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:
Receipt and Despatch Unit
Hong Kong Immigration Department
2/F, Immigration Tower
7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
No.71, Di’anman Xidajie, Xicheng District
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/
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.
|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.
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.
In emergency situations, you can contact:
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:
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles. Adaptors are generally available in most hotels.
Mainly Cantonese and English but Mandarin is widely spoken.