Series of Fairs:   September Fair
Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair - March

 The weather: 4 seasons in Hong Kong  

There are 4 seasons in Hong Kong.

Spring
 (March - mid May): warm and humid. Temperatures range from 18-27C (64-80F). Humidity averages 82%.

Summer
 (late May - mid September): sunny and hot, with occasional rain. Temperatures range from 26-33C (78-91F). Typical day-time temperature is over 30C (86F). Humidity is high at 90%.

Autumn
 (late September - early December): sunny and cool. Temperatures range from 18-28C (64-82F). Humidity averages 72%. It is the end of the typhoon season, so a typhoon is still possible but unlikely.

Winter
 (mid December - February): cool and dry. Temperatures range from 14-20C (57-68F) Humidity averages 72%.

Service charges and tipping 

Most restaurants add 10% service charge automatically. Waiters also expect to pick up loose change. Larger tips, often 10%, are expected if there is no service charge. Small tips of HK$5-10 are common for hotel porters who carry your luggage and hotel doormen if they provide a specific service beyond holding the door of the car when you arrive or leave. Toilet attendants, who provide a hand-washing service in some hotels and restaurants, and cloakroom attendants, expect a tip of HK$2-5.

No import/export custom duties: A free port

There is no custom tariff in Hong Kong and goods imported or exported require minimal customs formalities. This is a major convenience for all exhibitors and visitors to the Fair.

Excise duties are levied only on tobacco, liquor, methyl alcohol and hydrocarbon oil. Import and export licenses and Certificates of Origin are only required to enable Hong Kong to fulfil its international obligations and for health and safety.

Currency: HK dollar is tied to US dollar

Hong Kong has a fixed exchange rate which ties the HK dollar to the US dollar within a narrow band. The upper end of the band is HK$7.80 to US$1. There are no currency restrictions and the Hong Kong dollar is freely convertible with all other currencies. There are many currency exchange operators, as well as banks and hotels and at the airport. All major credit cards are accepted at hotels, banks, large restaurants and stores.

Security

Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world, with a very low crime rate. However, as at every major global jewellery fair, exhibitors and visitors are reminded to keep close watch on your goods when you are in a public area, such as taxi station, lifts, rest room and airport.

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY


GENERAL NUMBERS

Emergency Calls
(Police/Fire/Ambulance) 999
Crime Hotline-also taxi complaints 2527 7177
   
24 hours medical service
Queen Mary Hospital 2855 4111
Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2958 8888
   
Free Ambulance Service
Hong Kong Island 2576 6555
Kowloon & New Territories 2713 5555
   
Consumer Council 2929 2222
   
Overseas Calls  
Collect Calls 10010
IDD & Cardphone Inquiries 10013
   
VISITOR TRAVEL HOTLINES  
   
Hong Kong International Airport 2181 0000
Hong Kong Tourism Board 2508 1234
   
MAJOR AIRLINES  
   
Reservation/Flight Information  
Air Canada 2867 8111
Air France 2524 8145
Air India 2522 1170
Alitalia Airlines 2543 6998
British Airways / Qantas Airways 2822 9060
Canadian Airline Int'l 2867 8111
Cathay Pacific Airways 2747 1888
China Airlines 2769 8391
China National Aviation Corp. 2861 0322
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines 2180 2180
Japan Airlines 2523 0081
Korean Air 2368 6221
Lufthansa German Airlines 2868 2313
Malaysia Airlines 2521 8181
Northwest Airlines 2810 4288
Philippine Airlines 2361 9300
Singapore Airlines 2520 2233
Swissair 3002 1330
Thai Airways Int'l 2876 6888
United Airlines 2810 4888
Virgin Atlantic Airways 2532 6060
   
CONSULATE GENERALS  
   
Britain 2901 3000
Canada 2810 4321
Finland 2525 5385
France 3196 6100
Germany 2105 8788
Indonesia 2890 4421
Italy 2522 0033
Japan 2522 1184
Korea 2529 4141
Malaysia 2821 0800
New Zealand 2525 5044
Singapore 2527 2212
Switzerland 2522 7147
Thailand 2521 6481
USA 2523 9011
   
FOR OTHER TELEPHONE NUMBERS INQUIRIES
   
FOR ENGLISH 1081

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