So you are moving to Hong Kong
A vibrant, bustling community of people from a multitude of ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds. Making for a country of contrasts, with towering skyscrapers overlooking small market stalls.
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- Hong Kong remains a popular destination for UK expats, following its handover to China in 1997, with nearly 4,000 British Residents. There are also around 4,300 US expats in Hong Kong.
- Hong Kong has a tropical monsoon climate and a definite change of seasons. The summer lasts from mid-April to September and is hot, very humid, and rainy. The hottest months are June and July when temperatures average 28C/82F. October, November, and December are pleasant months with cooler, drier weather.
- Those taking up residence in Hong Kong must obtain a residence visa. The relocatee's company is the sponsor for the employee; the employee is the sponsor for his or her family.
- Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a wide range of national cuisines and an active nightlife. Living in Hong Kong is very different to visiting, offering plenty of opportunities to travel to its surrounding islands.
- Hong Kong has long had two official languages: Cantonese and English, although English has lost some of its status since the handover to China in 1997. English is generally the language of business and government, and most of the population has some rudimentary grasp of it.
- The Hong Kong property market has grown at more than 20% at times between 2010 and 2013. It is expected to grow this year as well, although government market cooling measures are expected to keep price increase to the low single figures.
- Hong Kong and China are inseparably linked through culture, trade, and investment. Hong Kong is the major jumping-off point for access by the West to China. This combined with the shortage of land means that services dominate Hong Kong’s $275bn economy.
- Hong Kong’s currency is the Hong Kong dollar, HK$, and is pegged to the US dollar.
- Respect for elders and family loyalty in particular have been instrumental in giving Hong Kong's people their sense of past and continuity. There is a keen awareness of hierarchy and responsibility within the family and the company structure.
- Hong Kong faces low risks that all western friendly countries face of indiscriminate terrorist attacks. Internally Hong Kong is a stable society underpinned by the rule of law. Demonstrations are becoming more frequent as China threatens the diplomatic freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong under British rule.
Once you are settled, explore the wonders of Hong Kong as it is a truly beautiful country and a great place for friends and family to visit!