Chinese and English are the official languages in Hong Kong while many business people communicate in English. Cantonese is the predominant Chinese dialect in Hong Kong, though there is an increasing use of Mandarin (Putonghua).
The currency unit is Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is currently pegged to the U.S. dollar at HK$7.8 to US$1. Notes are issued in denominations of HK$1,000, HK$500, HK$100, HK$50, HK$20 and HK$10, and coins are issued by the government. Currency can be changed at banks, hotels or money-changers, There are no restrictions on currencies brought into or taken out of Hong Kong.
Safety and Security
Hong Kong is generally considered a very safe city both at night and during the day. As everywhere, however, protect yourself from pickpockets and carry as little cash as possible; traveller’s cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.
Due to differences in legislations of countries, some items considered legal in other countries may breach the laws of Hong Kong. Please click here for advice to visitors from Hong Kong Police Force.
Water direct from the government mains in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organisation standards. Bottled water is however recommended for drinking rather than tap water, and is widely available for purchase.
Hong Kong operates with 220 volt electricity. The hotel has electrical adaptors and transformers for those guests bringing 110 volt electrical appliances.
Hong Kong enjoys the sub-tropical climate with year-round sunshine, hot summer and a mild winter. Heavy rain always occurs in summer with humidity up to 86% or more between May and September. The typhoon season is from July to September. There is a most efficient early warning system and no danger if you stay indoors when the signals go up. Planes however maybe delayed or diverted. Winter is pleasantly cool with temperature ranging from 15ﾟC to 20ﾟC and sometimes may require a light coat.
Most hotels and restaurants add 10% service charge. Additional tipping is voluntary. You may add 5%-10% more on the bill in restaurants and bars, and HK$10-HK$20 to service staff if the service is good.
Hong Kong is small and crowded, which makes public transport the only practical way to get around. The north side of Hong Kong Island and most of Kowloon are well-connected by Mass Transit Railway. While the extensive bus system enables you to explore the south side of Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. East Rail Line, runs from Kowloon to the Chinese border at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau, is a quick way to get to the New Territories.
8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
| Name of Holiday
| The First Day of January
| Lunar New Year's Day
| The second day of the Lunar New Year
| The third day of the Lunar New Year
| Ching Ming Festival
| Good Friday
| The day following Good Friday
| Easter Monday
| Teh day following Labour Day
| The Buddha's Birthday
| Tuen Ng Festival
| Hong Kong Special administrative Region Establishment Day
| The day following Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
| National Day
| Chung Yeung Festival
| The first weekday after Christmas day
| The second weekday after Christmas day