Tourist Information

Visas
See “Visa” page for details.

Currency
The Hong Kong dollar (HK$) is the only legal tender in Hong Kong.
The latest exchange rate can be found here from Hang Seng Bank.

The following exchange rate is for your quick reference:
1 US$ ~ 7.78 HK$ (pegged).
1 € ~ 8.812 HK$ in June 2016.
1 Chinese Yuan (renminbi) ~ 1.1838 HK$ in June 2016.

Banks are available on the HKBU campus (Hang Seng Bank in Ho Sin Hang Campus and Bank of East Asia in Baptist University Road Campus), and in the Festival Walk shopping centre (where many banks have branches).

Tipping
Hong Kong only expects small tips of a few percent, typically to round up the price. Hotels and restaurants usually include a 10% service charge. Hotel staff expect about HK$10.

Electricity
230V, 50Hz, British plugs (3 large flat prongs at right angles to each other).

Food
Excellent food is plentiful in Hong Kong, at all prices. For after-conference meals, you may consider on or near campus:
– For HKUST, please refer to this campus map provided by HKUST.
– over 25 restaurants in the Festival Walk shopping centre (somewhat higher-priced, except for the food court and fast food above the skating rink). Restaurant list is available in Festival Walk’s official website.
There are also countless restaurants in Mongkok in and around the conference hotels and the MTR stations (e.g. up in the vertical Langham Place shopping centre next to the Mongkok MTR Station).

Climate and weather
Climate information for Hong Kong in December (from 1981-2010):
• high temperatures: 20.2 C / 68.4 F
• daily average temperatures: 17.9 C / 64.2 F
• low temperatures: 15.9 C / 60.6 F
• rainfall amount: 26.8 mm
• days with rain: 4.74*
• average humidity: 61%-74%
• chance of a typhoon: 0%
*denotes number of days with at least 0.1 mm of rainfall

Current weather in Hong Kong:
• Hong Kong weather service: Hong Kong Observatory

See the article about Hong Kong at Wikipedia: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong

Some things to do in Hong Kong:
– Avenue of Stars
– Take a trip on the Star Ferry
– Visit The Peak (bus 15 from Central Ferry Pier or Exchange Square; sit upstairs in front)
– Tour Sai Kung’s deserted beaches- Cheung Chau
– Meet the Big Buddha
– Hong Kong Museum of History
– Sky100 (observation deck on 100th floor of ICC: http://www.sky100.com.hk)
– Dim sum!
– …… many more suggestions and information you can find from this link:
Discover Hong Kong

Transportation
See “Travel” page.