Few international panoramas are as iconic as the neon Hong Kong skyline at night from the Star harbor Ferry to Kowloon. And few culinary experiences are as woven into the tapestry of travel imperatives as a-la-carte dim sum in a Hong Kong restaurant. From a ride to the top of Victoria Peak to inhale in the city from above, or a ride on a double-decker bus below the skyscrapers as the city exhales it’s unique blend of East and West, you’ll be dazzled by the culture of this former British colony and discover why so many city lovers world-wide rank Hong Kong among their must-see destinations.
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Population: 7.347 million
|Entry requirements||Please see our Entry Requirements page.|
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no requirements for travel to Hong Kong, but immunization against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis are recommended. Be sure to take insect repellent!
A note on blood and transfusions: RH negative and type O bloods are not commonly stored in China. There have also been problems with HIV contaminated blood supplies.
Hong Kong’s subtropical climate makes it fairly hot and humid year-round. Summer (June - September) is hot and humid with occasional showers and thunderstorms. This is the time of year when typhoons are most likely to occur, causing flooding and landslides. The temperature remains significantly cooler from October through February. Clear, sunny days make October-November the best time to visit.
In most restaurants, a 10% service charge is added to the bill. If the service has been excellent, feel free to tip a little more. Taxi drivers don't expect to be tipped but it is the norm to leave any small change.
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ATMs are located all throughout Hong Kong most commonly outside of banks and in shopping complexes and malls. Many major foreign bank cards and credit cards are acceptable, though many banks impose a fee every time you use a card at another bank's ATM. This fee can be higher for international transactions.
Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
Hong Kong is a well-known shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls and upscale department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques and charming street markets, Hong Kong offers a dazzling variety of goods. Shop for designer clothing, electronics, watches, jewelry, traditional Chinese handicrafts, leather goods and more. Top quality cosmetics are also a popular item to purchase in Hong Kong as they are duty free. Note that prices can vary greatly from store to store, so be sure to shop around.
|Electricity & Power Adapters||
220 volts. Plugs A, I & G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit before your tour to Hong Kong.
Learn more about electrical standards around the world.
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