Passport and Visa
Visitors from countries can enter Hong Kong without a visa for
periods varying from seven days to six months, depending on their
nationalities. Anyone wishing to stay longer than the visa-free period
must apply for a visa before travelling to Hong Kong. Delegates from
countries requiring visas should apply at the Chinese
and consular missions in their respective countries before their
departure. For details, participants
are advised to contact their local travel agent, carrier or Chinese
diplomats. Click here for more information.
Currencies and Credit Cards
The unit of Hong Kong currency is Dollar. Coin denominations are 10 cents, 20
cents, 50 cents, 1 dollar, 2 dollars, 5 dollars and 10 dollars. Bank notes are 20 dollars,
50 dollars, 100 dollars, 500 dollars and 1,000 dollars. Foreign banknotes and traveler's
checks can be converted into Hong Kong dollar at foreign exchange banks and other
authorized money changers. One U.S. dollar is equivalent to about 7.8 Hong Kong Dollars.
Major credit cards, including VISA, American Express, Diners Club, and MasterCard are
accepted at most hotels, department stores, and restaurants.
Climate and Clothing
October is one of the most pleasant months of the year in Hong
Kong, with temperatures ranging from 26 deg. C - 28 deg. C and
humidities down to
around 70%. You can expect clear, sunny days and little rain.
Hong Kong Tourist Association
Information for tourist is readily available at the Hong Kong Tourist
Association. You can obtain useful information by dialling their hotlines on (+852) 2508
1234. Homepage: http://www.hkta.org.
Images credit to the Hong Kong Tourist Association.
Transportation from the
Airport to the Conference Venue
Airport Express, a railway, is the most convenient and fastest mean to
go to the conference venue from the airport because airport express' boarding platform is connected to the arrivals hall of
passenger terminal. Take the airport express to the Kowloon Station.
After that, take the airport express hotel shuttle bus route number 2 to
go directly to the conference hotel, Sheraton Hong Kong.
The single journey fare
from the airport to the Kowloon Station is HK$80 and the return ticket
fare to and from the Kowloon Station is HK$140 (return ticket is
valid for one month). The hotel shuttle bus is
free of charge if you take the airport express. The airport
at 10 minutes intervals and its journey time from the airport to the
Kowloon Station is about 20 minutes. The hotel shuttle bus runs at 20 minutes
interval and its journey time to Sheration Hong Kong depends on the
traffic condition. It usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes.
The bus route number A21 (yellow/burgundy double-deck buses, also known as
Cityflyer), can bring you directly to the Tsim-sha-tsui MTR station,
which is just next to the conference hotel. Its journey time depends on
the traffic condition and usually takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour. To
take the bus, you have to locate the Ground Transportation Center, which
is outside the passenger terminal. Single journey fare is HK$33.
Taxi station is located at the Ground Transportation Center. The fare from
the Airport to the hotel is around HK$250-HK$300. The journey time is
around 30-45 minutes.