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Hong Kong has a liberal visa policy. Nationals from more than 170 countries can visit Hong Kong visa free. To check whether you need a visa to enter Hong Kong or not, please visit

If a visa is required, then an application for the appropriate visa or entry permit should be obtained from the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular commission. As an alternative, you may also submit your visa or entry permit application to the HKSAR Immigration Department either directly by post or through a local sponsor. For additional information, please contact our conference secretary via


Hong Kong is a major transportation hub located at the heart of Asia. There are over 60 international airlines serving over 130 destinations worldwide. More than 50% of the world's population is within 5 hours' flying time of Hong Kong. The state-of-the-art Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok operates 24 hours a day. The highly developed transportation network in Hong Kong makes it very easy to get to and from the airport. More information about the airport and flights is available at 


The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is located in the heart of Hong Kong fronting Victoria Harbour, and has convenient transportation connections around the city.

Taxis: A taxi ride from the Hong Kong International Airport to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre costs around HK$300 and takes approximately 45 minutes. Take the red taxi to the HKCEC. Additional charges for luggage and tolls may apply. Further information is available at:

Airport Express - Airport Express is the fastest train service connecting the Hong Kong International Airport and downtown Hong Kong. It takes passengers to Central in just 24 minutes. Trains depart every 12-minutes from 0550 to 0115 hours daily, with the last train leaving the Airport Station at 0048 hours. A complimentary connecting bus service is provided for Airport Express passengers. Passengers can enjoy free bus service from Hong Kong Station (Bus no. H1) to HKCEC. The exit bus stop is located at the HKCEC's Harbour Road Entrance. You can also interchange there to take the MTR Island line to get to the MTR Wan Chai Station. 

Hong Kong Station (Interchange to the Island Line) --> Take the free shuttle bus to HKCEC Hong Kong Station (Interchange to the Island Line) --> Central Station --> Wan Chai Station -->Walk to HKCEC

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Mass Transit Railway (MTR) - MTR is the main public transportation in the urban area. The Wan Chai Station is the closest MTR station to HKCEC and is about a 10-minute walk to HKCEC. You can download the MTR map from the link:

Bus - You can take a bus from the airport (Ground Transportation Centre) to a bus stop which is about a 10-minute walk to HKCEC. Several buses are list below: 

Bus No.




N11(Overnight Services only)

Get off at

Fleming Road, Hennessy Road

Immigration Tower, Gloucester Road

Fleming Road, Hennessy Road

Bank of East Asia Harbour View Centre, Gloucester Road




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Shuttle bus - Hotel coaches are available to take passengers to and from major hotels in Hong Kong. If you want to use this service, visit the following service counters inside the Coach Station of Terminal 2. Further information is available on the following link:

Train - There are train services between Hong Kong and the Mainland with three Through Train routes, namely the Beijing line, the Shanghai line and the Guangdong line. Further information is available on the following link:


Weather - Hong Kong is usually warm with occasional showers in summer. You can get detailed information about weather at

Local Time - Hong Kong Time is Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +8:00 hours or Universal Standard Time (UST) +8:00 hours. Hong Kong has no daylight saving hours. Participants flying over the Pacific Ocean need to note that the international dateline may affect arrival dates. 

Currency and foreign exchange - The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar ($). Currency can be exchanged at most banks and, main railway stations, airport, and near tourist attractions.

Banking and credit cards - Banks are open generally from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with an optional break at lunch time, from Monday to Saturday mornings. Automatic Teller Machines (cash dispensers) can be found almost everywhere and accept most international cards (Visa, Eurocard, and Mastercard). In shops and restaurants, mainly American Express, Visa, Eurocard, and Mastercard are generally welcomed.

Electricity - The power supply is 220V, 50 Hz. The plug/socket system is a 3-rectangular-pin (Type G, British BS-1363). Check your computers and cell phone chargers to see if they can operate at this voltage. Appliances designed to operate only at 110/120V require a voltage converter and a plug adapter.

Restaurants - Hong Kong offers a large variety of restaurants. Typical lunch time is 12:30 p.m. and dinner 8:00 p.m.

Useful link - For moreinformation about the city of Hong Kong, please visit the following link: