Hong Kong Basic Information
While politically and culturally removed from mainland China, Hong Kong residents retain an adherence to superstitions and spiritual beliefs, which is why most buildings don’t have 14th or 24th floors (it’s unlucky). For more must-know info about Hong Kong, see our guide below.
Although it is a part of China, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region and has separate immigration regulations. Australian passport holders do not require a visa to holiday in Hong Kong for up to 90 days from the date of entry. In order to travel under these terms you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute information, contact the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Sydney.
The currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and Hong Kong Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it’s a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit card or debit card.
Eating is a huge part of the Hong Kong experience and could be described as a national pastime. At all times of the day and night you’ll find locals chowing down on dim sum and siu mei pork, or slurping on wonton noodle soup and congee – the Chinese comfort food of rice porridge. While Cantonese is the dominant cuisine, Hong Kong is a showcase of the huge variety of Chinese regional dishes. Hong Kong also has a variety of international restaurants from Michelin-starred establishments to fast food chains. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the street food from fish balls to egg waffles, or delicacies from one of the numerous bakeries for a quick snack.
As you’d expect from such a thoroughly modern and international destination, the after-hours scene in Hong Kong is similarly sophisticated, stylish and happening. Lan Kwai Fong in Central and Wanchai and Knutsford Terrace in Kowloon are the main drinking areas for locals, expats and tourists with a plethora of bars and clubs and a definite party atmosphere. The Ritz-Carlton’s OZONE is the place for a bevvy and a view from the 118th floor, MO Bar at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Central is the place to be seen, and XXX Gallery in Sheung Wan offers dirty, underground beats with the décor to match. There’s new spots opening up all the time so head to Central and check them out!