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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic representation in US:
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Consular Section: 2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW,
First floor, Washington DC 20007

The Hong Kong Government maintains three Economic and Trade Offices in the United States. Addresses and telephone numbers for these offices are listed below:


1520 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)331-8947

680 Fifth Avenue, 22 F
New York, NY 10019
Tel: (212)751-4659

222 Kearny St., Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: (415)397-2215

Principal U.S. Officials
Consul General--Stephen M. Young
Deputy Principal Officer--Matt J. Matthews

The U.S. Consulate General is located at:
26 Garden Road, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852)-2523-9011.
FAX: (852)-2845-1598
Tel: (852)-2845-4845 (consular);
Tel: (852)-2845-9800 (commercial).

U.S. Offices
Office of Chinese & Mongolian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Tel.: (202) 647-6300
FAX: (202) 647-6820

American Embassy Beijing

Xiu Shui Bei Jie 3
Beijing 100600
People's Republic of China
Tel.: (86) (1) 6532-3831
FAX: (86) (1) 6532-3178

American Consulate General Guangzhou
No. 1 South Shamian Street
Guangzhou 200031
People's Republic of China
Tel.: (86) (20) 8188-8911
FAX: (86) (20) 8186-2341

American Consulate General Shanghai

1469 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
Shanghai 200031
People's Republic of China
Tel.: (86) (21) 6433-6880
FAX: (86) (21) 6433-4122

American Consulate General Shenyang
52 14th Wei Road
Heping District
Shenyang, Liaonong 110003
People's Republic of China
Tel.: (86) (24) 322-1198
FAX: (86) (24) 322-2374

American Consulate General Chengdu
4 Lingshiguan Road
Chengdu, Sichuan 610041
People's Republic of China
Tel.: (86) (28) 558-3992
FAX: (86) (28) 558-3520

When calling the phone or fax numbers of a post in another province from within the country, replace the country code (86) with a 0.

Chinese Offices
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: (202) 328-2500

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, New York
520 12th Avenue
New York, New York 10036
Tel.: (212) 868-7752

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, San Francisco
1450 Laguna Street
San Francisco, California 94115
Tel.: (415) 563-4885

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Houston
3417 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel.: (713) 524-4311

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Chicago
100 West Erie St.
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Tel.: (312) 803-0098

Consulate General of the People's Republic of China, Los Angeles
502 Shatto Place, Suite 300
Los Angeles, California 90020
Tel.: (213) 807-8088

Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Hong Kong
Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, United States of America
U.S Consulate Web Site in Hong Kong


FOREIGN RELATIONS

According to Article 13 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's foreign relations and defense are the responsibility of China. However, Hong Kong is a customs territory and economic entity separate from the rest of China and is able to enter into international agreements on its own behalf in commercial and economic matters. Hong Kong, independently of China, participates as a full member of numerous international economic organizations including the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC), and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). It is an articulate and effective champion of free markets and the reduction of trade barriers.

U.S.-HONG KONG RELATIONS
U.S. policy toward Hong Kong is stated in the U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 and grounded in the determination to promote Hong Kong's prosperity, autonomy, and way of life. The United States maintains substantial economic and political interests in Hong Kong. The U.S. supports Hong Kong's autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” framework by concluding and implementing bilateral agreements; promoting trade and investment; broadening law enforcement cooperation; bolstering educational, academic, and cultural links; supporting high-level visits of U.S. officials; and serving the large community of U.S. citizens and visitors.

Hong Kong is active in counterterrorism efforts. Hong Kong has joined the Container Security Initiative and remains an important partner in efforts to eliminate funding for terrorist networks and combat money laundering. Hong Kong participated in the Secure Freight Initiative in a limited capacity from November 2007 to April 2009. Hong Kong has passed legislation designed to bring it into compliance with applicable UN anti-terror resolutions and with most Financial Action Task Force recommendations. In 2010, Hong Kong passed legislation allowing it to adopt the most recent globally recognized standards for exchange of tax information. It has subsequently signed bilateral tax agreements with Brunei, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Liechtenstein, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, and France.

