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About Hong Kong

General tourist information about Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a tropical monsoon climate in August and September. The forecast during the Meeting is expected to be around 29°C - 33°C and humid. The Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong is air-conditioned and you may find a light jacket / pashmina appropriate despite the hot outdoor temperatures.

Time Zone
Local Hong Kong time is eight (8) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8).

Visa requirement
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven to 180 days, depending on nationality. Check with the Hong Kong Immigration Department for details about visa requirements.

Airport shuttle bus service
The MTR’s high-speed Airport Express is the fastest way to get between the city and the airport. Passengers can take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels, including Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. See more details on the Airport Express and the shuttle bus services here.

Currency, Banks and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)
The official currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$), which is pegged to the US Dollar at an exchange rate of HK$7.80 to USD 1.00 approximately.

Major banks are open from 09:00 to 16:30 on Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 12:30 on Saturday, and closed on Sundays and public holidays. Most foreign currencies and traveler's cheques can be changed over banks, hotels and moneychangers. All major credit cards can be used to obtain cash advances at banks and Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs). ATMs can be found almost everywhere and provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$). There are no restrictions on the type or amount of money that can be brought into or taken out of Hong Kong.

The standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC/50 cycles. The plug/socket system in Hong Kong is a 3-rectangular-pin type.

Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operate in Hong Kong. Local SIM cards can be purchased at convenience stores.

Shopping and Sales Tax
Most shops in Hong Kong accept major credit cards; however, at open-air markets, most vendors will only take cash. There is no sales tax on goods and services in Hong Kong.

Most restaurants will levy a 10% service charge, but waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10% tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

Public Transportation
Hong Kong is so compact that getting around is quick and easy. An efficient public transport system – network of urban trains (Mass Transit Railway or MTR) and numerous routes of trams, buses, ferries and also taxi – enable visitors to explore Hong Kong conveniently and safely on their own.

Tourist MTR 1-Day Pass is tailored for tourist travel around Hong Kong. Tourists can have any one day of unlimited rides on the MTR (except the Airport Express Line) within the ticket validity period.

Discover Hong Kong
For the most up-to-date tourist information, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Tourism Board at www.discoverhongkong.com .




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