Hong Kong – Travel Guide

Hong Kong is a city, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial center famed for its tower-studded skyline. It’s also known for its lively food scene – from Cantonese dim sum to extravagant high tea – and its shopping, with options spanning chaotic Temple Street Night Market to the city’s innumerable bespoke tailors.



Money –

The Hong Kong dollar
The legal tender in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. While coins are issued by the Government, interestingly, the issue of Hong Kong banknotes are shared between three commercial banks: HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China. These notes vary in design and colour according to denomination. Find more on Hong Kong’s coins and banknotes here.

$10 green or purple (the purple note is issued by the Government)
$20 dark blue or light blue (old or new)
$50 purple or green (old or new)
$100 red
$500 brown
$1,000 yellow
10c in bronze, circular, small
20c in bronze, circular with wavy edges, small
50c in bronze, circular, medium
$1 in silver, circular, thin, large
$2 in silver, circular with wavy edges, large
$5 in silver, circular, thick, large
$10 in bronze and silver, circular, medium

Changing money
You can exchange your currency for Hong Kong dollars at any authorised money exchanger. For extra peace of mind, look for a money exchanger that is accredited by the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme. At Hong Kong International Airport, currency exchange counters are open from early morning until late at night and many located within the city stay open into the evening. ATMs are widespread and operate 24 hours. Exchange rates fluctuate daily depending on currency markets.

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Traveller’s cheques and credit cards
Traveller’s cheques are accepted by most leading banks and hotels. International credit cards such as American Express, VISA, Diners Club and MasterCard are also welcome at many hotels, retail shops and restaurants. Such premises usually display stickers showing the credit cards they accept at their entrances.

ATMs can be found almost everywhere. Many take international cards and some HSBC ‘Electronic Money’ machines provide 24-hour cash withdrawal (HK$) facilities for Visa and MasterCard holders.

Source: Discover Hong Kong


Electricity and Voltage –

The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipment at most convenience stores.
Source: Discover Hong Kong


Emergency numbers –

In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999. Lost passport
If you lose your passport, make a ‘lost report’ at the nearest police station (call the Police Hotline 2527 7177 for locations or refer to their website to find a Report Room). Then contact your consulate to have your passport replaced. Lost or stolen wallet
If your wallet or valuables are lost or stolen, please notify your hotel immediately and report the theft to police. Keep a separate record of your credit card numbers and report the loss to your card issuers as quickly as possible. Please check with your credit card issuers or insurance company for emergency assistance. Most issuers have toll-free numbers and 24-hour services to deal with such emergencies.

Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) 999
Police Hotline +852 2527 7177
Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong +852 2807 0707
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline +852 2508 1234
Hong Kong International Airport +852 2181 8888
Hong Kong Immigration Department +852 2824 6111
Consumer Council +852 2929 2222
Department of Health +852 2961 8989
Customs and Excise Department 24-Hour Hotline +852 2815 7711
Hongkong Post +852 2921 2222
Hong Kong Observatory (for weather information) +852 1878 200
Hong Kong Hotels Association Hotel Reservation Hotline +852 2383 8380/
+852 2769 8822
Telephone directory enquiries 1081

Source: Discover Hong Kong

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