At a GlanceHong Kong is situated on the coast of south-eastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it is 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!
Dialing Code: +852
ISO Code: HKG
Weather: The weather in August is typically hot and humid. Average low and high temperatures fall between 31°C (87.8°F) and 26°C (78.8°F).
Currency: Hong Kong dollar
Time Zone: GMT +8 hours (no daylight saving time)
Visa and PassportAll visitors travelling to Hong Kong must have a valid passport to enter the city. Hong Kong immigration allows most passport-holding visitors entry without a visa to stay for periods varying from 7 to 180 days, depending on the visitors' nationality. If you are unsure of your status, please check with your local Chinese embassy or consulate. You can also find out more about visa requirements on the Immigration Department website.
CurrencyHong Kong dollar (HK$) is the official currency. The currency is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of approx. HK$7.8 to US$1.0. ATMs can be found almost everywhere. Many of them take international cards and withdrawals can be made with Visa and MasterCard.
Transport from The Airport to The CityThere are plenty of public transport options available from the airport to the city.
Airport ExpressThe Airport Express can take passengers to Central Station in just 24 minutes. The train operates in 10-minute intervals from 05:54-23:28, and in approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28-00:48.
|To / From||Fare (HK$)|
|Hong Kong Station <> Airport Station||100|
|Kowloon Station <> Airport Station||90|
|Tsing Yi Station <> Airport Station||60|
|AsiaWorld-Expo <> Airport Station||5|
All taxis operate a meter system and there are no flat fees for getting to the city. You should expect to spend up to HK$350 for Kowloon and HK$450 for Hong Kong island destinations. Tolls and luggage fees are already factored into this estimated cost.
Public HealthUnlike some western countries, you cannot drink straight from the tap (faucet) in Hong Kong. All travelers are advised to drink bottled water. Tap water must be boiled before consumption.
Emergency NumbersIn emergency situations, you can contact: