Moving to Hong Kong
Despite its land size, Hong Kong packs in an incredible amount of culture and diversity. A place where ‘East meets West’, the city manages to effortlessly balance traditional Chinese customs with a fast paced, modern lifestyle. If you’re looking for career opportunities and to surround yourself with driven, ambitious colleagues, Hong Kong is the place to be.
To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Hong Kong
Top 5 tips for expats moving to Hong Kong
Known for its hard working mentality, as an expat expect to work hard in Hong Kong and play even harder.
Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Hong Kong.
Cost of living
It is well known that the cost of living in Hong Kong is high. When combined with high salaries, some of the highest in the world, and low taxes, expats can generally live comfortably in the city.
Finding a place to live
Rent is high. Space is small. But don’t let this put you off. There are new buildings being built all the time and although the demand for housing is high, so is the supply. There are many options for expats, just be prepared to look at a number of apartments. Don’t choose an apartment too quickly, as there is a tendency for some agents to show the less suitable apartments first.
Getting around in Hong Kong
The public transport rate exceeds 90% in Hong Kong, which is the highest in the world. Needless to say, the city has a very efficient, clean and reliable public transport system. Taxis are also cheap when compared to other expat cities.
Be prepared to work long hours in Hong Kong. But this does not come at the expense of your personal life. Domestic help is very affordable and most expats employ the services of maids to assist in domestic duties.
An expat community
Hong Kong is a very transient city. Expats are constantly coming and going. The expat community is small and very tight knit. You will be warmly welcomed into the community and quickly become a veteran.
Meet your Hong Kong Team Leader
An expat himself, Brett has lived and worked in Hong Kong for more that 19 years.
A lawyer by profession, he is the Chairman of Feeding Hong Kong, one of Hong Kong’s largest food banks, and Chairman of Valley RFC, one of Hong Kong’s largest sporting clubs.
Brett leads our Hong Kong E-Team and is uniquely positioned to help recently arrived expats settle into Hong Kong.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Edmond has the wealth of local knowledge and expertise which enables him to best serve the needs of newly arriving expats to Hong Kong.
As the partner of an international accounting firm and the director of a corporate services company since 1991, Edmond has extensive experience helping expat clients moving to or departing Hong Kong.
Edmond is the co-leader of our Hong Kong E-Team and will be happy to provide you with practical advice and connect you with other E-Team members.
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