What you need to know
Information and Facts
From its earliest days as a British colony, when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in 1842, Hong Kong became part of the international trade and marketplace. A diverse heritage, Hong Kong offers a rich blend of cultures and languages, thanks to its colonial history and its high level of cultural acceptance means that multiple religious places of worship from joss houses to mosques, churches and synagogues are not far from one another.
Hong Kong is mostly a sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons. Spring is from the months of March to May with an average temperature of 17C – 26C. Summer runs from June to August. with temperatures averaging 26C – 31C. Autumn is from September to November with temperatures within 19C – 28C. Winter temperatures are 12C – 20C (Dec. to Feb.).
Hong Kong is generally a safe destination. We recommend all travellers purchase travel insurance. Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing and any traveller that requires accident and emergency services can seek treatment in the city’s public hospitals for a fee. Regardless if they can pay immediately or not, a patient will always be treated.
While some vaccines may be recommended when travelling around Asia – WHO recommends travellers be up to date with their Tetanus, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B shots – there aren’t any known ailments or endemic diseases where there is a need for a particular immunisation required for travel.
In general, prior to departure for any vacation, it’s always best to speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, and can assess any risks involved with your intended destination.
Currency & Customs
The currency in Hong Kong is known as the Hong Kong Dollar. Canadian travellers may enter Hong Kong for up to three months without a visa, provided their Canadian passport is valid a minimum of one month past the date of their return. Visitors must show proof of a return or onward ticket as well as proof that they have adequate funds for the duration of their stay in Hong Kong.
The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. It is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust (best to seek advice from an electronic or gadget specialist).
Most the locals speak a dialect of Chinese called Cantonese, although English is widely understood as well. All official signs and public transport announcements are bilingual.