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Living & Working in Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Situated on the south coast of China, Hong Kong comprises a beautiful a large mainland and hundreds of Islands, most famously Hong Kong Island itself, where the HKU main campus is situated. The city is known for its expansive skyline, deep natural harbour and stunning mountainous scenery.  

The University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine is located on the west side of Hong Kong Island in Pok Fu Lam, where the campus enjoys beautiful a beautiful sea view dotted with islands. Hong Kong has a humid, subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are mild and sunny, never reaching temperatures that qualify as cold in most of the world. The city boasts a vast array of recreational, cultural, and entertainment facilities, including world-class restaurants, internationally famous shopping districts and local markets, jaw-dropping scenic hikes, and endless opportunities for outdoor and cultural activities. 

Getting Around

The high population density in Hong Kong has generated outstanding transportation facilities, including the clean, efficient, and inexpensive Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which connects Hong Kong Island with Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Island. Additionally, public light busses, double-decker busses, and the city’s iconic trams and Star Ferry help transport commuters.  

As a global business and transport hub Hong Kong enjoys excellent air links with the rest of the world, acting as a connecting airport for many international flights, and consistently ranking among the world’s best airports. 

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Schooling

Hong Kong has a wealth of international and local private schooling for students of all ages offering American, British and Canadian curriculum studies as well as International Baccalaureate Programs. The English Schools Foundation, where many expatriates send their children, is comprised of 22 schools and is subsidised by the Hong Kong government to provide an English-language education, with priority given to students who cannot speak Chinese.

In addition, while most of Hong Kong’s international schools offer Putonghua as an additional language with English as the language of instruction, there is now a number of schools that place an emphasis on bilingual Mandarin / English instruction, which some parents may favour.