Hong Kong


The name "Hong Kong", literally meaning "fragrant harbour", is derived from the area around present-day Aberdeen and Wong Chuk Hang on Hong Kong Island, where fragrant trees were once abundant and widely exported. The body of water between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula is Victoria Harbour, one of the deepest natural maritime ports in the world. The landscape of Hong Kong is fairly hilly to mountainous with steep slopes.

Hong Kong is a dazzling blend of East and West, in big city style. But even with a population of 14 million, it is an efficient and peaceful city. It has an excellent transport network, magnificent shopping centres, and the temples and parks provide oases of calm. Visit Hong Kong and enjoy its amazing skyline, bustling harbour and peaceful countryside.

Fact File

CapitalHong Kong

LanguageCantonese, Mandarin, English

ClimateThe best time to visit Hong Kong is during November and December when the temperature is comfortable, with pleasant breezes and plenty of sunshine. In January and February temperatures can drop to below 10°C but March and April are warmer months. From May onwards the weather can be humid, and typhoons can be expected in September

CurrencyHong Kong Dollar (HKD)

VisaVisas are required by most foreigners entering mainland China but at present are not required by Western nationals visiting Hong Kong. Visas are available from Chinese embassies and consulates in most countries

HealthImmunisation against cholera, diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A and B, Japanese B encephalitis, polio, rabies and typhoid is considered essential

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Hong Kong

Time ZoneGMT +8 hours