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.
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.
|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 enquiries||1081|
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.
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.