Hong Kong is located on the Southeast coast of China and is surrounded by mountains. The centre is bursting with heritage sites, while plenty of green countryside is a short train ride away. Hong Kong has some amazing tourist attractions, including the Victoria Harbour, the Giant Buddha and The Peak.
The Hong Kong dollar is the local currency. In English, it is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), or HK$ to distinguish it from other dollar currencies.
For a breakdown of denominations, have a look at the table on the right.
Hong Kong has no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.
Banks are open 9am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 12:30pm on Saturdays. You should avoid banks at lunchtime, unless you have a lot of time to queue!
Taking Hong Kong dollars with you is advisable, to avoid poor exchange rates once you get there.
Hong Kong is a city of food lovers and has restaurants to suit every taste and budget. High-end restaurants will charge anywhere from HK$500 for a 3-course meal, while mid-range eateries come in at HK$200-500. Cheaper restaurants tend to charge around HK$100-200.
As most restaurants apply a service charge, tipping in Hong Kong is welcomed but not obligatory; it is more common nowadays due to higher numbers of foreign visitors. Standard restaurants usually apply a 10% service charge, while hotels and high-end restaurants can charge up to 15%.