Quick Facts

Get up to speed about the region

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), a former British colony which was reunited with the People's Republic of China in 1997, welcomes millions of international travellers every year for business and tourism.

The HKSAR is part of the Pearl River Delta region, a rapidly interconnecting economic area on the southern coast of China that includes booming cities such as Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, and China's other SAR, Macau.

Visas

Travel to Hong Kong for visits of less than three months is visa-free for most nationalities. A passport is required. Note that separate entry requirements apply for travel from the HKSAR to Mainland China, and to the Macau SAR.

View visa requirements from the HKSAR Immigration Department


Currency

The unit of money is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls. You may wish to purchase an Octopus card, a stored-value smart card which is a popular and convenient way to pay transit fares and make small purchases at selected shops.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

HKD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.14 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.10 Euro (EUR)
0.08 British Pound (GBP)
7.77 Indian Rupee (INR)
13.21 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.15 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.16 Singapore Dollar (SGD)

Taxes

There are no sales, duty or value-added taxes in Hong Kong.


Tipping

A 10% service charge is added to hotel and restaurant bills. It is also customary to leave a small additional tip.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 4.30 / 5pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 12.30 or 1.30 / 4.30 pm, Saturday (depending on branch)

Office Hours 
9am - 5 / 6pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 1pm, Saturday

Shopping Hours
Most shops are open seven days a week from 10am to 7pm or as late as 9pm.


Public Health

Medical services are at a high standard, though public hospitals can be crowded and private clinics may be quite expensive.

We recommend not drinking water from the tap. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every hotel room.


Dress

Light suits and dresses are appropriate for business. A light raincoat or umbrella may be useful from mid-May to mid-September, the summer rainy season.

A sweater is recommended for indoors, particularly in the summer months, when the air conditioning can be quite cold. Coats are occasionally necessary from December to February.


Weather

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with warm to hot, humid summers from May to September (25°C to 29°C / 77°F to 84°F), and a cooler season from December to February (14°C to 20°C / 57°F to 68°F).

The typhoon season runs from July to September, when heavy rain can be expected.

Today

Mostly Cloudy

Mostly cloudy and hot

High: 33°C / 91°F
Low: 29°C / 84°F

Tomorrow

Mostly Cloudy

Rather cloudy and very warm

High: 34°C / 93°F
Low: 28°C / 82°F
Saturday:
Mostly Cloudy High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
Sunday:
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
Monday:
Intermittent Clouds High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 19°C 14°C
Feb 19°C 14°C
Mar 21°C 17°C
Apr 25°C 20°C
May 29°C 24°C
Jun 30°C 27°C
Jul 32°C 27°C
Aug 31°C 26°C
Sep 30°C 26°C
Oct 28°C 23°C
Nov 24°C 19°C
Dec 21°C 15°C
Facts

Population
7 million

Language
Mandarin, Cantonese and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA / WCDMA