Do's and Don'ts in Hong Kong

Do make use of the Octopus Card. Octopus card is an electronic fare card that can be used by most forms of public transport, fast food restaurants and shops in Hong Kong. It is the most convenient method for payment and hence no need to bring large amount of money and coins. You are suggested to buy an On-Loan Octopus which is refundable with HK$50 deposit during this short visiting period. You can get your Octopus card at the Hong Kong International Airport and MTR stations.

Do stand on the right when taking the elevator.People in Hong Kong get used to standing on the right when they take the elevator, so as to prevent blockage for passage and avoid bumping into people which may cause accidents.

Do allow more than enough time to travel. Traffic jam in Hong Kong is quite serious, especially during busy hours (8am-10am and 5pm-7pm). Therefore, it would be wise to leave the hotel earlier to your destination to avoid the traffic jam.

Do bring enough clothes. Weather in June in Hong Kong is hot and sunny. Yet, most indoor areas in Hong Kong are extremely cold, such as hotels and shopping malls. Therefore, it is good to bring a light jacket with you when you stay in an indoor area for a long period of time.

Do take care of your belongings. Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world. However, you should always take care of your personal belongings, including travel documents, cash and luggage especially when you are in a crowded place. You are suggested to keep your valuable belongings in a secured place like the hotel safe.

Do call 999 in case of any emergencies. 999 is Hong Kong Emergency phone number. In case of any emergencies situation, stay calm and call 999 to seek help. They are efficient and reliable.

Don't smoke in covered areas. Since 1 January 2007, statutory no smoking areas have been extended to cover the indoor areas of all restaurant premises, indoor workplaces, public indoor places, public transport facilities and university. No person shall smoke or carry a lighted cigarette; cigar or pipe in designated no smoking areas, or else will be liable to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500.

Don't forget to carry your passport and keep it with you at all times.