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Hong Kong general information

To / From Airport

All arrivals come into the Main Terminal Building's Arrival Hall. From there, after Customs, simply head straight ahead outside the airport where you'll see the Transportation Centre on the same level as the Arrival Hall. The location of various ground transportation services is given above.

Hong Kong Currency

Hong Kong currency is the dollar and there are notes of HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1,000, though the 10 dollar note is scheduled to be phased out. There are also 1, 2, 5 and 10 dollar coins. The exchange rate has been pegged to the U.S. dollar at just about HK$7.75 per US dollar for years and is one of the most stable currencies in the region. When Thailand, and ultimately Malaysia, Indonesia and other Asian countries saw the value of their currency drop precipitously during the currency crises which began in 1997, Hong Kong stayed firmly tied to the U.S. dollar and remains strong today. There is no limit to the amount of Hong Kong dollars you may bring into or take out of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is a year-round destination with the winters being rather mild and the summers hot and sticky. The best time of the year to be here is near the end of September to early December. The air is clear and the humidity drops off to about 70% from summer's rainy season of 80% or more. Summers can be very hot and the usual precautions are recommended.

Health

No special shots or immunizations are required for visitors from the United States, though this can change. If you will be arriving from any other areas, it's best to ask your airline when you book your ticket. Generally, the only time you require anything is if you are coming from a sub-Saharan African country where you may have been exposed to yellow-fever. If this does not apply to you, you probably don't need anything. Still, it never hurts to check with your local doctor as these situations can change rapidly.

Passports are required by all visitors to Hong Kong and must be valid for at least three months after your date of arrival. Additionally, you should keep your passport or some other valid form of identification with you at all times as you may be asked for it by the authorities. There are penalties if you are not holding a proper I.D., though, in modern, tourist-friendly Hong Kong, the chances of you getting asked are slim.

MTR (Mass Transit Railway)

Hong Kong's MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is a modern, efficient, clean, and safe subway/metro/underground that lets you get around the city quickly and at a very reasonable cost. Each station has multiple entrances cleary denoted by the MTR logo while the exit you choose depends upon your destination at street level. Fares range between HK$4.00 - 26.00, to be determined by distance traveled.

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