Thursday, April 2, 2015

Know before you go

Essential contacts

British Consulate-General: 1, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong; 00 852 2901 3000;

Foreign Office travel advice:
Emergency (police/fire/ambulance): 999
Hong Kong Tourism Board: 00 852 2508 1234;

The basics

Currency: Hong Kong dollar which, since 1983, has been pegged to the US dollar at a rate of US$1 = HK$7.8

Dialing code: 00 852
Time difference: Hong Kong is eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and seven hours ahead of British Summer Time
Flight time: about 12 hours from London (about 13 hours going back)

Hong Kong city guide
Year round advice about clothing: no matter when you’re visiting subtropical Hong Kong, bring at least one warm layer.


Hong Kong’s weather can be volatile. Keep an eye on the Observatory’s excellent website, which tracks typhoons and rainstorms. Bring warm layers for all seasons. Hong Kong may be subtropical but it gets chilly in January and February, and the air-conditioning in malls and restaurants is freezing in summer.


After 1997, Hong Kong officially became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. British passport holders can stay in the SAR for 90 days without a visa but are not allowed to work. If, however, you’re planning to cross the border into the rest of China (apart from Macau, the other SAR), you must have a visa. China has a visa office in Hong Kong. Check details


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