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Below we give you some idea of what expenses you will incur, living in Hong Kong.  This is only a rough estimate, however.
 
Appliances  Average Price
21 Colour TV HK$ 2,000 (US$ 256)
DVD Player  HK$ 2,000 (US$ 256)
Laptop Computer HK$ 10,000 & up (US$ 1,300 & up)
Mobile Phone - Nokia 8250  HK$ 2,000 (US$ 256) 
Personal Computer HK$ 9,000 & up (US$1,160 & up)
Washing Machine HK$ 3,000 (US$ 385)

 
Out and About Cost 
Bowl of noodles/lunch box  HK$ 25 (US$ 3.25) 
Dinner for 2 at Vong at the Mandarin HK$ 1,000 (US$130)
Beer in Wanchai  HK$ 30 (US$ 3.90)
Gin and Tonic in Lang Kwai Fong  HK$ 60 (US$ 7.70) 
Glass of champagne at Alibi (a stylish bar in Soho) HK$ 100-150 (US$ 13-19)
Bottle of decent wine at the supermarket  HK$ 100 (US$ 13) 
Bottle of Bollinger Champagne at Duty Free  HK$ 300 (US$ 39) 
Cigar HK$ 60 (US$8)
Movie ticket  HK$ 75 (US$ 9.50) 

 
Education  Cost per year
International school fees HK$ 50,000 -135,000 (US$ 6,500 - 17,500) 

 
Food Items  Average Price
Food for a family of 4  HK$ 7,000 per month (US $890)
Imported fresh beef HK$ 70 per kg (US$8.90)
Chicken  HK$ 60 per kg (US$ 7.70)
Milk HK$ 12 per quart (US$ 1.50)
Coffee HK$ 15 per pound (US$ 2)
Can of Coke HK$ 5.00 (US$ .65)
Big Mac HK$ 10.20 (US$ 1.30)
Starbucks Grande Frappacino  HK$ 32 (US$ 4.10)
Starbucks Tall Latte  HK$ 28 (US$3.60)
Starbucks Coffee 1lb  HK$ 125 (US$16) 

 
Housing Cost per month 
2 bed, 1400 sq. ft apartment in Mid Levels  HK$ 39,000 - 45,000 (US$ 5,000 - 5,770)
3 bed, 2000 sq ft apartment in Repulse Bay  HK$ 56,000 +  (US$7,200 +)
Note:   rental costs will depend upon location, facilities, age of the building, and quality of the furnishings provided.
 
 
Transportation Cost
Car hire HK$ 180 per hour (US$ 23) 
Taxi fare from Mid Levels to Central  HK$ 20 (US$ 2.60)
Mini Bus fare from Mid Levels to Central  HK$ 5 (US$ 0.64)
Taxi fare from Repulse Bay to Central  HK$ 80 (US$ 10.30)
Mini Bus Fare from Repulse Bay to Central  HK$ 10 (US$ 1.30)

 
Private Car Purchase Cost
Mercedes 320SL HK$ 885,000 (US$ 113,500)
BMW M3 (1994) HK$ 150,000 (US$ 19,300)
Mazda Miata MX-5 (2001) HK$ 239,900 (US$ 30,800)
BMW 325i (2002)  HK$ 390,000 (US$ 50,000)

 
 
Private Medical Practitioner Cost per consultation
GP  HK$ 400 (US$51)
Dentist  HK$ 800 (US$ 103)  
Hygenist - Teeth Cleaning  HK$ 900 (US$ 115)

 
Utilities  Cost per month
Water HK$ 100 - 500 (US$ 13 - 64) quarterly
Gas  HK$ 300 - 600 (US$ 38 - 77) per month 
Electricity  HK$ 1,000 - 3,000 (US$128 - 385) per month

 

 

 

Last Updated: 4 March, 2004

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