The United States enjoys substantial economic and social ties with Hong Kong. There are some 1,400 U.S. firms, including 817 regional operations (288 regional headquarters and 529 regional offices), and over 60,000 American residents in Hong Kong. According to U.S. Government statistics, U.S. exports to Hong Kong totaled $26.6 billion in 2010. The U.S. trade surplus with Hong Kong was the largest of any U.S. surplus in 2010, owing largely to Hong Kong imports of American aircraft and spacecraft, diamonds, telecommunications equipment, and computer processors. According to Hong Kong statistics, U.S. direct investment in Hong Kong at the end of 2009 totaled about $40.5 billion (2010 figures are not yet available), making the United States one of the largest investors in Hong Kong, along with China, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy as a separate customs territory, with no changes to borders, staffing, or technology export controls since the 1997 handover. Intellectual property rights (IPR) protection is relatively strong and Hong Kong continues to take steps to improve both its legislation and its enforcement regime. Amendments to improve protections for copyrighted materials were passed in 2007, and additional amendments to protect on-line content are expected in the third quarter of 2011.

The Hong Kong Government maintains three Economic and Trade Offices in the United States. Addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites for these offices are listed below:

1520 - 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 331-8947
Fax: (202) 331-8958
Web Site: http://www.hketowashington.gov.hk/dc/index.htm

115 East 54th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 752-3320
Fax: (212) 752-3395
Web Site: http://www.hketony.gov.hk/ny/index.htm

130 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 835-9300
Fax: (415) 421-0646
Web Site: http://www.hketosf.gov.hk/sf/index.htm

Principal U.S. Officials
Consul General--Stephen M. Young
Deputy Principal Officer--Matt J. Matthews

The U.S. Consulate General is located at 26 Garden Road, Hong Kong. Tel: (852) 2523-9011 (general). Fax: (852) 2845-1598 (general); (852) 2147-5790 (consular); (852) 2845-9800 (commercial).


TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Hong Kong check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (HKD) Hong Kong Dollar
Electrical 220 Volts
Telephones Country Code 852



Hong Kong is the major gateway to China and much of East Asia. International air service is excellent and fares are relatively cheap. Visitors should reconfirm onward or return tickets well before departure or seats may be lost. Departure tax is about US$8. In June 1998 Hong Kong opened its new international airport - Chek Lap Kok - on Lantau Island. There's also an international train link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton) and a new six-lane highway. An express train to Beijing takes about 30 hours. Several transport companies in Hong Kong offer bus services to Guangzhou, Shenzhen and several other destinations in Guangdong Province. There are also boats that take you to destinations in Guangdong and Guangxi Provinces.

Getting Around
Hong Kong is small and crowded, which makes public transport the only practical way to get around. Public transport is cheap, fast, widely used and generally efficient. The bus system is extensive and bewildering but you will need it to explore the south side of Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. The north side of Hong Kong Island and most of Kowloon are well-served by Hong Kong's ultra-modern Mass Transit Railway (MTR). Three tunnels link Hong Kong with Kowloon.

The Kowloon-Guangzhou (Canton) Railway (KCR) runs from Kowloon to the Chinese border at Lo Wu. Light Rail Transit (fast, modern, air-con trams) run in the New Territories, connecting the city of Tuen Mun with Yuen Long. Double-decker trams trundle along the northern side of Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong's ferries are usually faster and cheaper than buses and trams. They are also fun, and the harbour views are stunning when the weather cooperates. Hoverferries are about twice as fast as conventional boats.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES


Currency...no restrictions

Tobacco....200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco

Liquor.....1 bottle of wine or spirits

Perfume....60ml of perfume and 250 ml of eau de toilette

Cameras....no restrictions

Film.......reasonable for personal use

Gifts......reasonable amount

Agricultural items....refer to consulate

Note:
If arriving from macau, duty-free imports for macau residents are limited to half the above cigarette, cigar and tobacco allowance
Aircraft crew and passengers in direct transit via hong kong are limited to 20 cigarettes or 57 grams of pipe tobacco.
the import of animals is strictly controlled.
Firearms must be declared upon entry and handled into custody until departure.
Non-prescribed drugs may not be brought in without a doctor's certificate of use.



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