Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China and ranked third internationally as a global financial centre. With a population of 7.5 million and the largest number of skyscrapers anywhere, it’s also one of the most densely populated locations in the world.
The city is located in a humid sub-tropical climate zone and its culture is characterised by a fusion of East and West. Though the majority of the local population is ethnically Chinese, Hong Kong has developed a distinct identity due in large part to its long-lasting relationship with Britain. Hong Kong is home to many of Asia’s biggest media players with a major film industry and is a centre for broadcasting and publishing. It is also host to a rich mix of sporting and cultural events.
Melbourne is the capital city of the Australian state of Victoria and the second largest city in the country. The Finance sector is now the city’s most important, followed by Professional Services, Construction and Healthcare.
Culturally, the city is UNESCO-recognised and hosts major annual sporting fixtures such as the Australian Grand Prix and Australian Open. The city enjoys a temperate oceanic climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. For these reasons, Melbourne is consistently rated right at the top in polls of the world’s most liveable cities.
Singapore is a sovereign city-state and island country, located in Southeast Asia. Though physically small, the city has a population of 5 million and is an economic giant. It is a major Finance business centre and a leading Shipping hub, and an attractive hub for innovative tech start-ups.
The city is multicultural and blends Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and English cultures and religions: in fact, close to a quarter of its population are expatriates or foreign workers. And, whilst often rated one of the most expensive places to live, Singapore enjoys one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world, scoring very highly for education, healthcare and overall quality of life.
Located on the east coast, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales. It’s the biggest city in Australia with a population in excess of 5 million people and frequently appears in Top10 lists of the most liveable destinations in the world.
Sydney has an advanced market economy with significant strengths in Finance – as evidenced by the number of foreign banks and multinationals – and is both Australia’s financial capital and a leading financial services hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney also has a thriving Tourism sector, making it an enjoyable place to live.