Hong Kong

CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

Summer
June till September, Hong Kong receives some hottest months of the year. The city receives lots of rainfall throughout the season, especially during the months of May to September. HIGH TEMP 28C LOW TEMP 26C

Autumn
Autumn arrives in October for two Months. Level of Rainfall Decreases gradually and Stands at 20mm.Heavy showers and Thunderstorms may spoil Visitors Plan high drops a bit from the summer months & Stands at 25C while the minimums at 23 C.

Winter
Hong Kong gets a dry & mild winter in December through February .January Witness the lowest average of the year with not more than 16C.

Spring
May is the hottest Month of spring with 26c of temperature .The first month of Spring Hong Kong receives only two hours of Sunshine.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

Chinese & English

CUSTOMS & CULTURE

The People
Hong Kong is very sophisticated and cosmopolitan, blending the cultures of Asia and Europe. Its people are highly educated, very motivated and westernized. Hong Kong is 98% Chinese (Cantonese), but the people view themselves as different from other Chinese. Cantonese habits and customs are dominant. An individual’s actions, prestige, education, wealth and reputation reflect positively or negatively on the entire family.

Meeting and Greeting
Shake hands with everyone — men, women and children — upon meeting and leaving. Note that Hong Kong Chinese handshakes may be less firm than a Western handshake.

Higher-ranking persons are introduced before those of lower rank. An older person comes before a younger person, and a woman before a man. Family members are greeted in order of age, oldest first and youngest last.It is polite to inquire about a person’s health or activities upon greeting.

Names and Titles
Use family names and appropriate titles until specifically invited by your host or colleagues to use their first names.
Address the Chinese with Mr., Mrs., Miss or professional title plus family name. Example: Lau Gan Lei would be Mr. Lau or Doctor Lau or Professor Lau.
Chinese names have two parts: family name and given name. The family name comes first.

Body Language
Hong Kong Chinese may stand close when talking, however, they are reserved and uncomfortable with body contact. Do not hug, kiss or pat people on the back. Winking at someone is considered a very rude gesture. Request your bill by making a writing motion with your hand. To beckon someone, extend your arm, palm down, and make a scratching motion with your fingers. Never point with your index finger. This is used only for animals. Point with your hand open.

Corporate Culture
Many Hong Kong businesspeople have been educated in Western schools and are well-heeled, well-traveled and possess an international perspective. The business climate in Hong Kong is “wide open,” with a free market and limited government involvement. Hong Kong business activities are competitive, honest and quick. Making money is the main goal. The style of business is similar to that of the United States. Punctuality is expected and respected; be on time for all appointments. Allow “courtesy time” (30 minutes) if someone is late for an appointment with you. Tea is served at meetings. Do not drink until your host takes the first sip. A host leaving tea untouched signals the end of the meeting.
Bring business cards printed in English on one side and Chinese on the other side. Make sure that the Chinese side uses “classical” characters, the written form of Chinese used in Hong Kong, and not “simplified” characters, which are used in the People’s Republic of China. Upon introduction, present your business card with both hands and with the Chinese side up.

Dining and Entertainment
Tea is the customary beverage for all occasions. Your teacup will be refilled continually. Leave your cup full if you are finished. Chinese find adding sugar and cream to tea a very strange Western habit. Place teapot lid upside down (or open if attached) to signal the waiter for more tea.

Toasting is an important part of a Chinese dinner. If you are the guest of honor and are toasted, smile, raise your glass, make eye contact, drink, raise your glass and thank the host and guests. The guest of honor rises and thanks the host for everyone present at the end of dinner. Make a simple, polite, short toast to friendship, success and cooperation. The banquet host visits each table and makes a toast. A toast is often made in the middle of a banquet when the shark fin soup is served. Be sure to eat and show appreciation for shark fin soup if it is offered. This delicacy is offered only to special guests, and is very expensive.
It is bad manners for a host not to keep a guest’s plate full, and it is even worse for a guest not to continue eating as long as the plate is full. Always leave some food on your dish after you are finished with each course. Otherwise the host will continue refilling your plate or bowl.

