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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)
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.
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Temple Street is known for its night market and one of the busiest flea markets at night in the territory.
Tsim Sha Tsui street is a very popular shopping place in Hong Kong.
Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets
Malls and Streets
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]
Events, Festivals and Holiday
– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Lunar New Year, 8-10 February, Mon-Tue
– Good Friday, March 25, Fri
– Easter Monday, March 28, Mon
– Ching Ming Festival, April 4 , Mon
– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Labor day Holiday, May 2, Mon
– The Buddhas Birthday, May 14, Sat
– Dragon Boat Festival, Jun 9, Thu
– Special Administration Region (SAR) Day, Jul 1, Fri
– Day after Autumn Festival, September 16, Fri
– National Day, October 1, Sat
– Chung Yeung Festival , October 10, Mon
– Christmas Day, December 25, Sun
– Boxing Day, December 26, Mon
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.
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.
Accepted. In US dollar recommended.
Mon to Fri: 0900-1600, 0900-1700
How to get in and out of Hong Kong
A passport with at least 6 months validity.
A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at Hong Kong embassy or on arrival at the two international airports. The visa is valid for 30 days.
You can enter Hong Kong by its international airports:
You can enter Hong Kong by
You can enter Hong Kong by
How to get around in Hong Kong
- Domestic airlines
- Not in operation
Keep yourself insured
- Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.
Keep yourself safe
- Do not walk alone late at night.
- Avoid unlit areas.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
- Avoid cash counting in public.
- Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.
Keep belongings safe
- Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
- Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks, or cameras unattended in public places.
- Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.
Keeping safe with alcohol
- If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
- You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
- If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.
Keeping your credit cards and identity safe
- Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
- Do not bring too many credit cards.
- Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.