About Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a vibrant city with a unique culture. Boasting a spectacular skyline, the city has been dubbed “Pearl of the Orient”. While it has evolved into one of the world’s leading financial centres with its two main business areas on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, small business and local culture has thrived in other parts of the territory, extending to the New Territories in the north, as well as recent development on Lantau island in the west. Home to over 200,000 expatriates, Hong Kong has been dubbed “Asia’s World City”.
Outside of the harbor skyline and highrise cityscape, attractions are dotted throughout the territory from the neon streets of Kowloon, to village dwellings in outlying islands. Nature reserves and hiking trails showcase many beautiful and untouched scenes leaving more to be discovered about Hong Kong beyond the concrete jungle.
Hong Kong enjoys a subtropical climate with daily means 26 to 28°C around the months of May to June.
Travel and Tourism
Visitors entering Hong Kong are advised to visit the website of the Immigration Department, Hong Kong SAR Government, for more information regarding visa applications. The link below has relevant information regarding visa and entry permit requirements. Please refer to “Part II” for visa/permit exemptions.
Hong Kong has one of the most integrated and extensive public transport systems in the world. With extensive coverage of all main centres of residence and commerce, the MTR offers the most convenient and reliable mode of travel through its network of subway and railway services. Road travel provides a convenient alternative, subject to occasional congestions. Busses and mini vans serve as the main means of public road transport operated by various independent companies. Taxies are the only legitimate hailing service, accepting cash only (although increasingly adopting epayment options). While mobile ride hailing apps are still operating under a legal grey area, the services are widely used in the city.
Currency exchanges are available at many locations throughout Hong Kong. The city has also adopted cashless alternatives with the octopus card being accepted for all public transport and most point of sale transactions, including convenience stores, vending machines, supermarkets, cinemas and fast food restaurants. On loan cards can be purchased at any MTR service counters (including the International Airport Station located at the arrival hall) and refunded for a handling fee.