Information for Attendees

We look forward to welcoming speakers, exhibitors and delegates to Asia Nuclear Business Platform 2013.

The organisers have prepared an information pack for attendees which will be updated on a regular basis.
Download the information pack here.

Booking Accommodations General Information Business hours
Money & Banking Transportation Exploring Hong Kong
Welcoming Muslim Visitors Visas

Booking Accommodations

Please download and fill up the following forms to book your accommodation at concessionary rates:

The Harbourview Hotel
The Harbourview Hong Kong has everything a modern executive traveler looks for when searching for business accommodations in Hong Kong. Situated in the heart of Hong Kong island’s major business hub Wanchai (Hong Kong), The Harbourview Hong Kong has reasoned itself as an ideal business hotel. Various commercial landmarks are neighboring with Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre – the address of hundreds of sizable Hong Kong exhibition – accessible within only a 2 minute walk from the hotel.

Download the booking form for The Harbourview Hong Kong here.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Experience 5-star luxury at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. Ideally situated in the “heart of the city”, Hong Kong Island’s Wanchai district, the Grand Hyatt hotel offers stunning views of the famous Victoria Harbour and is only 5 minutes by car from Central and Causeway Bay. The hotel is conveniently interconnected with the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), and offers state-of-the-art meeting and conference services and event venues to business travellers.

Download the booking form for the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong here.


General Information

Electricity
The standard voltage in Hong Kong is 220V AC/50 cycles. The plug/socket system is a 3-retangular-pin type.

Languages
English and Chinese are the official languages. Street signs, menus and tourist and government publications are usually bilingual.

Safety
Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world. Policemen patrol frequently and are very helpful to visitors. However, proper precautions for all tourists or visitors are called for. For any police emergency, please call 999.

Telecommunication
International direct dialling (IDD), Internet, e-mail facilities are easily accessible in Hong Kong. Most of the mobile telephone systems used around the globe operate in Hong Kong.

Time Zone
Hong Kong local time is GMT+8 hours.


Business Hours

Government departments and most of the offices of commercial establishments are open from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays. Some are open on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Most shops and department stores are open from 10 am to 9 pm. There are also 24-hour convenience shops located all around Hong Kong.


Money & Banking

Many world-class banks have branches in Hong Kong. Most banks are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, and some of them are also open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no foreign exchange control in the territory and the Hong Kong dollar is freely convertible. In Hong Kong, any currency, including Mainland China’s renminbi (RMB), may be bought and sold in the open market. Visitors can exchange foreign currency at any bank or exchange shop or at the cashier counters of hotels. Daily exchange rates are available through any bank or on the website of The Hong Kong Association of Banks, but the Hong Kong dollar is pegged at HK$7.8 to US$1. The government issues coins in denominations of 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10. There are also three different kinds of bank notes issued by 3 different note-issuing banks in denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.

Credit Cards
Most credit cards are accepted in Hong Kong and can be used to obtain cash at banks and automatic teller machines (ATMs). ATMs can be easily found in most places around Hong Kong, and provide 24-hour cash withdrawal.


Transportation

Hong Kong’s efficient and low-cost public transport system includes railways, buses, trams, taxis and ferries. There are three road-only tunnels under the harbour.

To and From the Airport
From 6 July 1998, travellers to Hong Kong have been served by one of the world’s largest and most modern airports situated at the Chek Lap Kok on the outlying island of Lantau. The easiest connection from the airport to Central and Kowloon is the Airport Express Railway, which takes just 21 minutes to get to Kowloon, and an extra 3 minutes to Hong Kong. Adult single journey fare is HK$100. In addition, express bus service called “Airbus” operates on frequent schedules to popular spots in the city, with stops near most major hotels. An overnight bus service will cover the airport’s 24-hour operation. Taxis are also an option and fares from Chek Lap Kok range from HK$200-HK$400.

Railways
In December 2007, the operations of Mass Transit Railway (MTR) [Tel: (852) 2881-8888] and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCR) has been merged to form one of the most efficient and far-reaching railway networks in Asia. The newly expanded system extends all the way from the heart of Central and Causeway Bay to the New Territories and Lantau Island. It covers 80 stations on the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O, East Rail, West Rail, Ma On Shan and Disneyland Resort lines. The MTR now also operates a Airport Express and Light Rail networks, which can take you to Hong Kong Airport and 68 stops in the North West New Territories. It also provides speedy through train services to major cities across Mainland China.

