1. Transportation from/to Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong Airport Express
Operated by the MTR Corporation, the fast and reliable Airport Express rail service takes passengers from the airport to Tsing Yi Station (in 14 minutes), Kowloon Station (in 22 minutes) and Hong Kong Station (in 24 minutes).
More details can be found here.
Taxis are available in most areas of Hong Kong. Estimated fares are as follows:
- Airport to HKBU: HK$260
- Airport to MongKok: HK$265
- Airport to Tsim Sha Shui: HK$270
- Airport to ShaTin: HK$290
Hong Kong International Airport is well served by public bus routes. More details can be found here.
2. Getting to Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
It It is easy to get to Hong Kong Baptist University by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), bus, and taxi. Maps and guide for traveling among Hong Kong Airport, hotels & workshop venue can be found here.
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is Hong Kong’s rapid transit system, which also runs the Airport Express train. Whether you travel from your hotel to the conference, or head for any sightseeing in Hong Kong, MTR is one of your best choices for transportation.
Octopus debit card for transportation and small purchases
A very useful tip for taking public transportation in Hong Kong is to purchase an Octopus debit card from the Service Centre of the airport station or any other station of the MTR. The card can be used on Airport Express and MTR trains, buses and ferries (but not taxis), as well as in many small convenience shops (like Seven-Eleven). More information about the Octopus Card can be found here (http://gohongkong.about.com/od/hongkongtransport/f/hkoctopus.htm). We suggest buying one per person for HK$100 (+$50 deposit = $150), which can be topped up if needed. Before leaving Hong Kong, remember to return your card for a refund at any Service Centre of the MTR or at the airport.
The Campus Map can be found here for your reference.
3. Other Information
Weather: Summer begins, with rainfall increasing greatly, and warm weather turning hot. About half of the month is rainy and wet, and May is also the start of the typhoon season. The average low and high temperatures are 24 °C (75 °F) and 31 °C (87 °F).
Clothing: Wear summer clothes, such as shorts, shirts, and skirts. Bring a thin sweater or cardigan to cope with the occasional cool day.
The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$). The Hong Kong dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar at a rate of HK$7.8 to US$1, although the rate varies slightly. Denominations are HK$10, HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1,000 notes.
Coins come in denominations of 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents, and one dollar, two dollars, five dollars, and ten dollars. There are 100 cents in a dollar.
Most currencies and traveler’s cheques are easily changed in Hong Kong; either at banks, hotels or moneychangers, with some handling charges. The display of net rates of exchange by moneychangers is a legal obligation – and also the amount of any additional commission payable for the exchange of travelers’ cheques – you are advised to check them before handing over the money for exchange.
Receipt notes must be issued by law, but there is no need to retain these as there are no restrictions on currencies being brought in or taken out of Hong Kong.