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2017 year in review in Hong Kong

By: Melissa Stevens

Was 2017 a good year for you and your nearest and dearest? If you were an expat in Hong Kong, it was no doubt equal parts frantic and fun! The city marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region, as well as seeing Carrie Lam become its’ first female chief executive. It was also a year which saw Hong Kong have the warmest January since records began, the first signal 10 typhoon in five years, and Fiji win the Rugby Sevens. Closer to home, for our 2017 year in review, we have taken a look at the most-read stories this year by Expat Living readers. Here’s a taste of what you wanted to know about.

Hong Kong's famous Star Ferry offers a fantastic view and is as cheap as chips
Hong Kong’s famous Star Ferry offers a fantastic view and is as cheap as chips

Vegetarian restaurants

Finding a vegetarian restaurant can be a challenge in Hong Kong, which explains why our comprehensive guide to veggie dining offerings was very well-read.

Read: Best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Hong Kong

Fun facts about Hong Kong

Are Expat Living readers big trivia buffs? Or do you just enjoy finding out fascinating facts about life in the 852? Either way, our collection of fun facts was one of our top stories.

Read: 25 fun facts about Hong Kong

25 Fun Facts about Hong Kong


Hong Kong is renowned world-wide for its excellent tailors. Our bumper guide to best tailors in the city is a go-to guide for anyone looking to get some clothes made while here.

Read: Our picks for men’s tailors in Hong Kong

International Schools

One of the biggest issues facing expats in Hong Kong is finding the best school for your child. An article by educational consultant Ruth Benny of Top Schools, which we featured in our annual City Guide, addressed key questions parents ask was welcomed by our readers.

Read: What’s the best school in Hong Kong?

Hiring a domestic helper

Another big part of life in Hong Kong is hiring a domestic helper. This welcome support to many families does come with a set of administrative responsibilities that can be complex. Our guide was understandably one of this year’s top stories.

Read: The ultimate guide to hiring a domestic helper


Here at EL we love a good brunch and it turns out you guys do, too! Our round-up of some of the most popular brunch spots in Hong Kong was one of the year’s top stories and obviously a source of much dining inspiration for you all!

Read: Best brunch spots in Hong Kong


As every newcomer to Hong Kong eventually discovers, the city is full of greenery and great hiking spots – a perfect way to walk off all those brunches! Our list of suggested hikes was a popular one.

Read: Hiking in Hong Kong


EL readers are a community-minded bunch! There are so many amazing community organisations making a big difference to groups of people across Hong Kong and you definitely wanted to know more about them.

Read: 10 ways to help in Hong Kong

Opening a bank account

Navigating Hong Kong can be tricky which is why the information in our annual City Guide is a valuable resource for so many. Our guide to opening a bank account was particularly popular.

Read: Opening a bank account in Hong Kong

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