population 6.9 million, is a city of energy! It is international
- a city of East and West blending together. Hong Kong's official
languages are English and Chinese. Cantonese is most commonly spoken;
however, Mandarin (known as Putonghua in Hong Kong), the official
language of China, is also widely spoken.
The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is fantastic. There is a wealth
of free, excellent information for travelers. You may visit HKTB's
homepage at www.discoverhongkong.com.
One of your first stops at the Hong Kong International Airport (www.hkairport.com)
should be the tourist information center (open from 7:00 to 23:00).
The main HKTA office is located in the Central District at 99 Queen's
Road Central - about a 10-minute walk west of Star Ferry pier and
Central MTS station. In Hong Kong, you may call the HKTB Visitor
Hotline (852 - 2508 1234).
A valid passport is the only document most attendees will need to
enter Hong Kong. Keep your passport in a inconspicuous, safe place,
and carry your passport with you. If you lose your passport, immediately
contact the nearest embassy or consulate and the local police. If
you plan for a trip to mainland China, you will need a visa. Visa's
can be obtained in Hong Kong -(one photo and 3 working days). Travel
Service issues China visas for HK$150 or HK$300 to process within
24 hours. Citizens of most countries may visit Macau without a visa.
Hong Kong International Airport is one of the largest and most modern
in the world. There are more than 40 airlines from around the world
that fly into the airport at Chek Lap Kok. HKIA, referred to as
Chek Lap Kok, is well marked and employs a very helpful staff. Carriers
to Hong Kong include: Asiana, British Airways, Canadian, Cathay
Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Continental, Japan Airlines, Korean
Air, Northwest Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore
Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.
You will need to check in at least two hours before departing from
Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok (www.hkairport.com).
If you plan on taking the train to the airport, you may check your
luggage at the Airport Express Railway station on Hong Kong Island.
For this wonderful, time-saving service, you will need to check
in at least three hours in advance. The Airport Express is convenient
in-town check-in. You may check your luggage, get your boarding
pass, and pay the departure tax while still on Hong Kong Island.
Check in as early as possible and bring your government-issued photo
I.D. to the airport your passport is best. Some people check
in early in the day and board the train later on.
Please remember to retain your Hong Kong entry slip that you receive
from the customs official at the passport control. You will need
to return this slip of paper when you present your passport on your
return flight home.
Hong Kong is
a subtropical location. In December, the range of temperature is
between 17°C and 21°C with an average of 19.3°C. The average
relative humidity is 72%. <www.weather.gov.hk>
They can take you to anywhere from the airport. But you need to
get the red taxi when going from the airport to urban areas. For
a red taxi, the minimum fare is HK$16 for the first 2 kilometers.
Additional fare of HK$1.40 is chargeable for every 200 meters thereafter,
and the same is charged for waiting time per minute. Taxis also
charge HK$5.00 per piece of baggage. Taxi passengers using the Lantau
Link are required to pay an additional toll fare of HK$30, and additional
fares are also charged for using toll tunnels. It takes about 30
minutes to go to the Tsim Sha Tsui East from the airport (i.e.,
to our four recommended hotels). The approximate fare is HK$300.
details of the transport to/from the airport, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/taxi.html
Airport to Hotel: You can take the Hotel-link shuttle bus
from airport to the various hotels in Kowloon including "Harbour
Plaza Metropolis", "Hotel Nikko", "Regal Kowloon
Hotel" and "The Royal Garden". The whole list of
hotels can be found at http://www.trans-island.com.hk/eng/index.html.
The counters BO1 are located at the Arrival Hall of the Hong Kong
International Airport (Terminal 1, opposite to Exit B). The charge
is about HK $140 per person from the Airport to hotels in Kowloon.
It operates every 30-60 minutes. The time from airport to hotels
is about one hour.
Express: This is the quickest and most efficient way to
get to downtown Hong Kong. After you pass customs and enter the
hall, this station is straight ahead. The trains run every 10 minutes
and take about 20 minutes to reach Kowloon Station. One-way fare
to or from Hong Kong Station (Central) is HK$100; and to or from
Kowloon Station, HK$90. Round trip tickets (valid for one month)
cost HK$180 for Central and HK$160 for Kowloon. (Enquiry: 852-28818888)
This is a convenient and comfortable way to access to major locations
in Hong Kong and Kowloon. The buses on the following five routes
run at frequent intervals and the fares are competitive. For further
details of the transport to/from the airport, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus.html
Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier)
The Hong Kong
dollar ($) and the cent are the units of currency. The dollar is
divided into 100 cents. Bills come in denominations of 1,000, 500,
100, 50, 20, and 10 dollars. Coins are 10, 5, 2, and 1 dollar and
50, 20, and 10 cents. Bank notes are issued by the Hongkong and
Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Bank of China, or the Standard
taken are usually American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and
There are many
automatic teller machines throughout Hong Kong, and they are reliable
and safe. They offer a wide range of services. To draw money from
a Hong Kong ATM with either a credit or a debit card, you must have
a four-digit personal identification number be sure you have
that before traveling to Hong Kong. Exchange places charge a fee
(inquire as to the amount) for changing money and cashing traveler's
You can exchange
currency at the airport, hotels, banks, and with private money changers.
However, banks will probably provide you with the best rates. (You
may want to get a bit of local currency before you leave your home
to avoid lines at airport exchange booths.)