Moving to Hong Kong


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Prohibited and restricted items

Every country has its own rules and regulations surrounding prohibited and restricted items. It’s important to be aware of these prior to the move to avoid any delays.

We can provide further information should you require it – please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.


Hong Kong is a financial centre, home to the head offices of many organisations and institutes along with being an important cultural and trade hub. A popular destination for British expats, Hong Kong was a British colony with a heavily influenced Western lifestyle until 1997 when it joined China. This merge of cultures has created a melting pot of different traditions – a real East meets West vibe that cannot be experienced anywhere else.

Whilst a largely built-up and bustling city, Hong Kong also has a number of scenic sectors that provide a much needed escape from the non-stop metropolis. Fragrant Harbour, for example, is only partially developed with plenty of natural beauty spots. There is also the large Sham Chun River which separates Hong Kong from China and various other remote islands that provide a picturesque retreat.

The Hong Kong stock exchange has been ranked as 6th in the world and is recognised as one of the ‘Four Asian Tigers’ on account of its increasing industrialisation and economic growth rates. Expats who relocate to Hong Kong usually do so because of the employment and career opportunities available within this impressive country.

When moving to Hong Kong the first decision you need to make is whether you want to live on the island or offshore – there are benefits to both choices. Living on the island will mean you are closer to entertainment such as restaurants and night clubs as well as having greater access to the larger shopping centres and other amenities. However, the closer to the centre of Hong Kong you choose to live the more expensive it will become. In fact, Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities to live in, especially in terms of property prices.

If you decide to live off the island then you will find property prices are cheaper but you may have extra outgoings in terms of transportation to get to the centre, as well as not having the same access to shops, bars and other cultural offerings.

The majority of Hong Kong’s Chinese population speak Cantonese, but there is also an increasing emphasis placed upon the importance of being able to speak Mandarin, also English is still the main language used within business. Therefore it isn’t essential to be able to speak Cantonese or Mandarin before you move to the country but it is advisable to learn the native languages to get the most out of your time there.

The healthcare system in Hong Kong is extremely advanced and the schooling system is also of a very high quality. Public transport in the country is well developed and there are also very low levels of crime, making the transition much easier for many expats moving to Hong Kong.

Shipping your belongings to a country like Hong Kong requires preparation and planning to ensure you have all of the correct paperwork and visas. We’ll guide you through the process and deliver a stress-free moving experience. Simply get in touch. E: enquiries@squab.co.uk T: 0845 4680 160

Don’t forget to take a look at our handy checklist as a guide to help with organising your move. There’s additional space for you to add your own notes, as every move is different.


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