Nov-mar is blissfully spring-like, it’s wretchedly humid at all other times including typhoon season Jul-oct; you’ll need your towelling bra and hotpants HK International Airport to Central: 25 mins / HK$100 by Airport Express train; 45 mins / ~$330 by taxi The Airport Express train is fast, efficient, AND you can check-in your luggage in town – fab! Events... Chinese New Year: Jan/feb, big fireworks and closed restaurants; Rugby Sevens: Mar, tinyshorted tomcat totty; Art Basel HK: May, the world’s finest galleries under one big roof; Dragon Boat Festival: early Jun, boat racing and wet T-shirts; Mid-autumn Festival: Sep, vile mooncakes and pretty lanterns; Macau Grand Prix: Nov, fast and furious Limited English is spoken in taxis, small shops and venues; have your concierge’s number on speed-dial Taxis are cheap (if not always cheerful) and plentiful, simply round up fares and give drivers small notes Full-on trad Cantonese food can be an acquired taste; you may wish to avoid the pork uterus casserole. And be warned, some lower-end restaurants here will deep-fry your handbag as soon as look at you Most high-end restos offer terrific value lunch sets Pegged exchange rate: HK$7.80 ~ US$1.00 Banks open Mon-fri 9am-4.30pm, Sat 9am-12.30pm Shops generally open daily 10am-7pm Over-attentive ‘velcro’ shop assistants are a way of life in this city of retail worship Smoking is banned indoors in restaurants and bars The country code for Hong Kong is +852, local calls and faxes are FREE (about the only thing that is in HK). Call 999 for emergencies and 1081 for directory
The following Cantonese phrases will come in handy...
Jo san : Good morning Ha lo / Bye bye : Hello / Laters Mm goy sigh : Thanks, ever so Wah! Nei gor hau ho chao! : Pwooaarr! Stone the crows mate, has something died in your mouth?
...’kay let’s party