong Kong must go through customs
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
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
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.
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.
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
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$10.
Major banks are open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday,
and 9am to 12:30pm on Saturday. They close on Sundays
and public holidays. Some banks and branches are open
slightly longer hours. Some banking services are not
available an hour before closing.
ATM Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost
everywhere and some HSBC "Electronic Money"
machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) 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
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
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.
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