What do I need to know about living in Hong Kong?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Hong Kong, they said:
"Try and get out and meet people as soon as you can. I think that makes a big difference in your settling into any country. I would also recommend taking a positive attitude. The crowds, pollution and lifestyle can wear you down over time. Look at it as an adventure and a life time experience and it will be!
Here is a list of potential items to bring:
PERSONAL H&B PRODUCTS:
Allergenic soap substitutes (for people with eczema etc)
Bug spray is available but expensive
Cosmetics – most imported cosmetics are double here. Some brands that you will recognize are actually formulated differently for the Asian completion.
Deodorant /anti perspiring – epically non-fragrance ones
Razors for men and women
Vitamin E Cream
Advil or Ibuprofen
Anti-bacterial cream, antacid, etc.
Cold / flu medicines
First Aid equipment -like savlon spray or cream, sulpha powder, dressings etc
Diapers (disposable ones) are very expensive. Cloth ones not available.
Pictures of clothes styles that you as tailors are quite reasonable
Shoes – casual, dress, and sport
Underwear (ladies’ and men’s)
STATIONARY – PAPER:
Art supplies (i.e. construction paper, glitter, Popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners)
Lots of "busy" work – jigsaw puzzles, games
Photos of loved ones
Stamps from your country (if you send things through company mail)
Blender, food processor, mixer.
Chicken stock (local product has MSG)
Cocoa powder - very expensive
Coffee or Coffee Beans and grinder! (Starbuck’s due June 2000)
Comfort food (i.e. cereal, pasta, spices, fruit roll ups, etc.)
Garbage bags for kitchen made of plastic net (as in Japan)
Pans for baking cakes or cookie sheets/tins, and muffin tins
Seeds to grow one's own basil or other herbs
Some kitchenware like peeler, spatulas, thermometers and whisks
Packet mix for casseroles and dips, etc
Vegetable shortening for baking is available here but quite expensive.
Full Size bath towels
explained one expat living in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
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What is life like in Hong Kong?