Dress
Hong Kong residents are very style-conscious and dress well. Modesty and cleanliness are very important. All types of clothing are worn in Hong Kong. However, taste and fashion look more toward Japan than Britain or the United States. Clothing should be light for summer with sweaters and jackets for winter. For business, men should wear conservative and lightweight Western-style suits and ties. Women should wear conservative dresses, suits or skirts and blouses.

Wear a good watch. It will be noticed. The Chinese tend to dress up when going out in the evening. Most European-style hotel restaurants require a coat and tie in the evening. Women should wear cocktail dresses or evening pants.

Gifts
Gift giving is a tradition in Hong Kong that communicates respect and friendship. Be prepared to present a small gift at the first meeting, such as high-quality cognac, brandy, candy or pens. Unlike other Asian countries, Scotch whiskey is not special in Hong Kong. Never go to a Chinese home without a gift. Present and receive a gift with both hands. Do not open a gift upon receiving it.
The word for the number “3” in Chinese sounds like the word for “life,” and the word for the number “8” sounds like the word for “prosperity.” The Chinese word for number “9” is a homonym for the word “eternity.” Give gifts in these numbers, if possible. Do not give gifts in a group of four; the Chinese word for “4” sounds similar to the word for “death.” Avoid giving white or red flowers (white is a symbol of mourning, red is a symbol of blood); clocks are associated with death, but watches are suitable gifts.
Every conceivable product can be purchased in Hong Kong. Try to bring something from your hometown or state. It is illegal to give a civil servant a gift.

CUISINE

FAMOUS FOOD OF HONG KONG INDIAN CUISINE IN HONG KONG
Sweet and Sour Pork Tandoori Nights
2/F, Easter Flower Center, | 22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Wontons
 Bombay Dreams
Roast Goose 77 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong, China (Central)
Beef Brisket Khana Khazana(QiKang DaSha) 
 1/F, Dannies House, 20 Luard Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China (Wan Chai)
Snake Soup
Tulsi Indian Restaurant Quarry Bay RD
Shrimp and Chicken Balls  Shop 1, G/F, HOI KWONG COURT, 13-15 HOI KWONG ST., QUARRY BAY H.K., Hong Kong
Wind Sand Chicken Central Indian Restaurant
Cheungs Building, 1-3 Wing Lok Street, Hong Kong

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Date Day Holiday
1-Jan Thursday New Year’s Day
19 & 20-Feb Thursday & Friday Chinese New Year
3-Apr Friday Good Friday
4-Apr Saturday Ching Ming Festival
6-Apr Monday Easter Monday
1-May Friday Labor Day
25-May Monday Buddha’s Birthday
20-Jun Saturday Dragon Boat Festival
1-Jul Wednesday  Special Administration Region (SAR) Day
28-Sep Monday  Late mid Autumn festival
1-Oct Thursday National Day
21-oct Wednesday Chung Yeung Festival
25-Dec Friday Christmas Day
28-Dec Monday  Boxing Day

HEALTH & HAZARDS

HOSPITALS NAME
 Hong Kong Adventist Hospital                                                                  Tel: 3651 8888
Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital                                                           Tel : 2572 0211
Tsuen Wan Adventist Hospital                                                                  Tel: 2276 7676
St. Teresa’s Hospital                                                                                    Tel: 2711 9111
St. Paul’s Hospital                                                                                          Tel:  2890 6008

TRAVEL DOCS

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FOREIGN CURRENCY
AIR TICKETS

ACCOMMODATION

4 STAR HOTELS  3 STAR HOTELS
Holiday Inn Golden Mile   Regal Oriental Hotel
50 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong 30-38 Sa Po Road, Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Mini Hotel Causeway Bay
348 Nathan Road, Jordan, Hong Kong 8 Sun Wui Rd, Hong Kong
L’hotel Island South   Butterfly on Prat
55 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong 21 Prat Ave, Hong Kong
City Garden Hotel  Island Pacific Hotel
9 City Garden Rd, Hong Kong 152 Connaught Rd W, Hong Kong
Regal Airport Hotel Lander Hotel Prince Edward
9 Cheong Tat Rd, Hong Kong
156-158 Tai Nan St, Hong Kong

