Fast Facts: Hong Kong

What is the weather like in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s subtropical climate makes it fairly hot and humid year-round. After the rainy season (May-September), the temperature remains significantly cooler from October through February. Clear, sunny days make October-November the best time to visit.

Check out the current weather conditions in Hong Kong

What is required for entry into Hong Kong?

A passport with a minimum validity of 6 months is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

According to the Center for Disease Control, there are no health vaccinations required for travel to Hong Kong, but immunization against polio, tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis are recommended.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The Hong Kong dollar is an internationally recognized currency, separate from China's. Although the currency is pegged to the U.S. dollar, you may find some variation in the rates actually available. Please review the current exchange rate for the Hong Kong dollar.

ATMs: ATMs are easily accessible throughout Hong Kong. There are many located outside of banks and in shopping complexes and malls. ATMs accept many major foreign bank cards and credit cards. They dispense Hong Kong dollars at the current exchange rate.

Tipping: Most restaurants add a 10% service charge to the bill. However, this extra charge does not always go to the wait staff. Thus, servers usually expect an additional tip from diners. Taxi drivers, bellhops, restroom attendants and others hotel staff expect a small tip as well.

What are the best items to shop for in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is a well-known shopper’s paradise. From glitzy malls and upscale department stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques and charming street markets, Hong Kong offers a dazzling variety of goods. Shop for clothes, electronics, traditional Chinese handicrafts, and more. Note that prices can vary greatly from store to store, so be sure to shop around.

What are the voltage requirements in Hong Kong?

220 V. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world

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