June 20-24, 2012, Hong Kong,
Around the City
About Hong Kong
Kong (Chinese: 香港) is one of two special administrative regions (SAR) of the
People's Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. Situated on China's
south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is
renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of
1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one
of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong's population is 95
percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups. Hong Kong's Han Chinese
majority originate mainly from the cities of Guangzhou and Taishan in the
neighbouring Guangdong province.
Hong Kong was one of two British
colonies in China, the other being Weiheiwei. Hong Kong Island was ceded to
Britain in perpetuity under the terms of the Treaty of Nanking, as one of the
spoils of the First Opium War (1839–42). The Kowloon Peninsula was added in 1860
and finally the New Territories were obtained on a ninety-nine year lease in
1898, the same year that Weiheiwei was obtained.
Hong Kong fell to the
Japan during the Pacific War, after which the British resumed control until
1997, when China regained sovereignty. Hong Kong's independent judiciary
functions under the common law framework. Its political system is governed by
the Basic Law of Hong Kong, its constitutional document, which stipulates that
Hong Kong shall have a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign
relations and military defence. Although it has a burgeoning multi-party system,
half of its legislature is controlled by a small-circle electorate. The Chief
Executive of Hong Kong, the head of government, is selected by an 800-person
Today, under the principle of "one country, two
systems", Hong Kong's economic and political systems differ from those of
mainland China. Hong Kong is one of the world's leading international financial
centres, with a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation
and free trade. The Hong Kong dollar is the ninth most traded currency in the
world. Limited land caused demand for denser constructions, which allowed the
city to became a centre for modern architecture and made it the world's most
vertical city. Under colonial rule, it espoused minimum government intervention
under the ethos of positive non-interventionism. The culture of Hong Kong was
also influenced during its British colonial times along with an educational
system that loosely follows the system in England. Hong Kong also has a highly
developed transportation network with a traveling rate on public transport
exceeding 90 percent, the highest in the world.
If you are a Chinese
originated from mainland China and currently residing China, you need the
Exit-entry Permit for travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao from the
relevant Public Security Bureau Office. Visit here for more details.
are a Chinese originated from mainland China and currently residing overseas,
you need to apply entry permit. There is an exception that if you are taking
flight and making transit to another area (e.g. heading to Shenzhen in mainland
China or showing a flight ticket to other country within the future 7 days), you
are eligible to enter Hong Kong without any document. However you MUST leave
Hong Kong within 7 days. A round trip for less than 7 days without going to a
third country/ area would not work. Visit here for more details.
are a Chinese resident of Taiwan currently outside Taiwan, you need an entry
permit. Visit here for more details.
are a Chinese resident of Taiwan currently in Taiwan, you need to apply entry
permit through one of the authorized airline companies. However if you are
holding a valid "Mainland Travel Permits for Taiwan Residents" (commonly known
as "Tai Bao Zheng") may enter Hong Kong as visitor and stay for up to 7 days. Visit here for more details.
other countries, generally you do not need a VISA to visit Hong Kong. To check
whether you need a VISA or not, please visit the in Hong Kong immigration
department web site at http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm.
If you need a VISA, you may apply it in your local Chinese Embassy.
If you need a
referral or contact person when applying your VISA, please use the following
person, For more information, please check the Hong Kong Immigration Department
web site VISA section at http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas.htm.
language in Hong Kong is English. Cantonese is the most spoken language. You
will have no or very less problem in communication with either Cantonese,
Mandarin, or English in most of the areas due to it's diversified nature and
- Fire/ Police/ Ambulance: 999
Consumer Complaint: 2929-2222
Immigration Department: 2824-6111
Number Inquiry: 1083 (Cantonese)/ 1088 (Mandarin)/ 1081 (English)
Weather: 18503 (Cantonese)/ 18508 (Mandarin)/ 18501 (English)
Mass Transit Railway: 2881-8888
Hong Kong International Airport:
International Calls: dial 001 + country code + city code
+ telephone number
Country code of Hong Kong: 852
In short Hong
Kong has a tropical wet-and-dry climate. The annual average temperature is
around 83 degree Farenheit. It is expected that in June temperature will be
around 85 to 95 degree Farenheit. The feeling is sweltering hot and wet. Please
observe the weather forecast before you go.
Hong Kong currency is Hong Kong dollar (HKD). It is pegged with USD at an
exchange rate from 7.75 to 7.85. Currency notes are issued by The Hongkong and
Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)
Limited, and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited in denominations of 10, 20, 50,
100, 500, 1000 dollars. Coins come in denominations of 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1, 2, 5,
Foreign currency and travelers' cheques can be exchanged at
most banks. Banks open 5.5 days a week typically. Exchange cash only in banks or
reputable sources to avoid counterfeit notes.
Cash is the most common
mode of acceptance. In addition credit card is widely accepted in most places
except small local stores. Cash is needed for transportation. RMBs are accepted
in many businesses and USDs follows.
Roaming Around the
The public transport of Hong Kong is very well-developed.
Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and taxi is recommended. With bus services almost
every corner is covered. Taxi and bus drivers speak limited English,
As an international
city, you can virtually enjoy any kinds of cuisines from around the world in
good quality and many of them locates in Tsim Sha Tsui area near the conference
hotel. You may be able to find restaurants in any time of the day. Smoking is
strictly prohibited in any indoor venues.
You can find
everything from the lastest esigner fashions and electronic gadgets to
best-value antiques and collectibles in Hong Kong. No tax is imposed in Hong
There are a lot of shopping streets, including Nathan Road and Tsim
Sha Tsui area which is next to the conference hotel, or the Causeway Bay area in
the Hong Kong island across the Victoria Harbor. The Golden computer arcade in
Shum Shui Po MTR station is the biggest mall in Hong Kong that provides the
latest computer related products. Visit the Hong Kong Tourism Board web site at http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/index.html for more shopping locations.
Generally no tip is
expected in restaurants as it will be added to the bill as service charge. You
may leave a few dollars in the bill exchange at your discretion. Tip bellboys
and room-service waiters however.
Peak - spectacular views over the city and the harbor. details...
Star Ferry across Victoria
harbor - a jewel that people marvel at. Also features symphony of lights at
nights which is a laser and music show from the skyscrapers on the sides of the
Avenue of Stars - modeled on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame. details...
Giant Buddha - features the
world's tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. details...
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car -
incredible cable car journey and culturally themed Ngong Ping village. details...
Ocean Park - world famous
aquatic park. details...
Disney Land - world's most
smallest and distinct Disney theme park. details...
Stanley Bay - formerly a
fishing port which is now an open air bazaar. details...
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong