There are plenty of reasons why people from all around the globe come to Hong Kong – may it be for work, residence, study or recreation, there are a lot of things to like about Hong Kong.
Other than for travel, Hong Kong is also a hit among expats for work and living because even though small as it is, Hong Kong is one of those progressive countries that have got everything you need as drawn out well by the government. But this isn’t going to be a history post about how Hong Kong got to be where it is now. We’ll just give you a short list of what makes Hong Kong so popular among travellers and expats alike.
Why People Go to Hong Kong
We already know that Hong Kong is a shopping haven to get your fix of retail therapy, but other than its frivolous attractions, Hong Kong is also known to many as a cultural melting pot, and an expat-friendly city. Here’s why:
- Hong Kong has a Buoyant Job Market.
Hong Kong is among the countries in the region that currently offers excellent choices of industries to work in.
Since many corporate headquarters of global firms can be found in the city, many companies are still intending to increase their permanent staff numbers.
As it is, professionals can find a place in any of the budding sectors opened by various firms in the city which include HR, sales and marketing, IT, digital advertising, and fintech.
- (Most) people in Hong Kong can speak English.
If you haven’t heard or read about the history of Hong Kong, then you’d probably be surprised to know that until 1997, Hong Kong was a colony of Great Britain. After this point, the responsibility to oversee the island had been handed over to China though it’s a little more complicated than that, because Hong Kong has retained its own currency, parliament, and legal system, but that’s a different topic altogether.)
However, technically speaking, English remains to be one of the main languages alongside Cantonese.
- The City is a Cultural Panorama
By now, you’d have a better idea that Hong Kong comes from a variety of cultural influences such as English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. If there’s a place where the east and west mix together, it would have to be in Hong Kong. Not to mention the addition of various other cultures such as Shanghainese and Hakka, the city has completely blossomed into a wonderful mix of colours, and flavours (literally) unlike any other.
- The Place is Great for Families.
Regardless of one’s age, Hong Kong has something to offer for everyone. Still, if you haven’t been there, it pays well to note two amazig theme parks in the city: Ocean Park and Disneyland Hong Kong.
Despite the place being a little over-crowded, it’s still possible to enjoy wide open and green spaces such as those at Hong Kong Park, Victoria Park, and the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, which are all great places to hang out with friends or family, host a picnic, or just simply to unwind and relax in nature.
- Hong Kong has an Excellent Transport System.
There are places in the world that are simply not suited for driving, and Hong Kong is one of those places. But the good thing is – what it lacks for driving spaces, its public transport makes up for. You can take on a variety transport method from buses of all types, ferries, trams, and overland trains – all without emptying your pockets.
If you haven’t heard of the Octopus Card – it’s a great investment when you get here in Hong Kong, because you can use it for a lot of things from traveling to paying for food or retail purchases. It’s simply a must-have!
Of course, five things don’t normally sum up the whole experience of visiting a country. There’s definitely plenty more to find out about Hong Kong. But for now, we’ll leave you with our top 5 just to keep things interesting when you get here. Also, please don’t forget to leave us a comment below about what you think makes Hong Kong such a hit for expats and travellers!