Accommodation & Travel

Located in Southern China, Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 31°C during August. Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperature can exceed 31°C but high humidity levels can make it feel even hotter. The 9-day weather forecast is available at

Time Zone

The local time in Hong Kong is GMT +8.

Passport & Visa Requirement

Visitors to Hong Kong should hold a passport with at least six months' validity. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas for periods varying from seven days to 180 days. Please note that a visa is required for some nationalities. The Organizer is NOT responsible for your individual visa arrangement. Participants should check with the Chinese embassy or consulate on specific visa information. Further information on Visa requirements is available at eng/services/ visas/visit-transit/ visit-visa-entry-permit.html.

Getting Around

Hong Kong is geographically compact and the public transport system (bus, ferry, or train) is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user friendly. Road signs in Hong Kong are bilingual in both English and Chinese.

China Visa

Participants planning to travel to mainland China should make their own visa arrangement. China visa can be processed in Hong Kong and normally takes three working days and one passport-sized photo. Visas can be obtained through the Visa Office of People's Republic of China, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, China Travel Service (HK) Ltd, or China International Travel Service HK Ltd.


Public transport system is inexpensive and efficient in Hong Kong. The underground Mass Transit Railway offers fast, modern and air-conditioned services between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and New Territories. Networks of double-decker buses and taxies operate territory-wide. Hong Kong’s taxies are cheap and efficient with a flag fall of around HK$24 (Around US$3). And for those looking for a mode of travel that has been used for decades, there are the Star Ferries and Hong Kong Island's street trams. Road signs in Hong Kong are bilingual in both English and Chinese.
For more information on the transportation:

Kowloon Bus
MTR cust_index.html
New World Bus
New World First Ferry
Peak Tram
Star Ferry

Further information of transport in Hong Kong is available at transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/index.html transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/ index.html


Hong Kong’s unit of currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$) which is tied to the US dollar at an exchange rate of about HK$7.8 to US$1. The Hong Kong dollar in everyday circulation is available in 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2, $5 and $10 coins and $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 banknotes. Most foreign currencies and travelers cheques are easily changed at banks, hotels and moneychangers. Credit cards are widely accepted at major hotels, large restaurants, department stores and shops.

Important Numbers

Consumer Council +(852) 2929 2222
Country Codes and Local Times Worldwide Inquiry Hotline +(852) 10013
Customs and Excise Department Inquiry Hotline +(852) 2815 7711
Department of Health +(852) 2961 8989
Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) +(852) 999
Hong Kong Immigration Department +(852) 2824 6111
Hong Kong International Airport +(852) 2181 8888
Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline +(852) 2508 1234
International Directory Inquiry Hotline +(852) 10015
Local Directory Inquiry Hotline +(852) 1081
Police Hotline +(852) 2527 7177
RTHK's service hotline (Newsline) for the latest news +(852) 2272 0000
Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong +(852) 2807 0707

Further information of Hong Kong is available at Hong Kong Tourism Board.