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Destination Facts

DESTINATION
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.

LANGUAGE
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.

BUSINESS HOURS
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)

CUSTOMS ALLOWANCE
Visitors may bring in 19 cigarettes (or 1 cigar or 25 grams of tobacco) and a one liter bottle of alcohol.

TIME ZONE
The time in Hong Kong is GMT plus 8 hours.

WATER
All tap water should be boiled before drink.

ELECTRICITY 
220 Volts 50 cycles AC

CLIMATE
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
rain showers
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
and clear
Winter: late December to February, the temperature ranges from 12°C - 18°C and is sunny, bright and occasionally chilly