Travel Information

Hong Hong is a major metropolis with a strong international character. In addition to its Chinese traditions and the British colonial heritage, it is also the cultural meeting point of the East and West, with influences from Southeast Asia. English is widely spoken and understood in Hong Kong.

Time Difference

GMT/UTC + 8hrs

Entry Visa

For most nationalities, visitors not intending to work require only a valid passport for short visits and no tourist visa is required. You may also check with the immigration Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government as to the need for visas prior to entry into Hong Kong

AddressImmigration Department,
2/F Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel(852) 2824 6111
Fax(852) 2877 7711


Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is the official currency. It is pegged to the US dollar at HKD 7.8 to US$1.00 and is freely convertible. Traveler's check is easily cashed and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATM (ETC) facilities are widespread.


10% service charge is added to hotels and restaurants bills. It is also customary to leave a small tip.


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The average temperature in December is 16-20 degree Celsius. The relative humidity is around 70%.

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Airport Express

Upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, you can take the Airport Express train to Hong Kong Station. The last train departs the Airport at 00:48. Journeys between the Airport and downtown Hong Kong take approximately 24 minutes. The cost is $100 HKD. At the Hong Kong Station, you can transfer to MTR Central Station and get off at the HKU Station and take exit B2 to Hotel Jen. For participants staying at Bishop Lei, take a taxi from the Hong Kong Station (cost ~$40 HKD). Please note that the meter fare does not include the luggage fee.


If you wish to take a taxi directly from the airport to hotel, the cost is ~$450 HKD including tunnel fee. The law in Hong Kong is strict on drivers charging according to the meter. Please note that the meter fare does not include the luggage fee or tunnel fees. Please note that there are separate taxi lines for Hong Kong island, Kowloon, or New Territories. You should line up for the HK island taxi stand.

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