1. Mauerfall und Einheit Day of German Unity on 3rd October 2015
  2. Penguins 2015: crucial year for climate protection
  3. Hörsaal einer deutschen Universität German universities are popular with international students
Mauerfall und Einheit

Day of German Unity on 3rd October 2015

Since 1990, 3rd October has been the Day of German Unity. Since that day Germany has been reunited. The peaceful revolution of the people of the GDR brought down the wall that had divided Germany into east and west. The reunification process is without historical precedent. The official celebrations to mark the German Unification Day are traditionally held in the capital of the “Land” (Federal State) which at that time is chairing the Bundesrat. In 2015 the official celebrations take place from 2nd to 4th October in Frankfurt am Main as Volker Bouffier, Minister President of the State of Hesse, is currently the acting President of the Bundesrat. Visitors can expect a colourful festival where all Federal States will present themselves. Read below the message from Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the Day of German Unity as well as the speech by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff at the annual celebration in Hong Kong, which took place on 6 October 2015. Further information on the Day of German Unity (in German only) can be found under the last link below.


2015: crucial year for climate protection

Germany is working to achieve a new global climate protection agreement. On 17 June, the second Climate Diplomacy Day was celebrated in Berlin and around the world. The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21) at the end of the year is being prepared, where a binding global climate agreement is to be adopted. On the occasion of the Climate Diplomacy Day 2015, the following article was published in Hong Kong (in the newspapers South China Morning Post and Ming Pao Daily News) by the Consuls General of a number of EU countries (including Germany) and the Head of the EU Office to Hong Kong and Macao:

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German universities are popular with international students

The high quality of education and research, modern teaching and learning methods, simple and transparent admission procedures and good advisory services are attracting young people to Germany from around the world. This has been confirmed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) which questioned 11,000 students from abroad in a survey. In the winter semester 2013/14 there were around 300,000 international students registered at the universities – more than ever before. This makes Germany the most popular host country for overseas students, following the USA and Britain. Special programmes, such as the DAAD scholarship and supervision programme Stibet, are designed to help the guests find their feet in Germany. The Federal Foreign Office has dedicated some 7.5 million euros to this programme alone. (© www.deutschland.de)

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Since 1 July 2015 until the end of the year, comprehensive renovation works have taken place in the Consulate General. The objective of the renovation is, among others, to improve and modernise the service area for our visitors. We endeavour to maintain operation during this period of time, however, restrictions such as longer waiting times cannot be avoided.

As of 10 August 2015 until completion of the renovation works, our Consular Service area will be restricted to one temporary service counter.

In this context, we kindly ask for your cooperation that only complete application forms and supporting documents can be accepted and processed.

As of 10 August 2015, please note our new opening hours and organisational modifications of the service area:

Monday – Thursday:

08.30 – 11.30  passports and birth/marriage registrations

12.00 – 15.00  visa application/pick-up


08.30 – 11.30  passports + visa pick-up (for urgent cases only, no visa application)

Monday and Wednesday only:

08.30 – 11.30  signature certifications, consular certifications and other consular matters

Thank you for your kind understanding.

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Introduction of the Visa Information System in China

On 12 October Germany will introduce the Visa Information System (VIS) in China like all Schengen states. Part of this new system is the collection of biometric data. This requires you to be present in person on your first application. As a result the visa application and travel will be safer and border controls more efficient. For further information about the VIS, please refer to the following links (in German language).

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Working, training and studying in Germany

Germany is an attractive immigration destination. This country is open to qualified professionals, students and researchers moving here from all over the world. 

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World Humanitarian Day

On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, Christoph Strässer, renews the commitment of the Federal Government to humanity and solidarity with people in need. Read the full text under the following link.

Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff greets Hong Kong's Secretary for the Environment, the Hon. Wong Kam-sing (left)

European Climate Diplomacy Day 2015

17 June 2015 marked the “European Climate Diplomacy Day”. On this occasion, the German Consulate General, together with the Consulates General of France and the United Kingdom as well as the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, organised a film screening at the Fringe Club. During the well-attended event the German documentary “Taste the Waste”, provided by the Goethe-Institut Hongkong, was presented. This film illustrates in a drastic and shocking manner how in our modern, “throw-away” society food waste is generated and how individuals and environmentalists try to make a difference. Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment, the Hon. Wong Kam-sing, also attended the screening and gave an opening speech, together with the German Consul General, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, and the Head of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Vincent Piket.