Trams
Trams ply the northern shore of Hong Kong Island at a fixed fare of HK$2.3 from 6am to midnight. There is also the century-old Peak Tram, a funicular railway which runs up to the Peak from 7am to midnight at about 15-minute intervals. Tel: (852) 2522-0922.

Ferries
The Star Ferry Co [Tel: (852) 2366-2576] operates a shuttle service between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Ferries between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui run every few minutes from 6.30am to 11.30pm. Other Star Ferry boats connect Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui (7.30am-11pm). The Wan Chai Ferry Pier is within a few minutes walk the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Taxis
Taxi fares are charged by metered tariff. When crossing the harbour by a cross-harbour tunnel, the two-way tunnel toll is added to the fare. With the other tunnels, only the one-way toll is added. There is an extra charge per piece of luggage (both of these extra charges are signposted in the taxi). Flagfall and charges are displayed. Tipping is usually confined to small change. There are two taxi jurisdictions in Hong Kong — urban and New Territories. Radio taxis: Tel: (852) 2574-7311 / (852) 2527-6324 (Hong Kong Island), (852) 2760-0411 / (852) 2670-0477 (Kowloon), (852) 2457-2266 / (852) 2697-4333 (New Territories).


Exploring Hong Kong

Asia’s financial capital happens to also be its culinary capital, a paradise for food lovers. With over 11,000 restaurants, Hong Kong manages to uniquely bridge the gap between Asian and Western cuisine. From traditional tea houses for “yum cha” (to drink tea) served with dim sums (dumplings, steamed buns, pastries, and other tasty morsels traditionally served from breakfast through to the afternoon) to world class michelin rated restaurants, Hong Kong promises to satisfy most gastronomic wants.

Also, the city offers a whole host of activities to visitors. With tourists attractions from The Peak – the highest point on Hong Kong Island which offers spectacular views of the vibrancy of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers – to Ocean Park – where thrill rides and giant pandas await visitors – one will be hard pressed to find time to “see it all”. Visit www.discoverhongkong.com to plan your stay in Hong Kong.


Welcoming Muslim Visitors

Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city that welcomes visitors from all around the world. The city has been home to a vibrant Muslim community for more than a century, and today numbers more than 80,000 people. As a result, Muslim visitors will have no difficulty in following their daily religious duties. A range of restaurants throughout the city serve Halal food, with Halal certificates issued by the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong Kong. Cuisines include Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Western, Chinese and Indonesian. There are four mosques in Hong Kong, all of which are happy to play host to overseas Muslim visitors. Three are located on Hong Kong Island, while the fourth is in Kowloon.

A directory of halal restaurants can be found here.


Visas

According to Hong Kong Immigration Department, nationals of most foreign countries can visit Hong Kong visa-free. Applicants may submit their visa applications directly to Hong Kong Immigration Department, or through Chinese diplomatic or consular missions in their place of domicile.

Enquiries can be directed to:
Hong Kong Immigration Department
Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
Tel:(852) 2824-6111
Fax : (852) 2877-7711

Visas for travelling to Chinese mainland
All travellers to the Chinese Mainland, except Hong Kong Chinese residents, require visas. The Mainland issues single-entry, double-entry and multiple-entry (six months, unlimited entry) visas, the latter designed for frequent travellers who have long-term business establishments (e.g. joint ventures) on the Mainland. The Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC is located at 7th Floor, Lower Block, China Resources Building, No.26, Harbor Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong SAR, Tel: (852) 3413-2300 / 3413-2424. Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the China Travel Service at various locations, Central office, Tel: (852) 2853-3888, Mongkok office, Tel: (852) 2998-7888. Many travel agencies specialising in China travel can also obtain visas. The China Travel Service normally takes 48 hours to issue a visa, but can do so in one day for a premium. The Visa Office takes 24 hours and also offers a premium same-day service.
For delegates joining us on our one day site visit, we recommend applying for your visa as soon as you confirm your itinerary to avoid any potential complications/delays.