Working in Hong Kong
A foreign national who will move to Hong Kong for the purpose of employment must obtain an employment visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. In addition, the accompanying family members, defined as spouse and children, must obtain dependent visas. The employment visa must be obtained PRIOR to arrival in Hong Kong. Visitors are not allowed by law to take up employment (paid or unpaid), and a visitor visa is not a legally valid document for employment. The University therefore cannot permit commencement of duty unless an employment visa has been obtained.
Income earned in Hong Kong is subject to a yearly salary tax (up to a maximum flat rate of 15%). The fiscal year runs from April 1 through March 31. The monthly salary/stipend, earned gratuity, and allowances are all subject to taxation. For further information, please refer to http://www.ird.gov.hk/.
The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$), which is pegged to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1=HK$7.8, although the rate fluctuates slightly.
Space is at a premium in Hong Kong, and as a consequence, housing is an expensive commodity. Most people live in housing that would be considered by US or UK standards to be small. Prices fluctuate, and generally reflect the state of the property market.
In Hong Kong, children between the ages of three and six could receive pre-primary education at kindergartens which are privately run. Starting from the 2008-09 school year, Hong Kong provides twlve-year free education from primary to secondary levels. Eligible children irrespective of sex, ethnic origin, religiou or ethical belief, and family status, have the right to enjoy basic education in public sector schools.
There are three types of school available to primary and secondary students in Hong Kong:
Government and Aided Schools
English Schools Foundation (ESF) Schools
Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate with distinct seasonal changes. The four seasons are:
Summer (late May to mid-September) is hot and humid. Three quarters of Hong Kong's rain falls during these months. Temperatures rise to 33°C(92°F) or higher, with humidity around 90%. Cyclones, known locally as typhoons, nearly always affect Hong Kong during these months.
Autumn (late September to early December) is cool and dry with bright blue skies and little rainfall. The average temperature is 22°C (72°F).
Winter (mid-December to late February) is moderately cold with low humidity. The average temperature is 16°C (61°F) but the temperature often drops lower.
Spring (March to late May) gets warmer and wetter. It may rain for a week or two at a time and mildew is often a problem. The average temperature is 21°C (68°F).