Hong Kong taxis take US dollars
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is located in southern China on the Pearl River Delta. Geographically, the city is shaped by the surrounding mountains and the small island landscape on the coast. The highest point is the TaiMoShan (957m) in the New Territories and the Peak (552m) on Hong Kong Islands. In economic terms, as the world's eighth largest exporter of goods and services (2016), it is one of the leading economic centers in the world. The city also has one of the most advanced information and telecommunications infrastructures in the world. Politically, Hong Kong strives for a cooperative relationship with mainland China and relies on close economic cooperation. The 1,090 square kilometers of Hong Kong are divided into four districts: Hong Kong Island (79 square kilometers), Kowloon (12 square kilometers), New Territories (740 square kilometers) and the 263 Outer Islands (248 square kilometers). Almost eight million people - including 67 billionaires - live in Hong Kong, mostly in Kowloon and north of Hong Kong Island. The New Territories and the other islands are often sparsely populated, sometimes not at all. 98 percent of the population of Hong Kong are Chinese, the proportion of whites is only one percent. The most important religions are Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, 10 percent are Christians and Islam only plays a subordinate role. Hong Kong's culinary tradition is part of Cantonese cuisine. It is undoubtedly one of the city's special assets.
Climate / travel time for Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The almost continuously dry and warm period from mid-October to the end of December is ideal, after which it can be wet and cold. In the summer months (July-September) the temperatures rise to an average of almost 30 degrees. This is also the typhoon season, the hurricane-like storms of which result in exit bans that should be followed. Another special feature is the high humidity, which can be up to 97% from April to August. This period coincides with the monsoon (April to September), which also brings heavy downpours.
Time difference with Hong Kong
Central European Time (CET) +7 in winter and +6 in summer
Entry to Hong Kong
A valid passport is required for vacation in Hong Kong. Upon entry, you will receive a visa that is valid for Germans, Austrians and Swiss for 90 days.
For a non-stop flight from Europe, you can expect 11 to 12 hours of flight time. All flights land at Chek Lap Kok Airport.
Currency in Hong Kong
The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar, which is pegged to the US dollar.
Language in Hong Kong
The official languages are Chinese (Cantonese) and English. Official signs are always issued in both languages.
Communication in Hong Kong
Mobile telephony in Hong Kong is unproblematic, flawless and not too expensive. Free WiFi and WiFi hotspots are practically everywhere.
To Germany the area code 00149 applies, Hong Kong has the area code +852.
Med. Notes for Hong Kong
No vaccinations are required for Hong Kong. You should not drink large amounts of tap water that has not been boiled.
A jacket or sweater is useful as protection against colds, as closed rooms are generally cooled down to refrigerator temperature.
What else should you watch out for on a Hong Kong vacation
- Restaurants and bars usually charge inclusive prices. A small (!) Tip is still common. In the case of taxis, it is customary to round the amount up.
- You shake hands in greeting. The family name is mentioned first, for example Wong Man Ying is addressed as Mister Wong.
- Smoking is generally permitted, and non-smoking areas are marked. Not the other way around.
- No matter where you want to go, take your time. The ubiquitous crowds and vendors take their toll.
- Always stay calm and polite or you will lose face. Looking into the other person's eyes for too long is also considered improper.
- Don't be surprised: Asians smile out of joy, but also in the face of ignorance, shame, displeasure or even pain and sadness.
- The Chinese very rarely respond with "No" or "I don't know"; politeness requires more vague statements.
- In China people eat with chopsticks. Place them on a small bench next to your plate between the individual courses. Never put the chopsticks in the rice bowl, this is only common with offerings and it means bad luck.
- The soles of the feet or shoes are considered to be the "lowest part" of the body. So you don't point at something with your foot. This taboo should also be observed when "crossing your legs".
- When entering a private house or a religious site, you take off your shoes in front of the door.
- Not pointing at people with an outstretched hand or even the index finger, this is considered grossly impolite.
- Personal touches, hugs, greeting kisses, pats on the back are foreign to the Chinese. Let it be better.
- It is best not to get involved in striking cheap offers. Nobody will leave you anything below cost.
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