June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

 Weather

There are 4 seasons in Hong Kong.

Spring (March - mid May): warm and humid. Temperatures range from 18-27C (64-80F). Humidity averages 82%.

Summer (late May - mid September): sunny and hot, with occasional rain. Temperatures range from 26-33C (78-91F). Typical day-time temperature is over 30C (86F). Humidity is high at 90%.

Autumn (late September - early December): sunny and cool. Temperatures range from 18-28C (64-82F). Humidity averages 72%. It is the end of the typhoon season, so a typhoon is still possible but unlikely.

Winter (mid December - February): cool and dry. Temperatures range from 14-20C (57-68F) Humidity averages 72%.

For fair visitors, the fair goes on regardless of any weather conditions in both  the air-conditioned Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and the AsiaWorld-Expo HK (AWE) , which has plenty of large windows so you can observe the weather in cool comfort.

 Understanding Hong Kong’s tropical cyclone warning signals

Tropical cyclones normally occur in Hong Kong during the months of May to November. Tropical cyclone advisory bulletins and/or warnings are issued by the Hong Kong Observatory whenever a tropical cyclone is centred within 800km of, and may pose a threat to, the territory.

The Hong Kong Observatory uses numbers 1, 3, 8, 9 and 10 to signify the strength of a tropical cyclone in the vicinity of Hong Kong.

SIGNAL 1
A tropical cyclone is centred within 800km of Hong Kong and may later possibly affect the territory.

THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN.

SIGNAL 3
Strong wind is expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near sea level, and the wind condition is expected to persist. Winds are normally expected to become generally strong in Hong Kong within 12 hours after this signal is issued.

THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN.

SIGNAL 8 AND ABOVE
Gale or storm force wind is expected or blowing in Hong Kong near sea level, which may increase in strength and the conditions are expected to persist. Winds are normally expected to reach gale force generally in Hong Kong within 12 hours after a No. 8 signal replaces No. 3 signal.

In the event of a Signal 8 and above being issued, a decision will be made by the Organiser on whether the Fair will open, or remains open.

IF THE FAIR REMAINS OPEN, OR WILL OPEN, PARTICIPANTS CAN ATTEND AT THEIR DISCRETION.

Latest tropical cyclone information and related announcements are broadcast on radio and TV and posted on the Hong Kong Observatory website (www.weather.gov.hk) and on the Dial-a-Weather system (Hong Kong telephone: 1878 200).

** In case of discrepancy between the English and Chinese versions, the English version is authoritative.

 Service charges and tipping

Most restaurants add 10% service charge automatically. Waiters also expect to pick up loose change. Larger tips, often 10%, are expected if there is no service charge. Small tips of HK$5-10 are common for hotel porters who carry your luggage and hotel doormen if they provide a specific service beyond holding the door of the car when you arrive or leave. Toilet attendants, who provide a hand-washing service in some hotels and restaurants, and cloakroom attendants, expect a tip of HK$2-5.

 No import/export custom duties: A free port

There is no custom tariff in Hong Kong and goods imported or exported require minimal customs formalities. This is a major convenience for all exhibitors and visitors to the Fair.
Excise duties are levied only on tobacco, liquor, methyl alcohol and hydrocarbon oil. Import and export licenses and Certificates of Origin are only required to enable Hong Kong to fulfil its international obligations and for health and safety.

 Currency: HK dollar is tied to US dollar

Hong Kong has a fixed exchange rate which ties the HK dollar to the US dollar within a narrow band. The upper end of the band is HK$7.80 to US$1. There are no currency restrictions and the Hong Kong dollar is freely convertible with all other currencies. There are many currency exchange operators, as well as banks and hotels and at the airport. All major credit cards are accepted at hotels, banks, large restaurants and stores.

 Security

Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world, with a very low crime rate. However, as at every major global jewellery fair, exhibitors and visitors are reminded to keep close watch on your goods when you are in a public area, such as taxi station, lifts, rest room and airport.

 TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

GENERAL NUMBERS
 
Emergency Calls
(Police/Fire/Ambulance)
999
Crime Hotline-also taxi complaints
2527 7177
 
 
24 hours medical service
Queen Mary Hospital
2855 4111
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
2958 8888
 
 
Free Ambulance Service
Hong Kong Island
2576 6555
Kowloon & New Territories
2713 5555
 
 
Consumer Council
2929 2222
 
 
Overseas Calls
 
Collect Calls
10010
IDD & Cardphone Inquiries
10013
 
 
VISITOR TRAVEL HOTLINES
 
 
 
Hong Kong International Airport
2181 0000
Hong Kong Tourism Board
2508 1234
 
 
MAJOR AIRLINES
 
 
 
Reservation/Flight Information
 
Air Canada
2867 8111
Air France
2524 8145
Air India
2522 1170
Alitalia Airlines
2543 6998
British Airways / Qantas Airways
2822 9060
Canadian Airline Int'l
2867 8111
Cathay Pacific Airways
2747 1888
China Airlines
2769 8391
China National Aviation Corp.
2861 0322
Hong Kong Dragon Airlines
2180 2180
Japan Airlines
2523 0081
Korean Air
2368 6221
Lufthansa German Airlines
2868 2313
Malaysia Airlines
2521 8181
Northwest Airlines
2810 4288
Philippine Airlines
2361 9300
Singapore Airlines
2520 2233
Swissair
3002 1330
Thai Airways Int'l
2876 6888
United Airlines
2810 4888
Virgin Atlantic Airways
2532 6060
 
 
CONSULATE GENERALS
 
 
 
Britain
2901 3000
Canada
2810 4321
Finland
2525 5385
France
3196 6100
Germany
2105 8788
Indonesia
2890 4421
Italy
2522 0033
Japan
2522 1184
Korea
2529 4141
Malaysia
2821 0800
New Zealand
2525 5044
Singapore
2527 2212
Switzerland
2522 7147
Thailand
2521 6481
USA
2523 9011
 
 
FOR OTHER TELEPHONE NUMBERS INQUIRIES
 
 
FOR ENGLISH
1081

 

 
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