ICOAC 2017-Hong Kong


Useful Information

Hong Kong is a city situated on the coast of south-eastern China. Vibrant and densely populated, it’s a major port and global financial centre famed for its tower-studded skyline. Amongst this dense, layered city, Hong Kong is well known for its food and shopping facilities. Supported by efficient public transport, its commercial districts and outlying islands are easily accessible by ferries, buses, mini buses, Mass Transit Railway (MTR), trams and by foot!

Dialling code: +852
ISO code: HKG
Weather: October falls within the region’s dry season. Typically, the weather would be mild and dry with an average temperature High of 80F (27C) and average Low of 73F (23C)
Population: 7,264,100 (2014, Hong Kong consensus)
GDP per capita: 38,123.52 USD (2013, World Bank)
Currency: Hong Kong dollar
Gross domestic product: 274 billion USD (2013, World Bank)


Sightseeing
Hong Kong Tourism Board official website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/index.jsp

Transport from the Airport to the city 
There are plenty of public transport options available from the airport to the city.

1. Airport Express
The Airport Express takes passengers to Central in just 24 minutes. Train operate every 10-minute intervals from 05:54 to 23:28 and approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28 to 00:48 daily.
Fares:
To / From Fare (HK$)
Hong Kong Station <> Airport Station 100
Kowloon Station <> Airport Station 90
Tsing Yi Station <> Airport Station 60
AsiaWorld-Expo <> Airport Station 5

Passengers taking the Airport Express can enjoy a free In-town Check-in service in Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations. Passengers can check in between 90 minutes and one full day ahead of their scheduled flight departure time.
A free shuttle bus service is available to take passengers from Kowloon or Hong Kong stations to most major hotels and transport interchanges. Passengers can also enjoy free porter service at all Airport Express stations. Customer services are available at Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to assist passengers who required this assistance.

2. Buses
Cityflyer routes offer a more cost effective method of getting into the city. The bus terminal is situated around 10 mins walking distance away from the arrival hall. You are encouraged to check the website or hotel help desk concerning which bus number to take before boarding.

3. Taxi
Taxi are available outside the airport terminal. Taxis are colour coded in Hong Kong into city taxis (Red), New Territories taxis (Green) and Lantau Island taxis (Blue). Should you be staying in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, please ensure you hire a red taxi.
All taxis operate a meter system and there are no flat fees for getting to the city. You should expect to spend up to HKD350 for Kowloon and HKD450 for Hong Kong island destinations. Tolls and luggage fees are already factored into this estimated cost.

Electricity
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts, 50 cycles. Adaptors are generally available in most hotels.