Know this essential information on Hong Kong
When to Go
The best time to visit Hong Kong is between October and November when the weather is very nice, the skies are clear and the sun shines. In summer, from June to August, the weather can become a little to hot to handle especially if you are planning to do lots of walking. Hotel fares are seems to rise with the good weather, prices are most expensive in high season which is from March to April and from October to November. Keep in mind that it is almost impossible to travel to Hong Kong/China during Chinese New Year, unless you have made reservations months ago.
Hong Kong has wonderful weather conditions, with cool and slightly humid winters, hot and rainy weather from spring to summer and warm and sunny conditions in fall. It is recommended to pack warm but not too heavy clothes for the winter and cool, comfortable clothes for the summer.
Health and Safety
Hong Kong has some excellent hospitals and medical staff, but traveling and health insurance is advised for your trip, as some of the medical assistance may be a little expensive. Hong Kong is a very safe place for travelers, both male and female. Although you shouldn't attract unwanted attention by wearing flashy clothes and to carry valuable items with you. Hong Kong's tap water is safe to drink but it is recommended to boil and filter it first.
Visas and Passports
Citizen of Britain, Australia, South Africa, Canada, USA, Japan, and other EU countries require a valid visa for stays of up to 180 days. All visitors require a passport, that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip.
Money and Currency
The official currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. Hong Kong has an abundance of ATM machines that accept all major credit cards such as MasterCard, Diners Club, JCB, Visa and American Express. Cards can be used in most hotels, friendship and department stores, but cannot be used to finance your transportation costs. Most hotels and restaurants add an additional 10% to your bill for tipping. If not an equal amount will be satisfactory. It is almost compulsory to tip hotel staff at least 10 Hong Kong Dollars and if you make use of the porters at the airport it is recommended to tip 2 Hong Kong Dollars.