Hong Kong is a city of 7.5 million people located in the mouth of Pearl River delta in China. It is a special administrative region, which has its own laws, currency, policy and administration.
It is by far the most densely populated high income major city in the world. Its natural setting is spectacular and its climate subtropical.
For those not familiar with humid, subtropical climates: take light clothing with you. Thin linen or cotton is more than enough, but wear layers and take also a jacket or a scarf with you. Aggressive air conditioning turns many interiors in town into freezers.
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Take either a cab or the train to town.
If you plan to spend time in Hong Kong outside the conference venue, buy an Octopus card. It is a travel card like any, but much more: you can pay almost anywhere with it. Topping it up is easy in metro stations, kiosks, and many shops.
Hong Kong is compact and looking at the map gives you an impression that it is easy to navigate quickly. It is however a densely layered city in which walkways are often blocked. Learn to use footbridges: they are key to navigation in the city. When trying to locate a restaurant or a shop, write down its address and also a floor. There are buildings that have restaurants in over 20 floors, so you may get lost in the lobby.
On the other hand, if you spend an extra day or two in town, and are fit for hiking in +33C and 80-90% humidity, Hong Kong offers excellent hiking routes over its mountains. Highly recommended! Hiking trails in Hong Kong. . This is something locals do on weekends, unless it is very hot and humid. Unless you are an experienced outdoors person, stay on larger routes to avoid contacts with wildlife.
As a rule, in high humidity and subtropical heat, you want to avoid walking. Cabs are cheap and plentiful, just hail them. They are reliable and pick you up even in the middle of a freeway.
Public transport in Hong Kong is fast and reliable. The metro network run my MTR corporation does not, however, serve the conference venue very well. If you use trains, the best landmark is Hung Hom station, Exists A1 and D1.