Hong Kong Highlights
Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a number of fantastic features: historic temples, ultra-modern high rises, intriguing cultural festivals, trendy shopping malls and entertainment districts. Hong Kong has the fast-paced urban lifestyle and the opportunity to escape to secluded beaches, country park walking trails and villages. Hong Kong is famous of highly efficient services and a superb public transportation system and it is a major gateway to Mainland China and Asia, and a popular headquarters for regional operations.
- Most people speak Cantonese and some Mandarin (Putonghua).
- English is one of the city’s official languages and is widely used by the government, business sectors and other professionals.
- Hong Kong enjoys year-round sunshine with a mild winter and a hot and humid Summer.
- Spring (March to May): Temperature and humidity are rising. Evening can be cool. Average temperature:17°C-26°C.
- Summer (June to August): Hot, humid and sunny, with ocassional showers and thunderstorms. Average temperature: 26°C-31°C.
- Autumn (September to November): There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Average temperature: 19°C-28°C.
- Winter (December to February): Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C. Average temperature: 12°C-20°C.
- Hong Kong experiences both occasional typhoons and rainstorms. Each has its own warning system of signals to let people know what they should do.
- Current weather information is available from the Hong Kong Observatory.
Hong Kong uses 220V/50hz and three-pronged plugs. Conversion plug adapter for your electrical devices are readily available in Hong Kong.
Money and Banking
- Hong Kong Dollar is the legal tender of Hong Kong.
- Bring sufficient Hong Kong Dollars to cover immediate expenses such as transport fares and meals.
- Money exchange is available at the airport. Service charges may apply if you withdraw money from your home country bank card at local ATM machines.
- Credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express cards) are widely used in shopping malls and mid- / up-scale restaurants in Hong Kong.
- Octopus card is a smart contactless payment tool which is easy to use, and accepted all over Hong Kong. It is used in public transport, dining, entertainment, shopping and more. The payment for the shuttle bus service between Tai Po Campus and the MTR University Station also has to be paid by Octopus card.
- Do not carry a large amount of cash while travelling to Hong Kong. You may purchase traveller’s cheques in your home country and then open a bank account in Hong Kong.
Local SIM cards are widely available at convenience stores and mobile phone shops.
Working in Hong Kong
- Non-local students on full-time locally accredited degree programmes and above do have opportunities to gain work experience in Hong Kong. They can take up study/curriculum-related internships approved by EdUHK, part-time employment on campus for not more than 17 hours per week throughout the year, summer jobs without any limit in relation to working hours and location.
- Employment policies governing on-campus and off-campus employment for non-local students are available at SAO website (Section “Employment Policies for non-local students)
Hong Kong has a well developed transportation system. The major components of public transport include railways, buses, public light buses, taxis, ferries and trams.
Be Aware of the Telephone Deception Cases
Recently, the number of telephone deception cases has been increasing and many victims were new students to Hong Kong. In some of these cases, the swindlers pretended to be officials of Immigration Department of Hong Kong or the Mainland and made calls to the victims, claiming that there were parcels to be collected or visa issues.
Students are reminded not to disclose any personal information when receiving such calls. Immigration Department will not contact students directly by phone call via pre-recorded voice messages for any visa issues.
If you suspect a caller is trying to con you, please hang up the phone.