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About Hong Kong

 

VISA and Passport Requirement 

Visitors to Hong Kong must hold valid passports. Hong Kong has a liberal visa policy, which allows visa-free entry for citizens from more than 170 countries.

 

For country-specific visa information, please visit

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

 

For delegates from countries for which visas are required for entry to Hong Kong, please check with the Chinese embassy in your country or Immigration Department of Hong Kong.

 

For delegates who plan to travel to the other cities in China, an entry visa to China is usually required. Please obtain your visa from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate within your current place of residence. The travel documents must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of traveling. Please click here to check if you need to apply for a visa to re-enter into Hong Kong from China.

 

 

Airport Transfer

For the information of the Hong Kong International Airport, please visit their website at www.hongkongairport.com.

Airport Express Line (AEL)

This high-speed rail service takes passengers to and from the Hong Kong and Kowloon Station n about 20-24 minutes.  Train services are provided daily between 6am and 1am and at 12-minute intervals. Train tickets can be purchased at the Airport Express Customer Service Center located at the Arrivals Hall. Taxi is recommended for direct transfer from the Kowloon Station to major hotels in 5-10 minutes.  Alternatively, a free Airport Express shuttle bus serving between the Kowloon Station and major hotels departs every 15 minutes.  Information can be found here.

 

Approximate cost:

Single Journey - HK$100 per adult ticket, HK$50 per child ticket

 

Round Trip (valid for one month) - HK$180 per adult ticket

 

Online ticketing for Airport Express Travel Pass is also available here.

 

Airport Seat-in-Coach

The coach service is available between the airport and some Conference hotels.  The service timetable corresponds with the arrival and departure flight schedules of major international airlines.  Tickets can be purchased at the coach operator counter at the Arrivals Hall.
Approximate time: 60 minutes
Approximate cost: Single journey - HK$140 - HK$160 per person

 

Taxi

Urban taxis are red. The current rates are HK$24 on flag fall for the first two kilometers plus HK$1.7 every further 0.20 kilometer (for fare meters below HK$83.50) of $1.2 every further 0.20 kilometer (for fare meters of HK$83.50 and above).  Additional charges for luggage and tolls apply. Taxis only accept HK dollars in cash.

 

Approximate time: 35-40 minutes

Approximate cost: HK$300-HK$350

 

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Time Zone

Local Hong Kong time is eight (8) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 8).

 

Climate

Hong Kong has subtropical climate.  In September, there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong.  The average temperature is around 19oC to 28oC.  Most of the premises in Hong Kong are air-conditioned.  You may consider bringing along a coat for staying indoor.  For most up-to-date weather information, please visit the Hong Kong Observatory at http://www.hko.gov.hk/

 

Public Transportation

Hong Kong is so compact that getting around is quick and easy.  An efficient public transport system – network of Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and numerous routes of trams, buses, ferries and also taxi – enables visitors to explore Hong Kong conveniently and safely on their own.  Tourist MTR 1-Day Pass is tailored for tourist travel around Hong Kong.  Tourists can have any one day of unlimited rides on the MTR (except the Airport Express Line) within the ticket validity period.

 

Currency

The Hong Kong dollar (HK$) is the unit of currency used in Hong Kong.  One US Dollar is about HK$7.80.  Most foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques can be changed at banks, hotels and moneychangers.  All major credit cards are widely accepted in Hong Kong and can be used to obtain cash advances at banks and automatic teller machines (ATMs).  ATMs can be found almost everywhere including the Conference venue, and provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$).

 

Electricity

The standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC/50 cycles.  The plug/socket system in Hong Kong is a 3-rectangular-pin type. 

 

Telecommunication

International direct dialing, internet and e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Hong Kong.  Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operate in Hong Kong.  Free WIFI is available at the Meeting venue.

 

Sales Tax

Hong Kong does not have Sales Tax / GST / VAT.

 

Tipping

Most major restaurants add a 10% service charge, but you are still expected to leave a tip of between 5-10%, depending on how well you feel you have been treated. Taxi drivers tend to round up the fare to the nearest dollar and if not, will appreciate a little extra. Bellboys, porters and washroom attendants also expect a small tip.

 

Plastic Shopping Bag Charge

All retail businesses in Hong Kong are required to charge a minimum levy of HKD 0.50 for each plastic shopping bag provided to customers.  It also applies to plastic bags distributed for foodstuff in air-tight packaging.  Be environmentally responsible by bringing your own bag.

 

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Discover Hong Kong

For the most up-to-date tourist information, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Tourism Board at www.discoverhongkong.com.

 

Useful Links

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngHong Kong Immigration Department (Visit Visa/Entry Permit Requirements)

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngHong Kong International Airport

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngHong Kong Observatory

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngHong Kong Tourism Board

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngChina entry visa information

http://www.aocog2017.com/images/icon.pngMacao entry visa information