Travel Information Hong Kong
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- CAPITAL Victoria (Central)
- GOVERNMENT Parliamentary System
- CURRENCY Hong Kong dollar ($, HKD)
- POPULATION 7,071,576 (Jul 2011)
- TOTAL AREA 1,092km² water: 50km² land: 1,042km²
- LANGUAGES Cantonese, English
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Hong Kong uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC+08:00
- LOCATION HK is located in Eastern Asia
Most popular districts in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Island (香港島) (Central, East Coast, South Coast) The site of the original British settlement and the main focus of most tourists. Most of Hong Kong’s highest skyscrapers and the financial centre can be found here. Overall, Hong Kong Island is more modern and wealthy and considerably less dirty than the other areas of Hong Kong. The Peak is the tallest point on the island, with the best views and highest real estate values in the world.
- Kowloon (九龍) The peninsula to the north of Hong Kong Island, with great views of the island. It offers a chaotic mix of malls, street markets, and residential tenements. With over 2.1 million people living in an area of less than 47 square kilometres, Kowloon is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Kowloon includes Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀), the location of many budget hotels and Mong Kok (旺角), a shopping district. Kowloon city (九龍城區), is worth the visit. Full of local restaurants, this area is famous for Thaï food, the amazing Wall City Park and the Kowloon Tsai park with an incredible swimming pool. This is one of the last area in town where you can find low rise buildings. In fact, 10 years ago, the airport was very close by and it was not allowed to build more than 5 floors buildings. Walking around is a taste of local life.
- New Territories (新界) Named by British officials when leased from the Chinese government in 1898, the New Territories contain a curious mix of small farms, villages, industrial installations, mountainous country parks and towns that have populations the size of some cities.
- Lantau Island (大嶼山) A large island west of Hong Kong Island. You will not find many idyllic villages, but once you get over the stray dogs and the ramshackle buildings you will find beautiful mountains and beaches. The airport, Disneyland, and the Ngong Ping cable car are located here.
- Outlying Islands (離島) Well-known weekend destinations for the locals, the Outlying Islands are most of the islands surrounding Hong Kong Island. Highlights include Lamma (南丫島), well known for its seafood and Cheung Chau (長洲), a small island that used to be a pirates’ den, but now attracts seafood aficionados, windsurfers and sunbathing day trippers.
Sockets & Plugs
Hong Kong uses 220V, 50Hz with socket and plug Type G.
Hong Kong uses the Hong Kong dollar (symbol: $), code HKD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 150, 100, 50, 20 and 10 dollar. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars and 50, 20 and 10 cent.
Automatic teller machines are common in Hong Kong. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Not expected, but you can leave an extra tip
Tipping is usually not expected in Hong Kong. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip. Receipts usually include a service charge. If there is a service charge there is no need to tip.
Internet speed in Hong Kong is on average 16.8 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Hong Kong is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for about 160.07 HKD, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: CSL, 3 (Three), SmarTone or China Mobile.
Hong Kong uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1800 and GSM 900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Hong Kong upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Hong Kong, dial +, then 852 (the country code for Hong Kong), then the area code and the local number.
Low crime rate
Hong Kong has a low crime rate . It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It’s recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
In HK you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 50-70 km/h (31-43 mph) on undivided highways, 70-110 km/h (43-68 mph) on motorways and 70-110 km/h (43-68 mph) on expressways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 999
- Ambulance 999
- Fire department 999
- Deaf fax/SMS 992
- Mobile phones 112
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
- Hepatitis B
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