Expatriate Community in Hong Kong SAR

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

Blogs For Expats
Allo expat
Hong Kong Expat
Orient Expat
For Further Information
Hong KongGuide
Immigration Authority
Immigration Department
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
HK Express

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Hong Kong is the 5th most expensive city in the world.
Sanitary Conditions
Hong Kong occupies the 117th position and has a score of 80.8.
For Further Information
The "Mercer Human Resource Consulting" classification concerning the quality of life and health conditions.
The "Mercer Human Resource Consulting" classification concerning the cost of living.

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Furnished or unfurnished apartments can be rented, but they are more often provided with basis electrical home appliances like refrigerator, air conditioner (a necessity in Hong Kong) and even a washing machine. "Service Apartments" are also present.
Generally the apartments are in rather old buildings, but some modern towers offer an almost top-of-range service.
Normal Lease Term
The lease contracts are generally for one year, but there are offers for leasing of building for one month. Prior notice of 2 to 3 months.
Rental Costs
The rentals are generally paid monthly in Hong Kong dollars in advance. For the "service apartments", the taxes to be paid to the goverment must be added (rate of 12% to 15% of the rent). A Bond equivalent to 1 or even 3 months rent. The Rates are a form of property tax on the rented accommodation and are payable to the government at approximately 5.5% of the annual rentable value.
The charges, paid by all the occupants, make provision for common services, such as security guards, cleaning and maintenance of common areas and parts. The quantity changes according to the age and number of units in a building and the type of agreements or the quality of the services provided.
Agencies or Private Rentals
The fees is equal to half a month's rent.
Rental Agency Websites
Private Rentals Announcements Online

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School System

School Level
Schools are free in the public sector for the first nine years of schooling. Education is compulsory between 6 and 15 years. Children can receive free education in public educational institutions. The private sector attracts 9% of the children. The education system is similar to the British System. The system is described as extremely competitive by normal standards. The dearest wish of families in all the strata of the society is that their children receive the best possible education. Learning of languages is made part of the requirements of a solid academic training.
For further details, visit the website Education Bureau and GovHK.
International Schools
There are several international schools in Hong-Kong. Visit the Wikipedia website .
For Further Information
Ministry of Youth
Website of the Hong-Kong government provides a document on "Studying in Hong Kong"

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
As an old British colony, Hong-Kong shares certain common characteristics in its health system with other Commonwealth countries, based on the principle of access for all to the health system. This is guaranteed by an almost free and highly developed goverment hospital sector rather than by a healthcare reimbursement system.
International Hospitals
Mathilda International Hospital is the only international hospital in Hong-Kong.
See the list of hospitals in HK on the websiteWikipedia and Department of Health.
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Health Ministry
Department of Health

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