Conclusive Guide to Leaving Hong Kong

by Joanne Rushton
November 23, 2020

Leaving Hong Kong is tough; it’s hard to pack up and leave, sometimes at short notice. This guide should help you with your move from Hong Kong to your new home.

In fact, moving house is one of the most stressful things we do in our lives; add to that a change in the country too, and the challenges can mount up. You need to get lots of things ready before leaving Hong Kong.

There’s a lot to consider, so we’re going to:

  • Provide you with the ultimate admin checklist of things to do before leaving Hong Kong
  • Which moving companies we prefer in Hong Kong
  • Our best tips on selling second-hand cars when leaving Hong Kong
  • The best ways of getting rid of furniture & other items when leaving Hong Kong
  • The ultimate Hong Kong bucket list
  • Give an overview of all you need to know about donating items in Hong Kong.

The key here is to give yourself plenty of time


I’m leaving Hong Kong, and I need an admin checklist urgently, please.

If you're leaving Hong Kong, having a comprehensive checklist of things to do is important. We have created a checklist of things to consider before you leave Hong Kong.

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You need to consider lots of elements when leaving Hong Kong. To help make things easier, we’ve written an article dedicated to an admin checklist of things to consider when leaving Hong Kong.

Among the items you need to consider are:

  • Be sure to check your tenancy agreement for your notice period and your obligations when you move out so you can get your deposit back.
  • Check the labor laws and the contracts with your helpers, so you give them the right amount of notice.
  • If you’ve got kids in school, understand how their fees work and how you can ensure you don’t pay for schooling your kids don’t use.
  • Follow up with any club or gym memberships you have to cancel subscriptions with.
  • Get your bank accounts ready to leave – can you leave it open? How can you access it offshore?
  • Check to see if you can cancel any of your insurance products and get a refund on balance.
  • Cancel your utilities, including gas, electricity, water, and wifi.

That’s a lot to take in, right? You may have only gone through this a few short years ago when you relocated to Hong Kong.

It doesn’t get any easier, but hopefully, you’ll be more resilient in the face of the barrage of emails and phone calls you have to deal with before leaving Hong Kong.

Check out our article on a checklist of things to do before leaving Hong Kong for the entire list of admin items you can expect to have complete when moving away from Hong Kong.


How do I find a good moving company for leaving Hong Kong?

When you know you're leaving Hong Kong, start reaching out to moving companies for quotes. The sooner you book in your move, the lower the quotes tend to be.

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Packing up boxes and boxes of everything you’ve acquired can be an absolute pain. Two solutions to this can work well together –

  1. Declutter before you move. Get rid of stuff that you can easily buy in your next home, such as blenders, cushions, plain mirrors. Make sure you sell or donate anything in good condition.
  2. Hire a removal company to pack up for you. Once you’ve rationalized what you really want to take with you, bring in some muscle to pack. Good packers can get a three-bedroom place ready to move in a matter of hours.

The further ahead you plan, the easier and cheaper your move when leaving Hong Kong will be.

We’re all about finding ways to slim down costs, and all it takes, in this case, is organization.

Lock in your moving date a couple of months ahead of leaving Hong Kong, and you should get decent discounts.

Sometimes, your employer will cover your moving expenses if they’ve decided to relocate you. Other times, it’s a choice you make, and you need to cover your costs.

To know your costs, you need to think about:

  • The quality of the movers you use – cheap companies will be newer and have less of a reputation.
  • The volume of your stuff will dictate a lot of the cost. Fitting everything into one lorry load will keep costs down.
  • Distance traveled is another factor – it stands to reason that the longer your stuff is moved, the more expensive it gets.
  • What you ask the company to do can add costs. Bringing in people to do your packing will cost more, and using the company’s boxes will add to the bill.

After wrapping your thoughts around all of that, it’s time to find you a moving company in Hong Kong.

We’ve put together a list of movers we recommend, and since they’re local and small, you’ll get great service and prices. Check out our guide to moving home here.


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Now I need to sell my car, how do I get rid of my car when leaving Hong Kong?

If you know you're leaving Hong Kong, start getting ready to sell your second hand car straight away. When it comes to cars, Hong Kong is generally a buyer's market, so you will need to get your car ready and in tip-top shape.

The public transport in Hong Kong is great, but having a car in Hong Kong can make some things easier, especially for parents.

You will have gone through the process of buying your car in the city and probably noticed that it’s a buyer’s market. 

Great back then, but now how to get it sold?

To get the best deal on selling your car, give yourself a long lead time – we’d suggest four to six months. In this time, you have to find a buyer and get things in order, ready to sell.

Get marketing early, and not just to your fellow ex-pats. The websites we’d suggest you look at using are:

Get some help from your local friends to post on the local pages – casting your net wide gives you a great chance of finding a buyer for your car in Hong Kong.

Your car needs to run well and look good to optimize your selling price. Simple things like getting the car valeted and repainting rims to cover up scuffs will serve you well in this crowded market.

