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Hong Kong

Local Time

04:25 PM

Local Temperature

23°C / 73°F


Destination Overview

Asia's World City, Fragrant Harbor

Though Hong Kong is considered a leading financial center of East Asia, there is much more to it than banking and industry. There are pockets of nearly untouched land for the adventurous traveler to discover, and there are numerous cultural events (arts, literature, film, and even rugby) throughout the year.

Quick Info

  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
  • Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz, plug types G and M
  • Languages: Cantonese, English
  • Population: 7,100,000



Housing

The cost of living in Hong Kong can be high---listed 6th overall in the Mercer’s 2013 Cost of Living report, the property market in Hong Kong is extremely overinflated, which makes finding accommodation an expensive endeavor from the beginning.

Typical Costs

Temporary Accommodation
  • Furnished 1 bedroom flat in Mid-Levels (450 to 600 sq. feet):  HKD 12,000-16,000
  • Furnished 1-bedroom flat in Mid-Levels (larger and move livable):  HKD 20,000-45,000
  • Furnished 1 bedroom in Repulse Bay:  HDK 30,000+
  • Furnished 2 bedroom  in Mid-Levels (small, older flat):  HKD 13,000+
  • Furnished 2 bedroom in Repulse Bay:  HKD 33,000+

Fun Fact

There are more mobile phones than there are people in Hong Kong.

Schooling

The Hong Kong education system, governed by the Hong Kong Education Bureau, is divided into three types of schools: government, subsidized, and private international schools. There are over 1100 schools in Hong Kong. Primary and secondary education is mandatory for Hong Kong residents, but kindergarten is not.

Typical Costs

English Schools Foundation (ESF) Schools

HK$58,100 (with a $10,000 deposit) per year for primary school to HK$89,250 (with a $16,000 deposit) for secondary school

International Schools

HK$183,000 per year (for grade 12 education at Hong Kong International School).  Additional costs can include a nonrefundable application fee, a reservation fee that could be up to half of the annual tuition.

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Fast Facts

  • The Great Outdoors

    Hong Kong contains a large amount of countryside, featuring mountains, forests, wetlands, beaches, islands, and stunning rock formations.

  • Schools

    Hong Kong offers 48 International schools, more than any other Asian city.

  • Wine

    Hong Kong retained its position as the largest wine auction centre in the world from 2010 to 2012.

  • Economy

    Hong Kong remained number 1 among the 60 largest economies in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Globalisation Index 2012.

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