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Hong Kong is one of the fastest growing financial and technological hubs in East Asia. Located on the southeast shore of China and divided into three main divisions – Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and the New Territories – this Special Administrative Region (SAR) is emerging as a distinguished destination for business travelers in Asia. This territory, which is now intensely autonomous, was once under the rule of the British administration for almost 150 years and now reflects the essence of “East meets West” culture. Chinese and English are its two official languages.
Popularly known as the Gateway to China, this cosmopolitan city lives up to its destination motto of “Asia's World City”. With a world-class infrastructure and trading economy that support the rapid growth of critical sectors including travel and tourism, banking and financial services, transportation services, and more, Hong Kong has emerged as one of the most sought-after business centers of global demand.
The travel and tourism industry is one of the most prominent factors contributing to the rapid advancement of the city's economy. The government is heavily invested in upgrading the scope of the destination's MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) potential.
Hong Kong owns an exponentially strong portfolio of event venues that includes AsiaWorld-Expo, offering giant meeting space with a capacity of more than 10,000 attendees; Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC), with an impressive infrastructure to support events of all scale; big brands like Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong, offering more than 600 guestrooms; The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, with state-of-the-art meeting facilities and more than 300 guestrooms; Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, which features a strategic location and one of the finest Luxury Hotels of this destination. The list does not end here – the government is committed to developing this territory further to establish itself as the champion of all tourist destinations.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Hong Kong experiences a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Spring, which runs from March to May, is marked by cool evenings, while summer, from June through August, brings hot and humid temperatures that can rise above 88°F. Autumn runs from September through November, bringing pleasant breezes and comfortable temperatures, while winter, from December to February, brings cool and dry conditions, with temperatures that can drop below 50°F. The city's coldest month is January, with an average high of 65°F and low of 57°F, while the warmest month is July, with an average high of 88°F and average low of 79°F. Hong Kong experiences about 93 inches of rain per year, with about 80 percent of the year's rainfall spanning May through September; August alone experiences an average of 17 inches of rain. Typhoon season runs from May through November.
The beautiful, conveniently-located AsiaWorld-Expo is Asia's only ground level, column-free, airport-integrated venue. Located at the center of Hong Kong's air, land and marine transport network, AsiaWorld-Expo is connected to the Hong Kong International Airport and houses an in-venue public rail station. AsiaWorld-Expo features a full range of meeting and conference facilities to accommodate small gatherings to events for more than 10,000 delegates. The center features more than 753,000 square feet of rentable space, including a 13,500-seat arena, 5,000-seat theater and the nearly 108,000-square-foot column-free AsiaWorld-Summit Hall for up to 5,000 guests. The center also houses the chic 47,009-square-foot Runway 11 venue, which features state-of-the-art programmable lighting and space for up to 3,800 guests. Amenities include in-house audio-visual and communications services, as well as full-service catering and an onsite restaurant. The center is located just minutes from thousands of hotel rooms.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Approximate taxi fare: 243 HKD
The Hong Kong International Airport is the world’s third busiest international passenger airport and busiest international cargo facility, serving nearly 51 million passengers in 2010. Opened in 1998, Hong Kong International operates more than 95 airlines, with 900 daily flights to 160 worldwide destinations, including 45 destinations on the Chinese Mainland. The airport serves more than 200 flights from the United States each week and offers nonstop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. Airport amenities include direct access to train, bus, taxi and hotel transportation, expansive retail and dining options with more than 280 shops and 80 catering outlets, and onsite hotel accommodations at the Regal Airport Hotel and SkyCity Marriott Hotel.
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Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport because of its location on the Chek Lap Kok island, is the main airport in Hong Kong and one of the major transport hubs in Asia. The airport opened in 1998 and is considered as one of the world's busiest airports in terms of cargo traffic and eighth for international passenger traffic.
It connects Hong Kong to more than 150 destinations across the globe and acts as the main gateway to Mainland China. More than 100 airlines serve this airport, including AirAsia, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, American Airlines, British Airways, Emirates, Hong Kong Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and many more.
Transportation has played a momentous role in accelerating the pace of Hong Kong's industrial evolution. It is globally acclaimed for its strong and efficient network of public transport known for its affordability and reliability. You can easily access any corner of this city through buses, taxis, tramways, ferries, or the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system.
Buses are the easiest and economical modes of transport in Hong Kong. Most of the buses are air-conditioned and are double-deckers. The bus routes cover almost all corners of the city. The destination point is shown on the front of all buses for ease of identification. If you intend to pay the bus fare by cash, please ensure you carry the exact change since no change will be refunded. Octopus Card is the most convenient method of payment for any rides on buses, minibuses, some taxis, trams, ferries, and MTR.
Minibuses also operate in Hong Kong but cover specific routes that usual bus services can't cover. The payment conditions remain the same. Minibuses can accommodate approximately 16 passengers and offer a very frequent service. There are two types of Minibuses: Green Minibuses (GMBs) and Public Light Buses (PLBs) or Red Minibuses. The former has a fixed route, and the latter have no fixed routes and allow passengers to get on or off at any point along the route.
Hong Kong has many taxis in most areas, except few very remote places. Hail one on the street or book them over the phone. Taxis are one of the cheapest mode of commutes at Hong Kong. Find red taxis or urban cabs that cover most the city, green taxis or New Territories cabs that cover the northeastern and northwestern areas, and blue taxis or Lantau cabs that operate on Lantau Island and Chek Lap Kok.
A fare chart is displayed inside taxis.
The Mass Transit Railway or Rapid Transit System has played a significant role in upgrading the overall transportation experience in Hong Kong. It is one of the most popular and convenient modes of public transports and has access to all major parts of the city – Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and Lantau Island.
MTR has 10 lines with around 80-85 stations. You can find services every 2-5 minutes from 6:00 am until 1:00 am daily. You can either buy a single journey ticket or a Tourist Day Pass for unlimited rides within the same day. You can also use your Octopus card for a discounted rate.
Hong Kong ferries not only act as a great channel of transport, but also offers sightseeing tours to all visitors. Star Ferry (operated by The Star Ferry Company) has been one of the most reliable sources of ferry transport in Hong Kong for over a century now. It runs across the picturesque Victoria Harbor, and its routes include Tsim Sha Tsui to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai. It operates from 6:30 am until 11:30 pm, however the hours are a bit different for Sundays and public holidays.
Ferry Services are also offered by other ferry operators. New World First Ferry Services Ltd. provides routes between North Point and Hung Hom, North Point and Kowloon City, and Central Ferry Piers for travel to the outlying islands.
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