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


220V / 50Hz UK plug


Time Zone
GMT +8


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. 

Octopus Card
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. 

Electronic Payment

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.


Useful Number

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
Directory Enquiries 1081
International Services 10010
International Enquiries Service
(Country Codes & World Time Inquiries)

Source of information:
Hong Kong Tourism Board | visit www.discoverhongkong.com for more information.

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We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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