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Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in Hong Kong

Submitted: July 2013

Hong Kong is renowned for its vibrant entertainment scenes, particularly its nightlife and sightseeing areas. There are many activities catering to a wide variety of tastes, essentially, there is always something exciting to do.


Hong Kong offers a very vibrant night life which ranges from taking a luxury night cruise over Victoria Harbour, visiting pubs, bars or nightclubs, or strolling through the streets. Most bars and pubs are in east Tsim Sha Tsui, Lan Kwai Fong and Wan Chai, however there are other venues such as restaurants and eateries which collectively make them Hong Kong’s trendiest nightlife areas. Notably, nightclubs come in two forms: Western which normally caters to foreigners, and Chinese which are modelled within the Chinese culture.


Hong Kong, being the world’s third largest film producer, has more than a 100 modern and comfortable cinemas with many films which are shown in English (or with English subtitles). International films are normally shown in their original languages with Chinese subtitles or may be dubbed in Cantonese, while local films have English subtitles. Cinema listings normally indicate in which language the movies (and subtitles) will be shown, although for some cinemas, the movie is sometimes shown in both original and dubbed languages at the same cinema.

Sightseeing, tours and excursions

Hong offers a wide varies of island and city tours, including cruises, night tours, jet tours and special tours for kids. For a comprehensive list of options which are available to you, please use the following link - https://www.city-discovery.com/hong-kong/

For a comprehensive list of entertaining activities available and starting costs, please refer to the following link - https://www.viator.com/Hong-Kong/d14-ttd. The Lonely Planet guide may also prove useful - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/hong-kong/things-to-do.

Television & media

Hong Kong’s free-to-air television stations are operated by two companies, Television Broadcast Limited (TVB) and Asia Television Limited (ATV) with the former enjoying the lion’s share of market. Though most free-to-air television stations are in Chinese or Cantonese, an English channel is offered by each. TVB Pearl, airs a wide variety of programs ranging from international news to children programs, movies and lifestyle shows. On the other hand, ATV World may suit you if you want to catch up with US or British television shows.

If you fancy your home channels, there are several paid TV service provider options in Hong Kong such as satellite, cable, broadband TV and HDTV. Notably, many new apartment blocks in Hong Kong are equipped with cable or a Satellite Master Antennae. You should enquire if this will be made available to you, as this eliminates the need for ordering cable or digital services of your own to access paid channels. If not, STAR TV (https://www.startv.com/) is the main satellite TV provider, which currently broadcasts over 60 channels in 13 languages. Cable TV is dominated by i-cable Communications (https://www.i-cable.com/) which offers fixed-price packages with selections in over 100 channels, most of which are popular among regular English cable TV. If you prefer broadband TV, Now TV (https://nowtv.now.com/) is the main provider which has 18 free channels and many other which may be opted for on a pay-by-channel basis or as a package.

You should note that TV sets in Hong Kong operate under the PAL signal type system, hence if you are carrying your television ensure it operate under this system; if not, it will not be compatible with other equipment you might purchase in Hong Kong.

English radio stations, compared to television, may be a bit more limited. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) operated seven English stations on a 24 hour basis, with the BBC World Service made available too. There are other providers that operate multi-language stations such as Metro Broadcast Corporation. Radio on the internet is also available; hence through this option, your favourite radio stations may be made available to you as many radio operators provide live streaming via their station websites.

Hong Kong offers a number of newspaper choices.  Two local daily newspapers are in English, the South China Morning Post and The Standard. International dailies such as the International Herald Tribune and the USA Today are normally available at news-stand, books stores or major hotels. If your favourite paper seems difficult to find in Hong Kong, the following resource may be of help - https://www.newspaperdirect-hk.com/Index.aspx. Additionally, you could consider e-newspaper as an alternative.



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