About Hong Kong
With a land area of only 1,105.70 square km, Hong Kong is ranked as one of the largest trade entities in the world. The estimated population is 7 million (almost 98% are Chinese). The official languages are Chinese and English. Cantonese is the most widely spoken Chinese dialect while the Mandarin language is also spoken.
In 1997, Hong Kong reverted to China and became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Its existing capitalist system and lifestyle has been guaranteed after 1997.
The new international airport at Chek Lap Kok commenced service on 6 July 1998. It is situated on the Lantau Island, which is an outlying island of Hong Kong. The Airport Railway operates to link the new airport and Lantau Island with Kowloon and the Hong Kong Island. The Airport Express train takes 23 minutes to get to Central, Hong Kong.
Climate and Clothing
Hong Kong has a humid subtropical climate. Temperatures in September range between 26°C and 31°C. Light clothing is recommended during the day and a jacket for air-conditioned places.
The Hong Kong Dollar is the unit of currency. The official exchange rate of the Hong Kong Dollar to the US Dollar is 7.78. Most currencies and travellers' cheques can be changed at banks and hotels. Major credit cards are readily accepted in Hong Kong. There are no restrictions on the type or amount of money that can be brought into or taken out of Hong Kong.
The electricity is supplied at alternating current and the voltage is 220 volts/frequency 50Hz. Most hotels provide adapters. Three-pin (rectangular) plugs and sockets are commonly used.
Public transport is inexpensive, efficient and frequent. The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) allows easy passage throughout the territory. Ferries run regularly between Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the Outlying Islands. Buses, trams and metered taxis are inexpensive and easily available.
Transportation to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
5 minute walk
from Wan Chai MTR Station (Exit A5)
7 minute walk
from Wan Chai Pier
Most hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong add 10 per cent to the bill as service charge. However, some cafes do not impose service charges. Additional service tips to waiters/waitresses and tour guides are common.
All Hong Kong telephone numbers are 8 digit numbers. International dialing code is 852 before the 8-digit number. For emergency calls, please dial 999.
Hong Kong is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (London).
Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for periods of seven days to six months, depending on nationality. You may go to this website for updated information: http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html
If you need advice on individual cases, please address any enquiries to:
The Immigration Department
2F., Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai
Tel: (852) 2824 6111
Fax: (852) 2877 7711
If a Letter of Invitation is needed, please contact the Congress Secretariat.