Why you should move to Hong Kong

If you are considering a move to Hong Kong, I guess you like to know about the pros and cons of this city. A while ago I wrote a blog about the drawbacks of living in Hong Kong, so I thought of covering some of the biggest advantages of living in Hong Kong in this post. However, after looking a bit on the internet, I came across quite an extensive list of reasons to move to Hong Kong. And instead of repeating parts of this list, I rather post here the link and you can have a look for your self:

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Expats move away from central Hong Kong to cheaper areas to get more value for money

Deciding where to living in Hong Kong is not that easy. You might have read my blog on how to decide where to live and then you know it is all about prioritizing your requirements. You might also have had a look at a map I made with a short description on where expats like to live in Hong Kong. Continue reading “Expats move away from central Hong Kong to cheaper areas to get more value for money”

Negotiating your (expat) contract for Hong Kong – this is what you should know!

I receive quite some questions of expats wondering if the offer or contract is “good enough”.  Difficult for me to answer, since I don’t know your situation, expectations and spending habits, but I can give you some tips so you know what you might want to discuss with your boss before signing the contract. Continue reading “Negotiating your (expat) contract for Hong Kong – this is what you should know!”

How to get the most out of your ‘look-see’ visit to Hong Kong?

Although I am quite aware that there are many people who move to Hong Kong without having been there before, I strongly believe everyone would benefit from a ‘look-see’ visit. These kind if visits, which might be sponsored by your employer, gives as it says a chance to have a look to see how everyday life in Hong Kong can be for you.  And even if you might have read every single book or blog on being an expat in Hong Kong, it is not the same as experiencing the city yourself. Continue reading “How to get the most out of your ‘look-see’ visit to Hong Kong?”

Know the paid leave and other statutory leave rules in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong people work long hours, long work weeks and have limited paid leave. One of the biggest drawbacks if you would ask me. So if you consider moving to Hong Kong, take a look at my summary of the minimum leave employers should provide you. And bare in mind that although most international organisations will have better arrangement for you, most people are only entitled to the minimum. Continue reading “Know the paid leave and other statutory leave rules in Hong Kong”

No need to worry about typhoons in Hong Kong

I have lived the biggest part of my life in The Netherlands and I got used to some unpredictable weather and certainly a lot of storms. But never those storms and heavy winds were called typhoons. But somewhere in my mind is printed that typhoons means trouble. Continue reading “No need to worry about typhoons in Hong Kong”

The drawbacks of living in Hong Kong

I love Hong Kong and so do my kids. But of course there are some drawbacks worth to share with you. I interviewed some expats from all over the world living in different places in Hong Kong and here is our list of drawbacks (maybe not so surprising, but its the truth..): Continue reading “The drawbacks of living in Hong Kong”

Hong Kong house hunting explained: same building, same size, different price!

One of the things I wondered when browsing some of the property agents webpages is the big variations in price between equal sized apartments in the same building . So size does not say it all…. so what does make the difference? Continue reading “Hong Kong house hunting explained: same building, same size, different price!”

What I wish I would have known before moving with kids to Hong Kong

With over 300.000 expats in the city, you are certainly not the first mother that arrives with a young baby, toddler, kid, or teen… so don’t be scared (as I felt!) and let me help you to be prepared! Because actually,  I believe it will be an awesome experience.  Also read Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect? Continue reading “What I wish I would have known before moving with kids to Hong Kong”

What you should know about schooling before moving to Hong Kong

When moving abroad one of the top priorities for families is to find the right school for their kids. In Hong Kong this can be quite tricky, so plan ahead and read my observations after a year in the schooling system. Continue reading “What you should know about schooling before moving to Hong Kong”

How much does it cost to live in Hong Kong?

You must have heard that Hong Kong is expensive. It is even nominated by the BBC to be the most expensive city for expats in 2016. So be prepared. The website Expatisan provides an, in my opinion, accurate overview of prices for most bought products and compares this to other countries. Please check it out to get some feeling for the cost of living in Hong Kong. Continue reading “How much does it cost to live in Hong Kong?”

Tips and tricks to settle quickly in Hong Kong

You won’t forget the day you arrive in Hong Kong – the first encounter with the Fragent Harbour’s skyscrapers, wet markets, it’s smells  and tiny serviced apartments, will make you feel excited and scared at the same time. How to get up to speed in this city? Here are some tips: Continue reading “Tips and tricks to settle quickly in Hong Kong”

Moving to Hong Kong? Must have Apps en FB Groups

For the ones just moved to Hong Kong and want to get connected to digital Hong Kong as soon as possible, please find below some useful apps and facebook groups. Continue reading “Moving to Hong Kong? Must have Apps en FB Groups”

How to decide where to live in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has it all: authentic local areas, expat bubbles, island life, buzzling spots in the city and tranquil oases near the beach or mountains and anything in between all of this. So where to live? I will give some pointers to help you decide where to live: Continue reading “How to decide where to live in Hong Kong?”

Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect?

The question most asked during our recent visit to family and friends is: how is it to be an expat in Hong Kong? Well here is the answer – it is amazing to live in one of the world’s economic centers, on the 38th floor with a stunning view, with kids playing in the pool, enjoying the beaches, drinking cocktails in the skybars, and working in one of the beautiful buildings of the skyline. Using the taxi, metro, boat or tram to move around. Making lots of memories with new friends and enjoying time together as a family. Continue reading “Life of an expat in Hong Kong – what to expect?”

Find a relocation Buddy!

I came across this article on Forbes (Susan Adams) when researching for my new blog ExpatWise. It inspired me to become what they state is a key success factors to overcome many relocation traps:  a relocation partner and friend!

The article quotes Couper and Segal, both authors and consultants in the international career industry, who suggest:  Find an expat relocation buddy, someone you know who lives in your new city or town. If that someone has made the same move you’re facing, he or she can help you navigate the many practical challenges ahead, from how to get cable TV hooked up to the local dining scene. Segal also recommends finding a friend who comes from the culture where you’re moving and has spent time in the U.S. “Find someone who can help you with protocol and etiquette, and with the nuances of doing business,” she suggests. Even better than a buddy, says Segal: Ask your firm for professional help, known in the relocation world as a “settling-in service.” These pros, can help you do everything from securing a local driver’s license to getting working papers for your spouse.

With ExpatWise i want  to provide you with  settling-in and expat advice,  with a buddy approach. Please let me know how I can help you with your move to Hong Kong.