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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
To obtain further information on the entry conditions and visas, visit the website of the Immigration Department of the government Hong Kong SAR.
Diplomatic Representations
List of Hong Kong foreign representations.
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

The best mode of transport for moving in Hong Kong is a taxi for short distances. Taxis are present everywhere in the most frequented blocks and a trip is relatively less expensive. Number of drivers understand English. Nevertheless it is wise to equip yourself with the address of your destination in Chinese characters. Consult the website Hong Kong tourism Board for further precautions.
Maps of Urban Networks
On line UT Library
Metro Plan

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Hong Kong - Chek Lap Kok (HKG) 34 km / 21 miles HKD 340 / 30-60 min HKD 48 / 70-110 min HKD 100 / 23 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Excellent. Trains are punctual and well maintained (mainly the commuter trains towards the New Territories and a line towards Guangzhou and China). The interior lines linking Hong Kong with the rest of China are underdeveloped and have the character of international connections as per the formal plans to be accomplished. The rechargeable Octopus payment card (Bat Dat Toong in Cantonese) is usable in all the public transports of Hong Kong, except for taxis. Moreover, many small shops, accept it as a method of payment. It can be bought and recharges at the counters of the MTR stations. There are Octopus cards for tourists also which include the trip from the airport and an unlimited number of trips on the MTR lines. To buy train tickets, visit the website deMTR Light Rail or the website
Rail Companies
MTR Light Rail

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Hong Kong Express Airways Limited Low cost Yes Yes
Cathay Pacific Major Yes Yes
Dragon Air Major Yes Yes
Oasis Airlines Low cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Driving is on the left. The network is of good quality and is well maintained even if the signaling often leaves a lot to be desired. All the sign boards are in English. Fuel supply is comfortable.
Road Maps
Find an Itinerary
Maps live

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Different Forms of Tourism

-The City hall.
The Cantonese Opera is one of the major Chinese opera categories originating from the Cantonese culture of Southern China. The Art bears a national identity which came with the first wave of immigrants from Shanghai in the 1950s theaters. Sunbeam is one of the most traditional places.
Several festivals and exhibitions take place during the year. There is a very large variety of museums which explore different themes. The most popular is the Hong Kong History Museum which provides an excellent glimpse of the fascinating history of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is not just made up of ‘skyscrapers’, it is interesting to go to the countryside (more than 70% of Hong Kong), including the marine parks.
Listen to try pleasing ballads at the Victoria peak, the highest point of Hong-Kong, go to the Lantau and Lamma islands and in the New Territories (Saikung peninsula).
Buddhism and Taoism have a very high number of followers and there are more than 600 temples in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has a long coastline abundant with beaches. A good number of among them are covered by mountains, since Hong Kong is a mountainous place. As a result, waves are quite small. Consult the list of beaches on Leisure and Culture Service Department.
Outdoor Activities
Rambling, Diving, Hiking, Mountain Bike, Bowling greens, Golf. Website of the Leisure and Culture Service Department presents different outdoor activities.
Hong Kong is identified by its materialistic culture and high level of consumerism. Low range to more luxurious stores are the privileged places for shopping, for example Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay.
Tourism Organizations
Hong Kong Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No requirement pertaining to vaccination for international travelers. There is no risk of malaria anticipated in the urban areas and most of the rural areas.
International Hospitals
Mathilda International Hospital is the only international hospital in Hong-Kong.
See the list of hospitals in HK on the website Wikipedia and Department of Health.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Hong Kong Department of Health
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Travel advisories given by the American Department of State

Emergency Numbers

Police 999

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Hong Kong (GMT +8)
Summer Time Period

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Hot and very humid in summers, mild and humid in winters.
For Further Information
Lonely Planet

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Hong Kong's cuisine is Chinese, with some specialties.
The hundred year eggs : a popular dish found in Hong Kong's cuisine. The eggs age for two or more months, in a mixture of lime-rich mud, tea, ash and sodium bicarbonate. Their meat becomes translucent, bluish-green in color. They are often included in hors-d'oeuvres (appetizers).
Spring rolls : small flatbreads stuffed with rice. The stuffing depends on the available ingredients, preferences of the cook, etc. In total, you can have what you want, from simple to complex.
Spareribs in black bean sauce: a very tasty pork dish .
A wide choice of drinks is usually available, nearly always including yuenyeung, a popular preparation of tea and coffee, cocoa with lemon-coated ginger. The orders are usually given on a notepad at your table and you pay in cash at the time of leaving.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no food restrictions in the country.

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Domestic Currency
Hong Kong Dollar
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The most practical way is to withdraw cash from one of the numerous ATMs. It is preferable to exchange currency in authorized exchange bureaus such as Cheque point and to avoid cash exchange in exchange bureaus situated in the Airport as well hotels.
Possible Means of Payment
Octopus, EPS, Visa, Cash.

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Official Language
The official languages of Hong Kong are English and Cantonese.
Other Languages Spoken
Chinese Mandarin is getting more and more importance.
Business Language
English is the most widely used language within the Hong Kong government, legal system and commercial sectors.
Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish Translation : Translation of texts and Web pages

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
HK Hotel Association
Youth Hostels in Hong-Kong
Licensed Guesthouses
To Find an Apartment

To Find a Job
Best Jobs Hong Kong
Hong Kong Jobs
Monster HK

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