Index

Visa and Passport 
Currency
Transport from the Airport to the City
Octopus Card
Service Charge
Public Health
Emergency Numbers
Tourist Services
Time Zone
Electricity
Official Language


At a Glance

Hong Kong is a city situated on the coast of south-eastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial centre famed for its tower-studded skyline. Amongst this dense, layered city, Hong Kong is well known for its food and shopping facilities. Supported by efficient public transport, its commercial districts and outlying islands are easily accessible by ferries, buses, mini buses, Mass Transit Railway (MTR), trams and by foot!     

Dialling code: +852
ISO code: HKG
Weather: October falls within the region’s dry season. Typically, the weather would be mild and dry with an average temperature High of 80F (27C) and average Low of 73F (23C)
Population: 7,264,100 (2014, Hong Kong consensus)
GDP per capita: 38,123.52 USD (2013, World Bank)
Currency: Hong Kong dollar
Gross domestic product: 274 billion USD (2013, World Bank)



Visa and Passport

Unless you have a close connection with the HKSAR by birth or long period of residence in the Region, or wanting to stay longer than the visa free period allowed, visas must be obtained from the Immigration Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region before departing.  Please visit the website (click here) to check on Part II for specific HKSAR visa requirements of your country.  Other visas such as business visas or working visas are also available.

You may download the application form here.

The application and all supporting documents should be submitted in the following ways:

  •   By post directly or through the local sponsor in the HKSAR to: 

Receipt and Despatch Unit
Hong Kong Immigration Department
2/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

  • Applicants residing in overseas countries or territories may submit their application forms together with the relevant supporting documents and their travel documents in person to the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission in their place of domicile.
  • Holders of foreign passports who are living in the Mainland may submit the application forms together with all supporting documents to the Immigration Division of the Office of the Government of the HKSAR in Beijing.  The address of the Beijing Office is:

            No.71, Di’anman Xidajie, Xicheng District
            Beijing 100009
            People’s Republic of China

For more information, please read the Guidebook for Entry for Visit/Transit in Hong Kong: http://www.immd.gov.hk/pdforms/ID(E)1004.pdf

You may also contact your country’s embassy in Hong Kong for more information: http://hk.embassyinformation.com/  
 



Currency

Hong Kong dollars are pegged against the US dollar. The following table provides estimated conversion rates for selected major currencies:

USD1 = HKD7.78
AUD1 = HKD5.39
NZD1 = HKD5.04
SGD1 = HKD5.43
1 Chinese Yuan (RMB) = HKD1.18
CAD1 = HKD5.39
EUR1 = HKD8.49
GBP1 = HKD11.17

Source: Yahoo Exchange (Jan 2016 - For reference only)

There are many currency exchange services in retails banks across the city. You will also find plenty of currency exchange outlets inside the airport.



Transport from the Airport to the city

There are plenty of public transport options available from the airport to the city.

  • Airport Express
    The Airport Express takes passengers to Central in just 24 minutes. Train operate every 10-minute intervals from 05:54 to 23:28 and approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28 to 00:48 daily.
    Fares:
    To / From Fare (HK$)
    Hong Kong Station <> Airport Station 100
    Kowloon Station <> Airport Station 90
    Tsing Yi Station <> Airport Station 60
    AsiaWorld-Expo <> Airport Station 5


    Passengers taking the Airport Express can enjoy a free In-town Check-in service in Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations. Passengers can check in between 90 minutes and one full day ahead of their scheduled flight departure time.
    A free shuttle bus service is available to take passengers from Kowloon or Hong Kong stations to most major hotels and transport interchanges. Passengers can also enjoy free porter service at all Airport Express stations. Customer services are available at Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to assist passengers who required this assistance.

  • Buses
    Cityflyer routes offer a more cost effective method of getting into the city. The bus terminal is situated around 10 mins walking distance away from the arrival hall. You are encouraged to check the website or hotel help desk concerning which bus number to take before boarding.
        
  • Taxi
    Taxi are available outside the airport terminal. Taxis are colour coded in Hong Kong into city taxis (Red), New Territories taxis (Green) and Lantau Island taxis (Blue). Should you be staying in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, please ensure you hire a red taxi.
    All taxis operate a meter system and there are no flat fees for getting to the city. You should expect to spend up to HKD350 for Kowloon and HKD450 for Hong Kong island destinations. Tolls and luggage fees are already factored into this estimated cost.        


Octopus Card

This pre-paid card enables you to travel on all public transport without the need to pay for a separate ticket. You can purchase and top up the card at Airport Express counters, MTR stations, and in certain convenience stores (e.g. 7-11). Any unused balance on the card could be refunded at any MTR stations. 



Service Charge

A 15% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants. Tips are discretionary. 



Public Health

Unlike some western countries, you cannot drink straight from the tap (faucet) in Hong Kong. All travellers are advised to drink bottled water or tap water must be boiled before consumption.



Emergency Numbers

In emergency situations, you can contact:

Police: 999
Fire: 999
Ambulance: 999



Tourist Services

Most hotels provide Concierge services for local tours and free of charge maps on the city. You will also find visitors centre from the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) around the city:

  • HKTB Visitor Hotline: +852 2508 1234 (available from 9am to 6pm, daily) 
  • Hong Kong International Airport Visitor Centre
    Address: Buffer Halls A and B, Arrivals Level, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau Island
    Opening hours: 8am to 9pm daily
  • Hong Kong Island Visitor Centre 
    Address: The Peak Piazza (between The Peak Tower and The Peak Galleria), The Peak, Hong Kong Island
    Opening hours: 11am to 8pm daily
  • Kowloon Visitor Centre
    Address: Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Opening hours: 8am to 8pm daily


Time Zone

GMT +7 hours (no daylight savings time)



Electricity

Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles. Adaptors are generally available in most hotels.



Official Language

Mainly Cantonese and English but Mandarin is widely spoken.