About Hong Kong

Hong Kong has good smell of modernization. Many industries are leaders in their field in the world, including economic, telecommunication, technology, transportation. With an area of 1,110 sq. km, Hong Kong consists of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and a group of 260 outlying islands. Hong Kong has a population of 6,600,000 and 96% of them are Chinese. Hong Kong Transportation) , lifestyle and entertainment. And the most famous one is the movie industry which has greatly influenced the world movie industry.

Hong Kong is a fusion of many cultures. Remnants of its colonial past and the British culture and values, share space with the Chinese tradition. It's amazing to notice the gray Confucian temples edging against the western style churches. The traditional Chinese festivals such as the Spring Festival and Moon Festival are celebrated along with Christmas. Chinese opera and Canto-pop Music lead a peaceful coexistence. Hong Kong is a land of ferocious contrasts. Beneath the ornate exterior of impressive the skyline and lighting-paced lifestyle beats the heart of old Hong Kong. CEOs, entrepreneurs light joss sticks at home and worship in front of a Buddha in temples for good luck and wealth.

Hong Kong is the international meeting point of Asia, accessible from 160 different destinations. Enjoy the vibrant shopping districts, the colourful and glowing streets of the city and its Cantonese delicacies. Welcome to the Asia's World City!

Useful information for Hong Kong

Bank 
Major banks are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday. They close on Sundays and public holidays.

Currency
Legal tender is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). There are 100 cents in a dollar. Coins, issued by the government, are bronze-colored for 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents; silver-colored for HKD1, HKD2, HKD5, nickel and bronze for HKD10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have denominations of HKD10, HKD20, HKD50, HKD100, HKD500 and HKD1000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HKD10.

Electricity
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong 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.

Exchange Rates
Since the mid-1980s, the value of the Hong Kong dollar has been pegged at HKD7.8 to the US dollar, and consequent rates of exchange to other currencies. However, the market rate exchange to the US dollar fluctuates marginally. Banks and money changers charge commission. Similarly, commissions are payable in hotels and major retail outlets which provide exchange facilities for their customers.

Mobile Services
Using your mobile phone in Hong Kong is convenient as most of the telephone systems used around the globe - like GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA and WCDMA - operate in Hong Kong. Mobile operators in Hong Kong also have roaming agreements with most overseas operators enabling visitors to use their own mobile phone when they come to Hong Kong. Before leaving home check with your network provider to make sure they have a roaming service to the various destinations you will be visiting and be sure to check pricing.

Opening Hours
The vast majority of shops are open every day throughout the year, some only closing during the Chinese New Year holiday. Generally, opening hours are 10:00am - 7:00pm. However many stores in busy retail areas like Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open until 9:30pm or even later, particularly on weekends. Shops in Central close as early as 7:00pm.

Tips
Most restaurants will levy a 10% service charge but waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants, which do not add a service charge, will expect a 10% tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

Transportation 
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 and Chinese. Airport Express links between Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong's vibrant Central business hub. All the Airport Express stations include an In-town Check-in desk and regular Airport Express Shuttle Bus services. For details of train service, please visitwww.mtr.com.hk

Visa
Please check visa requirements with the embassy of your country in Hong Kong. Fully registered and paid delegates may receive an invitation letter from the Organizing Committee, in order to facilitate their visa application procedure.

Useful Numbers (*)
Directory Enquiries: 1083
Weather: 187 8200 
Emergency Service (Police, Fire, Ambulance): 999 
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline (8am - 6pm Hong Kong Time): 2508 1234 
Hong Kong International Airport, English (24 hours): 2181 0000

(*) If you're dialing from outside Hong Kong, please add the area code (852).

More information can be found the following links:

Tourism Authority of Hong Kong

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Plan your trip in Hong Kong

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