Canadian Expats in Hong Kong: What not to Take With You

It is a common tendency for people to bring too much baggage when traveling to another place, but many Canadian expats in Hong Kong would tell you that most of it is unnecessary. Hong Kong is a highly-developed region of China which has consistently ranked in the top 15% of all countries in the world in terms of quality of life. This place has pretty much everything that you need in order to live a convenient life.

North Americans are known to be meticulous to a fault. Take traveling, for example. Americans and Canadians are avid travelers who go on an overseas trip once or twice a year. They plan their trip for months, and finally head to the airport with their bags bursting at the seams.

You can avoid the temptation of stuffing too much items in your bags by doing a little bit of research about Hong Kong. There tons of reviews online that you can use as a guide when looking for a job or an apartment or when navigating the streets of Hong Kong

Hong Kong in a Nutshell

Hong Kong is a group of small islands situated in East Asia. Its total territory is no bigger than Los Angeles. Due to space constraints caused by its 7 million population, most people live in flats and high-rise condominiums which are subsidized by the government.

What not to Bring According to Canadian Expats in Hong Kong

Due to its liberal economy, Hong Kong customs regulation are pretty lenient when it comes to bringing personal and household items. However, there are things which might not be advisable to bring:


Hong Kongers use right-hand drive vehicles, so there is pretty much no use bringing a left-hand car from Canada. Public transport works like a well-oiled machine. There is a Mass Transit Railway that has several stations at the busiest districts in the city. There are also buses, taxis, trams, and ferries throughout the Hong Kong Island.

Traveller Checks

Seriously, traveler checks are so 80’s. They have become outdated over the years due to the inconvenience of cashing them in local banks. It is advisable to bring an ATM or credit/debit card instead. Most bank accounts in Canada are recognized internationally, so you won’t have difficulty cashing in your money from the nearest ATM machine in Hong Kong.

Thick Winter Clothes

Winters in Hong Kong are a lot more bearable than in Canada. A Hong Kong winter chill would average around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so there’s no need to bundle up with heavy coats and gloves and scarfs. Light winter jackets will do for Canadian expats in Hong Kong.

If you would like to relocate to Honk Kong, we at Canuck Abroad can help you. We provide information about almost every country in the world as well as a list of Canadian expat groups in various cities.