Moving to Hong Kong, you can expect the general cost of housing to be among the highest in the world, especially so in the expat dense areas on Hong Kong Island and in areas near famous schools. Less expensive alternatives can be found in the two other territories of Hong Kong: Kowloon and New Territories.
Expatriate housing in Hong Kong generally falls into one of two categories: High-rise apartment blocks and low-rise townhouses. Single-family, detached housing that is common in the US and Western Europe is scarce. Generally, expat apartments (flats) range from 80 to 260 square meter. Many international property agencies in Hong Kong can help you find suitable housing. Once you do, be warned that storage space is limited. Residential leases are typically two years duration, but this, and most other clauses is very much negotiable on a case-by-case basis.
While the convenience of living in a central area attracts many newly arrived residents, so does the ability to live in relaxed environments close to nature. Largely due the to the efficient and modern transport infrastructure of Hong Kong, living in the city often offers the ability to balance the two, as frequent connections with Mass Transit Railway and Bus Services allows efficient ways of commuting between different areas of the city.
Hong Kong has many world-class hospitals and medical facilities. Doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals are often trained overseas, bringing the latest techniques and treatments back with them.
In public hospitals, charges for medical services depends on certain “eligibility” criteria, where “eligible” individuals are subject to charges far lower than those without such status.
- Holders of Hong Kong Identity Card issued under the Registration of Persons Ordinance (Chapter 177), except those who obtained their Hong Kong Identity Card by virtue of previous permission to land or remain in Hong Kong granted to them and such permission has expired or ceased to be valid;
- children who are Hong Kong residents and under 11 years of age; or
- other persons approved by the Chief Executive of the Hospital Authority.
Due to Hong Kong's past as a British colony and a long history of being an international port of commerce, Hong Kong cuisine is influenced by a wide variety of different cuisines. With some of the biggest influences being Cantonese, European (especially British cuisine) as well as non-Cantonese Chinese, Hong Kong food also offers influences from countries such as Japan, Korea and South East Asian countries.
As Hong Kong is Cantonese in origin and most Hong Kong Chinese are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from Cantonese-speaking regions of China, the food is a variant of Cantonese cuisine – almost all home-cooking and much of the dine-out fares, from restaurant to bakery, are Cantonese or heavily Cantonese-influenced. Most of the celebrated food in Hong Kong such as the roast duck, dim sum, and abalone dish, poached chicken, and the mooncake, and others, originate from nearby Guangzhou. Besides, the constant contacts Hong Kong has had with the West has made it more susceptible to Western influences and has produced famous local food such as egg tarts and Hong Kong-style milk tea.