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Live & Work In Hong Kong, 3rd Edition


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Notes; Acknowledgements; Preface; Introduction: Why Come to Hong Kong?; Part One: Living in Hong Kong; 1 Living as a Hong Konger; Challenges and opportunities for Hong Kong; Expatriate lifestyles; Pick a lifestyle; Unemployed or 'trailing' spouses or partners; 2 Managing Costs; Main costs; Other costs; 3 Arriving at the Airport; Visitor information and help; Money; Shops and restaurants; Luggage; Accommodation; Medical; Washroom and nursing facilities; Other facilities; Transport connections; Airport Express trains; Airport buses; Taxis; Limousines; Ferries; Useful phone number; 4 Getting Around; Trains; Light rail and bus services; Ferries; Trams; Taxis; Elevated walkways; Driving; 5 Looking for Accommodation; Finding a home; Popular neighbourhoods; Searching for a property; Renting a property; Other options; Short-term hotel accommodation; Utilities; Pets; Life in your new home; Removals companies; 6 Eating and Drinking; Local delicacies; Afternoon teas, tea buffets and tea sets; Street snacks; Sandwiches; Drinks stalls; Coffee shops; Tea shops; Fast food; Restaurants; Dining locales; Take-away/home delivery; Halal/Kosher restaurants; Vegetarian and vegan restaurants; 7 Shopping; QTS shops; Malls; Shops; 8 Having and Raising Children in Hong Kong; Pregnancy and childbirth; Babysitters/nannies/full-time help; Adopting a child; Registering your baby's birth and obtaining a passport; Schools; Leisure activities and extra-curricular classes for children; Places to take kids; 9 Looking after your Health; Environmental safety; Food labelling; Infectious diseases; Drugs; Health insurance; Hospitals and GP services; Specialists; Stress; Counselling services; Alternative and complementary health; Physical fitness; Spa and beauty; Facial surgery and invasive treatments; 10 Saving and Spending; Part of the plan; Banks; Money changers; Financial planning; Investments and saving; Financial news and education resources; 11 Staying Safe; Crime; Religions; The political system; 12 Getting Married and Bereavement; Marriage; Bereavement; Part Two: Working in Hong Kong; 13 Working and Networking; Business environment; Expatriate employment sectors; Requirements; Visas; Job search; Employment contracts; Tax; Setting up a company; Banks; Setting up an office; Government support for businesses; IT infrastructure; Chambers of commerce; Other business clubs and networking organizations; 14 Being a Professional Woman in Hong Kong; Stories; Support organizations; 15 Teaching English; Trends in English teaching in Hong Kong; Do I need to be qualified to work as an English teacher in Hong Kong?; Salary and work visas; Employment sectors; 16 Developing yourself Professionally; Executive and life coaching; Undergraduate and postgraduate studies; Continuing education; Training; Language courses; General short courses for self-development; 17 Volunteering; Animal welfare; Conservation; Counselling and support; International humanitarian; Local issues; Part Three: having fun in Hong Kong; 18 G etting Involved in the Local Arts Scene; Arts festivals; Classical music concerts; Pop concerts; Jazz; Dance; Theatre; Major performance venues; Film; Chinese cultural activities; European cultural activities; Visual arts; Browsing art galleries; Books; 19 Playing Sports; Sporting events; Sports clubs and associations; Private sports and social clubs; Golf; 20 F inding Interest Groups; Asian interest; Friends of the arts; Amateur theatre groups; Choirs; Film buffs; Writers; Others; Women's clubs; Country associations; University alumni associations; 21 Taking Classes; General interest; Antiques; Cooking; Cosmetics-making; Dance; Flower arranging; Jewellery and glass; Languages; Painting and fine arts; Pottery; Music; Photography; Singing; Sports; Wine appreciation and tasting; 22 Visiting Places of Interest; Peace and tranquillity; Urban bustle; Historical sightseeing; Museums; 23 Exploring the Great Outdoors; Hiking; Camping; Cycling; Outdoor adventures; Junks; Bird- and animal-watching; 24 Travelling; Popular Asian destinations; Chinese travel; Visas; Travel agents; 25 Enjoying the Night Life; Expat districts for socializing; Tea dances; Latin American dancing; Karaoke; Massage parlours; The gay scene; 26 Dating; Hong Kong: graveyard of expat marriages?; Dating websites, organizations and personals; Appendix 1 Tertiary Institutions; Appendix 2 Airlines; Appendix 3 Consulates; Appendix 4 Useful Telephone Numbers; Appendix 5 Calendar of Annual Festivals and Events in Hong Kong; Index.

About the Author

Dr RACHEL WRIGHT lived and worked in Hong Kong for many years, and has also enjoyed living and working in Beijing. She has written on educational issues for the South China Morning Post.


'Wright's guide will more than pay for itself in time saved.' South China Morning Post

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