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Frequently Asked Questions about Hong Kong

This FAQ about Hong Kong was compiled and written by John Ho john@jho.com with numerous contributions by others.

-1) What is soc.culture.hongkong?
In April, 1989, Wilson Ho, then a graduate student from UC ...
-11) How to access SCHK?
The fact that you are reading this FAQ implies you ...
-12) How do I get the lastest version of this FAQ?
If you have ftp (File Transport Protocol) access, the latest ...
-13) How do I receive the lastest Hong Kong (HK) news?
The Alliance of Hong Kong Chinese in the US (AHKCUS) ...
-14) Are there any other Chinese networks?
The Alliance of Hong Kong Chinese in the US (AHKCUS) maintains ...
-15) How do I find a job in HK?
There is a brochure Returning To Hong Kong published ...
-16) Can someone recommend a recruiting company in HK for me?
terryk@microsoft.com (Terry Kwan) provided the following ...
-17) How do I renew my passport?
In US, you can contact the British Consular Section ...
-18) What are the differences between the BNO/BDTC passport?
-19) Do I need a passport to visit UK?
Under the UK Immigration Rules, ONLY visa nationals are ...
-20) Are there any short wave radio station from HK?
No. but if you have a shortwave (Duan3Bo1) radio, you ...
-21) Is it cheaper to buy a PC in HK?
A 486-33 system only need around HK$10000 (include 1....
-22) How do I wire money to Hong Kong from US?
1. If you intend to go to HK, bring an ATM card from a US ...
-23) Are there any World Wide Web (WWW) and gopher servers about Hong Kong?
-25) How do I find out the weather in Hong Kong?
WEATHER UNDERGROUND at the University of Michigan has ...
-351) Where can I find the lowest air fare to HK?
Try some of the Chinese travel Agency and bring a Chinese ...
-352) Courier service, anyone?
IN US, there are at least two express mail service that service HK, ...
-353) Which is a good travel book to read?
One netter recommended the Lonely Planet Guide for HK. ...
-354) What can I do in HK?
Shopping, shopping and Shopping. And remember DON'T leave home ...
-355) Where can I go in HK?
Everywhere in Hong Kong is fun. :)...
-356) Where can I shop for computers in HK?
Computer Places recommended by readers: ...
-357) Where can I shop for cameras in HK?
Places recommended by readers: ...
-358) Where can I find more information before I start the trip?
You can contact the Hong Kong Tourist Association. They ...
-359) Which hotel should I book?
Hotels in HK price anywhere from US$25 to $300 per night. ...
-360) Are there any other sources of travel information?
There is a good travel guide called Lonely Planet Guide for HK....
-361) What is Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)?
The primary mission for HKTDC is to promote Hong Kong to other countries. ...
-362) Where is the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office?
British Embassy, 1233 20th Street ...
-363) Where is the American Chamber of Commerce in HK?
Chamber of Commerce of US ...
-364) Can I bring a celluar phone to Hong Kong?
Yes, but AT&T Hutchinson makes it very difficult for you to take a ...
-365) Is there any youth hostel in Hong Kong?
Check out IYAC, it is a private dorm style hostel at 21A ...
-366) Where are all the British Counsolate-General?
Here are the addresses:...
-367) Where can I find foriegn publications in Hong Kong?
Books:
-368) Which long distance carrier provides service to Hong Kong?
AT&T (800-523-world) / (800-pick-att)...
-401) Where can I buy the lastest CDs/Books/Magazines?
CDs:
-402) How do I subscribe to Chinese newspapers?
(a) You can subscribe Sing Tao Daily by contacting:...
-403) Is there any mail order place for these items?
see 401).
-404) Why can't I watch HK video tapes in the US/Canada?
It is because the tape from HK are recorded in the PAL format ...
-405) What should I do when I receive a PAL tape from HK?
You can convert the tape from PAL <=> NTSC by contacting ...
-407) How do I subscribe to the South China Morning Post?
Check out theri web site at http://www.scmp.com/summary....
-408) Where do I buy Computer Science books?
Here is a list of book stores in Hong Kong which carries ...
-409) Where do I purchase publication from the Hong Kong Government?
You can purchase governmen publication from the Government Publications ...
-551) Anybody out there from XYZ Secondary School?
We often see posting from SCHK netters looking for ...
-552) How can I start an e-mail alumni association?
Check with the High School List below before you start. ...
-553) Are there any local gathering groups?
In Dallas, Texas, you can get in touch with John Ho ...
-701) Who is Deanna?
During (what month?) 1991, in response to all those ...
-702) Who is Jan?
Jan was a Yale student with unknown gender. In May, 1992, ...
-1301) Which tertiary institutions in Hong Kong are connected to the net?
All seven of them are. They are :-...
-1302) Do they have access to SCHK?
Yes, but the actual readership is unknown. Someone from ...
-1303) How to send mail to my friends at...?
