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Time Zone

Hong Kong is eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +8).

Currency and Credit Cards

The Hong Kong Dollar is pegged to the US$ at HK$7.8 to US$1. Hong Kong has a comprehensive ATM network and Credit Cards are widely accepted.

Language

The official languages are Chinese and English.

Telephone

Public telephones accept coins, credit cards or phone cards. Phone cards as well as SIM cards for mobile phones can be purchased at convenience stores.

Weather (April)

April is mild and dry. Average temperature is 20°C (68°F). Though light drizzle can occur, it is rarely heavy. The average low and high temperatures are 15 °C (59 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F). The Hong Kong Observatory provides a useful 9-day weather forecast.

Electricity

Electricity is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most sockets accept rectangular blade plugs (UK style).

Water

Water from public mains meets international health standards. Electric kettles are available in most hotels. Bottled water is readily available in shops.

Tipping

Most Hotels and restaurants add a 10% service charge to bills. Some people reward good service with an additional 5% and give porters and the like a small tip. Rounding the taxi fare up to the nearest dollar as a small tip is a common practice.