UPCOMING EXPOS

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Hong kong Disney Land
You can never be sure what mysteries will be unlocked during your visit to Mystic Point Hong Kong Disneyland’s latest and exclusive attraction. This summer, Lord Henry Mystic, an eccentric explorer has graciously opened his home to everyone. Here, visitors can ride in his latest invention, the ‘Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage’, to view his acquisitions from around the world

The Peak
The Peak If you have many things to do here, still go to The Peak. The highest point on Hong Kong Island, this has been the city’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times – back then it was the cooler air that attracted the rich and famous; in the post air-conditioning era, the views of one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes keep them coming.The Peak one of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. By day your eyes stretch across sparkling skyscrapers and Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories.

Ocean Park Hong kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong is a marine-life theme park featuring animal exhibits, thrill rides and shows. In 2012, its impressive ability to offer guests a world-class experience that blends entertainment with education and conservation was confirmed when it became the first Asian winner of the biannual Applause Award, the most prestigious award in the amusement and theme park industry.

Ladies Market
With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street provides a one-kilometre stretch on which to practise your haggling skills. It gets its name from the huge amount of clothing and accessories on sale for women of all ages; however, with watches, cosmetics, bags, home furnishings, CDs and trinkets also up for grabs, you don’t need to be just in the market for a pair of nylon stockings to find something within its crowded aisles.

Temple Street Night Market 
When the sun goes down, the traders have already laid out their wares and the opera singers and fortune tellers begin to emerge. Welcome to the Temple Street Night Market, a popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. The Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture that gives the Expo Promenade the commonly-used name, Golden Bauhinia Square, was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover — an occasion that held tremendous significance for the world’s largest nation and that stands out as a landmark event in 20th century history.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre.he temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the 4th century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshippers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling .Feng Shui enthusiasts may notice structures representing the five geomantic elements: the Bronze Pavilion (metal); the Archives Hall (wood); the Yuk Yik Fountain (water); the Yue Heung Shrine (fire), where the Buddha of the Lighting Lamp is worshipped; and the Earth Wall (earth). Other areas of the complex include the Three Saints Hall, the Confucian Hall and the extravagantly colourful Good Wish Garden that is lavishly decorated with chinoiserie.

MAP

hongkong map

TIME ZONE

Hong Kong is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India

TRANSPORTATION

  • Train
  • Minibus
  • Bus
  • Tram
  • Ferry

CURRENCY

Official Currency ” Hong Kong Dollar”
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BEST TIME TO VISIT

Hong Kong attracts visitors with its year-round warm weather. However, rain storms and high prices may dissuade some tourists.

The most popular time to go is during national holiday times in January, May, and October, when people come from all over to celebrate festivals, causing an increase in visitors and rates. Summers are hot and humid, and while hotel prices drop, airfare prices are still fairly high. During winter, the weather is cool and dry, and there are discounts on lodging and airfare.

