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Money

The Hong Kong dollar
The legal tender in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly. While coins are issued by the Government, interestingly, the issue of Hong Kong banknotes are shared between three commercial banks: HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank and Bank of China. These notes vary in design and colour according to denomination.

Electricity and Voltage

The standard electrical voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Most hotel bathrooms also have outlets for 100 volts, but if not, you will need a transformer for any appliance or electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged UK-style plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your electrical equipment at most convenience stores.

Public Holidays

Most shops and restaurants in major tourist areas will remain open during public holidays. Some of them will be closed on the first and second days of Chinese New Year and will reopen for business from the third day. Some traditional shops and restaurants, such as dried seafood merchants, Chinese medicine stores and small family-owned restaurants, may stay closed for longer. Call to make sure before visiting.

Useful Numbers

Emergency numbers
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999.

Emergency services (police, fire, ambulance)999
Police Hotline+852 2527 7177
Hong Kong International Airport+852 2181 8888
Hong Kong Immigration Department+852 2824 6111
Department of Health+852 2961 8989
Customs and Excise Department 24-Hour Hotline+852 2815 7711
Hongkong Post+852 2921 2222
Hong Kong Observatory (for weather information)+852 1878 200
Telephone directory enquiries1081

Lost passport

If you lose your passport, make a 'lost report' at the nearest police station (call the Police Hotline 2527 7177 for locations). Then contact your consulate to have your passport replaced.

Lost or stolen wallet

If your wallet or valuables are lost or stolen, please notify your hotel immediately and report the theft to police. Keep a separate record of your credit card numbers and report the loss to your card issuers as quickly as possible. Please check with your credit card issuers or insurance company for emergency assistance. Most issuers have toll-free numbers and 24-hour services to deal with such emergencies.

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