About Hong Kong

Visas
See “About Visas” page.

Currency
The Hong Kong dollar (HK$) is the only legal tender in Hong Kong.
1 US$ ~ 7.78 HK$ (pegged).
1 € ~ 12 HK$ in May 2013.
1 Chinese Yuan (renminbi) ~ 1.3 HK$ in May 2013.


Banks are available on the HKBU campus (Hang Seng Bank in Ho Sin Hang Campus and Bank of East Asia in Baptist University Road Campus), and in the Festival Walk shopping centre (where many banks have branches).

Tipping
Hong Kong only expects small tips of a few percent, typically to round up the price. Hotels and restaurants usually include a 10% service charge. Hotel staff expect about HK$10.

Electricity
230V, 50Hz, British plugs (3 large flat prongs at right angles to each other).

Food
Excellent food is plentiful in Hong Kong, at all prices. For after-conference meals, you may consider on or near campus:
- Renfrew Chinese Restaurant in Shaw Campus
- over 25 restaurants in the Festival Walk shopping centre (somewhat higher-priced, except for the food court and fast food above the skating rink).
There are also countless restaurants in Mongkok in and around the conference hotels and the MTR stations (e.g. up in the vertical Langham Place shopping centre next to the Mongkok MTR Station).

Climate and weather
See page “Climate”.

See the article about Hong Kong at Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

Some things to do in Hong Kong:
- Avenue of Stars
- Take a trip on the Star Ferry
- Visit The Peak (bus 15 from Central Ferry Pier or Exchange Square; sit upstairs in front)
- Tour Sai Kung’s deserted beaches- Cheung Chau
- Meet the Big Buddha
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- Sky100 (observation deck on 100th floor of ICC: http://www.sky100.com.hk)
- Dim sum!
- ...... many more suggestions and information you can find from this link:
    • Discover Hong Kong
 

Transportation
See “Transportation” page.