The Best International Schools In Hong Kong

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May 26, 2017 | BY Hong Kong Tatler

With so many international schools in Hong Kong, it can be a difficult process to narrow down your choices. Factors to consider include the quality of the education style the school provides, the campus and its facilities. 

See also: Hong Kong Tatler's Schools Guide 2017

To make the process easier, we've put together a complete list of the best international schools in Hong Kong, including the top international primary and secondary schools:

American International School
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American International School 

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: American, AP courses in high school

Languages: Mandatory Putonghua for reception (pre-K) through Grade 8

Campus and facilities: Over the years, the unique red brick-walled campus has continued to grow. In recent years, AIS has undertaken significant redevelopment projects, with 14 new high-school classrooms; two fully equipped science labs; new all-weather volleyball and basketball courts; increased recess space; and a new 25-metre outdoor pool

Competitive advantage: Serving local and expatriate families since 1986, AIS delivers a rigorous US standards-based educational programme for students from early childhood through Grade 12 and a strong college-preparatory academic programme based on US educational standards, supported by international best practices in teaching.

Fees: Grades 3-5: HK$118,000 , Grades 6-8: HK$126,400, Grades 9-12: HK$138,400

125 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong, ais.edu.hk

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Australian International School
2

Australian International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: New South Wales or IB Diploma

Languages: English

Campus and facilities: The Green Roof is a multi-use, educational platform where students learn about the environment and environmental issues. The Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art swimming complex with a 25-metre heated swimming pool and teaching pool. The Outdoor Field features an all-weather synthetic turf surface and a four-lane running track on its perimeter.

Competitive advantage: AISHK facilitates a seamless transition for those students entering from schools in Australia or other places in the southern hemisphere, and who are eventually departing to tertiary institutions worldwide.

The school’s rigorous academic is to focus on helping students develop personality and character, celebrate excellence, build confidence, and maintain genuine and meaningful friendships.

Fees: Preparatory to Year 6: HK$136,700, Years 7-10: HK$157,800, Years 11-12 (HCS): HK$165,600, Years 11-12 (IB): HK$204,800

3A Norfolk Road, Kowloon Tong , aishk.edu.hk

English Schools Foundation
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English Schools Foundation

Primary: Beacon Hill School, Bradbury School, Clearwater Bay School, Glenealy School, Kennedy School, Kowloon Junior School, Peak School, Sha Tin Junior School, Quarry Bay School, Renaissance College (PIS), Discovery College (PIS)

Secondary: Island School, King George V School, Sha Tin College, South Island School, West Island School, Renaissance College (PIS), Discovery College (PIS)

Curriculum: IB PYP; GCSE/IGCSEs, IB Diploma, BTEC qualifications

Languages: English with dual-language options

Campus and facilities: All locations boast superb facilities with continual upgrades and refurbishments.

Competitive advantage: ESF is the largest provider of English-medium international education in Hong Kong. Its schools and comprehensive programme of extracurricular activities aim to bring out the best in every student through a personalised approach to learning that inspires curious minds. A student graduating from an ESF primary school is offered a place in the secondary school of the catchment area. 

Fees: Year 1: HK$100,700, Years 2-6: HK$83,500, Years 7-11: HK$115,700, Years 12-13: HK$121,500

Various locations around Hong Kong , esf.edu.hk

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Canadian International School
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Canadian International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: IB PYP, IB MYP and IB Diploma or Ontario in secondary

Languages: English, with Putonghua taught

Campus and facilities: CDNIS is located on a 440,000sqft campus that occupies 14 levels and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to provide the perfect environment in which to learn. The Leo Lee Arts Centre (better known as LLAC) is dedicated to music, drama, visual arts and conferences. There are also gymnasiums, a fitness centre, a cafeteria, a swimming pool and a library.

Competitive advantage: CDNIS is a non-profit school that provides a “through-train” education to students from pre-reception (3-year-olds) through to Grade 12 graduation.

An IB World School, it’s fully authorised to deliver the IB’s Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years programmes. As well as grant credits towards completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma, thus providing a “dual passport” for graduates to gain entry into top universities throughout the world.

Fees: Prep-Grade 3: HK$134,150, Grades 4-6: HK$135,200, Grades 7-8: HK$156,200, Grades 9-10: HK$171,900, Grades 11-12: HK$178,200

36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, cdnis.edu.hk

Carmel School
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Carmel School

Type: Primary and secondary, Jewish day school

Curriculum: American, IB MYP and IB Diploma

Languages: English, Hebrew, Putonghua, French and Spanish as languages
of instruction

Campus and facilities: There are three campuses for this through-school that takes in preschool/nursery-aged children to the unique Holly Rofé Early Learning Centre on Robinson Road. This acts as a stepping stone to the Carmel School of Hong Kong, also in a listed building on Borrett Road. The Elsa High School is located on the Shau Kei Wan campus.

Competitive advantage: The only Jewish school in Hong Kong, serving both the Jewish and international communities, Carmel’s slogan is “Excellence, Community, Tradition.” Carmel believes the parent-school partnership underpins a child’s ability to blossom and develop to his or her full potential. Carmel functions as one large family, providing support, care, help and direction.

