Bad weathers = No work! No school!!! Oh yeah

In Hong Kong, bad weathers can be a good thing which equal to NO work! NO school!

Haven’t thought we would have typhoon signal no. 8 twice in last 2 months. That’s kinda rare to me as I have been a HongKonger since I was born!

These bad weathers would probably make this big city a mess, so there are no-school-no-work arrangements.

These are some no-work-no-school signals which are issued by Hong Kong Observatory. ( It usually appears at the corner of your TV, so I always have my TV switched on during bad weathers )

Hong Kong tropical cyclone warning signals & rainstorm warning signals

Amber Rainstorm Signal Logo / The Standby Signa No. 1 l Logo = Everybody have to work and go to school still. I’m sorry!

Red Rainstorm Signal Logo / The Strong Wing Signal No. 3 Logo = Kids under 12 will shout yeah (No school for them. It depends your school policy)! But teens and adults still have to work and go to school.

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Black Rainstorm Signal Logo /The No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal Logo The No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal Logo The No. 8 Northeast Gale or Storm Signal Logo The No. 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal Logo  It’s no.8 !!! Anything more than 3 = NO WORK! NO SCHOOL! YEAH!!! ITS FOR EVERYONE!!!!

The Increasing Gale or Storm Signal No. 9 Logo  = NO WORK! NO SCHOOL! YEAH!!! ITS FOR EVERYONE!!!!

The Hurricane Signal No. 10 Logo = NO WORK! NO SCHOOL! YEAH!!! ITS FOR EVERYONE!!!!

Enjoyyyyyyyy the bad weathers!

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Guangzhou to launch 72-hour visa-free stays

Hong Kong is a visa-free city for quite a lot of tourists all over the world.

As I’ve worked for the Hong Kong tourism board for 2 weeks last year. I realized some tourists of Hong Kong would go to some other China cities, mostly like ShenZhen and Macau (But these are not visa-free though). When they returned to Hong Kong, their visa-free visit could start counting all over again.

For example of an American: He has stayed in Hong Kong for 90 days. He went to ShenZhen on 91st day and back to Hong Kong the next day (92 nd day). Then the day he return to Hong Kong would be the 1st day and he could be able to stay 90 more days 😀 I suppose the same rule is capable for the 72-hour visa free thing.

Guangzhou would be the closest city near Hong Kong that is visa free! (Yay)

Beijing and Shanghai are visa-free but they are comparably far away from Hong Kong. So now you guys have a better choice!

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廣州北京上海後第三個實施該政策內地城市

昨天,中國民用航空局網站公佈,目前國務院已批准廣州白雲國際機場72小時過境免簽政策,該項政策將於6月份正式落地。廣州將成為繼北京和上海之後,第三個實施該政策的中國內地城市。

所謂過境免簽指外籍人士從一國經轉某國前往第三國,不必申請過境國簽證即可過境,並可在短暫時間內停留。很多國際大市都有類似措施,例如香港機場有7天的免簽時間,而韓國仁川機場的過境免簽則長達30天。

今年1月1日起,北京和上海已開始實施72小時過境免簽政策,此舉吸引了不少外國旅客在中轉時逗留旅遊。據上海邊檢資料顯示,自1月1日上海浦東、虹橋兩個國際機場對45個國公民實行72小時過境免簽政策以來,今年頭兩個月兩個機場72小時過境免簽旅客已突破千人。北京市旅遊發展委員會也預測,免簽政策實行後,預計3年內北京入境遊客將從每年500萬人次上升到1000萬人次。

在談到這項政策的帶動作用時,南航表示,這對於致力於國際化戰略轉型的南航而言是一個重大機遇。南航已對行李寄存、收運,信息告知、旅客引導等工作進行了詳細規劃。

中國南方航空股份公司總經理譚萬庚告訴記者:「我特地算了一個賬,72小時也就是三天兩夜,旅客完全有空把珠三角地區走個遍。這對於廣東旅遊服務業的發展和營商環境的改善都將起到極大的帶動作用。」

各大旅行社紛紛表示,希望72小時過境免簽政策能盡快在廣州實施。更有不少旅行社正在考慮量身定做旅遊產品。

有研究人士表示,廣州是一個商業之都,市政府對廣州市的定位是「千年商都」。72小時過境免簽最主要影響的還不是一般意義上指的旅遊業,而是會展業。72小時免簽對於來廣州進行商務活動的客戶是大大方便了,他們來參加展會、商務洽談,以前需要辦簽證,如果有免簽政策,他們就可以直接入關,看一兩天展覽,談一天客戶,然後就可以直接回去了。這個政策對於會展業的利好是非常直接的。

http://info.wenweipo.com/index.php?action-viewnews-itemid-61702

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Guangzhou to launch 72-hour visa-free stays

Updated: 2013-07-24 01:00

By ZHENG CAIXIONG, ZHAO YINAN and SHI YINGYING (China Daily)

Guangzhou is to allow transit passengers 72-hour stays from August, the third Chinese city to introduce the visa-free policy.

