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Hong Kong

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HONG KONG
HONG KONG

Sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred from Great Britain to China in 1997. It is now a special administrative region of China.

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Hong Kong - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

852

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

HK

Internet country code

HK

GRC Country Code

HOK

Hong Kong - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Hong Kong - Date and time formats

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   Note: This section last updated 29th April 2021
   dd/mm/yyyy 

Chinese separators (d日m月yyyy年) are also used.

   14:32

Hong Kong - Languages

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The official languages are English External (59 000 speakers) and Yue Chinese External (Cantonese, 5 292 000 speakers). Also spoken are Hakka Chinese External, Macanese External, Mandarin Chinese External and Min Nan Chinese External.

Hong Kong - Personal names

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Chinese names are written in the order family name + given name + generational name. Mao Zedong was Mr Mao and not Mr Zedong. A generational name is one that is shared with siblings and first cousins on the paternal line, and is not always used. For full details, please refer to the chapter on China.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Hong Kong - Company legal forms

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Hong Kong company types include:

   Company Limited (Co. Ltd)
   Corporation (Corp.)
   Limited (Ltd, 有限公司)
   Unlimited (Unltd, Ultd, 無限公司)

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Hong Kong - Address format

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According to the Hong Kong postal authorities, addresses should always include:

   - Name of addressee
   - Flat and floor numbers
   - Name of building
   - Number of building and name of street
   - Name of village, town or district in upper case
   - HONG KONG, KOWLOON or NEW TERRITORIES as appropriate (in upper case).  

The format is:

   Addressee
   Flat number[, ]Floor number[, ]Building name
   house number[ ]Thoroughfare name
   Village, town or district
   PART OF HONG KONG

For example:

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In reality, addresses are often found without all of these elements.

For post office box addresses, the required elements are:

   - Name of addressee
   - Post office box number
   - Name of post office where the box is located in upper case
   - HONG KONG, KOWLOON or NEW TERRITORIES as appropriate (in upper case).  

The format is:

   Addressee
   [P.O. Box ]number
   POST OFFICE NAME
   PART OF HONG KONG

For example:

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A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Hong Kong - Post office box

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This is written often as G.P.O. Box.

image Post office boxes in Hong Kong. Source: Wikipedia

Hong Kong - Postal codes

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   Note: This section last updated 11th April 2020

Hong Kong has no postal code system. China Post uses the domestic postal code 999077 for post to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong - Postal code format graphic

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Hong Kong - Postal code format

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Hong Kong - Postal code specifics

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Hong Kong - Postal code regular expression

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Hong Kong - Postal code level of coverage

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Hong Kong - Postal code map

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Hong Kong - Administrative districts

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   Note: This section last updated 4th June 2011

Hong Kong has 18 districts External. They may be found in addresses. They are:

Central and Western External
Eastern External
Islands External
Kowloon City External
Kwai Tsing External
Kwun Tong External
North External
Sai Kung External
Sham Shui Po External
Sha Tin External
Southern External
Tai Po External
Tsuen Wan External
Tuen Mun External
Wan Chai External
Wong Tai Sin External
Yau Tsim Mong External
Yuen Long External

Administrative districts graphic

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Telephone numbers in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 8 digits. Mobile numbers begin with one of these number sequences: 17, 51, 53-54, 56, 59, 6 or 901-989.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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