Hong Kong

Capital City: Hong Kong
Timezone: UTC+8
Country Calling Code: +852
Currency: HKD

1 CNY = 1.26 HKD

1 USD = 7.88 HKD

1 EUR = 9.69 HKD

1 GBP = 11.45 HKD

1 AUD = 7.88 HKD

These rates were valid at time of writing.
Please check www.xe.com for exact exchange rates.

Weather & When to Visit


Hong Kong’s climate is sub-tropical, tending towards temperate for nearly half the year. During spring (from March to mid May) and autumn (from October to early December) there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Summer (from June to September) is wet, hot and humid with temperatures about 26-33 degrees celsius, and characterised by the threat of typhoon. Mid December to February is usually distinct as winters are cloudier, with occasional cold fronts followed by dry northerly winds, and it is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below 10 degrees celsius in urban areas. As a city destination, Hong Kong can be visited any time of the year, whilst early spring and late autumn are popular for visitors seeking the best weather.


Events & Festivals


Hong Kong has a year-round calendar of festivals and events that blend East and West, tradition and modernity. Activities range from colorful Chinese festivals and international sporting matches, to world-class arts & entertainment events. Chinese New Year celebrations each year are accompanied by vibrant parades, fireworks, and festive markets and temples; time your visit for the end of Oct/beginning of Nov to get a taste of the city's famed Wine & Dine Festival; celebrate Christmas and the New Year in Hong Kong with their annual Winterfest; or join in the fun of one of the biggest rugby events on the international sporting calendar, the Hong Kong Rugby 7's in March each year. For updated information, check the Hong Kong Tourism Board's website at http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/.



The Hong Kong visa system is still run separately from the rest of China. The majority of tourists are allowed to visit Hong Kong without a visa/entry permit for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. Nationals of the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa for Hong Kong for stays of up to 90 days, UK nationals for up to 180 days. Note you will still need your passport to be valid for at least another 6 months and fill out an arrival card to pass through immigration. If you are a Chinese National or entering Hong Kong for other purposes (work, study, extended stays, starting a business, etc) you will need to obtain the appropriate visa or entry permit before traveling. Please check the following link for more information: http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html



Most travelers enter Hong Kong via Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), also called Chek Lap Kok airport after the island on which it is located. HKIA's airport code is HKG and it consists of 2 terminals.

Terminal 1 is the main international terminal and happens to be the third largest airport passenger terminal building in the world.

Terminal 2 is connected to Terminal 1 by a 2 minute walk via a central access-way and is mostly used as a check-in and processing facility for the majority of low-cost airlines and some full-service carriers.

After check-in, passengers can choose to go through immigration and security in either terminal (note check-in facilities are 24 hours, but T2 immigration and security is only open 6am to 2am).

The Airport Express train is the most efficient way to get into town from the airport with trains departing every 10-12 minutes and stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Station (Central). The journey takes up to 23 minutes and connects with free bus shuttles for passengers to most major hotels, or you can take a taxi.

When departing, Airport Express passengers can enjoy the free In-town Check-in service in Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations to check in between 90 minutes and one full day ahead of their scheduled flight departure time. This is particularly convenient if you have to check out of your hotel in the morning but have a late evening flight. Simply check-in your luggage and get your boarding pass, then spend your spare hours in town, before having to head to the airport. Most major airlines (except some budget carriers) offer this service, however it is advisable to double-check beforehand.

Things to Consider


  • The most commonly spoken language in Hong Kong is Cantonese, however in most cases you will find Chinese Mandarin is also spoken and understood. English is also more widely spoken in Hong Kong compared to China, particularly in central areas commonly frequented by tourists and expats.
  • Whilst Hong Kong is often seen as a bargain destination for shopping and transport with an array of market shopping, and cheap taxis and subway (called the MTR – Mass Transit Railway), accommodation can be relatively expensive. Most hotel rooms are quite small and you will find you need to pay a premium for location and space.
  • Petty theft can still occur so keep an eye on your money and valuables particularly in crowded and tourist areas and when traveling on public transport during peak times.
  • Tipping is generally not necessary in Hong Kong, however it is common to round up your taxi fare a few dollars or provide a small tip to hotel staff for service. Most restaurants do add a 10% service charge to the bill so check for this before tipping.


Whilst Classic Travel does our best to keep information updated, it is always advisable for you to double-check details for your specific trip as information can change without notice, particularly in regards to arrival & departure airport terminals, visa requirements and airport/port fees.