Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China at the mouth of the Pearl River facing the South China Sea. Covering an area of 1,104 square kilometres (425 square miles), the territory is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories.
More than 7 million
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International Calling Code
Dial +852 to call a Hong Kong number from overseas. There are no regional codes.
March to May | Spring
Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool. The average is around 17-25(°C). Bring long-sleeved shirts or a light jacket for the evenings, and an umbrella or light rainwear for the occasional spring drizzle.
The Hong Kong Observatory provides details of the average monthly temperature and rainfall on its website.
Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. All official signs and public transport announcements, as well as most menus, are bilingual. Most taxi drivers and salespeople are able to communicate in Cantonese (mother tongue of the majority of Hong Kong residents), English and Mandarin.
The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly.
The Octopus card is a stored value electronic card widely used in Hong Kong for public transport, purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops and vending machines, etc.
Most department stores, chain retail shops and restaurants accept electronic payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Alipay and WeChat Pay.
ATMs can be found almost everywhere. Many take international cards and some HSBC ‘Electronic Money’ machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders. Some even provide foreign currency withdrawal service.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, automatic sensors will take your temperature at the Hong Kong International Airport and boundary control points, and if it is high, you will be required to have a quick health check.
As an international city, Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. Visitors can use the Accident and Emergency services in Hong Kong public hospitals, the medical services provided by the Hospital Authority are charged as per the Gazette, please click here for more information.
We highly recommended visitor to take out the medical and personal accident insurance in your own country for a visit to HK.
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999.
|Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance)||999|
|Police Hotline||2527 7177|
|Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline (multilingual)||2508 1234|
|Hong Kong International Airport||2181 8888|
|Hong Kong Immigration Department||2824 6111|
|Department of Health||2961 8989|
|Consumer Council||2929 2222|
|RTHK’s service hotline (Newsline) for the latest news||2272 0000|
|Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong||2807 0707|
|Customs and Excise Department Enquiry Hotline||2815 7711|
|Hongkong Post||2921 2222|
|Weather (Hong Kong Observatory)||1878 200|
|Hong Kong Hotels Association Hotel Reservation Hotline||2383 8380 / 2769 8822|
|International Enquiries Service
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Source of information:
Hong Kong Tourism Board | visit www.discoverhongkong.com for more information.