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Guide to living in Hong Kong

Guide to living in Hong Kong

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Guide to living in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Guide

This guide will give you all the basics for moving to Hong Kong, including choosing the best residential area for you, picking out what clothing to bring, setting up your utilities and the like. Don't forget to check the local currency and the exchange rates too!!

  • Your guide to living in Macau

    Macau has an interesting heritage having both Chinese and Portuguese roots. For a small city, Macau sure has a lot going on. It is the known as the Vegas of Asia with a multitude of casinos where gambling is the order of the day. Macau is also one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China, and is home to many expats.

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  • Ultility Bills

    When you move to Hong Kong you might have to set up your own utilities bill which means turning on water and electricity. There is also gas to set up, mainly for cooking. We have all the info on setting up your account and ways in which you can pay your bills. There are only a few companies in charge of utilities.

  • Residence Visa & ID Card

    In order to obtain an employment visa, companies must sponsor foreign nationals to work for them and apply for employment visas on their employees’ behalf. This type of visa generally takes four-to-six weeks to process. The length of the visa is dependent on the employee’s contract. Visa holders can stay for the duration of their visa, even if their employment is terminated before the visa expiration date.

  • The language in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is an expat city so be prepared to encounter people who speak an array of languages in a variety of different accents. There are two official languages in Hong Kong, English and Chinese. English is taught in schools so most of the residents speak it and private schools teach Chinese as a second language option.

  • Charities and support groups

    Giving back is one thing that people can do on an individual or community basis and expats in Hong Kong can give back to a charitable foundation of their choice. The Hong Kong government website has a complete list of charities and non profit organisations. Here we list the most prominent ones in Hong Kong.

  • Residential areas in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is relatively small and separated into three main areas. Hong Kong City is the central business district; this is also where some of the most expensive real estate is located. Kowloon is easily accessed from Hong Kong and a bit cheaper, while the New Territories are quite far but the accommodation is spacious - there are more but less expensive houses in this area.

  • Religions of the community in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is a city that has undergone a different rule in the last century; the British missionaries had a lot of influence on the religion of the city at one point in Hong Kong’s history, however due to the fact that 97% of the population is predominantly Chinese, the religion is also predominantly from that region.

  • Discovery Bay

    Discovery Bay was originally planned to be a holiday resort but is now an affluent expat residential area. Residents are not allowed to own private cars here and a Discovery Bay ferry can be pricey. However there are gorgeous beaches, invigorating hiking trails and great views. The area was meant to resemble western suburbia.

  • Living in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is a great place to live, but if you’re a first time expat, there will be some adjustments to make. Firstly Hong Kong is crowded, very crowded and this will take some getting used to, especially if you don’t hail from a city centre. However, it is relatively easy to adjust when you move here and there are plenty of activities to keep the whole family occupied.

  • ExpatWoman's guide to etiquette | How to behave

    Hong Kong is considered to be extremely cosmopolitan despite the fact that a great majority of the population is Chinese. They are highly educated and consider themselves westernised, for the most part. However, when it comes to etiquette, the people of Hong Kong tend to stick to their Chinese roots.

  • The local currency

    Hong Kong has one legal, official currency, which they share with Macau. This is the Hong Kong dollar. It is pegged to the US Dollar so the currencies don’t vary regardless of the exchange rate. The Hong Kong dollar exchange rates fluctuate daily so if you are exchanging currency be aware of the exchange rates.

  • What to wear in Hong Kong

    If you’re coming from a place with four distinct seasons you will need this guide as Hong Kong does not have winters as you may know them. The Hong Kong residents are a highly fashionable bunch too, so leaving your house in just a tracksuit or a hoodie is a no-no. Read our guide to be fully informed of the ways in which people in Hong Kong dress.

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