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tipping in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative region of China, as such you may be forgiven for thinking that the tipping etiquette is the same in China as it is in Hong Kong. In fact that is not true. Whilst most of China will not expect tips the etiquette in Hong Kong is to tip. How much you should tip in Hong Kong depends on where you are, what you received and the quality of service,.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Tip $10-20 to Hotel Staff

In Hong Kong Hotel staff may expect you to tip. But before tipping you should check if there service charge added included in your bill. Even if there is the porter or bellboy may expect a small tip for carrying your luggage. Between $2 and $5 should be sufficient.

You can tip the hotel maid if there is an envelope left in your room, but you should check if there is a service charge on your bill first. If you receive good service from the hotel maid, you can leave between $2-$5 dollars per night.

tipping etiquette for restaurants in Hong Kong

At restaurants Dont Tip in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong it is safest not to tip at restaurants. In Restaurants in Hong Kong will often add a 10% service charge to the bill and they may refuse tips. It will be safe to tip at between $10 and $20 dollars per person at high-end restaurants, but it should not be expected. If your bill does include a service charge you should not tip.

It will not be expected to tip at cafes or bars, or anywhere that has counter service and any tips may be refused. If you do decide to tip, you should tip in cash. If you try to tip by using your card it is likely the restaurant will keep the money and the restaurant will not receive the tip.

tipping etiquette for spas in Hong Kong

At Spas Dont Tip In Hong Kong

Staff woking at Spas in hong Kong will not expect a tip for the services they offer. If you receive exceptional service at a Spa in Hong Kong you can leave some small change or round up the bill, but they may be extremely surprised at this act of kindness.

tipping etiquette for tour guides in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Tip 10-70 RMB to Tour Guides

Tour Guides in Hong Kong often rely on tips to make their salries higher. In Hong Kong you can tip between 10 and 70 RMB per person and this tip should be split between the tour guide and the driver if there is one.

If you have organised a private tour you should not worry about tipping as much, or at all. Generally the private tour guides will charge a fee that is high enough so that they do not need to worry about tips. You may still tip for exceptional service however.

tipping etiquette for hairdressers in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Tip 10% At Hairdressers

Hair dressers in Hong Kong can expect tips of $100 or up to 10% of the bill. In fact many hair salons in Hong Kong will have dedicated tip jars. If you do decide to tip your hair stylist you should consider splitting the between the person who washes your hair and the person who cuts it.

tipping etiquette for taxis in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Dont Tip Taxi Drivers

Taxi Fares in Hong Kong are extremely cheap, even so the taxi driver will not expect you to tip. They may however round up the fare, or you can chose to do this yourself if you are happy with the service.