Quick Tips The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), a former British colony which was handed over to the People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997, welcomes millions of international travelers every year for business and tourism.
Hong Kong (香港), meaning “Fragrant Harbor”, refers to the harbor water sweetened by the fresh water estuarine influx of the Pearl River. The Pearl River Delta region is a rapidly interconnecting economic area on the southern coast of China, which includes booming cities such as Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, and another China SAR, Macau.
|Official languages||Chinese and English|
|Spoken language||Cantonese and English
Communication in English and Putonghua is not a big problem for most of the retail/ restaurant outlets
426 sq mi
|Time zone||HKT (UTC+8)|
|Currency||Hong Kong Dollar|
|Exchange rate||HKD is linked to the US dollar at a rate of approximately 7.80 HKD to 1 USD. You may exchange USD, CAD, AUD, EUR, GBP, SGD, JPY& RMB at Concierge. *Exchange rates fluctuate daily depending on currency market.|
|Tipping||A 10% service charge is added to hotel and restaurant bills. It is also customary to leave a small additional tip.|
|Taxes||No sales duty or value-added taxes in Hong Kong|
4 SeasonsSpring - March to May
Humid and mild temperature. Relatively cool in the evening.
Summer - June to August
Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. Temperature can exceed 31°C during the hottest period of Summer.
Autumn - September to November
Pleasant breezes, sunny and mild weather. Regarded as the most ideal time to visit Hong Kong.
Winter - December to February
Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas.
Monthly Avg. Temperature
Three Days Weather Forecast
High: 21°C / 70°F
Low: 16°C / 61°F
High: 16°C / 61°F
Low: 15°C / 59°F
High: 20°C / 68°F
Low: 16°C / 61°F
Travel to Hong Kong for visits of under three months is visa-free for most nationalities. A passport is required. Note that separate entry requirements apply for travel from the HKSAR to Mainland China and to the Macau SAR.
Our resourceful Concierge is ready to help you with your China visa application through our sister company, China Travel Service (CTS) or other travel agencies.
Call 999 in case of emergency for local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services.
MTR (Mass Transit Railway)
The MTR is an extensive subway system interconnecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Island.
From Hong Kong, passengers can travel with ease to Guangdong province, Beijing and Shanghai in Mainland China using the MTR's intercity railway services.
The hotel is located just 2-minutes’ walk away from the Wanchai MTR Station.
Buses in Hong Kong are plentiful and comfortable, and air-conditioned. Especially popular are the double-deckers that offer great views of the surrounding city from the top deck.
Bus routes cover almost all of Hong Kong. Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus operate routes that cover Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. New Lantao Bus mainly operates on Lantau Island and Long Win Bus provides services to north Lantau Island and the airport.
Minibuses are small buses that carry max. 16 people.
Red minibuses are free to operate anywhere, except where special prohibitions apply, without control over routes or fares.
Green minibuses operate on fixed routes at fixed fares.
Taxis in Hong Kong are a bargain in comparison to many other international cities.
Different taxis have designated operating areas. Urban taxis (in red) operate in most areas in Hong Kong except Tung Chung Road and South Lautau.
New Territories taxis (in green) mainly operate in the North-eastern part of Hong Kong (the rural area);
Lantau taxis (in blue) operate only on Lantau Island.
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An icon of the city for decades, the Star Ferry offers a leisurely 7-minute ride across the Victoria Harbour for just HK$ 2.5-3.4.
There is one just about every 5 minutes, operating from early in the morning until 11pm. It covers two routes: one between TsimShaTsui and Central, and one between TsimShaTsui and Wanchai.
The hotel is located just 8-minutes’ walk away from the Wanchai Star Ferry Pier.
The historic double-decker tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a branch in Happy Valley. It has been in operation since 1904 and is a popular sightseeing attraction.
There is a tram stop within 1 minutes’ walking distance from the hotel.
Mon-Fri: 9am - 4.30 / 5pm
Sat: 9am - 12.30pm
Most shops are open seven days a week from 10am to 7pm or as late as 9pm
Our hotel provides international adaptors upon request
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