Be dazzled by a city of modernity and then relax in nature’s own backyard. Hong Kong’s landscape is truly unique. To most, it’s a land of modern skyscrapers and colourful neon sign, but to those in the know. It’s also a quiet land of greenery where nature gently massages the senses. The rest is surrounded by the relaxing sound of waves at a harbour front, bringing serenity to a metropolis of boundless energy. The sight of steel and glass merging with grass and flowers is truly amazing.
Cantonese is the main dialect, and to a lesser extent Mandarin.
However, English is widely understood in most shops, restaurants and hotels.
HEALTH & VISAS
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods varying from seven days to six months. There are currently no immunization requirements.
MONEY & CREDIT CARDS
Legal tender is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). The HKD is pegged by the government at HKD7.8 to the American Dollar. Major credit cards are widely accepted.
Banks : 09:00 – 17:00 (Mon – Fri) / 09:00 – 13:00 (Sat)
Private Offices : 09:00 – 18:00 (Mon – Fri) / 09:00 – 13:00 (Sat)
Shops : 10:00 – 21:00 (Daily)
Visitors may bring in 19 cigarettes (or 1 cigar or 25 grams of tobacco) and a one liter bottle of alcohol.
The time in Hong Kong is GMT plus 8 hours.
All tap water should be boiled before drink.
220 Volts 50 cycles AC
Hong Kong is a sub-tropical, monsoonal city with four distinct seasons.
Spring: March to mid-May has temperatures from 19°C – 26°C and bring occasional mist and
Summer: late May to mid-September has temperatures from 26°C – 33°C and is normally sunny but during the typhoon season (July – September) there can be heavy rains
Autumn: September to early December, temperatures can range from 18°C – 28°C and is sunny
Winter: late December to February, the temperature ranges from 12°C - 18°C and is sunny, bright and occasionally chilly