What to know before moving to Hong Kong

22 Jun 2018

hong kongHave you been offered to relocate to Hong Kong? The banking and financial industry have long attracted foreigners, but its low taxes and location on the map have also aided. There are plenty of great advantages to living in Hong Kong, but also elements the unfamiliar expat may struggle with. Here is what you need to know before moving:

Renting in Hong Kong can be frustrating. Prices here are known to be very high and finding a decent apartment may require perseverance. A lot are either too small or situated in shabby-looking, old-fashioned buildings. With that said, the low taxes may make up for the extravagant prices. Additionally, the high demand for property hasn’t led to problems in supply. There are many options for apartments, so it will be best to view as many as you possibly could.

Befriending others will not be a difficult task. Locals are very used to welcoming expats, and the large expat community will have experienced all that you are about to – and will be happy to help. Learning some Cantonese will benefit you, but you will be able to converse with most people in English. This will also allow you to network well!

There are plenty of things to do in Hong Kong. So much so, that it is unlikely that you will get bored. Sports clubs are found in abundance, as are bars and a variety of restaurants. Those who are sociable will enjoy living here. On most days, the weather will complement your plans nicely; but you should know that days spent outside in the summertime can be uncomfortable as a result of humidity and pollution.

The culinary options in Hong Kong are bound to impress you. From the affordable eateries to the incredible Michelin-starred options, there will surely be something for you. Additionally, a variety of cuisines will be found here too. Of course, one of the best things about living in Hong Kong, is having an unlimited access to traditional dishes which are adored worldwide. There are also some options which are less common in Western countries, such as a starfish on skewers or snake soup. Check out our last post for some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants!
The only disadvantage to buying food in Hong Kong are the supermarkets – which tend to be overpriced and limiting. You may find that eating out will be a cheaper alternative.

Lastly, travelling in Hong Kong will be one of the best parts of living here. Public transport is cheap, reliable and modern. If it still is not your cup of tea, you’ll be pleased to know that taxis are also cheap, efficient, and easily accessible.