About Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a country located on the Southeast tip of the People Republic of China in Asia. It was founded  on August 29, 1842. (photo above is taken by leungchopan / Shutterstock.com)

History [Founded on August 29, 1842] • Capital [Victoria (Central)] • Government [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China ] • Currency [Hong Kong dollar (HK$) (HKD)] • Language [English(official), Chinese(Official), Cantonese] • Religion [Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam] • Electricity [220V, 50Hz (UK plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +8] • Country Code [+852] • Internet TLD [.hk] • Emergencies [Dial 999]

Hong Kong Travel Guide

This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to Hong Kong and find the best things to see, do and experience in Hong Kong even before you arrive here.

Local Attractions

Avenue of Stars

Avenue of Stars Shaun Jeffers / Shutterstock.com
Shaun Jeffers / Shutterstock.com

Shaun Jeffers / Shutterstock.com

Ocean Park

Ocean Park Dolphins jump out from the water in Hong Kong Ocean Park.

Po Lin Monastery

Po Lin MonasteryPo Lin Monastery is the home to the enormous Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong.

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo TempleThis temple is built and dedicated to the god of literature and god of war. It was built in 1848 and is now one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong.

Temple Street Market

Temple Street Market TungCheung / Shutterstock.com
TungCheung / Shutterstock.com

Temple Street is known for its night market and one of the busiest flea markets at night in the territory  (TungCheung / Shutterstock.com).

Victoria Peak

Victoria PeakHong Kong Panorama View from The Peak.

Tsim Sha Tsui and Harbour City

Tsim Sha Tsui and Harbour City TungCheung / Shutterstock.com
TungCheung / Shutterstock.com

Tsim Sha Tsui street is a very popular shopping place in Hong Kong.  (TungCheung / Shutterstock.com)



Restaurant – No tipping expected.
Tour Guide – $1-$7 USD.
Hotel –  $2-$5 for bell boy.
Taxi Driver – No tipping expected.
Spas – No tipping expected.
Hair Dressers – 10% of the bill

Money & Duty Free


Hong Kong Dollar : HKD with symbol HK$
Hong Kong Notes denominations (HK$): 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000
Hong Kong Coin denominations (HK$): 10, 5, 2, 1
Hong Kong Coin denominations (Cents) : 50, 20, 10
HK$1 = 100 cents.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.  It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.


ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.

Travellers cheques

Accepted. In US dollar recommended.

Banking hours

Mon to Fri: 0900-1600, 0900-1700

How to get in and out of Hong Kong


Safety Guide

Emergency number

Dail 111

Keep yourself insured

  1. Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.

Keep yourself safe

  1. Do not walk alone late at night.
  2. Avoid unlit areas.
  3. Do not leave your drink unattended.
  4. Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
  5. Avoid cash counting in public.
  6. Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.

Keep belongings safe

  1. Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
  2. Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks,  or cameras unattended in public places.
  3. Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.

Keeping safe with alcohol

  1. If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
  2. You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
  3. If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.

Keeping your credit cards and identity safe

  1. Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
  2. Do not bring too many credit cards.
  3. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.