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Deutsche Welle's new English-language TV channel

Starting June 22, 2015, Deutsche Welle will broadcast its new TV-Channel including German-language news program "DW Nachrichten" around the clock. The newly structured TV channels will include among others DW in English, Spanish and Arabic.

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Germany continues to attract talent and investment and takes first position in 2014's Nation Brands Index

According to the "Nation Brands Index 2014" by the nation branding expert Simon Anholt and the market research institute GfK, Germany performed, as in previous years, outstandingly well as one of the world's strongest and most well-rounded nations. Having scored a second place last year, Germany came out on top this year, for the second time in the ten-year history of the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index. Germany achieved a consistently positive rating. As expected, the global perception of Germany's sporting excellence has risen significantly after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But Germany also enjoys strong gains in areas of honest and competent governance, investment climate and social equality.

The report, which measures the strength and attractiveness of the image of 50 nations, is based on interviews of a total of 20,000 adults in 20 countries.

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Poll: Germany retains positive image

Germany’s image in the world remains positive. In a poll conducted annually in 24 countries, Germany has maintained its position as the country with the most positive influence in the world in 2014...

Fall of the Berlin Wall

25 Years of the Fall of the Wall

November 9, 1989, the day on which the Berlin Wall fell, marked the climax of a trend that was similar to a revolution and in which the citizens of the GDR played the main role. Some, because they did everything in their power to leave a state that refused to grant them the freedom to travel and who by occupying embassies abroad forced the authorities into allowing them to leave, and others because they proclaimed in no uncertain terms that they wished to stay in the GDR. However, they also demanded fundamental reforms, which the regime could not agree to without setting its downfall in motion. Given this assault on two fronts, despite massive security measures the GDR collapsed like a house of cards in the space of just a few months. This paved the way for the division of Germany to be overcome and for the country to be reunited on October 3, 1990.

"Liberty Train"

Liberty Train –The Journey of Christian Bürger

30 September 1989: Over 4,000 people squeeze into the gardens of the West German Embassy in Prague. The West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher addresses them: “We’re here today to tell you that today your emigration …”

Time and weather in Germany

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The Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier

The Consul General

Consul General Graf Lambsdorff

Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hong Kong has been headed by Consul General Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff since July 2013.

Notice of Visa and Consular Section

Please note that neither mobile phones nor suitcases/big bags are allowed into the Visa and Consular Section.

For information regarding the global security advice by the Federal Foreign Office

Germany Links

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The Consulate General has compiled a list of useful links for a better understanding of Germany:

Feature of the day: www.deutschland.de


Video Archive

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Neither Boomtown nor Hypezig – just Leipzig

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Germany’s Cross-Cultural Music Scene

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My Germany: Undertaker Vildane Uludağ

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My Germany: Poetry Slammer and Writer Sulaiman Masomi

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The UN's Bonn Headquarters - the Success Story Continues

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My Germany – Actor Dayan Kodua

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The Humboldt-Forum in the new Berlin

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German-Israeli Youth Congress 2015: a Video Diary

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2019 - The Bauhaus Centenary

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My Germany: „District Mother“ Hanin Krimmling

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Science on Stage: Science Slam

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Training for the Fast Track Diplomatic Service

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Behind the scenes at the Berlinale: The interpreters

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Tourists work as volunteers for homeless people

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Dresden Flies the Flag for Openness and Tolerance

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Season's Greetins from the German Foreign Office

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Schwibbögen: a Christmas woodcraft from the Erzgebirge mountains

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Frohes Fest und guten Rutsch

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The club scene of Berlin

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It's the World Wide Web's 25th anniversary - so what does the Internet mean to Germans?

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The baking diploma for non-Germans

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Destination Germany: Climbing in the Sächsische Schweiz

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CrossCulture: Intercultural Dialogue with the Islamic World

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Genscher and the Refugees at the Prague Embassy in 1989

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Stumbling Blocks - Commemorate Nazi Victims

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“Made in Germany” – The Future of the Brand

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Destination Germany: Sailing in Brandenburg

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Learning German at PASCH schools

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A World Cup Living Room in your Local Football Stadium

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Saving the Angkor Wat Temple Complex Anmoderation: The

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Commemorating the fall of the Berlin wall 25 years ago

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The Golden Letter from Myanmar