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About Hong Kong

Weather

 

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. You can find detailed current and seasonal weather information at the  Hong Kong Observatory website. 

 

Transport

 

Hong Kong is a compact city, getting around is quite easy. Fleets of taxis, buses, trams, ferries, complemented by the excellent Mass Transit Railway (MTR) underground system, will enable participants to travel between their hotels and other areas in the city, safely and conveniently.

 

 

  • Taxi - Rates start at HK$20.00 on flag fall (first 2 km) plus for every 200m onwards, HK$1.5 for meter fare below $72.5 and HK$1.0 for meter fare of HK$72.5 and above. Pay in HK$ only the fare shown on the meter plus any additional charges when applicable, e.g. luggage, tunnel tolls. Charges are displayed in the taxi. Passengers have to pay the two-way Cross-Harbour Tunnel Toll on cross-harbour trips.

 

  • Octopus Card - Make use of the Octopus Card, an electronic fare card that is accepted by almost all forms of public transport, and at many fast food chains and stores. On-Loan Octopus is refundable along with the HK$50 deposit (minus HK$9 handling fee for cards returned within three months).

 

 

 

Accomodation

 

  • Nearby Hotels

 

Wifi Boutique Hotel                                366 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

 

Walden Hotel                                        353 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

 

 Gloucester Luk Kwok Hotel                   72 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, H.K.

 

The Charterhouse Causeway Bay           209-219 Wanchai Road, Wanchai, H.K.

 

 The Fleming Hong Kong                         41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

 Metropark Hotel Wanchai Hongkong ‎       41-49 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

 

Cosmopolitan Hotel                               387-397 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

 

Currency

 

The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. 

 

Language

 

Chinese (Cantonese is widely spoken) and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. All official signs are bilingual (using traditional characters). Most shops and restaurants also have English signage, though don't expect this from the more local or rural establishments. 

 

Electricity

 

The voltage in Hong Kong is 220V, 50Hz. 3-rectangular-pin sockets are used and most hotels provide adaptors for electrical appliances.

 

Emergencies

 

  • Emergency numbers

In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999.

 

  • Lost passport

If you lose your passport, make a 'lost report' at the nearest police station. Then contact your consulate to have your passport replaced.

 

  • Lost or stolen wallet

If your wallet or valuables are lost or stolen, please notify your hotel immediately and report to police. Keep a separate record of your credit card number(s) and report the loss to your card issuer(s) as quickly as possible. Most issuers have toll-free numbers and 24-hour service to deal with such emergencies.

 

Communications

 

  • International Calling Code

Dial +852 to call a Hong Kong number from overseas. There are no regional codes.

 

  • Internet Connection

Free WiFi service is available at HK International Airport. There is also Free GovWiFi service is in some government buildings including some public libraries. You can access the Internet for free at many coffee shops in town including Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. The service is also available in some MTR stations and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council' Business InfoCentre. (Check with the Hotel Concierge for a nearby location.) 

 

Others

 

  • Sales Tax

There is no sales tax on goods and services in Hong Kong.

 

  • Smoking Restrictions

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, including restaurants, karaokes, malls and bars. The smoking ban is also implemented on public transport carriers, public transport facilities and in both indoor and outdoor areas of some premises such as public beaches and swimming pools, escalators, Hong Kong Wetland Park . 

 

  • Environmental Levy Scheme on Plastic Shopping Bags

To reduce the use of plastic shopping bags, both chain and large supermarkets, convenience stores, and personal health and beauty product stores are required to charge HK$0.50 for each plastic shopping bag provided to customers. 

 

For more information about Hong Kong, please click:  http://www.discoverhongkong.com