Frequently Asked Questions about Hong Kong
What language do people speak in Hong Kong?
The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English. While Mandarin is becoming popular for business purposes, the majority of people in Hong Kong speak Cantonese.
Is it worth learning Cantonese?
Learning a few key phrases might be helpful, but unless wanting to learn it on a more fluent level for personal reasons, expats can get by easily without it as English is widely spoken in Hong Kong. On the other hand, expats looking for a job in Hong Kong will find that speaking fluent Cantonese will put them above other applicants.
Can I find work in Hong Kong once I arrive?
Due to the visa system in Hong Kong, expats will need to secure a job before they arrive. Unless an applicant can speak Cantonese or Mandarin, jobs in Hong Kong are limited. Most expats are relocated from their position back home to middle or upper management positions in large, international companies. Otherwise, English-speaking expats will be limited to teaching or low-paying hospitality positions.
Can I hire domestic help?
Domestic services are very common in Hong Kong, and many households hire a live-in domestic helper. It is quite commonplace to hire a domestic helper from a foreign country, but there are numerous labour laws to abide by when doing so.