Travelers from 45 countries, who intend to visit a third country and who hold air tickets, will be able to stay in the Guangdong provincial capital for three days without a visa and will be allowed to visit anywhere in the province during their trips.

Guangzhou is following Beijing and Shanghai in introducing the visa-free stays, which cover visitors from countries including France, Germany, the United States and Japan.

Zhao Yufang, deputy governor of Guangdong, said on Tuesday that Guangzhou is expecting more foreign visitors after the policy is introduced.

She promised to continue simplifying exit and entry procedures and to improve traveler-friendly facilities and the shopping environment.

“The visa-free policy will cement Guangzhou’s status as a key metropolis of China, an international aviation hub and a world-renowned tourist destination," she said.

Yang Rongsen, director of the Guangdong Tourism Administration, sees the policy as a boon for tourists and the province. “It will help boost the tourism industry," Yang said.

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About 20 percent of its visitors are foreigners.

Jill Collins, Australia consul-general in Guangzhou, said, “The visa policy will encourage more Australians to come and experience Cantonese morning tea, go up the colorful Canton Tower and enjoy the sun as it rises over Guangzhou’s Baiyun Mountain."

Kevin McGeary, 29, from Northern Ireland, said the visa-free policy is even more useful for visiting family members and for having short holidays.

“Business travelers on a short trip to China, for example attending the Canton Fair or visiting factories, will be glad that the policy saves them the trouble of going through complicated visa application procedures," said McGeary, who works for a newspaper in Shenzhen. The Canton Fair is China’s largest trade fair.

Many other Chinese cities are expected to introduce visa-free visits.

The State Council recently granted approval for Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan, to become the first city in western China to launch 72-hour visa-free stays, but local authorities say they need time to prepare before the policy can be introduced.

In May, Tianjin said it has applied to launch the policy, but is still awaiting central government approval.

Chao Xiaohui, an official in charge of inbound tourism with the Shanghai tourism administration, said the visa-free policy introduced in the city in January benefited 5,700 people in the first six months of 2013. The most visitors came from the United States, with Australians in second place.

“Most of them were individual travelers and a lot were business travelers," she said.

Beijing introduced the 72-hour visa-free policy for visitors from 45 countries on Jan 1.

The capital’s tourism authority said the exact number of travelers benefiting from the policy is still unclear, but the city is expecting about 2 million overseas visitors on transit visas in 2013.

Ma Yiliang, a researcher at the China Tourism Academy, said although the number of foreigners applying for visa-free stays has increased in major cities, it accounts for a small proportion of total foreign arrivals.

He said China must promote the policy overseas so that travelers can plan their trips before arriving in the country.

Ma said the policy so far has been symbolic, rather than bringing significant changes to the country’s inbound tourism industry.

He also suggests that authorities introduce visas that allow longer stays, to attract overseas travelers.

China received about 12.8 million foreign tourists in the first half of this year, 5 percent down on a year ago, according to the exit-entry authority under the Ministry of Public Security.

 

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/24/content_16820217.htm

Why Edward Snowden chose Hong Kong?

Easy to access
90 days visa free for Americans

Cosmopolitan international Asian city in the world
Edward Snowden’s dad said his son is into Asian culture so he had lived in Japan for a while. Hong Kong is a dynamic international city in Asian. Hong Kong is a fusion of each of everything from every part of this world.

Able to survive with speaking merely English
Most of the Hong Kong people speak Cantonese and we understand English and Mandarin Chinese well. English is used to be our second language. So Edward Snowden survives with speaking only English here! (Well, the same situation might not be possible in some other Asian cities. Okay, I’m kinda sure native English speakers are hard to survive in Japan)

A freest city in the strongest country in the world, China.
-Freedom of speech
-Partially political independent from China

Well legal systems
So he could have fair judgment here.
Safe enough to hide
-Hong Kong is still a part of China, the one of the strongest countries which is powerful enough to fight against the United States.
-Public security is well protected

High density – easy enough to hide
Not sure if it was a good thing. Never be too easy to catch exactly  someone in such a dense city, you might probably have to search hardly.

Good network/internet
This is very important for a computer geek! Have heard a lot foreigners said Hong Kong’s network is very good.

Pretty girls?
Alright, I know he has a girlfriend. Haha. Maybe for some other people then.

Overall, Hong Kong is kinda awesome. The freedom of America is dying for sure. Should start to get to know this real free land!

A place to suck you in, definitely.

Okay, Hong Kong people protest for whatever things. They mostly protest 360 days a year!

 

A blog about Hong Kong. A blog about a Hong Kong girl.

Hi everyone!
This is Lilian, a HongKongese, a HongKongian born Chinese.
A hopeless romantic who lives in a big city where dazzling lights illuminate the busy streets and skyscrapers. Was born to be a dreamer in this dynamic city.

I love Hong Kong. I hate Hong Kong. I wanna stay here. I wanna leave here.

It has been a long while that I want to start talking about Hong Kong, where is the place I was born and raised. People are cold and crazy here. The city is busy and noisy. Much things to complain, yet it’s still perfect for some people.

Wish I could let you know more about Hong Kong.