Exploring Hong Kong

image Lunch @ Jumbo Floating Restaurant

In January I traveled to Hong Kong as part of a study mission for the American Society of Association Professionals.  The event, hosted by the Hong Kong Tourism Board, was an amazing opportunity to learn about the Hong Kong business market and prospective advantages to doing business in the region.  Below are a few of my observations as well as pictures from my travels.

  • Hong Kong Island and its surrounding regions, Macau and Lantau Island, offer a wide array of top class venues including two large convention centers easily accessible via railway, ferry and air.
  • Signage, documents and city directional were provided in English and Cantonese.  Since Cantonese and English are both official languages of Hong Kong it was very easy to communicate with individuals while exploring the city on my own.
  • Though the flight from NYC was a non-stop 15 hours (via economy- boo), Hong Kong is only four hours from Asia’s key cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Manila.  In addition, Hong Kong is only 5 hours from Singapore, Tokyo, Kaula Lumpur and Jakarta.  By 2016, Hong Kong will be even more accessible to neighboring regions via the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge.
  • Most professionals in Hong Kong work a 13 hour day and are passionate about education.  Most professional continue their educational process throughout their professional careers often earning multiple degrees and/or certifications.
  • Among the lowest in the world, Hong Kong has a tax regime that is simple and predictable.  No Sales or Value Added Tax (VAT) meant I spent my free time SHOPPING!
  • Rule of law and clean government – Hong Kong’s legal system is separate from mainland China and English common law prevails.  Hong Kong is considered one of the most corruption-free economies in the world.
  • Free flow of Information = I was still able to access Facebook and Instagram while traveling. 🙂

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OOTD – Morning selfie before my business meeting
Blazer – Macy’s (similar style)
Top – Old Navy (similar style)
Bag – Kate Spade

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Tai Chi @ Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

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