Never give a book or a clock as a gift because a 'book' means losing and a 'clock' means 'paying your last respects' in Cantonese.
When exchanging business cards, hold out your card using both hands, with your name facing towards the person to whom you're giving to. You should also receive a business card with both hands. Business cards are considered to be very important, especially when conducting business in Hong Kong.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, such as restaurants, bars, karaokes, cinemas, malls and also on public transport carriers, beaches, swimming pools and escalators. Anyone found smoking or carrying a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe in the designated 'No smoking areas' are liable to a fixed penalty fine of HK$1,500.
Whenever someone refills your tea cup with tea instead of saying 'thank you', you can simply tap your index and middle fingers on the table next to your tea cup.
Always ask for a printed receipt. If the printing device fails to operate the taxi driver should issue a hand-written receipt. Make sure that the taxi license plate number is legible. Taxi meters start at HK$20 for the first 2 kilometres and every subsequent 200 metres or part thereof: (for meter fare below HK$72.50 ) HK$1.50 (for meter fare of 72.50 and above) HK$1.
DID YOU KNOW ?
This statue is the world's tallest outdoor seated Buddha. Made out of bronze, it's 34 metres tall and weighs 250 tonnes.
At 800-metre long, this is the world's longest outdoor covered escalator. It links Des Voeux Road Central near the harbour to Conduit Road in the Mid-Levels.
Tsing Ma Bridge
The 1,377m Tsing Ma Bridge is the world's longest span suspension bridge carrying both road and railway traffic.
WHAT TO PACK
Hong Kong is a walking city, so remember to pack comfortable walking shoes. For ladies, it is advised to pack a pair of flat shoes, which will make it easier to navigate Hong Kong's uneven street surfaces and the many steps around town.
HONG KONG POWER
Hong Kong's electrical voltage is 200/220 volts, 50 cycles. You do not need to carry an adaptor or a transformer as the hotel can provide you with one.
Bring extra photos as you may need to apply for a visa for a nearby country.
A light raincoat may be useful during the rainy season (roughly April - October).