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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China since 1 July 1997.  A fascinated city full of mixed traditions: Eastern and Western, historic and modern.



Hong Kong is located at approximate 1,240 miles (1,996 kilometres) south of Beijing.  Exact location is 22°N, 114°E, same latitude as Mexico City, Hawaii and the Bahamas.

Local Area  

Hong Kong with a total area of about 1,100 square kilometres and has been divided into four district parts:  Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, New Territories and 235 outlying islands.


Weather:Hong Kong will be in spring during April 2001 :


18°C (64°F) to 27°C (80°F)


Around 82%

Prevailing conditions

Occasional mist and rain showers

Recommend Dress Code :Light suits and dresses are appropriate for business attire. Sweaters and showerproof jackets ready for general practice.


Both Chinese and English are the official languages in Hong Kong.  Over 95% of residents speak in Cantonese and Mandarin (Putonghua) is increasing widespread.  English is the common language in International Business.


By Mid 1999 census there are over 6.8 million people.

Time Difference

GMT/UTC + 8 hrs  


The official currency is Hong Kong Dollar (HK$) which is pedded to the US dollar at HK$7.8 to US$1.00.  Currency exchange is available in banks and several places at the Airport. 

Major credit cards are widely accepted and traveller’s checks are easily cashed.  Automated teller machines (ATMs) can be found almost everywhere.

Click HERE for currency converter. 

Mobile Phone Network


200/220 volts, 50 cycles. Three-rectangular pin plugs are the norm.


The new Hong Kong International Airport is located at Chek Lap Kok, Lantau Island and has commenced operation since July 6, 1998.


Airport Arrival Hall


HK$50 will be charged as airport departure tax for those aged 12 and above. Transfer/transit passengers taking connecting flight before midnight of the same day are exempted from paying the departure tax.

Always reserve sufficient time (around 2 hours) for immigration and customs clearance. Complimentary in-town check-in services are available at airline counters at the Airport Express Hong Kong and Kowloon stations, for Airport Express passengers only. Hand baggage carried onto the aircraft should not exceed 56cm x 36cm x 23cm

Airport Transportation

At the airport :

Airport Express is the core transport to accommodate safe and efficient travel to and from the airport.    It is operating by Mass Transit Railway Corporation. (MTR)   448-seater Airport Express (AE) takes approximately 23 minutes between the airport and Hong Kong Station in Central, with 2 stops (Tsing Yi Station and Kowloon Station)  en route, operating at speeds of up to 135 km an hour.  The fare is HK$90 for a one-way adult ticket from airport to HK Station. 

Fares: The passengers of Airport Express have the added privilege of being able to use the Free In-town Check-in Service.  With this service they can check in their luggage and collect their boarding passes from one day in advance anytime until 90 minutes before take-off from the available airline counters* at Hong Kong and Kolwoon Stations.  Though most airlines have a counter, however, a few of the smaller ones may not.  Therefore, you are advised to check with your airline before departing Hong Kong. 

*Airlines providing this service include Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Singapore Airlines, United airlines, Swissair, Vietnam Airlines and South African Airlines.




(Include person aged 65 or above)

Single Journey/Same Day Return


(Age 3-11)

Single Journey/Same Day Return

Round Trip Ticket


(valid for one month)

Hong Kong Station




Kowloon Station




Tsing Yi Station




For more detailed information on the Airport Express, please visit MTR Corporation’s home page at :

The MTR Corporation also provides free Airport Express Shuttle Service to AE passengers.  There are seven circular routes running between 29 hotels and both AE stations in Hong Kong and Kowloon at 20 minutes interval.

For the free shuttles' routes, please CLICK HERE.


Taxis in Hong Kong are licensed, air-conditioned, metered and divided into three colour typed :  Red taxis serve Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, green taxis serve the New Territories and blue taxis serve Lantau Island.  For estimated fares and distances from the airport to major areas in Hong Kong, please click HERE for details.


Airport-Hotel Transportation Service is private or shared by major hotels for set fees.  If you have a hotel booking which includes airport transfer, identify yourself at the Hotel Reservation Centre inside the buffer hall after Customs, or look for the Hong Kong Hotel Association staff insider the buffer hall.

Bus Service are operated by Citybus Ltd and Long Win Bus Co Ltd, there are over 30 franchised bus routes serving the airport to urban areas.  The conventional lines are primarily of use to local residents and include both external and overnight bus routes.  All buses are air-conditioned and provide luggage space to passengers. 



Getting around in Hong Kong :

Hong Kong has an excellent public transportation systems, so travel is generally quick and easy.  Like most major cities, the best way is to avoid rush hours :  8:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-7:00pm if possible. Taxis, buses, ferries, trams and trains are all quick and convenient ways to get to your destinations around in Hong Kong.

Airport Transportation

For Airport transportation, please refer to the previous section. 


All visitors to Hong Kong must have valid travel document, endorsed where necessary for Hong Kong.  These should be valid for at least one month beyond your planed departure from Hong Kong, and in the case of certain nationalities, at least six months.

Please read detailed information at Hong Kong’s Immigration Department.