Road signs in Hong Kong are decided by the Transport Department. However, road signs in Hong Kong are different from those in other countries with certain distinctions, although they generally use the same pattern of colours, shapes, and symbols as are used in most countries and set out in the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.
With the exception of the special shapes used for "Stop" and "Yield" signs (respectively, an octagon and a downward-pointing triangle), signs giving orders are circular and are of two kinds:
Prohibitory signs (e.g. "No left turn") take the form of a black-on-white symbol inside a red-bordered circle, sometimes with the addition of a red slash through the symbol.
Mandatory signs (e.g. "Turn right only") bear a white symbol on a blue disk.
Give way to traffic on major road
Stop and give way
Keep left (right if symbol reversed)
Turn left (right if symbol reversed)
Turn left at junction ahead (right if symbol reversed)
No waiting (parking)
One way traffic
Police checkpoint or roadblock (vehicle must stop at sign)
School crossing patrol (stop at sign)
Route to be used by pedal cycles only (no motor vehicles)
Signs giving information are generally rectangular (sometimes pointed at one end in the case of direction signage).
Symbols for the three-cross harbour tunnels are marked with E, C and W to indicate the directions to the Eastern Harbour Crossing, Cross-Harbour Tunnel and Western Harbour Crossing respectively. The arrows below the destination mean 'select your destination and get in lane'.
On busy road, signs may be placed on gantries above the road. The arrows below the destination mean 'select your destination and get in lane'.
Above: Advance direction sign for a roundabout showing the junction layout.
The pointed direction sign is sited at the junction and marks the turn.
Direction signs for temporary routes have a yellow background with a black border.