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Removals to Hong Kong, Asia

A soaring number of UK expats are choosing removals to Hong Kong to take up jobs in finance, teaching and senior management positions, and it is seen as an excellent place to do business. Those applying for work visas have risen by nearly 50 percent, lured by lower taxes, higher incomes, the widespread use of English, plus the excitement of living in this part of the world. As Hong Kong is a major international centre with some of the highest incomes in the world per head of population, it's easy to see why a move to this region is so appealing.

If you are moving to Hong Kong you can expect a vibrant city, lively expat community, efficient transport, excellent shopping facilities and some quality restaurants. However, aside from the soaring skyscrapers and buzz of city life you can also find a great deal of tranquillity, as less than a third of the city is built up: the hills are fantastic for walking, and there are plenty of parks and green spaces to explore. And, if you love to travel at weekends or in the holidays, Hong Kong is well placed to visit other fascinating Asian destinations such as mainland China, Vietnam, Thailand and The Philippines.

Dolphin Movers specialise in overseas house moves, including business and employee removals to Hong Kong. We organise shipping, home and business storage and our expert team of packers will carefully pack and unpack all you home and office contents, if you would rather we did it for you. To find out more about our bespoke removals services to Hong Kong, just click on the link below.

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Where to Live in Hong Kong

Firstly, it's important to choose whether to live on or off the island. Living on the island is more expensive but puts you closer to work and the nightlife, whereas living off the island gives you more accommodation for your money. If you like to be in the middle of the action, Wan Chai is a fashionable place to live and is near some good shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and an outdoor food market; you can find accommodation for all budgets here.

Alternatively, the Mid-Levels is another vibrant place to live and it's close to Soho and Lan Kwai for the nightlife. It's also popular with expat families as it has some good international schools. However, for upmarket living, combining greens spaces with city life, Happy Valley is the place to be. Or, for a quieter place to live with houses, apartments, and some gated living you might prefer Kowloon Tong. For beach living, hunt for property in Repulse Bay, or if you prefer the tranquillity of the mountains, Jardin's Lookout is an excellent place to live – and both have international schools nearby.

You will generally find accommodation quite cramped in Hong Kong and rents are high, but this is outweighed by the higher salaries. And, if you are moving house with children, lots of families have home helpers, which are very affordable and they provide invaluable assistance around the home.

Working in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a major centre of world finance and trade. It's the third leading financial centre in the world (after London and New York) and the largest re-export centre on the planet (with most of the goods coming from China and distributed via Hong Kong by shipment or cargo plane). Its financial position on the global front has meant Hong Kong has among the highest number of millionaire households in the world (behind Singapore, Qatar and Switzerland). It has a service led economy and some of the jobs available for expats include employment in management, business, IT and finance.

International Schools in Hong Kong

If you are organising removals to Hong Kong to live out there as a family, more educational establishments are being built to satisfy the high demand for international schools. Harrow International is the first international boarding school and accommodates up to 1,500 pupils from ages 2-18 years. It has sports pitches, an auditorium and an indoor pool on the 9-acre site. South Island School on Hong Kong island has 1,400 pupils aged 10-18 of a range of different nationalities. Kellett – The British International School in Hong Kong – is considered 'outstanding' and has 645 pupils and some superb facilities including music rooms, an auditorium, football pitches, running track and swimming pool.

Shopping in Hong Kong

Although you don't have to pay VAT on goods purchased in Hong Kong, high rents mean shopping can be quite expensive. However, many shops are open until midnight and you will find a good mix of high street and designer brands. Popular shopping destinations include Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon and Causeway Bay and there are also plenty of shopping centres and markets.

Food in Hong Kong

You will find a good mix of Chinese and western food and, as well as cheaper eateries and street food, there are also high end Michelin star restaurants. Dishes to expect on the menu include Dim Sum, which are bites of Chinese cuisine and can include steamed pork dumplings, roast pork belly or roast duck, or chicken is another favourite; for comfort food, opt for wonton noodles.

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