Income tax Hong Kong

Income tax in Hong Kong, what do you need to know?

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Firstly, it is essential that you get some professional taxation advice when residing in Hong Kong as an expat. Not every case is the same and it will be worth your while to have an expert on hand. Income tax can be extremely complicated and having a tax advisor guide you through the process may simplify matters somewhat.  Income tax …

Running Hong Kong

The Seven Best Running Trails In Hong Kong

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You might not think that Hong Kong is a runner’s city but actually, that’s quite far from the truth. There are a number of trails that are perfect for runners, whether you are just starting out or are a practiced athlete. Thanks to Hong Kong’s hilly landscape, there are plenty of more challenging routes, not to mention some beautiful parks …

Learning languages

Learning languages in Hong Kong: where to do it.

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Hong Kong is undergoing a boom in adult education right now. More and more centers are offering courses (some of them free) to the huge amounts of people that are looking to build on their skills and learn new ones. Foreign languages are still extremely popular for adult learners and add a punch to your CV. Of course, learning Cantonese …

Dating Hong Kong

Dating in Hong Kong, is it as bad as they say?

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You might have heard that dating in Hong Kong is akin to dating in New York. Full of pitfalls, hurdles, tears with the odd triumph thrown in just often enough so as not to make you lose hope. Hong Kong’s fast-paced and transient nature often means that after the work parties have finished, more and more people are staggering home …

Work stress

5 ways to handle work stress this summer

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It can be notoriously difficult to feel relaxed in the workplace, especially in the run-up to summer holidays. Has everything been organized? Are the kids ready? Am I leaving my work up to date and all tasks completed? If you aren’t taking vacations, then it can be even worse as you see others posting bikini shots on beaches all over …

Football Hong Kong

Where to watch the World Cup this summer

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As you may be well aware, football season has started and will continue until the 15th July. Hosted by the Russians and with the first matches already under way, it looks set to be one of the most exciting football seasons yet. So where are the best places to watch the matches?   Delaney’s Irish Bar Basement, Mary Building, 71-77 …

Kindergartens in Hong Kong

The 8 best kindergartens in Hong Kong

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Choosing the best kindergarten option for your family is no easy task, but we have compiled a list of the best from all around the city.   Woodland Pre-School Woodland opens its doors to children aged between 6 months and 6 years. They have nine schools all over Hong Kong and have been in business since the late 70’s. Their …

HK to China

How to get from Hong Kong to mainland China

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Living in or travelling to Hong Kong means that you are only a stone’s throw away from mainland China, which has more than enough of it’s own attraction for visitors. It is relatively easy to cross the border into China, depending on the budget you have, how much time is available and if you want an adventure or not.   …

Korean drama

Top Korean dramas to get lost in this summer

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A guilty pleasure all over Asia, the often weird but nonetheless wonderful world of Korean dramas have kept audiences addicted for quite some time. Here are our pick of the best to get lost in this summer.   Reunited Worlds Straddling the world between obligation and dreams, this drama follows a high school student who wants to provide for his …

Domestic help Hong Kong

Hiring domestic help in Hong Kong? How to get it right.

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Hiring domestic helpers has been the done thing throughout the expat world, particularly as working hours have increases and time spent at home has reduced. Whether you are looking for childcare, a cleaner, dog walker, house sitter or a mixture of everything all in one package, here is our advice for hiring domestic help in Hong Kong.   Many expat …

Hotels Hong Kong

What are the best short stay hotels in Hong Kong?

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Hong Kong has plenty of options for accommodation, but you might find that you have to pay through the nose for it. If you are looking to save money, then booking a guesthouse in Kowloon might be your best option. Rooms will be shared and not dissimilar to hostels, but with a price tag of $80HK per night, it won’t …

Best Food HK

Best food in Hong Kong: Part 2

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Welcome to the second part of our guide to the best food in Hong Kong and where to find it!   Dim Sum For reasons of brevity, let’s include the majority of dim sum in an extremely broad bracket. Hong Kong has plenty of options and many places vying for the title of the best in the city. Dim sum …

Cheung Chau Island

Cheung Chau: what to see and what to do

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Arriving in Cheung Chau You can easily get to Cheung Chau from the Outer Islands Ferry Piers in Central. Ferries run for 24 hours a day and it takes around 40-50 minutes. You can take the fast ferry, which is double the price of the normal ferry, costing $24.60 compared to $12.60. Again, buy tickets before you travel from the …

Lamma Island

Lamma Island: What to see and where to go

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Did you know that Hong Kong is made up of 260 islands? Unfortunately, many of them are not open for habitation and are instead rocky outcrops that you might pass over either by boat or by plane. If you are looking to strike out from Hong Kong island and have already visited Lantau, Lamma and it’s less famous neighbour Cheung …

Colonial Hong Kong

Colonial Hong Kong: what to see

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The buildings left over as a throwback to colonial times are present all over Hong Kong. This is most evident in Macau, whose architecture looks anything but Asian in origin. Whilst Hong Kong has developed its own style, reminiscent of large Chinese cities just across the bay, you can also easily find some reminders of its colonial past. So if …

Baby in Hong Kong

Having a baby in Hong Kong? Read on.

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If you are thinking about having a baby during your stay in Hong Kong, it pays to be prepared. Medical care in the city is generally excellent, but you may find that you have some pretty big questions as you await for the arrival of your baby. As with many countries, you can choose between private and public healthcare. If …

Shenzhen off the beaten track

Off The Beaten Track: Shenzhen

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Lying just north of Hong Kong is one of the most rapidly expanding cities in China, Shenzhen. Whilst it may look industrial to any outsider, the city has some hidden corners that are worth visiting. With the city being only a stone’s throw from Hong Kong, let’s see what it can offer to any intrepid tourist.   Shenzhen Book City …