Living in Hong Kong guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Hong Kong.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Hong Kong

Health insurance in Hong Kong

Health insurance is an important consideration for expats living in Hong Kong, as the city's healthcare system can be ...

Accidents and emergencies in Hong Kong

Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and it's important to be prepared for them, especially when living in a ...

Study in Hong Kong

A dynamic, international city and meeting point for different cultures, Hong Kong is also one of the world's leading ...

Buying a property in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to a large number of expats, many of whom call the city their second home. Thus, it comes as no surprise that ...

Banking in Hong Kong

If you live and work in Hong Kong, you will need a bank account. Fortunately, you find yourself in one of the top five world ...

Having a baby in Hong Kong

Starting a family in a new country can be truly exciting. Thanks to top-quality medical care, and a variety of options for pre ...

Accommodation in Hong Kong

The housing market in Hong Kong is somewhat unique. The city's small territory, its large number of inhabitants and its ...

The healthcare system in Hong Kong

As an expat, it can be overwhelming to navigate a new healthcare system in a foreign country. This is why we've prepared this ...

Internships in Hong Kong

Internships abroad are a great way to gain professional and life experience. And talking up an internship in Hong Kong can be a ...

Setting up a business in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's commercial success beckons investors, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers from all over the world. In order to ...

Travelling around Hong Kong

Bus, tram, subway, taxi, ferry... Are you still wondering how to explore Hong Kong? Indeed, you can choose from different means ...

Leisure activities in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is, without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations in Asia in cultural terms. Once you have settled in, you can ...

How to drive in Hong Kong

While driving is generally a great way to get around, Hong Kong has one of the highest concentrations of vehicles in the world ...

Sports in Hong Kong

Staying fit in Hong Kong will definitely not be a problem (that is if you manage to get a break from the city's notoriously ...

Relocating to Hong Kong

If you have decided to relocate to Hong Kong, take enough time to choose your removal company. This is an important step not to ...

About Hong Kong

Geography of Hong Kong

Stretching over some 1,100 km², Hong Kong is divided into three major areas, namely the Southern Island (only 10% of the region's territory but its political and economic heart, 80.68 sq km), Kowloon (a large residential area located right opposite Southern Island, 46.94 sq km) and the New Territories (comprising mostly wetlands, parks and mountains and accounting for more than 80% of Hong Kong's total surface area).

In political terms, Hong Kong consists of 18 districts, each of which has its own council. However, these councils do not really have political power.

Population and languages in Hong Kong

As China's 5th urban area, Hong Kong is one of the world's most densely populated territories with over 7.37 million people (with a population density of over 7050 people per square kilometer), with Kowloon being the most populated area of the region. Despite the city's large population, Hong Kong's unemployment rate is relatively low at 3.2%.

Hong Kong is one of the most popular expat destinations in Asia, with its expat population estimated to have reached over 700,000 people in 2022. Foreign residents come from Malaysia, Japan, the US, Britain, Australia, Singapore and Portugal, with Indonesia taking the number one spot in the number of expats residing in the city.

Chinese and English are the two official languages of Hong Kong. However, a southern version of Chinese, Cantonese, is actually spoken by the residents. Hong Kong also uses traditional spelling, as opposed to Simplified Chinese used in Mainland China. English is taught in schools and universities, and the bilingual policy also applies to displays, including road traffic signs, subtitles at the cinema hall, etc., thanks to the government's emphasis on the development of English language skills.

Hong Kong's economy

Hong Kong is Mainland China's most prosperous city and one of the world's biggest financial hubs (the city is home to 195 authorized financial institutions and 57 offices of international banks). The city has ranked 23 times in a row as the world's freest economy and, for the second year running, has been named the world's most competitive economy in 2017. The city's economic success relies on fair market competition, the government's minimum intervention policy, support of small businesses, low taxation, favorable geographic position, cultural openness and a number of other factors.

Hong Kong's maritime trade was the first field to experience development, but other fields, such as textiles, services and industry, have also evolved rapidly.

The city's economy relies, to a large extent, on foreign exchanges as well as tourism which is becoming more and more significant. Its main competitors are, namely, Singapore and Shanghai. Note that Hong Kong's official currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD).

The climate in Hong Kong

Hong Kong experiences a subtropical climate. Winter lasts for two months only, that is, from January to February. The weather is rather dry and cloudy, but it barely rains. Temperatures, for their part, range between 13°C and 22°C. Then come spring and summer, from March to October, with warm and humid temperatures ranging between 17°C and 31°C. March to April are generally quite pleasant. However, occasional spells of high humidity and heavy fog can cause delays in air traffic and ferry services. May to August are the months characterized by the highest humidity with more frequent showers and thunderstorms. However, July brings in a dry spell, which can last for several weeks. July through September are often affected by cyclones. Finally, autumn, which lasts from October to December, is considered to be the most pleasant season, with sunny weather and mild temperatures ranging between 15°C and 30°C.


Due to its geographical location, Hong Kong is often affected by tropical typhoons. On average, about 30 cyclones affect the region every year.

Good to know:

The best time to visit Hong Kong is March to April and October through November.

Hong Kong holidays

Hong Kong celebrates similar holidays to Mainland China; however, there are a few differences. Office holidays in Hong Kong are generally shorter than those in China, and the city also celebrates a lot of traditional western holidays like Christmas, Boxing Day, Easter, and others. Some of the major holidays in Hong Kong include the Spring Festival (1st day of the 1st lunar month), Ching Ming Festival (April 4th ), Labour Day (May 1st), Dragon Boat Festival (May 30th), The Buddhas Birthday (May 3rd) and others.

Politics in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's political system consists of a legislative assembly that elects a chief executive or a head of the government. The latter is first named by the Chinese President of the Republic. Hong Kong also has a parliament and a legislative council named LEGCO.

The legal and judiciary system is also different from that of mainland China. In fact, Hong Kong has preserved its common law system as established during the British colonization period, and it is not answerable to the Chinese national laws.

Cultural diversity in Kong Kong

Cultural diversity is one of the main factors attracting foreigners to the region. Having been under British rule from 1841 to 1997, Hong Kong is a vibrant mix of cultures, and its diversity can be experienced in all spheres of life, whether in economic, linguistic, or religious terms.

Quick Information

Official Languages : Chinese , Chinese , English
Currency : Dollar
Area : 1092 Km2
Population : 6898686
Calling Code : +852
Timezone : Asia/Hong_Kong

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