Travelling Tips

Background:

Once a British colony, now a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong enjoys autonomy in its affairs, including trade, business and the economy.

Population:

More than 7 million, 98% of whom are Chinese residents.

Official Languages:

English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Accommodation:

Hong Kong's nearly 200 world-class hotels with their 62,300 rooms are conveniently located for business visitors. You can reliably expect:

  • quality service
  • choices from deluxe to budget accommodation
  • reasonable rates

Office Hours:

Offices are generally open 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 9 am to 1 pm Saturdays. Government departments and most international firms are closed on Saturdays.

Banking Hours:

9 am - 4:30 pm Mondays to Fridays, 9 am -12 noon Saturdays.

Currency:

The freely convertible Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the US dollar (HK$7.80 to US$1); but check around for the best exchange deal.

Service Charge and Tax:

Most restaurants and hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill. Airport tax of HK$120 is usually included in airline tickets. No VAT or sales tax is applicable for purchases made in Hong Kong.

Electricity:

220 V, 50Hz.

Communications:

Wireless internet access at the HKCEC is free. Up to 3,000 users can be served at any one time. The HKCEC’s Wi-fi access covers all exhibition halls and meeting rooms together with their foyers, all public areas, and the Centre’s seven restaurants.

Advanced international telecommunications are widely available. Local telephone calls are free from business and residential lines.

Weights and Measures:

Hong Kong uses the metric system.

Transport:

Visitors arriving at Hong Kong International Airport can travel to Hong Kong Station in Central at HK$100 via a 23-minute ride by the Airport Express. Complimentary shuttle bus from Hong Kong Station to HKCEC is available. Tickets for the Airport Express are on sale at the HKCEC's Information Counters.

Hong Kong has a highly developed transportation system. Public transport including Mass Transit Railway (MTR), buses and ferries handle over 10 million passenger trips each day with affordable fares. The Octopus card, a stored value smart card payment system, can be used to pay for fares on almost all railways, buses and ferries, and also for parking and purchases at convenience stores, supermarkets, and fastfood restaurants.

 

Click the following links to explore more about Hong Kong.

Visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board for more information.
Visit the official website of Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong

Visit the Brand Hong Kong for information.