Located in southern China, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Although it is allowed to operate as an independent country, it is still part of China. A former British Colony, this vibrant city offers an exciting nightlife, an incredible gastronomic experience, a shoppers’ paradise and beautiful nature to explore.
Why Visit Hong Kong
A former British colony, Hong Kong has a sophisticated mix between eastern and western culture. A big amount of its population speaks English, making it a convenient destination for travelers. It houses a harmonious multicultural community, where a variety of cultures and religions exist side-by-side in harmony.
Hong Kong is home the most restaurants per capita in Asia, (renowned as the culinary capital of the continent) with a rich gastronomic landscape, guaranteeing a culinary experience. The street-food stalls are something you should try.
Known as a shopper’s paradise, Hong Kong has malls, shops and markets to fit any budget. Boutiques, luxurious shopping malls, traditional stores and street markets will ensure a unique shopping experience.
Spectacular views can be found all over Hong Kong. Not only the city and the skyscrapers offer breathtaking views of the region, but as they only take up a third of the territory, the majority of its landscape consists of steep, undeveloped mountains and hills with thousands of trails to discover.
What to expect
English and Chinese are the official languages of Hong Kong, being Cantonese the most widely spoken. Due to the mix of cultures, around the 46% of its population speaks English.
The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor
The Hong Kong Dollar is the official currency in Hong Kong. Chinese currency is accepted in some shops. You can exchange your currency at any authorised money exchanger. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also welcome at many hotels, retail shops and restaurants. 1 USD equals 7.80 HKD (as of 2020).
Hong Kong is one of the safest places in the world, with a really low crime rate. However, no place is 100% safe and occasional robberies, petty crime and scams can occur, so be cautious.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with four seasons. It is also influenced by monsoons. There are mild, relatively dry winters and hot, humid, wet summers. March – April and October – November would be the best times to visit as the temperatures are not as extreme.
Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong without a visa, and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. Nationals of the US, European citizens, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and many other countries don’t require a visa to enter for stays of 90 days, 180 days for UK nationals.
Citizens of Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Moldova, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Palestine, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam are required to possess a visa to enter but are not required to have a visa to transit airside if they remain within the airport transit area.
Nationals of Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tofo and Temen are required to possess a visa for any type of entry into Hong Kong.
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