Living in Hong Kong: Things to Do and See in Hong Kong
Hong Kong: Asia’s International Hub
Everything You Wanted to Know About Living in Hong Kong
One of the world’s wealthiest cities, Hong Kong is the living canvas of a multicultural society influenced by both the Western and Chinese culture. The liveliness and the beauty of the city also attracts tourists, investors, and entrepreneurs from across the world.
As a major global financial center and also a gateway to China, Hong Kong is home to many multinational company headquarters in the central business district, Central. The district is the city’s political, administrative and financial hub, and home to some of the world’s most impressive skyscrapers and Victoria Peak.
Key Areas in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is composed of three major areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and New Territories.
Hong Kong Island
The Island is the heart of Hong Kong. It is also the most famous due to its spectacular urban skyline. A stroll along the Victoria Harbour promenade or a birds-eye view from The Peak, also known as Victoria Peak, reveals one of the world's most beautiful and highest skyscrapers, bearing the names of some of the world’s largest companies: International Finance Centre, Bank of China Tower, and HSBC’s headquarters.
In addition to being a major tourist attraction, The Peak is also regarded as one of the most prestigious residential enclaves in Hong Kong. The Peak residents can enjoy sweeping views of the city and harbor as well as proximity to downtown. On the southern shore of Hong Kong Island, Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay are revered for their beautiful beaches and seashores. Not just tourist attractions, these areas boast prestigious golf clubs, private member clubs, and international schools and are the residential choice for many of Hong Kong's high-net-worth individuals.
Hong Kong is also home to many of the most affluent families in Asia. Halfway up Victoria Peak and directly above Central, Mid-level is home to the city’s most expensive high-rise residential address. Aside from the panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, it is also close to Central and Admiralty. Although Hong Kong is a city of skyscrapers, there is no shortage of luxury homes set against nature’s canvas, whether surrounded by greenery or facing the water.
What to Do and See in Hong Kong?
There is always something to do in Hong Kong. Residents are spoiled for choice, whether they seek culture, recreation, or relaxation, the pursuits are plentiful. As a place where East meets West, Hong Kong has a unique blend of cultural attractions. There are myriad upscale bars and exotic restaurants in Soho, as well as fashion boutiques, art galleries, and antiques shops. For sports, a trip to the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Happy Valley ensures an afternoon or evening of premier horse racing.
Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise, whether it’s luxury goods in Landmark Central, high-end fashion in Causeway Bay, or cultural souvenirs in Stanley Market, Hong Kong has it all and the city’s excellent transportation system is a convenient way to get around.
Where to Eat in Hong Kong?
With literally thousands of restaurants throughout the city, the dining options range from seaside seafood specialists on Lamma Island to the glitzy and glamorous hotel rooftop dining rooms in Central. Whether it’s local Cantonese and its dim sum specialties, Southeast Asian flavors, American steakhouses, or European cafés, practically every international cuisine is represented.
Where Are the Expat Communities in Hong Kong?
Being such an international city, there are many expat communities in Hong Kong. Depending on your age and lifestyle, it is easy to find a neighborhood to fit your specific interests and needs. If you are single or a younger couple, the Central District and the Mid-Levels' bustling activity will no doubt be an attractive option. If you are a family with children, or just looking for a more residential environment, Happy Valley or Jardine's Lookout will both be great choices as they are close to a number of highly-rated international schools. These are just a few of the many expat communities in the Hong Kong area.
Can Foreigners & Non-Residents Buy a Home in Hong Kong?
Yes. As of 2017 there are no restrictions on foreign buyers, however, non-permanent residents will be subject to a high tax rate. For more information please visit the government website and search stamp duty for more information.
How Many People Live in Hong Kong?
As of 2018, there are an estimated 7,448,900 people living in Hong Kong.
What Language Is Spoken in Hong Kong?
The two official languages in Hong Kong as designated by the Basic Law of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. Cantonese is the native language of approximately 88% of the population, while English is the native language of about 4%.