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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.

Kowloon (Cantonese for "Nine Dragons", named after the many hilly peaks that rise in the distance) comprises the area across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island, south of the New Territories and the border with mainland China.


Travel to Hong Kong for visits of less than three months is visa-free for majority of the 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


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.

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

HKD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.12 Euro (EUR)
0.099 British Pound (GBP)
9.15 Indian Rupee (INR)
14.19 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.19 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.17 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.13 US Dollar (USD)


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


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 - 4.30pm / 5pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 12.30pm / 1.30pm / 4.30pm, Saturday

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

Shopping Hours
10am - 7pm / 9pm, Monday through Sunday

Public Health

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

We do not recommend drinking water from the tap. Bottled drinking water is available in every hotel room. 


Light suits and dresses are appropriate for business. The summer rainy season lasts from mid May to mid September, during which a light raincoat may be useful.

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.


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 rainfall can be expected.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 18ºC 13ºC
Feb 18ºC 13ºC
Mar 20ºC 16ºC
Apr 24ºC 20ºC
May 28ºC 23ºC
Jun 30ºC 25ºC
Jul 31ºC 26ºC
Aug 30ºC 26ºC
Sep 30ºC 25ºC
Oct 27ºC 23ºC
Nov 24ºC 19ºC
Dec 20ºC 15ºC

7 million

Mandarin, Cantonese and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA / WCDMA