Positioned at the mouth of the Pearl River Delta on the coast of southern China, Hong Kong’s geographical position as a gateway between East and West has made it an attractive centre for international trade for centuries. As a reflection of this, the heart of Asia’s most global city has always been the bustling and beautiful Victoria Harbour.
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasons.
Spring (March to May)
Temperature and humidity are rising, however evenings can be cool. Average Temperature: 17°C – 26 °C.
You can find detailed weather updates for tourist attractions on the Hong Kong Weather Information for Tourists website. While you’re in Hong Kong, you can also dial 1878 200 and press ‘3’ for English to check the latest situation.
The legal tender in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 9.23 HKD to 1 EUR (as of July 2018), although exchange rates may fluctuate.
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.
Vaccination certificates are usually not needed when travelling to Hong Kong, but please check with your local carrier because requirements may change.
Hong Kong tap water is soft in character and conforms to the World Health Organization’s recommended guidelines for drinking-water quality.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including restaurants, bars, malls and karaoke venues.
Hong Kong is remarkably safe both by day and night. Police officers frequently patrol many areas and are professional and helpful.
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
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