Facts & FiguresBasic info about Hong Kong for your reference and convenience.
Visitors to Hong Kong must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months after the planned departure date from Hong Kong. Nationals of most countries are not required to obtain visas and can stay for periods varying from seven days to 180 days, depending on nationality. For more information about Visa requirements, please refer to visit the following website http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm.
Hong Kong is in a subtropical zone, and the weather can change quickly, though it is generally cool and dry from December through February, and hot and humid from April through September. Monsoons and tropical storms do affect the surrounding area.
The best time to travel to Hong Kong is between the autumn months of October and November when the temperatures are milder and the humidity lower.
Check the Hong Kong Observatory’s website. www.hko.gov.hk.
Like many international cities, Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. The Hong Kong Government assures visitors they will receive the emergency care they require. People who cannot pay immediately will be billed later.
Hong Kong is a remarkably safe city day or night. Police officers patrol frequently and they are very helpful.
The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the U.S. Dollar at a rate of 7.8 to 1. For quick conversions when out shopping or dining, divide the Hong Kong amount by 8. Neighboring Macau and Shenzhen have their own currencies but many tourist-heavy places just over the border will accept Hong Kong Dollars. For current exchange rates, refer to www.gocurrency.com.
Hong Kong’s population has increased steadily over the past decade, reaching about 6.92 million in 2007. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with an overall density of some 6,250 people per square kilometer.
Cantonese, the official Chinese language in Hong Kong, is spoken by most of the population. English, also an official language, is widely understood, being spoken by more than one-third of the population.
Hong Kong is one of the world’s most open and dynamic economies. Hong Kong per capita GDP is comparable to other developed countries. Real GDP expanded by 6.8% in 2006 year-on-year, driven by thriving exports, vibrant inbound tourism and strong consumer spending. The unemployment rate declined to 3.6% in September-November 2007, the lowest level since mid-1998.
Hong Kong enjoys a number of economic strengths, including accumulated public and private wealth from decades of unprecedented growth, a sound banking system, virtually no public debt, a strong legal system, and an able and rigorously enforced anti-corruption regime.