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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 languagesChinese and English
Spoken languageCantonese and English
Communication in English and Putonghua is not a big problem for most of the retail/ restaurant outlets
Area1,104 km2
426 sq mi
Population7,200,000 +
17,024/sq mi
Time zoneHKT (UTC+8)
Area code852
CurrencyHong Kong Dollar
Exchange rateHKD 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.
TippingA 10% service charge is added to hotel and restaurant bills. It is also customary to leave a small additional tip.
TaxesNo sales duty or value-added taxes in Hong Kong
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