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Hong Kong is a blend of both Eastern and Western influence with a myriad of architectural wonders, friendly gardens, modern marvels, and traditional experiences.
Hong Kong is identified by four separate and unique areas of the country. A popular attraction is Big Buddha. Stopover at Peng Chau Island on your way to the city center for a native Hong Kong experience.
Make your way to the Hong Kong Island for city life and more. The central area brings the mesmerizing, picturesque skylines to life.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region or SAR for short.
While it was a British colony for over 100 years, Hong Kong became a SAR under China in 1997. The region operates completely separately from China in politics and financials.
A passport is required to enter Hong Kong. A visa is not needed for stays under 90 days. If you do plan to visit mainland China, a visa will be required.
Keep a copy of your return tickets, travel itinerary, and your passport to present if necessary. Be sure you have an empty page in your passport for an entry stamp.
Hong Kong is very serious about passport expiration. Make sure you have at least one month’s validity upon exiting the region.
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Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Hong Kong. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Hong Kong: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya are present in Hong Kong. Make sure to bring mosquito repellents or netting. JE is found throughout Asia. Vaccination is the best form of protection against the mosquito-borne virus.
Hong Kong is mountainous, taking over 70 percent of its geographical area. Hong Kong also has over 200 islands and is considered a subtropical monsoon climate. These reasons make Hong Kong best defined by its four seasons. Here are descriptions:
The subtropical climate of Hong Kong is accompanied by monsoons and heavy winds. Tropical cyclones are a risk to be aware of particularly in the summer months.
Hong Kong has a system in place to admit weather warnings for wind and rain severity. Rated on a scale from one to ten, the higher the rating the more severe the weather. Weather patterns rated over eight on the scale are considered serious.
The United States Government rates Hong Kong as an area of low crime. Remain alert in crowded areas and keep belongings close. Always carry identification. If you are a victim of a crime, the emergency phone number is 999, not 911. Emergency services are comparable to the U.S. in response time and quality.
Despite being sold in Hong Kong, some items are illegal if considered pirated. When making purchases, be sure it is from a reliable source. Bringing weapons into Hong Kong, including pepper spray, is only legal with the proper documents.
Transportation wise, Hong Kong has reliable options. Hong Kong drivers operate on the left side of the road. Car rentals are available and U.S. citizens can operate under their U.S. driver’s license for a year after entry. Public transportation in Hong Kong is world class, with buses, taxis and an underground option. All options are considered safe and reliable.
Must-do’s for travelers in Hong Kong involves unique forms of travel! They start where you first begin your journey, on Lantau Island near the airport. You will find the Ngong Ping Cable Car, a 360 degree 25-minute aerial experience that takes you across the Tung Chung Bay. Arrive at Big Buddha, or the Tian Tan Buddha, the largest Buddha bronze statue in existence.
The other two transportation attractions take place or end on Hong Kong Island. The Star Ferry is a breathtaking and cost-friendly trip across Victoria Harbor to Kowloon. Professional tip, try starting in Kowloon and ending on Hong Kong Island. The views of the city are even clearer. The other must-do is the Peak Tram, a scenic train that takes you to the top of Victoria Peak. Enjoy stunning views of the city below!
Here are recommended items to bring along with you to Hong Kong:
There is one U.S. Consulate located in Hong Kong. The U.S. State Department recommends signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free program allows the U.S. Embassy in Hong Kong to update you if any emergency or risks were to occur within the country.
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau
26 Garden Road, Central,
Telephone: +(852) 2841-2211, +(852) 2841-2225, +(852) 2841-2323
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(852) 2523-9011
Fax: +(852) 2845-4845
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