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Language

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).

Currency

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.

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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.

Restricted Items

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

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.

Electricity

Hong Kong operates with 220 volt electricity. The hotel has electrical adaptors and transformers for those guests bringing 110 volt electrical appliances.

 

Climate

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.

Transportation

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.

 

Tipping

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.

Time

8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

 

Public Holidays
Name of Holidays Date

The day following the first day of January 2-Jan

Lunar New Year’s Day 28-Jan

The third day of Lunar New Year 30-Jan

The fourth day of Lunar New Year 31-Jan

Ching Ming Festival 4-Apr

Good Friday 14-Apr

The day following Good Friday 15-Apr

Easter Monday 17-Apr

Labour Day 1-May

The Birthday of the Buddha 3-May

Tuen Ng Festival 30-May

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day 1-Jul

The day following National Day 2-Oct

The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival 5-Oct

Chung Yeung Festival 28-Oct

Christmas Day 25-Dec

The first weekday after Christmas Day 26-Dec

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