Hong Kong (www.info.gov.hk, www.discoverhongkong.com) is a modern metropolis influenced by both oriental and western cultures and home to over 6 million people.  The native tongue of most residents is Cantonese, but English and Mandarin speakers can get around easily.  The local currency has an approximate exchange rate of HK$7.8 to US$1.

Local Travel Hong Kong has an excellent public transportation system consisting of trains, buses and taxis.  Generally, frequency of service is every few minutes.  The Hong Kong Baptist University is a short walk from the Kowloon Tong underground subway (MTR) and railway (KCR) interchange.

Internation Travel & Visas Visitors to Hong Kong from some countries require visas.  If you are in doubt, please contact the Chinese Consulate nearest you.  Some conference participants may wish to visit the Chinese Mainland before or after the conference.  All foreigners visiting the Mainland require a visa, which may be obtained from the Chinese Consulate.  However, for short trips to the Mainland you may obtain a tourist visa in Hong Kong within a matter of a few days.