Don’t forget the paperwork to sell your car in Hong Kong, either. It would help if you got documents to make your sale smooth and make sure you don’t become liable for someone else’s tickets.

For a full rundown of what you need to do to get your car sold, read through our full guide to the process here.


I’ve acquired a lot of furniture; how do I sell my things in Hong Kong?

If you're leaving Hong Kong, and you've looked around your home, you'll quickly realize that you have accumulate a lot of possessions, and that you'll need to let some items go. Don't just throw items away. There are plenty of ways to get rid of unwanted items in Hong Kong. Either give them away to your friends, donate or sell.

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Your car is probably the most valuable thing you’ve bought in Hong Kong, but when you look at the furniture you’ve acquired, there’ll be some value there, too.

You’re going to have pieces that you just can’t say goodbye to, but are you going to lug a set of IKEA Kallax shelves across the world?

Options abound for disposing of your second-hand furniture in Hong Kong. Sending things to landfill should be your absolute last option.

Unless your clothes or furniture are completely worn out, you’ve got options.

The main things that you can do to get rid of your furniture in Hong Kong are:

  • Sell it to second-hand shops or other people in the city.
  • Donate it to charity for them to sell or provide to people in need
  • Give it away to your friends who can make good use of it.

Every shop and charity works slightly differently when it comes to things like valuations and collections.

We contacted some popular shops and the best charities to see what you need to do to sell or donate your furniture in Hong Kong.

Here’s the full article so you can get planning your departure from the city and slimming down on your shipping costs.


What should be on my Hong Kong bucket list?

If you're leaving Hong Kong, check out the bucket list of things to do that we have created. Hong Kong has so many great activities, plan the rest of your time well.

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Did you see the movie The Bucket List? It just about scrapes into the top 300 films for 2007, so we’re not really surprised you missed it.

No one ever saw it, yet the movie sparked a whole concept – a list of things to do before you die. 

As your time in Hong Kong draws to a close, you might want to find a way to say goodbye to this great city.

What have you always wanted to do and never got round to in the city? Where have you made some of your best memories?

After living in and loving Hong Kong for years, we’ve got a pretty good grasp of what the must-do things are.

You’ll hopefully get a few months’ notice before you need to leave, so grab your diary, call your friends, and get planning your last weeks in the craziness that is Hong Kong. 

We’ve dived into the things you need to get done in great detail in our article about your Hong Kong bucket list, and here are some of the highlights: 

  • Hit the beach for one last chill session or afternoon paddling and playing with the kids.
  • Get back to nature and go for a hike up Victoria Peak or Dragon’s Back and get some final skyline panorama shots.
  • Hit up the shopping with a trip down to Sham Shui Po – grab some fun and tacky gifts whilst you’re down there.
  • One for your ‘Gram, head down to Rainbow Estate and get an iconic photo in front of the quirky, multicolored buildings.
  • Savor the flavor with food and drinks – check out the best dim sum, have drinks and Sevva, or hit the heights at Ozone bar on the 108th floor.

Have we missed anything? Let us know what you’re eager to get done or would love to do again in Hong Kong.


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Are you trying to rehome a wide variety of items before leaving Hong Kong?

If you're leaving Hong Kong, Crossroads Foundation is a great charity for donating unwanted goods.

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If you want to make sure as many of your unwanted items are reused, check out our guide on donating items in Hong Kong. We dive into specific items and give you our top recommendations for rehoming each of these items.

Our guide specifically talks about the best places to donate items such as :

  • Toys
  • Maternity clothes
  • Baby clothes
  • Books
  • Kitchen appliances

The guide also talks about some of the best charities in Hong Kong for giving away unwanted items. These charities include;  Salvation Army, Crossroads Foundation, Nik Ki, and PathFinders.

These charities are doing phenomenal work with providing those in need in the community with items they actually require.

When it comes to donating items in Hong Kong, you will need to be organized. Once you know the best charity target for your unwanted items, you’ll need to contact the charity and provide a detailed description of your item/s.

It’s common for charities only to accept donations of items in good, working order. Generally, there is a preference for items that are smaller in size. For example, don’t expect much demand for an oversized four-seat sofa, but for items such as a small coffee table, or a small bookshelf, there should be great demand.

Once a charity has agreed to accept your item, you’ll need to agree to a date for the item’s transportation. You’ll generally need to pay for the charity to come and collect your items. Self-delivery may be an option; otherwise, you may need to arrange for a transportation company to move the items.  Be aware that you may have to wait a few weeks for your item to be scheduled.

Even though donating items in Hong Kong might take a little time and effort, it’s all worth it. Hong Kong already has a huge waste problem, with 70% of all waste ending up in landfills, and besides, your unwanted items could turn into someone else’s treasure.



Leaving Hong Kong and moving to a new country is stressful. But we hope this guide will help to make leaving Hong Kong a little bit easier.

We’re hoping that you can now enjoy your last days, weeks, or months before leaving Hong Kong armed with this information.

If we’ve missed a topic or if you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below. Alternatively, if you have a great tip regarding leaving Hong Kong, please share it with everyone below.

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