General Information

About the hosting city – Hong Kong


In general, all visitors to Hong Kong must have a passport that is valid for at least one month after the period of their intended stay in Hong Kong. However, documents issued to stateless persons must be valid for a minimum of two months after the period of the intended stay. Please contact Immigration Department for details.
Nationals of most countries do not require visas and can stay for periods varying from 7 days to 180 days, depending on nationality. If unsure of status, check with any Chinese embassy or consulate.

Please check the details about visa requirements on Immigration Department's website.


All visitors entering Hong Kong must go through Customs clearance and declare any dutiable commodities exceeding duty-free quotas. Please find out more about dutiable commodities and latest duty-free concessions. Also, the import/export of dangerous drugs, arms, animals, plants, endangered species, meat and poultry, etc. into or out of Hong Kong is governed by laws. Any import/export of these items must be accompanied by a valid licence or permit issued in advance by the relevant authorities, unless otherwise exempted by laws. Some personal protection devices like 'mace' spray, while legal in some countries, are prohibited in Hong Kong. For details, please visit the Customs and Excise Department’s website. To avoid any unnecessary delays, please follow the guidelines from Hong Kong International Airport.

For more details about immigration and customs requirements, please visit


The organiser will not accept responsibility for accidents that might occur. Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.


The temperature in Hong Kong during the period of the Congress ranges between 27-30 degrees Celsius. You may check for more updated climate or weather situation at http://www.hko.gov.hk/.

Currency Exchange

Hong Kong dollars are the currency used. Occasioanlly, there are retail outlets and restaurants which may accept CNY with exchange rate specified. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels. You can buy HKD at foreign currency exchange counters, banks, and other authorized money exchangers (eg. some hotel counters) on presentation of your passport. Banks are open on Monday to Saturday (am only), with exception of public holidays.

Credit Cards

VISA / MasterCard / UnionPay are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, and restaurants.


Electric current is uniformly 220 volts, 50Hz AC, throughout Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's Living Culture

Renowned as one of the world's most sophisticated cities to visit, Hong Kong is a place where myths and legends inhabit mountain peaks, wooded valleys and farmlands. Hong Kong Island boasts award-winning architecture at the foot of Victoria Peak and a scenic coastline. Victoria Harbour is the perfect vantage point to view the coastal skyline. Kowloon Peninsula possesses some of the most interesting cityscapes and street scenes in Asia. In the New Territories, tower blocks of housing, rural areas and country parks are spread across massive mountain ranges, lush valleys and grassy hills. Explore Hong Kong by day and embrace all it has to offer.

Hong Kong at night. An energetic city at all hours. Experience the very best nightlife with a romantic harbour cruise or a bird's-eye view of the glittering city, then feast at one of Hong Kong's notable seafood destinations or a restaurant with a harbour view.

For its size and population, Hong Kong is remarkably green. More than 70 per cent of its land mass is rural mountains, forests and outlying islands – all within easy reach of urban areas. You can enjoy city gardens and parks, or head out to a beach, hiking trail, or one of the many outlying islands and protected country parks.

Nature lovers will be amazed at Hong Kong's diverse flora and fauna, including wetlands and bird sanctuary, marine parks and dolphins, along with several conservation projects. You can join the guided outdoor activities of Nature Kaleidoscope or make use of the detailed guide to discover the nature of Hong Kong.

Attractions at Hong Kong

Tourism Commission Website: http://www.tourism.gov.hk/english/welcome/welcome.html

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour is one of the world's busiest and most impressive natural harbours. Hong Kong's striking coastline and the countless container vessels, junks, sampans and pleasure craft gliding around the harbour create an exciting view. The spectacular backdrop of Hong Kong Island's stunning skyline will fire your imagination as darkness falls and a dazzling neon cityscape emerges. Cruises set sail from piers on either side of Victoria Harbour. The world famous Hong Kong night scene You'll be amazed by the diverse contrasts and close proximity of stunning cityscapes and soaring mountains, heritage sites and extensive green countryside.

Hong Kong National Geopark

Culture and heritage are what sets Hong Kong apart from the rest of Asia – indeed the world. With over 100 years of colonial history and a largely Chinese population, Hong Kong is a unique fusion of Western and Eastern cultures where the old and the new live side by side. Its incense-filled temples, colonial buildings and glass-and-steel skyscrapers, along with its ancient traditions and lively festivals, have made Hong Kong a living culture experience.


Renowned as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts more than 11,000 restaurants, many of them clustered in defined food districts. Apart from enjoying the best Cantonese and regional Chinese food, visitors can sample a full choice of authentic Asian cuisines and Western fare. Local must-try dishes are dim sum and fresh seafood, with some of the top examples found in Best of the Best award-winning restaurants.

Dim sum is a wide range of delightful Chinese snacks served in bamboo baskets accompanied by Chinese tea. Having dim sum in Hong Kong is a unique experience you shouldn't miss.

For a distinctive culinary experience, try the fresh seafood. The freshness is guaranteed as you can select live fish from tanks at the restaurant. Whether you like steamed, fried or grilled seafood, try it cooked Hong Kong-style!

Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme

The QTS Scheme makes it easy for you to find restaurants that you can trust. Just look for the QTS sign displayed prominently by restaurants that have qualified for this exclusive award.
Hong Kong has a world of exquisite, mouth-watering international dining options.

As you would expect, good Chinese restaurants are found everywhere in Hong Kong. Some of the best can be found in major hotels and shopping complexes. Most specialise in one or more of the following: Cantonese, Chiu Chow, Peking, Shanghainese, Szechuan & Hunan, Chinese Vegetarian or Chinese Festive Foods & Chinese Wine.

As an international city, many cultures and tastes are represented in Hong Kong's world of dining. Enjoy five-star haute cuisine, fast-food, snacks or casual family-style meals in some of Hong Kong's Eastern and Western restaurants. Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino restaurants make for a pleasant change from Chinese food, as do Japanese sushi bars and fine restaurants. The Western culinary traditions are well represented with American, French, Italian, Mediterranean and other cuisines for those with a penchant for western fare or Mexican makes for a spicy alternative.

Not only is Hong Kong the Culinary Capital of Asia but also a place where you can dine in style with incredible views, overlooking the harbour, or savour the joy of Hong Kong signature dishes and regional Chinese delicacies while gazing at the stunning skyline. You'll love all that Hong Kong cooks up.

If you wish to know more about the attraction of Hong Kong, welcome to visit the official tourist organization at http://www.discoverhongkong.com.

Useful Links

Hong Kong Official Travel Guide from the Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong 7-day Weather Forecast
Hong Kong MTR subway
Hong Kong Kowloon Motor Bus

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