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When is the best time to visit Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination. It enjoys a mild climate from the middle of September to the end of February, while the weather from May to mid-September is rather warm and humid. Eighty per cent of Hong Kong's precipitation occurs between May and September, with August registering the highest rainfall. For a detailed weather forecast, please visit Hong Kong Observatory website.

Is local transportation easily accessible?
Public transportation via bus, ferry or train is efficient, relatively inexpensive and user-friendly. The system covers extension areas of Hong Kong with signs in English and Chinese.

Will I be expected to pay tips?
Most restaurants will levy a 10 per cent service charge but waiters will expect to be given some loose change. Restaurants that don't add a service charge will expect a 10 per cent tip. However, tipping is left to your discretion. Bellboys, porters, restroom attendants and taxi drivers will happily accept loose change.

Will I be able to use my electrical equipment in Hong Kong?
The standard electrical voltage in HK is 220 volts AC, 50Hz, so you will need an adaptor for your 100-volt appliances and electrical equipment. The majority of electrical outlets in Hong Kong take a three-pronged plug. You can buy an inexpensive adaptor for your equipment when you arrive in Hong Kong.

Is Hong Kong safe for the visitor?
Yes, Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world even at night, when people may walk alone with confidence.

Is English widely spoken?
Very widely spoken. There will be no problems in communicating with people in most hotels, restaurants and even some taxis.

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