Arriving in Hong Kong
From July 6, 1998 onwards, international travellers to Hong Kong will be served by one of the world's largest and most modern airports, Hong Kong International Airport
, situated at the Chek Lap Kok on the outlying island of Lantau.
Getting to and from the airport couldn’t be more convenient.The easiest connection from the airport to Central and Kowloon is the Airport Express
, which takes just 19 minutes to get to Kowloon Station. Airport Express passengers are able to take a free shuttle bus
from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels. Adult single journey fare is HK$90.
In addition, express bus service called "Airbus
" operates on frequent schedules to popular spots in the city, with stops near most major hotels. An overnight bus service will cover the airport's 24-hour operation.
Taxis are also an option and fares from Chek Lap Kok range from HK$200-HK$400.
Visitors who enter Hong Kong from Mainland China via Shenzhen can find information about transportation here
Getting to CityU
CityU is conveniently serviced by Kowloon Tong MTR Station. You can reach various locations within the university via different routes from the station. Please obtain the details here
Transportation around the city
Reliable, efficient and very reasonably priced, Hong Kong’s public transport service is world-class. Ninety percent of the 12.5 million daily commuter trips are on commercially operated buses, trams, trains, metro and ferries. There are three road-only tunnels crossing the harbor. Public transport fares are low, often costing less than US$1 per journey. Taxis in Hong Kong are also plentiful, affordable and most drivers speak enough English to get you efficiently to your destination.
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) [Tel: (852) 2881-8888] is an underground/elevated railway network comprising six lines and 49 stations. Depending on which line you take, the system generally runs from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Cars and stations are air-conditioned. The MTR links up with the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) [Tel: (852) 2602-7799] which runs from Tsimshatsui East in Kowloon to Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau at the border to the Special Economic Zone of Shenzhen on the Mainland. The third railway is the Light Rail Transit [Tel: (852) 2468-7788], which runs between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long in the New Territories.
MTR provides a service of MTR journey planner
you can input your location and desired destination and it will tell you the routes, times and prices of the trains. It is also available as an app that you can download onto your smartphone.
Hong Kong has an extensive bus network. This app
is very useful as you can input your location and desired destination and it will give you a list of alternative routes.
Trams ply the northern shore of Hong Kong Island at a fixed fare from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. There is also the century-old Peak Tram, a funicular railway which runs up to the Peak from 7:00 a.m. to midnight at about 15-minute intervals. Tel: (852) 2522-0922. The route map can be viewed here
The Star Ferry Co [Tel: (852) 2366-2576] operates a shuttle service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Ferries between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui run every few minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Other Star Ferry boats connect Central with Hung Hom (7:00 a.m. to 7:20 p.m.) and Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui (7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). The Wan Chai Ferry Pier is within a few minutes’ walk of the HKTDC offices and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.
Taxi fares are charged by metered tariff. When crossing the harbour by either cross-harbour tunnel, the two-way tunnel toll is added to the fare. With the other tunnels, only the one-way toll is added. There is an extra charge per piece of luggage (both of these extra charges are signposted in the taxi). Flagfall and charges are displayed. Tipping is usually confined to small change. There are two taxi jurisdictions in Hong Kong -- the red taxis service Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the green taxis service the new territories and the blue taxis service Lantau Island. Radio taxis: Tel: (852) 2574-7311 / (852) 2527-6324 (Hong Kong Island), (852) 2760-0411 / (852) 2670-0477 (Kowloon), (852) 2457-2266 / (852) 2697-4333 (New Territories).
English and Chinese are the official languages. Street signs, menus, tourist and government publications are usually bilingual.
Money and Banking
Most banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no foreign exchange control in the territory and the Hong Kong dollar is freely convertible. In Hong Kong, any currency, including mainland China's renminbi (RMB), may be bought and sold in the open market. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at any bank or exchange shop or at the cashier counters of hotels. Daily exchange rates are available through any bank, but the Hong Kong dollar is pegged at HK$7.8 to US$1. The government issues coins in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10. There are also three different kinds of notes in denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.
We have a liberal immigration regime which provides visa-free access of people from about 170 countries. Applicants may submit their visa applications directly to Hong Kong Immigration Department, or through Chinese diplomatic or consular missions in their place of domicile. Please visit here
for more details.
This guidebook sets out the entry arrangement for persons who require a visa/entry permit to visit/transit the HKSAR. You can find application procedures, travel documentation requirements, etc, in this guidebook. To speed up the application, you can download the application form in advance.
Please note that this entry arrangement does not apply to Chinese residents of the Mainland and Taiwan (other than People's Republic of China passport holders and Chinese residents of Taiwan living overseas). Please view the guidebook here
Enquiries can be directed to:
Hong Kong Immigration Department
Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel : (852) 2824-6111 Fax : (852) 2824-1133 / 2877-7711
Visas for Mainland China Travel
All travelers to the Chinese Mainland, except Hong Kong Chinese residents, require visas. The mainland issues single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry (six months, unlimited entry) visas, the latter designed for frequent travelers who have long-term business establishments (e.g. joint ventures) in the mainland. The Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC at 42 Kennedy Road, Central, Hong Kong. [Tel: (852) 2585-1663 / 2585-1680]. Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the China Travel Service at various locations, Central office, [Tel: (852) 2522-0450], Tsim Sha Tsui office, [Tel: (852) 2736-1863]. Many travel agencies specializing in China travel can also obtain visas. The China Travel Service normally takes 48 hours to issue a visa, but can do so in one day for a premium. The Visa Office takes 24 hours and also offers a more expensive same-day service.