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10 Reasons why Hong Kong is Expat-friendly

By Editor's Desk, March 16, 2019, Categories: Featured

If you already are, or considering living in Hong Kong, here are ten reasons why it’s a great decision:

1. Mixed bag of cultures: that’s right, you’ll find every flavour here! Hong Kong has a vibrant cosmopolitan culture. It is warm (sometimes literally) and welcoming to people from all over the world. English is widely and fluently spoken here. There is room for all faiths, foods and fashion to co-exist.

2. A food fest forever: one of the key factors to consider for living abroad is food. And Hong Kong offers plenty – in terms of cuisine and comfort. From Michelin star restaurants to cafes and street joints, there is enough of everything. Of course, every Asian cuisine in its most authentic form is available. But all popular cuisines of the world are too. You’ll find your sushi and dim sum as easily as tapas and kebabs! And it’s not only about eating out. Even for the comfort of home cooking, most ingredients are easily available in the supermarkets and the wet markets. There is a tropical fruit fest going on throughout the year! It’s also for vegetarians and even vegans to find their foods here.  

3. The public transport: Hong Kong can boast of brilliant connectivity with the MTR, buses and some good ol’ trams! The transport vehicles are all well maintained and clean. You could be heading out in a sharp suit, hopping three trains and still making it to the destination looking as sharp. Health-wise, too, the cleanliness leads to fewer viral outbreaks. The multiple levels and lengths of the city are eased out with several escalators, elevators and travellators. You’re not going to miss having a car; definitely not driving because road traffic can be a bit of a bump!

4. The city doesn’t sleep: the whole point of living in a metro is the nightlife. Well, for some of us. And Hong Kong won’t fail to impress you. Nightclubs, live music, karaoke, shisha, beer cafes, gin bars, whisky bars, just bars everywhere! Weekends wind up a couple of hours before sunrise with mixologists concocting brilliant cocktails. And if you’re really in the mood for partying, join the rave at LKF. Partygoers seem to be bringing in the New Year every weekend!

5. Staying safe: despite the sleepless nights of Hong Kong, it lists as the sixth safest city in the world. The morning papers are bliss to read! Citizens seem content and peace-loving. They seem to live by the ‘work hard, play harder’ motto. Safe enough for young women to live alone, children to walk down to their parks or even nonagenarians to age peacefully.

6. Tax isn’t much taxing: compared to other ‘big cities’ of the world, HK lets you keep most of your income! The tax ranges from 2 to 17 per cent, depending on your income. Though the cost of living otherwise seems similar to Singapore, London Dubai and the likes, but your net income here is definitely more.

7. Bring the fam jam: the city is so family friendly, that it begins to feel like home sooner than you think. With ample parks, great schools, museums, sports clubs, pet zones, amusement parks… the city treats kids well. The added benefit of clean air and safety makes it easier to move here with family. Yes, ‘clean air’ for those who know what it’s like to be in polluted cities. 

8. The help: you’ve brought the kids so you need the nanny, you’ve brought the dog so you need the dogwalker, you’ve bought the groceries and you’ll need a cook! Domestic help in Hong Kong is easily available. The immigration paperwork is simple; and the help comes under standard governed contracts. Sunday, being their day off, looks like a cultural festival with several clusters of the city occupied by women from Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka…!

living nomads9. The outdoors: it’s not only the huge parks across the city, but scenic hiking tracks, several beaches, sports clubs, little gardens, barbeque pits, cycling tracks… make it wanderlusters dream destination!

10. And finally the tropical climate: if you like it warm, you’re in the right place. The year is clearly divided between the hot months – April to September; and the pleasantly cool months – October to March. Of course, the monsoon months come with an extra layer of humidity and typhoons! But the city is impressively equipped with good crisis management.

We’ve kept it to ten reasons here but once you’re living in Hong Kong, you’ll find many more and know why its rightly called the Pearl of the Orient.

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