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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

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