Since July 1, 1997, Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It is a part of the Pearl River region, one of the leading economic regions of China with high population density. The region also includes Dongguan, Foshan, Guangzhou, Jiangmen, Macau, Shenzhen and Zhongshan. Hong Kong as Asia's premier international city is a world-class destination. Every year, millions of travelers visit Hong Kong for business and leisure.
Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Located across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong, Macau was an overseas territory of Portugal before 1999. One of the world's most densely populated spots, Macau is best known as the Asia's largest destination for gambling taking in even more revenue than Las Vegas.
TIME ZONE GMT+8 (Hong Kong & Macau)
ELECTRICITY 220 volts AC, 50Hz - British 3-pin Electrical Adapter Plug (Hong Kong & Macau)
ETHNIC GROUPS: Chinese 95%; other 5%
DIAL CODE +852 (Hong Kong) / +853 (Macau)
CURRENCY Hong Kong dollar (Hong Kong) / Macau Patacas (Macau)
Cantonese (Chinese dialect) is spoken by most of the population. English is spoken by more than one-third of the population, particularly in business circles, shops and hotels. Also, some hotels in Hong Kong/Macau have staff speaking Japanese, French and German.
A visa is not required for most nationals for a period of stay from 7 days to 180 days. It is highly recommended to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the period of intended stay.
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Hong Kong and Macau share a similar climate. They both have a subtropical climate with hot and humid summer from May to September, and cool and dry winter from December to February. The typhoon season is from July to September. From March to the middle of May is spring, which brings warm and more humid weather. The temperature ranges between 20°C-26°C/68°F-79°F. Summer in Hong Kong is hot and humid with occasional thunderstorms. Most rainfalls occur in summer and August has the highest average rainfall. The temperature ranges between 27°C – 32°C /80°F – 90°F. From the middle of September to early December is autumn. It's the sunniest season in Hong Kong with warm weather and low humidity, and probably the best time to visit Hong Kong. The temperature ranges between 23°C – 28°C /73°F – 82°F. From the middle of December to February is usually the winter. Winter in Hong Kong is cool and dry. The temperature ranges between 15°C – 20°C /59°F – 68°F.
For more visa information, please visit the websites:
http://www.hko.gov.hk/contente.htm (Hong Kong)
The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) in Hong Kong and Macau Patacas (MOP) in Macau are the territory's official currencies. In Chinese, dollar is officially called “yuan” and informally called “man” in Cantonese. The HKD is also extensively well-accepted inside Macau in lieu of their home currency at a 1:1 proportion.
Visa or Master cards are widely accepted. There are no sales or value-added (VAT) taxes applied Hong Kong /Macau.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
It is absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other unexpected incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
EMERGENCIES INFO DIAL:
Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance): 999 (Mainland Tourists) / 112 (International Tourists)
Normal shopping hours are from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (daily). Some shops, shopping malls or department stores remain open till 10:00 pm.
OCTOPUS CARD – HONG KONG
This card is an electronic fare card being used for most public transport in Hong Kong. It is also accepted for purchasing in most convenience stores, fast food restaurants (e.g. McDonald’s), or even car parks, on-street parking, and vending machines. You can purchase and return this card at the airport, near Airport Express exit.
Hong Kong cuisine, which is influenced by western and eastern cultures, is very diverse. Hong Kong also has its own style. An example would be Dai pai dong (Chinese style casual outdoor dining restaurant), Cha Chaan Teng came from bing sutt (“ice chamber”). Various set meals are served throughout the day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
Macanese food was created by mixing Portuguese and Chinese cuisines together with spices brought from Africa and South-East Asia by traders. Many restaurants advertising "Portuguese" food, in fact, serve up mostly Macanese dishes. Seafood and barbecue specialist Fernando's on Coloane's Hac Sa Beach is probably the best-known Macanese restaurant.
For Hong Kong
With effect from August 2010, travelers and visitors over 18 years of age entering HK are allowed to bring:
1 litre of alcoholic liquor/spirit with an alcoholic strength above 30% by volume
19 cigarettes or 1 cigar or 25 grammes of other manufactured tobacco
250 ml of eau de toilette and 60ml of perfume
There are no restrictions on currency and cameras, and you are allowed to bring in a reasonable amount of film and personal gifts.
These rules and allowances change if the traveler holds a Hong Kong Identity Card. To qualify for their duty free allowance, they need to have spent 24 hours or longer outside Hong Kong.
For more info, please visit the website: http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/passenger_clearance/duty_free/index.html
Visitors to Macau may bring in duty and tax free items to the value of 10,000 MOP (Macau Pataca) - as a guide this is the equivalent to $1240 (USD) or €900 (Euros) or £780 (GBP Sterling).
Personal duty free allowances on the following are:
200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 gms of tobacco or any of them with a total weight less than 250 gms.
1 litre of spirits (exceeding 30% abv)
1 litre of wine (not exceeding 30% abv)
Clothes, jewelery, sports equipment and 1 personal computer for private use
For more info, please visit the websit : http://www.customs.gov.mo/en/index1.htm
Tipping is only practiced in limited situations by local people and it's not expected for every little service such as a taxi driver, or a waiter. People will not reject any tips you care to hand them. Tipping is a matter of personal choice, but visitors should take into account that locals usually do not leave a tip. Visitors should also know that it is common for bar and restaurant owners to keep some, or all, of the money given as tips.
YOUR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within Hong Kong / Macau are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, traffic condition etc…
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsibilities for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website: www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
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