Moving to Hong Kong

Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, moving to Hong Kong puts you at the forefront of one of the world’s major financial centres and the fourth most densely populated country.

Hong Kong is a vibrant city with a blend of Chinese and Western influences. Once a British colony, Hong Kong has lived as a special administrative region of China since 1997 under the ‘one country, two systems’ principal. Thus, it is politically and economically independent from China.

Hong Kong is known for its tall skyscrapers and active nightlife, yet you can also find plenty of green spaces and mountains like Victoria Peak. Weather here is generally warm all year long, making it an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors. With such a great and inexpensive transport, you can easily move around Hong Kong exploring its ancient Buddhist temples, busy harbour and more.

Finding accommodation

Accommodation in Hong Kong tends to be small and quite expensive. The closer you are to the city centre or the newer the building, the higher the price. You can choose to either lease or buy a flat or house, depending on your needs.

There are various real estate agents in Hong Kong. Some handle luxurious properties while others dedicate themselves to budget-friendly places. Some local agents are limited to certain areas. Usually people work with multiple agents to find the best ones.

Education

Hong Kong can be categorised, in general, into three main types of schools: government schools, aided schools and private schools. Government and aided schools are free and private receive financial assistance from the government.

Children must attend primary school once they reach the age of 6 and must complete secondary school before the age of 19.

International schools vary in their teaching style. They can be quite competitive to enter and very expensive. Most follow an English-based curriculum with British, American, Canadian and International Baccalaureate program.

Culture

Though Cantonese is the most widely spoken language, both Cantonese and English are considered the official languages of Hong Kong. Road signs and shop fronts tend to be written in both languages. Apart from these two languages, Mandarin is also spoken.

Holidays in Hong Kong are a blend of western and traditional Chinese festivals. You have events like Christmas and Halloween but also Ching Ming Festival, Cheung Bun Festival and Chinese Lunar New Year.

Good to Know

When moving to Hong Kong, getting around is easy and cheap. With one of the most efficient transportation systems, you can take the taxi, MTR subway system, ferries, buses, minibuses, trams and trains to where you need to go.

By law, everyone over the age of 11 is required to register for an ID card. To acquire one, you’ll need your valid travel documents, passport, entry permit, one-way permit or residential status.

The weather in Hong Kong can be quite humid for most of the year, but most places have air-conditioning indoors so you can easily cool off.

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