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Hong Kong is a very liveable city with many benefits to expats. It is an international metropolis with around 7,5 million inhabitants. Hong Kong is one of the largest business hubs in Southeast Asia and over half of the expat community has moved here for their work and career. During the worst of the pandemic restrictions, the city faced an exodus of people. The city is now on its road back to normality since all restrictions on inbound travel were removed recently.
The climate is pleasant for large parts of the year, both Chinese and English are official languages, and many people speak excellent English. From a geographical perspective, it is quite compact, traveling from north to south, or east to west takes just over an hour. Hong Kong has great public transport; including subway, buses, trams, and ferries, which are efficient, clean and cheap.
It is a multicultural city that has something to offer the vast majority. There is an urban vibe with many restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world, a vibrant cultural life as well as shopping offering everything from haute couture to local markets. There are also rural areas with smaller villages, mountains and secluded beaches. Almost 40% of Hong Kong’s total area is designated to Country Parks.
Hong Kong is among the most expensive cities in the world in terms of cost of living, with less space and higher prices for housing, imported food as well as high-end commodities. But the variety is large, and most things, including accommodation, food, and goods, can also be found at more reasonable prices.