Quick Facts

Important facts about the city

Western District is one of Hong Kong’s oldest areas, where the modern history of Hong Kong began. Just behind the hotel is Belcher’s Street, named after Edward Belcher, a British Navy officer who surveyed Victoria Harbour in 1841.

Western District is well-known for its many traditional shops and the lingering charm of Old Hong Kong. Its proximity to the Central Business district makes the area popular with tourists and business travellers.

Visas

Travellers from most nations may arrive at Hong Kong visa-free for visits less than three months.

Note that separate entry requirements apply for travel from the HKSAR to Mainland China, and to the Macau SAR.

Click here to 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.

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

HKD 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.14 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.098 Euro (EUR)
0.078 British Pound (GBP)
7.82 Indian Rupee (INR)
13.45 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.15 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.8 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.16 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.13 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

No VAT is applied in Hong Kong.


Tipping

A service charge of 10% is usually added automatically to all hotel and restaurant bills in Hong Kong. If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.


Business Hours

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

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

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


Public Health

Medical services in Hong Kong are of a high standard, although 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 may be useful during the summer rainy season, which lasts from mid-May to mid-September.

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


Weather

Autumn: October to early December. Temperatures hover around 20°C / 68°F, with clear skies and low humidity.

Winter: mid December to February. Temperatures range from below 10°C / 50°F to around 17°C / 62°F. Warm clothing is required.

Spring: March to April. Temperatures range from 21°C / 70°F to 25°C / 77°F. Humidity levels can reach 80%.

Summer: May to September. Temperatures range from 26°C / 79°F to 31°C / 87°F. Tropical cyclone or typhoons usually affect Hong Kong and the surrounding region during summer. At least one or two severe typhoons affect Hong Kong each year.

Today

Sunny, Thunder Showers

A stray a.m. t-storm, then a few showers

High: 32°C / 89°F
Low: 28°C / 82°F

Tomorrow

Mostly Cloudy

Mainly cloudy and very warm

High: 33°C / 91°F
Low: 28°C / 82°F
Thursday:
Showers High: 33°C / 91°F Low: 28°C / 82°F
Friday:
Sunny, Thunder Showers High: 32°C / 89°F Low: 27°C / 80°F
Saturday:
Partly Sunny High: 31°C / 87°F Low: 27°C / 80°F

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 25ºC
Aug 30ºC 26ºC
Sep 30ºC 26ºC
Oct 27ºC 23ºC
Nov 24ºC 19ºC
Dec 20ºC 15ºC
Facts

Population
6.8 million

Language
Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin) and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
200 / 220 volts

Plug Type
 

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA