Q: When is the best
time to visit Hong Kong?
A: Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. The most popular
time to visit is from the middle of September to the end of February,
when the weather is cooler. At its coolest (mid-December to February),
the temperature may fall to 10oC (50oF); at its
warmest (late May to mid-September), it averages 28oC (82oF)
but may reach 33oC (91oF).
Q: Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong?
A: Visitors from most countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa
for periods of seven days to six months, depending on nationality.
Check with any Chinese embassy or consulate for the latest status.
Q: Where is the best area to stay?
A: Hong Kong is compact, so visitors are never too far from
shopping and major sights. Hong Kong also has an excellent
transportation system so visitors can easily reach other areas, no
matter where they stay. Most hotels are located in the heart of the
city, in Central, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island and in
Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East in Kowloon. There are also a
growing number of resort-style hotels in the New Territories that
offer relaxing alternatives.
Q: Is local transportation easily accessible?
A: Public transportation via bus, ferry or train is efficient,
relatively inexpensive and user-friendly. The system covers extension
areas of Hong Kong with signs in English and Chinese.
Q: Will I be expected to pay tips?
A: Most restaurants will levy a 10 per cent service charge but
waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that
don't add a service charge will expect a 10 per cent tip. However,
tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom
attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.
Q: Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Hong Kong?
A: Voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts, so a transformer will be
needed to operate 100-volt appliances. Most major hotels provide hair
dryers and other amenities.
Q: Is Hong Kong safe for the visitor?
A: Yes, Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world even at
night, when people may walk alone with confidence.
Q: Is English widely spoken?
A: Very widely spoken. There will be no problems in communicating
with people in most hotels, restaurants and even some taxis.