| China Vacation | Travel Guide | Main Index |

Hong Kong

The City of Lights

About Hong Kong:  A unique blend of East and West, nonstop energy and excitement.  Shimmering skyscrapers cast shadows over century-old shop houses.  And minutes away from the city's hustle and bustle are jungle-covered peaks, fishing villages, and monasteries.  Hong Kong also means shopping -- the bargains are everywhere.
Take a harbor cruise, savor some of Hong Kong's delicious Chinese food, or enjoy an unparalleled view of the city from the top of Victoria Peak.  

Climate:  Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination, although the most popular time to visit is from the middle of September to the end of February, when the weather is cooler. At its coolest (mid-December to February), the temperature averages 59°F; at its warmest (late May to mid-September), it averages 82°F but may reach 91°F.

Documents:  Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of 7 days to 6 months, depending on nationality. U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Currency:  The Hong Kong Dollar. US$1 = HK$7.81

Electricity:  Voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts, so a transformer will be needed to operate 100-volt appliances. Most major hotels provide hair dryers and other amenities.

Taxes and Tipping:   Hong Kong charges an airport tax. Here, it is HK$50 (about US$6.40) for travellers aged 12 years and older. Most restaurants will levy a 10 per cent service charge, but will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10 per cent tip. However, the tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

Time:  8 hours ahead of Greewich Mean Time (+8 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Languages:  The English is very widely spoken. There will be no problems in communicating with people in most hotels, restaurants and even some taxis.

Departure Tax:  None.

Subway Map of Hong Kong (Hong Kong MRT)

Top 10 Must-Go Places in Hong Kong

Top 10 Things to do in Hong Kong

Where to Shop in Hong Kong

Top 20 Places to see in Asia

Hong Kong Shopping

Hong Kong Chinese New Year