Much of the anxiety associated with travel comes from a fear of the unknown -- not knowing what to expect can give even seasoned travelers butterflies. This section will help you prepare for your trip to Hong Kong -- but don't stop here. Reading through the other sections of this guide before leaving will also help you in your planning. Just learning that Hong Kong has hiking trails and beaches, for example, may prompt you to pack your hiking boots or swimsuit. In any case, Hong Kong doesn't require the advance preparations that some other Asian destinations require, such as visas for most nationalities or inoculations.
Tips for the Business Traveler to Hong Kong
- Bring plenty of business cards. They are exchanged constantly, and you'll be highly suspect without them (if you run out, hotel business centers can arrange to have new ones printed within 24 hr.). When presenting your card, hold it out with both hands, turned so that the receiver can read it. Chinese names are written with the family name first, followed by the given name and then the middle name.
- Use formal names for addressing business associates unless told to do otherwise; you'll find that many Hong Kong Chinese used to dealing with foreigners have adopted a Western first name.
- Shaking hands is appropriate for greetings and introductions.
- Business attire -- a suit and tie for men; blazers/jackets and skirts for women -- is worn throughout the year, even in summer (though women can get away without wearing blazers or jackets in the summer).
- Avoid the Chinese New Year, as all of Hong Kong shuts down for at least 3 days; based on the lunar calendar, it falls between late January and mid-February.
- Entertainment is an integral part of conducting business in Hong Kong, whether it's a meal in which the host orders the food and serves his or her guests, an evening at the racetracks, or a round of golf.
- If an invitation is extended, it is understood that the host will treat. Do not insist on paying; this will only embarrass your host. Accept graciously and promise to pick up the tab next time around.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.