About Hong Kong

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About Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been called 'Asia's World City' and is place with unique cultural heritage by the influence from Chinese identity and Western history. Famous not only for its beautiful harbor and having the most skyscrapers, this vibrant city has many country parks and natural reserves that you can enjoy.


August is generally very hot and humid, with occasional showers and thunderstorms, particularly during the mornings. Afternoon temperatures often exceed 31°C. Temperatures generally remain around 26°C with high humidity at night.

Average Temperature: 26°C – 34°C.

What to pack: an umbrella or light rainwear, short-sleeved shirts for sunny days.

9-day Hong Kong Weather Forecast can be found at: https://www.hko.gov.hk/en/wxinfo/currwx/fnd.htm.

Electricity and Voltage

The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. You may need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment.

Currency and e-Payment

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. Some shops may accept the Chinese Yuan, Renminbi (RMB), but at various rates fixed by the shop.

International credit cards such as VISA, MasterCard, UnionPay and American Express are also welcome at many hotels, retail shops and restaurants. Some department stores, chain retail shops and restaurants also accept electronic payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Alipay and WeChat Pay. Such premises usually display stickers showing the credit cards and electronic payments they accept at their entrances or at the cash register.

Main Attractions

Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient, is an international city with a mix of old and new. Explore Hong Kong's East-meets-West heritage in many common aspects: from food, shops, lifestyle, cityscape and street signs! You will have an unforgettable time in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong is well-known as food paradise, offering a wide variety of food and international cuisines. A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without trying dim sum, egg tart, milk tea and experiencing dai pai dong culture!

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Art and Culture

Hong Kong is a city where East-meets-West. After more than a century and a half of British colonial rule with Chinese influence, you will find vestiges of the colonial era preserved in grand buildings and various cultural traditions.

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Great Outdoors

Many mountain trails and beaches are close to the vibrant city. You cannot miss the opportunity to explore and relax yourself in the green space of Hong Kong.

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