1. HKU (http://www.hku.hk)...
-1401) Who provides Internet connection services in HK?
There are now about 50 commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) ...
-1402) Who are the service providers and how can I contact them?
>From 1411 onwards, each ISP will occupy a section. You'll find a summary ...
-1403) What are HKIX, PNETS licence etc?
Here is some general explanation of those somewhat confusing terms....
-1411) Who is ABC Net?
-1412) Who is Artogram System Limited?
-1413) Who is Asia On-Line Limited?
-1414) Who is Asia Pacific CompuNet Limited?
-1415) Who is AsiaNet (Hong Kong) Limited?
-1416) Who is AT&T Asia/Pacific Limited?
-1417) Who is Chevalier (Internet) Limited?
-1419) Who is Comstar?
-1420) Who is Galaxy Link Limited?
-1421) Who is Gateway Internet Limited?
-1422) Who is Global Information Networks Limited?
-1423) Who is Global Link Information Services Limited?
-1424) Who is GrandWorld Technology Limited?
-1425) Who is HKNet Co Ltd?
-1426) Who is Hong Kong Internet & Communication Limited?
-1427) Who is Hong Kong Internet & Gateway Services?
-1428) Who is HongKongLink Communications?
-1429) Who is Hong Kong SPARKNet?
-1430) Who is The Hongkong Standard Tigernet?
-1431) Who is Hong Kong Star Internet Limited?
-1432) Who is Hong Kong Station Net?
-1433) Who is Hong Kong Supernet?
-1434) Who is Hong Kong Telecom Internet Service?
-1435) Who is Hongkong Telecom IMS Limited - Netvigator?
-1436) Who is Huge Net Hong Kong?
-1437) Who is I-Wave Limited?
-1438) Who is IBM Global Network?
-1439) Who is Infolink Hong Kong Information Centre?
-1440) Who is Internet Access HK Limited?
-1441) Who is Internet Connections?
-1442) Who is Internet Online Hong Kong?
-1443) Who is Internet Solutions Limited?
-1444) Who is InterServe Communications?
-1445) Who is LinkAGE Online?
-1446) Who is NETfront Internet Services?
-1447) Who is NTT Data Communications Systems Corporation?
-1448) Who is Pacific Professional Network?
-1449) Who is Planet Internet Limited?
-1450) Who is Resources Link Network Limited?
-1451) Who is Singtao Daily?
-1452) Who is Spider Net (HK) Limited?
-1453) Who is Speednet Communications?
-1454) Who is The Internetworking Corporation?
-1455) Who is UniNet International Limited?
-1456) Who is Vision Online?
-1457) Who is The University of Hong Kong?
-1501) Are there any convenient links to Hong Kong web sites?
1. http://www.cuhk.hk/hkwww....
-1502) Is there any Hong Kong newspaper online?
Yes. They are:...
-1506) Where can I find my old classmates on the net?
Try Hong Kong Alumni Homepage:...
-1507) Can I find a job through the net?
Yes! The Hong Kong Standard (a local newspaper) Job Market is now online. ...
-1508) I am going to HK soon. Any introductory web site for tourists?
Hong Kong Tourist Association is now on the Web with full interactive sound,...
-1509) Where are the pop's official websites?
Here comes Alan Tam's official website first:...
-1510) Is there any search engine especially for Hong Kong Websites?
Try WWW Index Server for Hong Kong - A robot built WWW index for Hong Kong web sites....
-1511) Anything about Hong Kong weather on the web?
Try Weather Underground of Hong Kong maintained by Clarence Fong at:...
-1512) Any Hong Kong supermarket offers online shopping?
Wellcome is now online and offers online shopping:...
-1601) Are there any mailing lists about Hong Kong Internet?
Yes. Send email to majordomo@huge.net.hk with subscribe ...
-1602) Can I reserve hotel rooms in Hong Kong via the net?
Yes, for details visit:...
-1603) What is Star Internet Exhibition Center?
HKStar has a 8,000 square feet exhibition center about Internet, ...
-1604) What/Where is Cyber Cafe Club?
It is Asia's first Asia's first and only on-line cafe ...
-1605) Are there any Internet related magazine in Hong Kong?
Yes, there are more than 4 magazines now....
-1606) Can I order software online or through email in Hong Kong?
Yes, you can order various CD-ROMs from EasyTech....
-1607) How many hk. newsgroups are there?
There are:...
-1608) How can I read / write Chinese on the net?
If you are using English version of Windows 3.1 / Windows95, try downloading Unionway:...
-2001) What is Global Volunteer Database(GVD)?
GVD (Global Volunteer Database) is a compiled list of SCHK netters ...
-2002) Why do we need GVD?
Every now and then, we all need some kind of help and support from ...
-2003) Who are GVD volunteer and what responsiblity do they have?
GVD consists of SCHK netters from around the world who ...
-2004) What are the guidelines for using GVD?
There's none. We, the organizers of GVD, hope to give the ...
