Healthy Living

Hong Kong boasts a world-class healthcare system. Public health awareness is on the rise, and the government has taken proactive measures to help people live longer, healthier lives. It is no wonder that the city is consistently ranked as having one of the world’s highest life expectancies.

Air Quality

Compared to most regions of the United States, the air quality in Hong Kong is quite poor, particularly in high traffic areas like Central, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok. 

Smoking Restrictions

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places in Hong Kong, including escalators, restaurants (including those with outdoor areas unless specially designated), bars, malls and karaoke venues.

Water Supply Quality

Official government sources maintain that Hong Kong’s water supply complies with the World Health Organization guidelines for drinking-water quality. The Water Supplies Department monitors water quality throughout the treatment, supply and distribution system.

Bottled Water Delivery

List of water suppliers in case you would like regular delivery of bottled water to your home or office.

Beach Water Quality

The quality of swimming water and beaches in Hong Kong used to be the subject of scrutiny due to pollution in the Pearl River Delta.

Food Quality & Safety

The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department  (FEHD)  regulates  Hong Kong’s food quality. The department issues licenses to all food-related businesses, including restaurants, fresh food markets and  supermarkets,  and  regularly  carries out inspection for sanitation standards.

Food Labeling

Hong Kong’s labeling law requires nutritional information to be listed on all pre-packaged foods. The law mandates a labeling system different from those commonly used in Western countries (from which most of Hong Kong’s prepackaged foods are imported).

Organic Produce

Demand for organic produce is skyrocketing in Hong Kong, but there is currently no legislation governing the safe sale and labeling of such goods.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

Information on Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

Infectious Diseases

After the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, the government set up the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) to monitor the spread of infectious diseases in Hong Kong, emergency management and preparedness as well as mobilization of emergency services in response to health crises.


Consult a doctor on the recommended vaccinations to get before or after arriving in Hong Kong.

Public and Private Healthcare Services

The overall structure of Hong Kong’s healthcare system


Education and training of medical professionals in Hong Kong are modeled after the system in the United Kingdom, where an MBBS medical degree is granted upon successful completion of a five-year study program. Graduates are eligible for a license to practice medicine after one year of internship.

Maternity Services

Private hospitals in Hong Kong provide exceptional maternity care and services.

Health Insurance

Most large companies in Hong Kong provide health insurance coverage for employees and their families. If your company does not, you can purchase local health insurance from a number of outside providers.

Drugstore Pharmacies

In addition to hospitals and healthcare clinics, pharmacies can commonly be found in large drugstores.

Local Pharmacies

You’ll find local pharmacies (locally called “dispensaries”) in nearly every neighborhood in Hong Kong. Some carry only traditional Chinese herbs and medicines, while others carry Western- brand medications or a combination of the two.

In Case of Emergency

In case of Emergency call 999. This number will give you emergency access to the Police, Fire Services Department or an ambulance.

Dental Care

Dental care standards in Hong Kong are very competitive.

Optical Care

With so many optometrists practicing in Hong Kong, it can be a challenge to find the right one, especially since most speak English as well as Chinese.

Mental Health

High stress levels and anxiety are commonly experienced by those living in fast-paced cities like Hong Kong.

Naturopaths and Alternative Medicine

Natural and holistic treatments and therapies have become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. Treatments emphasize disease prevention and overall wellness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

TCM has been used for the prevention and treatment of diseases and for health maintenance for thousands of years. It encompasses a total lifestyle that integrates many aspects.

TCM Therapies

Learn more about various TCM therapies.

Vets in Hong Kong

For those living with pets, here is a list of some well-established veterinary clinics in the city.