Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in South China. With over 7.4 million Hongkongers of various nationalities in a territory of 1,104 square kilometres (426 sq mi), Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.
Hong Kong is classified as an A+ world city and one of the most significant global financial centres. As Asia's business hub, trade-fair capital and convention hub, Hong Kong attracts plenty of international buyers, suppliers and companies to participate in the range of events taking place here.
Visitors entering Mainland China must follow the regulations of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China. For details, please check the China National Tourism Administration website.
English and Chinese (in practice, Cantonese); Mandarin is widely accepted.
The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is pegged to the US dollar at HK$7.80 to US$1, but check around for the best exchange deal.
Generally 9am - 4:30pm Mondays to Fridays (some banks/branches operate extended hours);
9am -12am Saturdays (selected branches only).
There is a whole host of transport options connecting Hong Kong.
There are frequent daily flights between Hong Kong and major cities in P.R. China. Please check with your local airline for details.
The MTR runs regular through-train intercity services to China's Guangdong province, as well as Beijing and Shanghai. The through-train terminus is Hung Hom Station in Kowloon, where travellers pass through Hong Kong immigration control.
There are fast ferries to and from Macao and destinations along the coast of P.R. China. These services operate from the Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island; the China ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal in New Territories.
Power and electricity
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 100 volts.
The whole of China is set at GMT/UTC plus eight hours. The country does not observe daylight saving time.
Many countries (Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, etc.) are free from visa application for more than 10 days in Hong Kong. To make your trip an easy and pleasant one, please refer to HKSAR visa requirements.