TRAVEL TIPS

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Don’t freak out about the (lack of) passport stamp -Beginning March 19th of this year, visitors won’t receive a passport stamp when coming through immigration. Instead of stamps, US (and other passports) see a printed piece of paper stapled onto a page in your book with all the details of your length of stay and privileges.
Pass on the taxi or special car to and from the airport -Even though the airport is really far from the city, and probably your hotel, just take public transport. The Airport Express station is right at the airport, the train stops half-way to city-center and then in the popular Kowloon and Central areas. For a cost of $90 HKD and a 25 minute trip, you can’t really go wrong.
Late-Night Food -“Chiu Chow cuisine comes from the most northeast area of Guangdong province. Different from Cantonese, its popular big sister. Unlike so much Chinese food, chiu chow is made from fresh ingredients alright, but largely prepared in advance and then served at room temperature. It’s famously late-night food.”
Get an Octopus Card -No, this isn’t the best way to grab all the yum cha you can, but it’s the city’s public transportation fare card. For a $50 HKD deposit and an initial $100 HKD load, you are all set to ride the rails on a comprehensive public transport system that includes ferries, buses and trains. At the end of your trip, you return the card and get back the $50 HKD deposit and any unused money loaded on the card. There’s even an Octopus card return desk right after you step off the Airport Express at HKG.
Follow the rules of the taxis -If you must hop in a cab, you’ll find they’re really cheap. And while they’re not super easy to hail, once you get one you won’t go broke. Still, there are rules to follow that are posted on the door; the most important rule is to wear your seatbelt. Duh!
Don’t expect many businesses to open early -It seems like the city doesn’t really wake up before mid-morning. We’ve found some coffee shops not even open for business until 10am and had to resort to the hotel Starbucks.
Get adventurous with food -Hong Kong is known for delicious local cuisine and its fare shouldn’t really be missed. Even local restaurants have menus in English or at least photos of the food so ordering is easy. Being a bit more daring when it comes to culinary delights will pay off in stories for friends once you get home.
Stick to the water at sundown -A must-do for a first trip to HK is checking out their nighttime lights show on the waterfront. Located on Victoria Harbour at 8pm nightly, this spectacle makes the city come alive with lasers and well-lit buildings across the water, synced to music.
Do in-town airport check-in -At Kowloon and Central stations on the MRT, you can check in for your flight, get your boarding pass and check your luggage through, all before heading out from downtown. You don’t see you luggage again until your destination and there’s no jockeying for suitcase space on the train. It’s seamless and it works! (See above on how awesome the MTA is).
The Subway  -The way they talk about their subway system around here, you’d think they were getting paid every time they mention it. And it is clean, easy to navigate, and gets you to over 60 destinations easily and comfortably.
How to Cool Down -Go to one of the many tea restaurants, or cha chaan tengs, and get one of their carbonated drinks with preserved fruit like kumquats and lemons. A Sprite, for instance, is poured over pickled lemon and ice. Sounds like sour (bleep), but actually … very tasty

Hong Kong Travel Dont’s

Do not use a toothpick in public without covering your mouth with your hand.
Do not use your own chopsticks or spoon to dish shared dishes (which is customary) when eating with a group, use the serving spoon to dish into your bowl or plate to eat instead.
Do not open a present in front of the giver, which is not polite.
Do not leave your chopsticks sticking up in the left-over rice at the bottom of your bowl after eating a meal.
Do not stick your chopsticks upright in the rice bowl before or after eating a meal. Instead, lay them on your dish. Doing it in a restaurant or a private home would be a terrible curse on the proprietor, as sticking chopsticks in the rice bowl looks like the shrine with two sticks of incense stuck upright in it, which is equivalent to wishing death upon person at the table.
Do not give a gift like the Clocks (giving a watch is okay), straw sandals, a stork or crane, handkerchiefs and anything white, blue or black, which are associated with death or cause for crying, and are perceived to bring people bad fortune.
Do not lose your temper, as to lose one’s temper is an absolute loss of face.
Do not point the bottoms of your feet to any person when sitting. Try to sit cross-legged or tuck your legs underneath you.
Do not touch someone unless you absolutely have to. Chinese people do not enjoy being touched by strangers, which is the direct opposite to Western society.
Do not biting your nails or putting your hands in your mouth as it is considered to be vulgar in Chinese culture.
Do not behave in a carefree manner in public. Embracing or kissing when greeting or saying good-bye is highly unusual.
Do not write cards or letters with red ink or ball pen, as it symbolizes the end of a relationship.
Do not forget to take off your shoes when entering any home in China, unless are told not to.

Hong Kong Travel Do’s

The order of Chinese names is family name first, then given name. Brides in China do not adopt their husband’s surnames.
Always addressing people with their official title, refer them as Mr./Mrs./Ms plus their last name. Don’t call them by their first name unless invited to do so.
Handshake is common form of greeting. While meeting elders or senior officials, handshake should be gentle and accompanied by a slight nod.
Always show respect to the elders and acknowledge them in a group first.
Chinese do not usually accept a gift, invitation or favour when it’s first presented. Politely refusing two or three times is thought to reflect modesty and humility.
Do learn some Chinese which will help traveling around the country with much ease.  Always present your gifts with both hands. And be aware of colour when wrapping. Red represents lucky, pink and yellow represent happiness and prosperity, while white, grey and black are for funeral. White or yellow flowers (especially chrysanthemums) are used for funerals.

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