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

Quick Facts

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%.

Understanding Hong Kong’s tropical cyclone warning signals

Tropical cyclones normally occur in Hong Kong during the months of May to November. Tropical cyclone advisory bulletins and/or warnings are issued by the Hong Kong Observatory whenever a tropical cyclone is centred within 800km of, and may pose a threat to, the territory.

The Hong Kong Observatory uses numbers 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 to signify the strength of a tropical cyclone in the vicinity of Hong Kong.

SIGNAL 1
A tropical cyclone is centred within 800km of Hong Kong and may later possibly affect the territory.

THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN.

SIGNAL 3
Strong wind is expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near sea level, and the wind condition is expected to persist. Winds are normally expected to become generally strong in Hong Kong within 12 hours after this signal is issued.

THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN.

SIGNAL 8 AND ABOVE
Gale or storm force wind is expected or blowing in Hong Kong near sea level, which may increase in strength and the conditions are expected to persist. Winds are normally expected to reach gale force generally in Hong Kong within 12 hours after a No. 8 signal replaces No. 3 signal.

In the event of a Signal 8 and above being issued, a decision will be made by the Organiser on whether the Fair will open, or remains open.

IF THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN, PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND AT THEIR DISCRETION.

Latest tropical cyclone information and related announcements are broadcast on radio and TV and posted on the Hong Kong Observatory website (www.weather.gov.hk) and on the Dial-a-Weather system (Hong Kong telephone: 1878 200).

** In case of discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions, the English version is authoritative.


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.

Most visitors do not need a visa

Visitors from most countries do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong, just a valid passport. Specifically, all visitors from European Union member countries, the USA and Canada do not need visas. Visas, obtained in advance from your local China or Hong Kong visa office, are required for visitors of the following countries & regions: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Costa Rican Provisional passports, Cuba, Georgia, Grenada, Iran, Iraq, Kazakstan, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Kyrgystan, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova (Republic of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Special Peruvian passports, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yugoslavia (Federal Republic of). Please check with your local Chinese Embassy for details.

If foreign visitors wish to go to mainland China, then a visa must be obtained. This can be done in Hong Kong, allowing several days at least, but it is best obtained before you leave to come to Hong Kong.

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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