About Hong Kong

Transportation To / From the Airport
Hong Kong International Airport is served by a highly efficient and comprehensive transportation network. The Airport Express is a dedicated airport railway line providing fast and reliable service operating daily from 0554 to 2328 hours at about 10-minute intervals and 2328 to 0048 hours at approximately 12-minute intervals. The journey to or from downtown Hong Kong takes approximately 24 minutes. Franchised buses also provide speedy transport to different parts of Hong Kong. Other modes of transportation includes taxis, tour coaches and hotel limousines. For details, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/index.html

Transportation
Metered taxis, frequent bus, MTR (underground train) service provides fast, clean, air-conditioned transport in Kowloon and on the Island. Combine all this with famous ferries, trams, trains and local transportation in Hong Kong is both safe, easy and inexpensive.

Entry Visa
For most nationalities, visitors not intending to work require only a valid passport for short visits and no tourist visa is required. You may also check with the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government as to the need for visas prior to entry into Hong Kong.

Address Immigration Department
2/F Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel (852) 2824 6111
Fax (852) 2877 7711
Website http://www.immd.gov.hk/index.html
Email enquiry@immd.gov.hk

If you need an invitation letter for application of visa, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Time
Hong Kong time is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Climate
Hong Kong enjoys a generally sub-tropical climate. Daytime temperature in July varies between 27 oC and 32 oC, but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. There may be occasional rain. For more information, please visit the Hong Kong Observatory's website at http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm

Language
Chinese and English are the official language in Hong Kong. All road signs, menus and tourist publications are bilingual. Cantonese is the predominant Chinese dialect widely spoken here while Putonghua has become more popular here nowadays.

Population
The estimated population of Hong Kong is more than 7 million. Almost 91% is Chinese.

Currency
The currency unit is Hong Kong Dollars (HK$). It is pledged with to the US Dollars at a rate of HK$7.8 to US$1, with narrow fluctuation. Most foreign currencies and traveller's cheques are easily exchanged in banks, hotels or money changes. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and restaurants throughout Hong Kong.

Electricity
220 Volts AC, and the frequency is 50 cycles (Hz). Three-pronged UK-style pin plugs are the norm.

Mobile Phone
GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA, and WCDMA

Internet Access
Free Wi-Fi service is available at Hong Kong International Airport, some government buildings including public libraries as well as every MTR stations. You can access the Internet for free at many coffee shops in town and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Business InfoCentre. Check with your hotel concierge for a nearby location to access Wi-Fi. Most hotels offer broadband Internet access; however, this may involve a charge in some cases.

Safety and Security
Hong Kong is generally considered a very safe city both during the day and at night . As everywhere, however, protect yourself from pickpockets and carry as little cash and valuables as possible. Use a hotel safe-deposit box to store valuables. The Hong Kong Police Force (HKPC) has stations and reporting centres throughout the territory.

Health
Your temperature may be taken when you pass through immigration upon arrival. Vaccination certificates are usually not required. However, as in other cities, health regulations are liable to change at short notice and it is always advisable to check current health regulations with carriers when making reservations.

Tipping
Most restaurants add a 10% service charge and also expect to keep the change. Where tipping is voluntary, 10% is fine. Taxi drivers, bellboys, restroom attendants and doormen are also often tipped if the service is good.

Discover Hong Kong
If you are interested in knowing more about Hong Kong, please visit http://www.DiscoverHongKong.com

Disclaimer: All information provided in this sections is considered to be accurate and correct at the date of print. We cannot be held responsible should the information change between the date of print and the date of your arrival in Hong Kong