Quick Reference

Language

  Cantonese, Putonghua and English

Time Zone

  GMT + 8 hours

Electricity and Voltage

  50 Hz & 220 Volts

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Mobile Phones

  GSM 900 / PCS 1800 / CDMA /
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Weather

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with temperature ranges from 10°C - 33°C. It has distinct four seasons of hot and humid summers from June to October and cooler and dry winters from December to February. The rainy season runs from July to October, when heavy rainfall is expected, during which occasional typhoon with inclement weather may occur. For detailed Hong Kong weather, please refer to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Hong Kong Dollar. Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shops.

Explore Hong Kong

Discover the beauty of the "Pearl of the East" from the travel guides of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Transportation

Hong Kong is one of the most efficient cities in the world in terms of transportation systems. The commonly-used transportation in the city includes the MTR, public buses, taxi, etc., which are highly efficient with networks covering the whole city from city centers to all the sub-urban areas. Other less commonly-used transportation means such as Star Ferry that connects Kowloon Peninsular and Hong Kong Island as well as tram that serves only Hong Kong Island have their historical values in Hong Kong's transportation history and are worth of visit of tourists. The follows are the introduction of some of the most commonly used transportation:

Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
MTR is an extensive subway system that connects Kowloon with Hong Kong Island, New Territories and Lantau Island including the Hong Kong International Airport. Passengers can also conveniently stop at the boundary with Mainland China, i.e., Lo Wu Station and Lok Ma Chau Station, to get access to Mainland China. Passengers may pay by Octopus card or purchase ticket at any MTR stations.

Public Bus and Light Bus
Public bus services are efficient, regular and economical. Buses are clean and comfortable and most of them are air-conditioned. Exact fare is required if paying by cash, or, passengers may use Octopus card which is accepted on all buses in Hong Kong.

Taxi
Taxis in Hong Kong are plentiful and easy to hail along the street. Taxi fares are shown clearly on the taximeter and passengers are required to pay the exact fare as recorded on the taximeter unless additional or extra charges are incurred such as additional baggage or toll fees when using tunnels.

Shopping Around

Enjoying the name of Shopping Paradise, Hong Kong offers plentiful and a great variety of commodities to shoppers. Most of the shopping attractions are close to the MTR stations so that tourists can enjoy easy accessibility to those areas. For details of shopping information, please refer to the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Close to NTTIH, there are also a handful of shopping choices. Located next to the Kowloon Tong MTR station, the renowned shopping complex Festival Walk offers a collection of some of the world's reputable brand names and shops. As for other downtown shopping destinations, Lok Fu Plaza and Kowloon City Plaza, also provide a wide range of local dining and retail choices.