Relocating to Hong Kong: things to know before you go

18 Aug 2023 | Icon Relo

Hong Kong, with its strategic location, business-friendly policies, and dynamic economy has earned a reputation as a business hub in the heart of Asia. Renowned for its robust financial sector, cutting-edge technology advancements, and a seamless blend of Eastern and Western business cultures due to its history as a British colony, Hong Kong stands as a gateway to the markets of Asia. Part of China, but with a higher degree of autonomy as a special administrative region, Hong Kong is home to over seven million people.

If you’re thinking about making the move to Hong Kong, here are some crucial things to know before moving there.

Cultural diversity and language

Heavily influenced by its history as a former British colony from the 19th century until 1997, Hong Kong is a blend of different cultures. English and Chinese (Cantonese) are the official languages, and many locals are bilingual. However, learning some basic Cantonese phrases can greatly enhance your daily interactions and make your transition smoother.

High cost of housing

Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated territories in the world, with a population of over 7 million people living in just over 1,100 km2 of land. Due to its population density, Hong Kong is known for its high cost of housing, whether renting or buying. Prepare to allocate a substantial part of your living expenses to housing alone.

Be aware also that, due to limited land, apartments in Hong Kong are typically smaller than you might be used to. You may need to embrace minimalism and think of creative storage solutions when looking for accommodation.

Efficient public transportation

Hong Kong boasts one of the world’s best public transportation systems, including the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and an intricate network of buses, trams, and ferries. Schedules are regular, you will be able to rely on these options to navigate the city quickly and efficiently.

Culinary delights

Hong Kong is a paradise for food lovers. From street food stalls to Michelin-starred restaurants, you’ll find a wide variety of dishes, including Cantonese cuisine, dim sum, international offerings, and fusion delights. Don’t miss the chance to explore the local food scene.

Work opportunities

As a major global financial center, Hong Kong offers a plethora of job opportunities in various industries. Many expats are drawn to the city for its career prospects, but you should be aware that it is important to secure a job before moving due to visa requirements.

Healthcare system

Hong Kong’s healthcare system is highly regarded for its quality and efficiency. Both public and private healthcare options are available, with the public system offering subsidised services to residents.

Education options

If you’re moving with your family, you’ll want to explore the available education options. Hong Kong offers a range of international schools and local schools that cater to different educational curricula.

Outdoor and recreational activities

Beyond its urban landscape, Hong Kong boasts beautiful hiking trails, beaches, and islands to explore. The city’s unique geography provides opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy both natural beauty and modern amenities.

Typhoon season

Hong Kong experiences a typhoon season between May and November, with the peak occurring between July and September. Hong Kong’s infrastructure is well-prepared for coping with the impact of typhoons. However, residents are advised to take precautionary measures, including stocking up on essentials, securing outdoor objects that may be dangerous in strong winds, and remaining indoors in the peak of storms. Being prepared for potential disruptions caused by typhoons, including work and travel adjustments, is essential.

Moving to Hong Kong can be an incredible adventure filled with new experiences and opportunities. By understanding these important aspects of life in the city, you’ll be better equipped to make a smooth transition and fully embrace all that Hong Kong has to offer. Embrace the blend of modernity and tradition, and get ready for an exciting chapter in your life!

If you’re relocating to Hong Kong, contact us to find out how we can assist you in your move.

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