Greater Bay Area Travel Information

Click here to find all the practical information you need to travel around in Hong Kong – from transport services to currency information and weather conditions.

Language

Macao

Chinese and Portuguese are the official languages of Macao. Cantonese is spoken by most of its population. English is generally used on many occasions.

Other GBA cities

Mandarin is the official language of China, while Cantonese is also a common language in the region. Most hotels in the country have staff fluent in other languages, but English may only be reliably spoken by individuals working in tourist facilities. It’s therefore recommended to have addresses or instructions written down in Chinese to show to taxi drivers.

That being said, major streets in China have signposts in pinyin, which is the Romanisation system for Chinese characters. This makes navigation easier, especially when using a map. Moreover, many Chinese people, particularly the younger generation, have studied English and welcome the opportunity to practise it with foreigners. Don’t hesitate to ask people in the street for directions. You’ll often be met with a friendly and heroic effort to help.

Immigration

Visas to the Mainland

Most foreign nationals require a visa to enter the Mainland. Visas should be obtained from the Embassy or Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in the applicant’s country before departing to the Mainland. A standard China tourist visa is good for sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives, and can be obtained for a single entry, double entries or multiple entries. Other visas such as business visas or working visas are also available. For details, please contact your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.

144-hour Convenient Visa to Guangdong Province

Foreign nationals in Hong Kong can visit China’s Guangdong province for a maximum of 144 hours (six days) via entry ports in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou* using the 144-hour Convenient Visa.

To be eligible for the 144-hour Convenient Visa, visitors:

1. Must join a tour organised by a registered Hong Kong travel agent.
2. Must travel in a group consisting of a minimum of two persons and a maximum of 40 persons.
3. Can have a choice of ports of entry or exit in Guangdong province.
4. Must enter and leave the areas together in their group via the ports of entry stated above.
*Travellers must enter and exit via the same port.

At the ports of entry and exit in Guangdong province, immigration officers will examine passports and the list of names in the group. Group members will not need to fill in any immigration cards for passport stamping.

The above policy is applicable to ordinary passport holders of nations with diplomatic relations with China, and subject to change without prior notice.

You may contact your hotel concierge or tour operator in Hong Kong to find out about the application procedure and related service charges.

Visas to Macao

Visitors to Macao Special Administrative Region are required to possess a valid passport and entry permit or visa for entry. Nationals of 76 countries and regions are exempted in accordance with the written instruction of the chief executive of Macao. Please see further details here.

Customs

Visitors entering the Mainland must follow the regulations of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China. For details, please check here.

Getting around

Macao

Ferry: Around 60 minutes via high-speed ferry from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon

Bus: Around 45 minutes via the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge shuttle bus

Coach: Around two hours from locations across Hong Kong

Dongguan

Train: Around 45 minutes via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around three hours from locations across Hong Kong

Guangzhou

Train: 60 minutes via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around three hours from locations across Hong Kong

Shenzhen

MTR: Around seven to 12 minutes via the East Rail Line from Sheung Shui Station

Train: Around 14 to 19 minutes via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Varies based on point of departure

Zhuhai

Bus: Around 40 minutes via the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge shuttle bus

Coach: Around 75 minutes from locations across Hong Kong (via Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge)

Ferry: Around 70 minutes via high-speed ferry from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon

Foshan

Train: Around 90 minutes via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around three hours from locations across Hong Kong

Huizhou

Train: Around 70 minutes via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around 2.5 to three hours from locations across Hong Kong

Zhongshan

Ferry: Around 90 minutes via high-speed ferry from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon

Coach: Around three hours from locations across Hong Kong

Jiangmen

Train: Around two hours via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around four hours from locations across Hong Kong

Zhaoqing

Train: Around 1.5 to two hours via high-speed rail from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Coach: Around four hours from locations across Hong Kong

Climate

Prepare for your trip by checking the Weather Website for GBA before you depart.

Currency

Macao

The currency in Macao is MOP. The banknotes available are MOP 10, MOP 20, MOP 50, MOP 100, MOP 500 and MOP 1,000. Coins available are MOP 0.1, MOP 0.2, MOP 0.5, MOP 1, MOP 2, MOP 5 and MOP 10.

Other GBA cities

The currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB), the primary unit of which is the yuan. The smaller units are the jiao and the fen. 1 yuan is equivalent to 10 jiao and 1 jiao equals 10 fen. The banknotes in everyday circulation are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan; and 1 and 5 jiao. Coins available are 1 yuan; and 1 and 5 jiao.

Electronic payment is also widely used in all GBA cities.

Electricity & voltage

The standard electrical voltage in all GBA cities is 220 volts AC, 50Hz, so you will need an adaptor for 100-volt appliances.

Time zone

The whole of China is set at GMT/UTC plus eight hours. The country does not observe daylight saving time.