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Welcome to Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Capital: Victoria (Central)

Population: 7,346,700 (July 2016)

Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)

Continent: Asia

Dialling Code: +852

Driving Side: Left

Time Zone: Hong Kong Time (UTC +8)

Official Language: Cantonese, English

Self styled as “Asia’s World City,” Hong Kong is a global city popular for having the most skyscrapers in the world. The East Asian metropolis connects East Asia to the world and is known for its impressive skyline, round-the-clock energy and varied cultural influences. It’s an important financial centre, with a large, sophisticated and well-educated population and a bustling, modern cityscape.

Located on China's south coast between the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea, Hong Kong is a Specialised Administrative Region (SAR) of China but has a mix of Western and Asian cultures, enjoys great autonomy and has its own currency as well as legal system. Blessed with rocky islands and hazy mountains, the former colony of Britain is one of the most visited destinations in the world, and millions of people visit its shores annually on business or leisure.

Hong Kong is quite popular for its nightlife and the options it opens up for tourists who keep looking for shopping items. One of the best places to experience Hong Kong-style shopping is the Temple Street Night Market, which sells abundant products cutting across different categories. Also, Nathan Road boasts over two miles of shops and boutiques.

Streets markets in Hong Kong are other happening places; on the other hand there are several other shopping complexes, supermarkets and departmental stores in the city. To witness the famed skyline of the city and affirm its restlessness and energy, travellers can visit the Victoria Peak, which is a well-known vantage point. From this point, one can see one of the finest harbours of the world and a stunning stretchy skyline.

The best time to visit the Victoria Peak is before sunset; at this time, one gets the opportunity to see that how the city lights up after the sun goes down. Both Cantonese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong, which makes travelling easier for English-speaking travellers. The city’s serious food culture can be experienced at the lush restaurants, food stalls and street markets around. Roast pork, roast pork buns and rice clay pots are some of the common dishes of Hong Kong.

Locals are naturally friendly and visitors can ask where to get a significant tasty treat.Holiday in Hong Kong is not only about the skyscrapers and foods; Disneyland is another point of call. Located close by to Discovery Bay on Lantau Island, the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel) presents a whole world of fun. Inside the theme park, there are six different worlds to explore - Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.

People who enjoy art and cultural activities can admire Chinese artefacts and artworks at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in Kowloon, Chinese tea rituals at the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea War or visit between February and April when the Hong Kong Arts Festival is held. Appreciate the spirituality of Hong Kong’s people at Tin Hau, Man Mo or Wan Tai Sin Temples, the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery or the Po Lin Monastery at the base of the Tian Tan Buddha statue.

If you become weary of the concrete jungle, the countryside is never far away. Enjoy a day of mountain hikes, beach excursions or a trip to Tai O Fishing Village and end it with a seafood dinner in the small fishing town of Sai Kung or on a floating restaurant in Aberdeen.

A harbour cruise is a must-do for visitors, whether it’s a trip on the historic Star Ferry, or an evening cruise for cocktails or dinner. Every night a spectacular show of colored lights and lasers illuminates the harbour.

No matter how long you stay, glittering Hong Kong will capture your imagination.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Ocean Park
Located on the south end of Hong Kong Island, the Ocean Park is among the top theme parks and aquariums in Southeast Asia, as well as the best marine education center, which makes it a must for families with children.

Victoria Bay                                                               
Situated between the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Bay is the largest harbour in China and the third in the world.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Located on the Lantau Island, the Disneyland Resort is a must-see because of its special attractions and the inimitable sense of Chinese culture. Accompanied by Mickey Mouse and other Disney friends, you start a fantastic and magical journey.

Wong Tai Sin Temple
Wong Tai Sin Temple, patterned after an ancient Chinese palace and rich in Chinese culture, is the most famous temple in Hong Kong. Find out how bright your future is by paying a visit to the fortune tellers. 

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Hong Kong by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
 
• 19 cigarettes or 1 cigar or 25g of tobacco.
• 1L of alcohol over 30% volume.
 
No customs duty is payable on wine or spirits with less than 30% alcohol content.

Electricity

Hong Kong uses the British three-pin rectangular blade plug (type G) and Electricity is 220 Volts at 50 Hertz. Most electronic stores will have cheap ($15-20) adapters that will allow foreign plugs to fit into British sockets, but be aware that these will not convert voltage or frequency. Additionally, some hotels will have a bathroom with a parallel three-pin outlet which is designed for use with electric shavers, but might be used to re-charge a phone or rechargeable batteries. 

Language

Cantonese and English are the official languages, with Cantonese the most widely spoken. Mandarin is growing quickly as a second language. English is widely spoken, especially in business circles.

Money

The official legal tender for Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD/HK$). It is also used in the neighbouring country, Macau, where the official currency, the Macau Pataca, is of similar value. It is the13th most traded currency in the world and is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly.

The Hong Kong dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in $1, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1, 000 while the Coins are in 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10.

Traveller's cheques are accepted by most leading banks and hotels.

ATMs can be found almost everywhere. Many take international cards and some HSBC 'Electronic Money' machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders.

Passport Visa

Hong Kong Visa Requirements
  • Application form fully completed in black ink only. (WE PROVIDE)
  • One Passport Photo.
  • Letter from company stating position and purpose of visit to Hong Kong.
  • 6 Months Bank Statement.
  • International Passport Copy
  • Copies of valid visas on passport
  • Certificate of Incorporation (if using company bank statement)
 

Safety

Hong Kong is remarkably safe by day and night. Police officers frequently patrol many areas and are both professional and helpful. Nonetheless, it would be unwise to let your guard drop completely anywhere in the world. And the fact that Hong Kong is so safe makes it all the more reason to guard against having your trip spoiled by the loss of your belongings.

Time

Hong Kong Time is the officilal time used in Hong Kong, observed at UTC+08:00 all year round. The Hong Kong Observatory is the official timekeeper of the Hong Kong Time.

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