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Population: 7.324.300 people
Region: Eastern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: City of Victoria
Country Code: HK
Currencie(s): Hong Kong dollar
Tipping: not typically expected at hotels or restaurants, where a "service charge" of 10% is added to a bill instead of expecting a gratuity. Taxi drivers may also charge the difference between a fares as a "courtesy fee".
Corruption: Hong Kong has a corruption score of 24/100.
If your itinerary runs through Hong Kong, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Hong Kong is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Language(s): English & Chinese
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Crispy Fried Chicken
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Hong Kong is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 24% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%
From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.
This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Hong Kong are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Hong Kong – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug G
When travelling to Hong Kong, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 220 V (50 Hz), Plug G. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!
Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Here is a list of 1 large airports you can fly to.
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