Local Information
 

Local Information

HONG KONG

Hong Kong, population 6.9 million, is a city of energy! It is international – a city of East and West blending together. However, do not be mistaken, Hong Kong is truly a Chinese city with ninety six percent of the population ethnic Chinese, two percent Filipino, Indonesian, Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalese, and the other two percent is everyone else.

Hong Kong’s official languages are English and Chinese. Cantonese is most commonly spoken; however, Mandarin (known as Putonghua in Hong Kong), the official language of China, is also widely spoken.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) is fantastic. There is a wealth of free, excellent information for travelers. You may visit HKTB’s homepage at www.discoverhongkong.com. One of your first stops at the Hong Kong International Airport (www.hkairport.com) should be the tourist information center (open from 7:00 to 23:00). The main HKTA office is located in the Central District at 99 Queen's Road Central – about a 10-minute walk west of Star Ferry pier and Central MTS station. In Hong Kong, you may call the HKTB Visitor Hotline (852 - 2508 1234).

 

CONFERENCE SITE

The ICIP’2010 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is located at the business hub of Hong Kong - bustling Wanchai district. The Centre is a state-of-the-art, 693,000 square-ft complex. This beautiful facility is centered between the Grand Hyatt and the Renaissance Hotel. Also close are the MTR -Hong Kong's modern subway system - the airport bus, city buses and ferries, banking, the main post office, and all the shopping and entertainment that Hong Kong is famous for.

Address:
Hong Kong Cenvention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wanchai, Hong Kong Island

Tel.: 852 - 2582-888, Fax 852 - 2802-0000.
For details of the conference site, please visit http://www.hkcec.com/.

 

TRAVEL

Entry Requirements
A valid passport is the only document most attendees will need to enter Hong Kong. Keep your passport in a inconspicuous, safe place, and carry your passport with you. If you lose your passport, immediately contact the nearest embassy or consulate and the local police. If you plan for a trip to mainland China, you�ll need a visa. Visa's can be obtained in Hong Kong –(one photo and 3 working days). Travel Service issues China visas for HK$150 or HK$300 to process within 24 hours. Citizens of most countries may visit Macau without a visa.

Air
Hong Kong International Airport is one of the largest and most modern in the world.�There are more than 40 airlines from around the world that fly into the airport at Chek Lap Kok. HKIA, referred to as Chek Lap Kok, is well marked and employs a very helpful staff. Carriers to Hong Kong include: Asiana, British Airways, Canadian, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Continental, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

Check-in & Boarding
You will need to check in at least two hours before departing from Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok (www.hkairport.com). If you plan on taking the train to the airport, you may check your luggage at the Airport Express Railway station on Hong Kong Island. For this wonderful, time-saving service, you will need to check in at least three hours in advance. The Airport Express is convenient in-town check-in. You may check your luggage, get your boarding pass, and pay the departure tax while still on Hong Kong Island. Check in as early as possible and bring your government-issued photo I.D. to the airport – your passport is best. Some people check in early in the day and board the train later on.
Please remember to retain your Hong Kong entry slip that you receive from the customs official at the passport control. You will need to return this slip of paper when you present your passport on your return flight home.

CLIMATE

Hong Kong is a subtropical location. In autumn (September to November) the range of temperature is between 60°F; (16°C;) and 80°F;(27°C;) with the humidity about 84%. September is one of the best times to visit Hong Kong. It is very pleasant and there is plenty of sunshine. The average temperature is 74°F; (23°C;) and the average humidity is 82%. There are seldom typhoons during September. You want to make sure that you have a clear day to visit Victoria Peak! <www.weather.gov.hk>

 

GETTING INTO TOWN

Airport Express: This is the quickest and most efficient way to get to downtown Hong Kong.� After you pass customs and enter the hall, this station is straight ahead. The trains run every 10 minutes and take about 20 minutes to reach Kowloon Station. One-way fare to or from Hong Kong Station (Central) is HK$100; and to or from Kowloon Station, HK$90. Round trip tickets (valid for one month) cost HK$180 for Central and HK$160 for Kowloon. (Enquiry: 852-28818888) < www.mtr.com.hk>