-2005) What is the ultimate goal for GVD?
Thousands of students leave Hong Kong every year to pursue ...
-2006) Who is in charge of the GVD?
Sandra Chan is in charge of GVD. Sandra is responsible for ...
-2007) How can I obtain a copy of the GVD?
A copy of the lastest GVD will be available in the ...
-2008) How can I become a volunteer?
It is very easy. What you need to do is to fill in the form ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD):
Sure. Here it is:...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: Australia
State/Province: ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: Canada
State/Province: ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): City: Hong Kong
Orgn: City Poly of Hong ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: Japan
City: ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: United Kingdom
City: ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: USA
State/Province: ...
-2009) Global Volunteer Database (GVD): Country: The Netherlands
City: ...
-3001) What is HKPA and where is it?
Welcome to Hong Kong Pictures Archive (HKPA), the first ever ...
-3002) WHAT is GIF files?
GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It is a data ...
-3003) What picture format is being used in HKPA?
As GIF is so popular which offers a very good reproduction quality and ...
-3004) Are there any picture formats other than GIF?
There are lots of other picture formats apart from GIF. Just to name a few:...
-3005) What is the history of HKPA?
At the very beginning (Nov 1991) the idea was only on the collection ...
-3006) What picture categories are available in HKPA?
The structure of HKPA is as follows:...
-3007) Are there any other ftp sites (mirror sites) for HKPA?
Unfortunately, we don't have any mirror sites which contain the ...
-3009) What is a subdivided archive (or sub-archive)?
Those collection of a particular picture category under HKPA is called ...
-3010) Where should I make a request for particular picture(s)?
As the picture contributors of HKPA probably read soc.culture.hongkong,...
-3011) Where can I read the news on HKPA matters?
All news on HKPA including news on new pictures available are posted ...
-3021) How do I get pictures from HKPA?
There are 3 ways:...
-3022) How do I get pictures from USENET newsgroups?
New incoming pictures are also posted to the Usenet newsgroups:...
-3023) How do I view pictures on UNIX X-Windows?
For more complete information, you are referred to comp.graphics ...
-3024) How do I view pictures on IBM PC compatibles (MSDOS)?
News on new viewer and image processor software can be read in ...
-3025) How do I print pictures on a Postscript printer under UNIX?
One way is to use 'xwd' and 'xpr' to print the images to a ...
-3051) How do I post a picture to the newsgroups?
Of course you are free to post any pictures you want. However, if ...
-3052) Are there any easier ways of donating pictures?
Yes, but I can't say whether all the person-in-charge of their ...
-3053) Can I send pictures to HKPA archive sites myself?
Generally NO for sunsite.unc.edu for most archives....
-3054) How do I maximize the quality of a picture from a scanner?
This is not an easy question. It depends on what scanner ...
-3055) What kind of pictures does HKPA want?
Virtually all kinds, as long as it is related to Hong Kong. However,...
-3056) What other picture formats does HKPA accept?
Other than GIF, we accept most of the popular picture formats ...
-3057) Can I & how do I organize a new subdivided archive HKPA.?
As there will be a tendency of more new pictures of other categories,...
-3058) What else can I contribute?
Yes! Any other constructive contributions you can think of for HKPA ...
-3071) Where else can I find a copy of this faq?
A copy of this document is also available in:...
-3072) What should I know when I access the ftp sites by IP number?
Not much. However, the IP number may be changed more frequently than ...
-3141) Who are our big brothers?
Jonathan Magid ...
-3142) Who are the crew members of HKPA?
Thomas Wong :...
-3151) What kind of pictures are in HKPA.MISC and are wanted?
All kinds of pictures which aren't fitted into other existing ...
-3152) How do I donate pictures to HKPA.MISC?
There are two ways. THE FIRST ONE IS THE BEST!!...
-3154) Are there any other rules I need to know for donations?
The most important rules are already mentioned in this topic. However,...
-3201) What kind of pictures are in HKPA.POPSTARS and are wanted?
As the name says, the archive has the collection of well known ...
-3202) How do I donate pictures to HKPA.POPSTARS?
There are two ways. THE FIRST ONE IS THE BEST!!...
-3203) What is the file naming convention for HKPA.POPSTARS?
i) Picture of 1 ...
-3204) What if I don't know the name of the popstar but want to donate?
Please try your best to find out the name of the popstar(s) in the picture....
-3205) Can I upload pictures to ftp sites myself for HKPA.POPSTARS?
Strictly NO! We'll upload them for you. As we need to verify the ...
-3251) What kind of pictures are in HKPA.SCENIC and are wanted?
As the name says, the archive has the collection of scenic ...
-3252) How do I donate pictures to HKPA.SCENIC?
-Uuencode the GIF file and email the uuencoded file to ...
-3253) What is the file naming convention for HKPA.SCENIC?
We have a naming convention for the GIF picture filenames ...









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