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. In fact that is not true. Whilst most of China will not expect gratuities the etiquette in Hong Kong is different; You should probably leave a tip for good service. How much you should tip depends on where you are, what you received and the quality of service. This guide will tell you everything you need to know.

tipping etiquette for hotels in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong Tip $10-20 to Hotel Staff

The staff in a hotel 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 between $2 and $5 for carrying your luggage.

You can leave the hotel maid between $2-$5 dollars per night if there is an envelope left in your room. Don't do this if there is a service charge on your bill though.

tipping in restaurants in Hong Kong

At restaurants Dont Tip in Hong Kong

The safest option os to not to tip at restaurants. This is true even if your bill doesn't include a service charge. Restaurants in Hong Kong will often add a 10% service charge to the bill and they may refuse a gratuity. At high end restaurants it should be safe to leave between $10 and $20 dollars per person, but it should not be expected.

Gratuities will not be expected at cafes or bars, or anywhere that has counter service and tips may be refused. If you want to leave some extra money use cash. If you use your card it is likely the restaurant will keep the money and the waiter or waitress will not receive it.

tip etiquette at spas in Hong Kong

At Spas Dont Tip In Hong Kong

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

should you tip your tour guide?

In Hong Kong Tip 10-70 HKD to Tour Guides

Tour Guides in Hong Kong often rely on tips to make their salaries higher. You should tip between 10 and 70 HKD per person and split this money between the tour guide and the driver if there is one.

If you have organised a private tour you should not worry about tipping. Generally the private tour guides will charge a fee that is high enough. You may still leave something small for exceptional service however.

should you tip your hairdresser

In Hong Kong Tip 10% At Hairdressers

Hair dressers in Hong Kong often expect tips of $100 or up to 10% of the bill. In fact many hair salons will have dedicated tip jars. If you leave something for your hair stylist you should also consider leave something for the person who washes your hair.

should you tip your taxi driver?

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.