Bus: This is a convenient and comfortable way to access to major locations in Hong Kong and Kowloon. The buses on the following five routes run at frequent intervals and the fares are competitive. For further details of the transport to/from the airport, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/aguide/bus.html

Routes
Destination
Operating Hours
Fare (HK$)
Service provider
Remarks
"A" Routes - Airbus Services
A11
North Point Ferry Pier
0610 - 0100
40
Citybus
 
A12
Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort)
0600 - 0010
45
Citybus
 
A21
Hung Hom KCR Station
0600 - 2400
33
Citybus
 
A31
Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park)
0600 - 2400
17
Long Win
 
A41
Sha Tin (Yu Chui Court)
0600 - 2400
20
Long Win
 
A35
Mui Wo
0625 - 0025
14/23 *
New Lantao
*(Mon-Sat) $14,
(Sun & PH) $23
 
"E" Routes - External Bus Services
E11
Tin Hau MTR Station
0520 - 2400
21
Citybus
E21
Tai Kok Tsui (Island Harbourview)
0530 - 2400
14 *
Citybus
*Short-distance section fare to Cargo Area is $4.
E23
Choi Hung
0530 - 2400
18
Citybus
E42
Sha Tin (Pok Hong)
0530 - 2400
13
Long Win
 
"N" Routes - Overnight Bus Services
N11
Central (Macau Ferry Pier)
0050 - 0450
31
Citybus
 
N21
Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier)
0020 - 0500
23
Citybus
 
N31
Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park)
0020 - 0500
20
Long Win
 
 
"S" Routes - Shuttle Bus to Airport
S1

Tung Chung MTR Station (via Passenger Terminal) to AsiaWorld-Expo *
0530 - 2400
3.5
Citybus / Long Win
*Circular
S64


Tung Chung Yat Tung (via MTR Station) to Passenger Terminal *
0524 - 2400
3.5 **
Long Win
*Circular
**Short-distance fare from CX City to Yat Tung Estate is $3.
S64P
Tung Chung MTR Station (via Tung Chung New Development Ferry Pier) to Cargo & Catering Area *
0555 - 2315
3.5 **
Long Win
*Circular
**Short-distance fare from CX City to Yat Tung Estate is $3.
 
"R" Routes
R8

Lantau Link Toll Plaza (via Inspiration Lake�^ to Hong Kong Disneyland *
0600 - 2400
7
Citybus / Long Win
*Circular

Taxis: They can take you to anywhere from the airport. But you need to get the red taxi when going from the airport to urban areas. For a red taxi, the minimum fare is HK$15 for the first 2 kilometers. Additional fare of HK$1.40 is chargeable for every 200 meters thereafter, and the same is charged for waiting time per minute. Taxis also charge HK$5.00 per piece of baggage. Taxi passengers using the Lantau Link are required to pay an additional toll fare of HK$30, and additional fares are also charged for using toll tunnels. It takes about 40 minutes to go to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from the airport. The approximate fare is HK$380.

For further details of the transport to/from the airport, please visit http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/aguide/taxis.html

 

CURRENCY

The Hong Kong dollar ($) and the cent are the units of currency. The dollar is divided into 100 cents. Bills come in denominations of 1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20, and 10 dollars. Coins are 10, 5, 2, and 1 dollar and 50, 20, and 10 cents. Bank notes are issued by the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Bank of China, or the Standard Chartered Bank.

Credit cards taken are usually American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, and Visa.

There are many automatic teller machines throughout Hong Kong, and they are reliable and safe. They offer a wide range of services. To draw money from a Hong Kong ATM with either a credit or a debit card, you must have a four-digit personal identification number – be sure you have that before traveling to Hong Kong. Exchange places charge a fee (inquire as to the amount) for changing money and cashing traveler's cheques.

You can exchange currency at the airport, hotels, banks, and with private money changers. However, banks will probably provide you with the best rates. (You may want to get a bit of local currency before you leave your home to avoid lines at airport exchange booths.)

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

To check whether you need a visa to visit Hong Kong or not, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm