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Destination Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour, Hong Kong is one of the two special administrative regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. As one of the world's leading international financial centres, with a perfect amalgamation of chinese and western influences, it is truly and rightfully known as "Asia's World City" or "East meets West" destination.

To ensure you have a comfortable stay during the symposium, we have briefly put together some important information. We hope you find this helpful.

Weather
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate, being temperate for nearly half the year, with cool, dry winters and hot, humid summers.

May - August
May to August are hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms, and the highest temperatures often exceed 31°C. July to September are the months during which Hong Kong is most likely to be affected by tropical cyclones. About 80 percent of the rain falls between May and September. The wettest month is August, when rain occurs about four days out of seven.

For further information and current weather, please visit the Hong Kong Observatory website www.hko.gov.hk

Transportation
Hong Kong has one of the most efficient, relatively inexpensive and user-friendly means of transport network. Payments can be made using an Octopus Card, an electronic stored-value card that is widely accepted on railways, buses and ferries. Generally, the Octopus card + MTR + Buses form the dream team of Hong Kong transportation. With bilingual signage across the territory, cruising around the streets, lanes and busy areas is easy. The train journey via the Airport Express is an interesting experience as well.

Visas
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to six months, depending on nationality. If a Letter of Invitation is needed, please contact the HKIDEAS Secretariat. If you need advice on individual cases, please address any enquiries to:

The Immigration Department
2F., Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2824 6111
Fax: (852) 2877 7711
Website: www.immd.gov.hk

Currency
The Hong Kong dollar is the 9th most traded currency in the world. Coins, issued by the government, are bronze-coloured for 10 cents, 20 cents and 50 cents; silver-coloured for HK$1, HK$2, and HK$5; nickel and bronze for HK$10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank have denominations of HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1,000. The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HK$10. The Hong Kong Dollar is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD. Traveller's cheques are accepted by leading banks and hotels.

Electricity
The standard electrical voltage in HK is 220 volts AC, 50HZ, so you will need an adaptor for your 100-volt appliances and electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged plug.



Tourist Attractions
The wide array of attractions and tourist hub spots Hong Kong offers range from theme parks, beaches, exquisite restaurants offering varied international and local cuisine. We list below some of the must-see attractions:


The Peak
With its breathtaking views of Hong Kong, the Peak is a must-see attraction for all travellers to Hong Kong. The Sky terrace, a wide array of dining options, nature walks and the amazing ride up the Tram are just some of the highlights of this amazing place.

Madame Trusauds
Historical and national heroes, Hong Kong stars – you will be enthralled by the icons at the Madame Trussauds, Hong Kong.

Lan Kwai Fong - SoHo
A buzzing centre of clubs, bars and restaurants, Lan Kwai Fong is a place to party – with restaurants, nightclubs, delicatessens and bars lined across an L-shaped, cobble stoned lane.

Golden Bauhunia Square
Situated outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre at the Wanchai waterfront, the Expo Promenade – Golden Bauhinia Square holds significance in Hong Kong's history. It was inaugurated during the Handover and establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Ocean Park Hong Kong
A favourite with young and old, Ocean Park, Hong Kong is filled with exciting roller-coaster rides, sea-world, conservation facilities, and a cable car ride over the headlands have made it one of the world famous marine theme parks.

Disneyland Hong Kong
A magical theme park is filled with enchanting rides, themed islands, two hotels for the ultimate magical experience. Be it a holiday, event or wedding, Disneyland Hong Kong offers its visitors an unforgettable experience.


Other Useful Information

Time Zone
Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (London).

Opening Hours
Normal office hours are 9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays, and 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturdays.
Major banks are open 9:00am-4:30pm on weekdays, and 9:00am-12:30pm on Saturdays.
Closed Sunday and public holidays.

Country Dialing Code
+852

Useful Numbers
1081 Directory Enquiries
187 8200 Weather
999 Emergency Service (Police, Fire, Ambulance)