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10 Fast Facts You Need to Know Before Going to Hong Kong

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When is the Best Time to Visit Hong Kong?

Tourist in Hong Kong Disneyland
The sunny weather in Hong Kong calls for a full day out in Disneyland | Credit: @sssssora_10

While Hong Kong is a year-round destination, what you need to know is the best time to travel there would be from September to February. The weather is mildest and with very little rainfall during those months. March to May can get hot and uncomfortably humid, while it’s always rainy from June to August.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Hong Kong?

There are 170 countries whose citizens can enter and stay in Hong Kong visa free from seven to 180 days, depending on the nationality. Please refer to this list from the Hong Kong Immigration Department to see if you can visit Hong Kong without a visa.

How Do I Get Around Hong Kong?

The full map of the MRT in Hong Kong
MRT map.

Hong Kong has one of the best transportation systems in the entire world. You can get from place to place using trains, buses, taxis, trams, ferries, and the MTR subway system. You can pay for your fare using the stored-value Octopus card, which you can also use at fast food joints, convenience stores, supermarkets, and on vending machines.

Is English Spoken in Hong Kong?

Given that Hong Kong is a former British colony, yes, English is widely spoken in Hong Kong. It’s the language used by the Hong Kong government as well as its business and tourism sectors.

What’s the Currency in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong currency is Hong Kong Dollars
Hong Kong currency and coins.

The Hong Kong dollar is used in Hong Kong. It’s available in banknote denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. Coins, on the other hand, are available in 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, and $10.

I want to Go Shopping in Hong Kong. When is the Best Time For It?

Sogo Department Store is where the shopping is done
Sogo Department Store in Hong Kong | Credit: @leitayu

Hong Kong typically has a summer sale from July to September, as well as a winter sale from December to February, though the exact period varies from store to store. However, some stores are closed on the first two days of the Chinese New Year holiday, with the more traditional shops staying closed for the entire duration of the holiday.

Is it True That I can be Penalized if I’m Caught Littering or Spitting in Public in Hong Kong?

Warning signs of spitting in Hong Kong
Warning signs against spitting and littering on Hong Kong public transport.

Hong Kong takes public hygiene seriously. Spitting, littering, leaving dog poop, and unauthorized posting of bills and posters are highly prohibited in the city. If you’re caught, you will be fined HK$1500.

Can I Use My Mobile Phone in Hong Kong?

If your service provider has a roaming agreement with a Hong Kong provider, you can use your mobile phone in Hong Kong. But if you want to save on costly roaming rates, you can buy a prepaid SIM card or a prepaid calling card instead. They’re widely available at the airport and at convenience stores.

Can I Use My Electronic Gadgets in Hong Kong?

This is the plug used in Hong Kong
Suitable power plug for Hong Kong.

The standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220V AC at 50Hz, with most establishments having the three-pronged plug. A few hotels provide 100V electricity. If in doubt, you should bring an adaptor for your gadgets, though you can easily buy a cheap one in Hong Kong. Need to Know Hong Kong

What Numbers Should I Call in Case of Emergency?

Hong Kong’s emergency number is 999. Other numbers you may need to know are: +85225277177 for the police hotline; +85225081234 for the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline; +85221818888 for the Hong Kong International Airport; and 1081 for telephone directory inquiries.

Now that you know the main things about travelling to Hong Kong, you’re all set to book that trip! While you’re here, why not read up on other articles on Hong Kong which we’ve listed here!

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