Major banks are open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am
to 12:30pm on Saturday. They close on Sundays and public holidays.
Legal tender is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). There are 100 cents
in a dollar. Coins, issued by the government, are bronze-colored for 10
cents, 20 cents and 50 cents; silver-colored for HKD1, HKD2, HKD5, nickel
and bronze for HKD10. Notes issued by HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank
have denominations of HKD10, HKD20, HKD50, HKD100, HKD500 and HKD1000.
The Bank of China issues all of the denominations except HKD10.
The standard electrical voltage in HK is 220 volts AC, 50HZ, so
you will need an adaptor for your 100-volt appliances and electrical equipment.
The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged plug.
You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your equipment when you arrive
in Hong Kong.
Since the mid-1980s, the value of the Hong Kong dollar has been
pegged at HKD7.8 to the US dollar, and consequent rates of exchange to
other currencies. However, the market rate exchange to the US dollar fluctuates
marginally. Banks and money changers charge commission. Similarly, commissions
are payable in hotels and major retail outlets which provide exchange
facilities for their customers.
Using your mobile phone in Hong Kong is convenient as most of the
telephone systems used around the globe - like GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA
and WCDMA - operate in Hong Kong. Mobile operators in Hong Kong also have
roaming agreements with most overseas operators enabling visitors to use
their own mobile phone when they come to Hong Kong. Before leaving home
check with your network provider to make sure they have a roaming service
to the various destinations you will be visiting and be sure to check
The vast majority of shops are open every day throughout the year,
some only closing during the Chinese New Year holiday. Generally, opening
hours are 10am - 7pm. However many stores in busy retail areas like Causeway
Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui stay open until 9:30pm or even later, particularly
on weekends. Shops in Central close as early as 7pm.
Most restaurants will levy a 10% service charge but waiters will
expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service
charge will expect a 10% tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion.
Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept
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. Airport Express links between
Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong's vibrant Central business
hub. All the Airport Express stations include an In-town Check-in desk
and regular Airport Express Shuttle Bus services. For details of train
service, please visit www.mtr.com.hk
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. In February,
the weather is cool with lower humidity. Temperature ranges from 14°
to 20°C. Occasional chills make woollens and overcoats worth bringing.
Directory Enquiries: 1081
Weather: 187 8200
Emergency Service (Police, Fire, Ambulance): 999
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline (8am - 6pm HK Time): 2508 1234
Hong Kong International Airport, English (24 hours): 2181 0000
*If you're dialing from outside Hong Kong, please add the area code (852).