Hong Kong is, for many, the gateway to China and the Far East and a region with rich historical links to the UK having been under British control between 1841 and 1997.
It’s also the world’s eighth largest trading economy, has been ranked as the world’s freest economy for the last 20 years, and one of Asia’s leading financial and business centres.
It’s also about 6,000 miles away so not somewhere you can easily commute to!
So if you’ve business associates, clients or work colleagues in Hong Kong, why not conduct your business via conference call? It’s cost effective, requires nothing more than a landline or mobile and can be set up in a few simple steps. Remember, current Covid-19 restrictions mean that travel is not permitted between the UK and Hong Kong, so it’s the safe way to stay in touch.
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Hong Kong
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN, click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template and then enter the time, date and subject of the conference call.
Pick UK and Hong Kong dial-in codes, hit the button marked ‘Copy this invitation’, paste it into an email, send it to up to 100 participants, and you’re good to go.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
- UK participants dial 0843 373 0843 (landline)+44 843 373 0999 (when overseas) 83000 (mobile)
- Hong Kong participants dial 3018-4589 (from landlines) or +44 843 373 0999 (from mobiles)
Your conference call can now begin!
What’s the best time to call Hong Kong from the UK?
Although a former UK colony, doing business with Hong Kong is still at the mercy of the dreaded time difference between the two countries – but our analytics tell us that business calls between the two countries generally take place:
– between 7am and 4pm GMT – that’s between 2pm and 11pm in Hong Kong.
– but calls also take place between 2am and 3am GMT – which is between 9am and 10am the next day in Hong Kong.
Where is Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is on China’s southern coast, just east of Macau, and is surrounded by the South China Sea on all sides except the north, which neighbours the Guangdong city of Shenzhen along the Sham Chun River. Hong Kong is not a country, but a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China – it’s essentially a city of China, but has its own administrative rights.
What’s the FCO advice on travelling to Hong Kong?
Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.
There’s been a lot of civil unrest in Hong Kong recently, largely directed at the incumbent Chinese government. This has seen large protests across Hong Kong, particularly in tourist areas. Although many are peaceful, things can sometimes turn violent, so it’s always best to leave any areas where protests are being held.
If you’re travelling between April and October, be aware there could be some adverse weather as this is typhoon season.
Although crime isn’t a huge issue, you should take sensible precautions against pick pocketing and other street crime.
You can drive in Hong Kong with a valid UK driving licence for up to 12 months.