Moving to Hong Kong
For removals to Hong Kong, Greens Removals provide a comprehensive shipping service to and from Hong Kong that can include full packing and unpacking, insurance and storage at either end of your move. Removals to Hong Kong is by dedicated container, part load container or air freight.
Moving to Hong Kong or to any new international destination can be a stressful experience. Here at Greens, we provide a professional high quality service that will save you time and worry.
Our removals to Hong Kong service can include the following:
Our move manager will ensure that you are kept fully informed throughout the move and we will be on hand at all times to answer any questions you may have.
Greens Removals are a member of the British Association Removers (Overseas Movers) as well as fully bonded members of the Movers Trading Club. Greens Removals have also been been awarded the British Kite Mark which recognises excellence within international moving companies and the removal industry.
Moving to Hong Kong: About the City
Hong Kong, translated from Cantonese as "Fragrant City", is a fascinating contrast of stunning cityscapes, mountainous terrains, heritage sites, beaches, deserted islands and green countryside. It is instantly recognisable by its famous skyline and is known as the most world's most densely populated city boasting a staggering 7,650 sky scrapers.
The territory is situated on China's South Coast and 37 miles east of Macau on the opposite side of Pearl River Delta. The South China Sea surrounds it to the east, south and west. Hong Kong spans 426 square miles overall and consists of Hong Kong Island, The Kowloon Peninsular and the New Territories as well as more than 200 islands, the biggest of which is Lantau Island.
Moving to Hong Kong: Population
With a population of 7.03 million, it draws about 45,000 immigrants a year from mainland China. About 95 per cent of the population are of Chinese descent and most of these are made up of Taishanese, Chui Chow, other Cantonese people and Hakka. The remaining percentage are made up of other groups such as those from Indian, Pakistan, Nepal, as well as people from Europe (mostly British), America and Japan, who predominantly work in the commercial and financial sector. There are also a number of people from Indonesia and the Philippines.
People live to a grand age in Hong Kong as it enjoys one of the highest life-expectancies in the world, with the average male life expectancy around 79 years and 84 years for the average female.
Hong Kong is dubbed the world's most vertical city with more buildings higher than 150 metres than any other city in the world. A total of 36 of the world's tallest buildings are in Hong Kong and it boasts the 3rd tallest building in the world - The International Commerce Centre (ICC) which stands at 484 m (1,588 ft high).
Moving to Hong Kong: Climate
With Hong Kong just south of the tropic of Cancer, residents enjoy 1,948 hours of sunshine a year. It has a humid, sub-tropical climate with hot and humid summers and some rain showers and thunderstorms. Typhoons occur usually in the summer and can sometimes lead to flooding and landslides.
Winters are generally mild with the occasional cold front. The hottest recorded temperature is 36.1 degrees centigrade and the lowest is recorded at 0 degrees centigrade.
A significant area of Hong Kong is mountainous. Less than a quarter of the land is developed, with most of the development in the Kowloon Peninsula, on the Northern Edge of Hong Kong Island and a scattering throughout the New Territories. A total of 40 per cent of the land mass is made up of country parks and nature reserves. It has bays, rivers and beaches along its long coast.
Moving to Hong Kong: Religion
Most of Hong Kong's residents (about 90 per cent) practice a mix of religions, mainly Buddhism and also Confucianism and Taoism. Christians make up about 8 per cent of the population.
Moving to Hong Kong: Languages
The official languages are Chinese and English with 88 per cent of Hong Kong's residents speaking Cantonese. English is spoken as a second language by 34.9 per cent of the population. Street signs can be found in Chinese and English
Moving to Hong Kong : Politics
Hong Kong operates under the principle of "one country, two systems". On 1 July 1997, saw the end of British Colonial Rule with The Sino-British Joint Declaration. This transferred Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty as a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It allows Hong Kong to enjoy a high degree of autonomy for at least 50 years after its transfer, retaining its capitalist system, free trade, independant judiciary, rule of law and freedom of speech.
Moving to Hong Kong : Living
From the 1950's Hong Kong was originally dominated by manufacturing industry, until the 1980's and 1990's, when the service industry took over and this now makes up 90 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. This switch from a predominant manufacturing to a dominant service industry was mainly as a result of a rise in manufacturing in Southern China.
The currency is the Hong Kong Dollar which is the 9th most traded in the world. Globally it is an important financial centre and is characterised by low taxation and free trade - there are almost no import of export controls here. In 2009, the Hong Kong stock exchange was the 7th largest worldwide.
As it has so little farmland and very low natural resources, most of the food and raw materials have to be imported into Hong Kong.
Education is similar to the English system although there are also some international systems in Hong Kong.
Often dubbed as a place where "East meets West", Hong Kong presents a fascinating mix of Chinese roots and British influences. Eating out you will find a combination of Hong Kong food, fast food and many fine restaurants.
Hong Kong offers plenty to do and there are a multitude of attractions to enjoy which include The Peak, which offers dazzling views over the mountains, city and harbour, the Giant Buddha, the world's tallest outdoor seated Buddha and Victoria Harbour where you can take a boat ride day or night. You can also visit some of the beaches or deserted islands and enjoy a spectacular mountain hike.
Hong Kong has fantastic shopping opportunities with a various array of options including shopping centres, street markets, interesting boutiques, traditional stores as well as themed shopping areas where you can find designer clothes, electronic goods and more.
You may notice that many of the buildings are without a fourth floor as the word 4 in Cantonese is similar to the word "die."
The public transport system in Hong Kong is superb with 90 per cent of the population using it - higher than anywhere else in the world. Hong Kong International Airport is known as one of the busiest in terms of passengers and cargo. Hong Kong boasts 13 private hospitals, as well as 50 public ones. From the time of British rule, the Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry has run (except when it is cancelled due to typhoons). It presents a fascinating journey.
Hong Kong movies were heavily influenced by the martial arts scene, especially in the 1960's and 70's. Big Hollywood names that originated from Hong Kong film industry include Bruce Lee (The Chinese Connection, Enter the Dragon, Return of the Dragon), Jackie Chan (Rush Hour, Shanghai Noon, The Spy Next Door) Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Jet Li (Fearless, Hero, Lethal Weapon 4).
Moving to Hong Kong : Visas
For information on visas needed to relocate to Hong Kong, contact the Hong Kong SAR Immigration Department on telephone 00852 2824 6111. Or visit the immigration department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.
As a guide, British nationals can stay up to six months in Hong Kong without a visa. But if you want to take up a job, set up a business, study or settle in Hong Kong, you will need to get a visa before arrival.
Visa applications can be sent to the Visa Office or to the Hong Kong Immigration Department by post or through a sponsor.
Those who want to apply for a visa for visits, such as business, social, leisure and transit would need to produce the following documents:
A visa application form that can be downloaded from the Chinese Embassy website, a valid passport and recent photo, a copy of your passport's data page, your bank statement for the last three months, a letter from either your employer or school, booking information of a return flight ticket and place to stay in Hong Kong, and also an invitation to visit if you are going to Hong Kong for business reasons.
Moving to Hong Kong Information