LOCAL INFORMATION

HONG KONG

Hong Kong, population 7.3 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 MTR station. In Hong Kong, you may call the HKTB Visitor Hotline (852 - 2508 1234).

 

CONFERENCE SITE

The 7th APSIPA ASC 2015 will be held at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Address:
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon.

For details of the conference site, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk.

 

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 Kowloon or 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 Kowloon or 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. Winter weather in Hong Kong (December - February) is noticeably cooler than the city's other seasons but is nevertheless mild. Temperatures never plummet to the bone chilling and you can expect 17°C or (63F). Rainfall is reasonably uncommon in winter, averaging 30-40mm, and whole weeks can be effectively water free.
<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/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html

Routes
Destination
Operating Hours
Fare (HK$)
Service provider
Remarks
"A" Routes - Airbus Services
North Point Ferry Pier
0610 - 0100
40
Citybus
 
Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort)
0600 - 0010
45
Citybus
 
Hung Hom Station
0600 - 2400
33
Citybus
 
Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park)
0600 - 2400
18.9
Long Win
 
Sha Tin (Yu Chui Court)
0600 - 2400
22.3
Long Win
 
Mui Wo
0625 - 2330
15/25*
New Lantao
*(Mon-Sat) $15,
(Sun & PH) $25
 
"E" Routes - External Bus Services
Tin Hau MTR Station
0520 - 2400
21
Citybus
Tai Kok Tsui (Island Harbourview)
0530 - 2400
14 *
Citybus
*Short-distance section fare to Tung Chung is $4.
Tsz Wan Shan (South)
0530 - 2400
18
Citybus
Sha Tin (Pok Hong)
0530 - 2400
13.9
Long Win
 
"N" Routes - Overnight Bus Services
Central (Macau Ferry Pier)
0050 - 0450
31
Citybus
 
Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier)
0020 - 0440
23
Citybus
 
Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park)
0015 - 0515
21.6
Long Win
 
 
"S" Routes - Shuttle Bus to Airport
Tung Chung MTR Station (via Passenger Terminal 1) to AsiaWorld-Expo *
0530 - 2400
3.5
Citybus / Long Win
*Circular
Tung Chung Yat Tung (via Cargo & Catering area) to Passenger Terminal 1*
0908 - 2400**/
0815 - 2400***
3.6
Long Win
*Circular
**Mon to Sat
***Sun & PHs
Tung Chung Railway Station (via Tung Chung Development Ferry Pier, Cargo & Catering area) to Tung Chung Yat Tung
0727*/0827**/
1555***/1855*
3.6
Long Win
*Mon to Sun
**Mon to Sat

***Mon to Fri
 
"R" Routes
Lantau Link Toll Plaza (via Inspiration LakeĦ^ to Hong Kong Disneyland *
0600 - 0005
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$22 for the first 2 kilometers. Additional fare of HK$1.60 is chargeable for every 200 meters thereafter, and the same is charged for waiting time per minute. After the chargeable amount has reached $78, the charge for every subsequent 200 metres or part thereof is HK$1.00. 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 30 minutes to go to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University from the airport. The approximate fare is HK$235.

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