Lifestyle in Hong Kong

The expat lifestyle in Hong Kong really can be summed up in a phrase that's all too often used when speaking about the world’s biggest cities: “work hard, play hard”.

Nearly everybody does and, in a place that thrives on perpetuating and amplifying its bustling urban energy, there are always restaurants to dine in, bars to drink in, clubs to dance in and attractions to enjoy.

People working in Hong Kong often live their social lives with the same speed and efficiency expected of them in the business world. After long, demanding days at the office, locals and foreigners alike have a bewildering array of opportunities to enjoy ostentatious luxury or to absorb the city’s natural splendour and cultural allure.

With the Asian financial capital's reputation for attracting wealthy foreigners who enjoy the perks of lucrative salaries, country clubs and glamorous homes, there are many options for expats lucky enough to live a life of luxury. That said, with high-paying packages becoming less common, expats with more realistic payslips will still have access to a lifestyle that can leave them fit, entertained and culturally stimulated.

It isn't always necessary to pay top dollar. Although the nightlife and shopping options aimed at expats will be more expensive, there’s also an endless supply of reasonably priced equivalents. The sub-tropical city also offers a range of outdoor activities to people with a sense of adventure, from hiking trails to beaches and barbecue areas.