Fees: Kindergarten and all elementary classes: HK$143,900, International stream: HK$168,500

Elementary School: 10 Borrett Road. Mid-Levels High School: 460 Shau Kei Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan , carmel.edu.hk

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Chinese International School
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Chinese International School

Type: Primary and secondary, bilingual English and Putonghua

Curriculum: Primary: CIS uses its own innovative approach in English and Chinese (Putonghua); Years 7-11: IB MYP; Years 12-13: IB Diploma

Languages: In primary, equal time is devoted to English and Putonghua, and much of the curriculum is delivered in both languages. English is the medium of instruction in secondary school, with additionally required Putonghua in Years 7-9. History is specifically offered as a dual-language course. Secondary students also have the opportunity to study either French or Spanish.

Campus and facilities: The Phoenix Soaring campus redevelopment will be completed in late 2017 and will include: a new science and technology hub, uniting the sciences, design technology and visual arts around a common atrium; four gymnasiums; a fitness room; a 25-metre indoor swimming pool; an outdoor climbing wall; a 200-seat auditorium; a 200-seat drama studio; and a whole-school library.

Competitive advantage: The school’s competitive strength is the Chinese quotient and all students entering CIS spend their Year 10 at Hangzhou CIS, a one-year academic and residential programme of the highest calibre in Mainland China. The school community is very stable and attracts long-term Hong Kong families. Faculty stay an average of 10 years and many alumni have put down roots in Hong Kong.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$182,200, Years 7-11: HK$215,200, Years 12-13: HK$218,200

1 Hau Yuen Path, Braemar Hill, cis.edu.hk

Discovery Bay International School
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Discovery Bay International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: English National Curriculum: (I)GCSE, IB, BTEC with AS/A-levels offered from August 2017

Languages: English with dual-language options

Campus and facilities: DBIS is very different to other international schools in Hong Kong, as it is rooted in the community of Discovery Bay on the beautiful island of Lantau. Its campus boasts the Discovery Centre and the main Secondary School buildings. Key facilities include a multipurpose sports pitch, an auditorium and a 25-metre swimming pool.

Competitive advantage: The through-school goes from early years to secondary, and derives much strength from its tranquil location and its surrounding active community. Its distinction lies in the emphasis placed upon small class sizes and a personalised approach to student learning, both of which allow teachers enough time to truly understand every child and develop strong home-school links.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$11,020 per month, Years 7-11: HK$14,640 per month, Years 12-13: HK$17,500 per month

Discovery Bay, Lantau, dbis.edu.hk

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Discovery College
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Discovery College

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: IB MYP and IB Diploma

Languages: English as the medium for teaching and learning, with a strong emphasis on the acquisition of Chinese (Putonghua) as a second language

Campus and facilities: The unique roof canopy of Discovery College is the first of its kind in Asia. It’s a lightweight ethylene tetrafluoroethylene canopy that serves to provide covered space to courtyards and circulation areas; to reject solar heat energy; to offer cooler internal courtyard and covered play areas; to increase natural air ventilation; and to increase cool air to internal areas.

Competitive advantage: Discovery College is a private independent IB through-school operated by ESF in Hong Kong. It is one of two Private Independent Schools within ESF (the other being Renaissance College); for these campuses, there is no recurrent annual grant being provided to the new school by the Hong Kong government, meaning student places are not subvented in the way that other ESF schools are.

In addition to being an IB World School, Discovery College is also fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$108,400, Years 7-11: HK$145,000, Years 12-13: HK$146,600

Discovery Bay, Lantau, discovery.edu.hk

French International School
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French International School

Type: Primary and secondary, split into French (bilingual) and International
(English) sections

Curriculum: French section follows French curriculum; International section follows British IGCSE and then IB Diploma

Languages: Primary: French/English and Putonghua classes. Secondary: French/English, Putonghua, Spanish and Latin

Campus and facilities: Four campuses: Happy Valley, Jardine’s Lookout, Chai Wan and Hung Hom. A brand new eco-campus with state-of-the-art facilities will open in Tseung Kwan O in September 2018.

Competitive advantage: During primary, in both streams, teachers focus on the acquisition of language and its development. FIS is a through-school, from reception to Year 13. In secondary, the school has outstanding academic results in both streams and excels in local and regional inter-school competitions.

French stream fees: MS-GS: HK$100,288, CP-CM2: HK$ 96,589, 6e-3e: HK$111,994, 2nd-Terminale: HK$137,028

French stream (bilingual & OIB) fees: MS-GS HK$109,825, CP-CM2: HK$106,731, 6e-3e: HK$124,873, 2nd-Terminale: HK$152,786

International stream fees: Reception-Year 6: HK$114,242, Years 7-11: HK$147,132, Years 12-13: HK$184,038

Primary school: 34 Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout; 1 Cheung Man Road, Chai Wan; 68 Gillies Avenue South, Hung Hom. Secondary school: 165 Blue Pool Road, Happy Valley; 34 Price Road, Jardine’s Lookout, fis.edu.hk

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German Swiss International School
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German Swiss International School

Type: Primary and secondary, split into English and German sections

Curriculum: German for German stream; the best of the UK, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand curriculam for the English stream

Languages: German (medium of instruction in the German stream and first foreign language in the English stream); English (medium of instruction in the English stream and first foreign language in the German stream); Putonghua

Campus and facilities: Brand-new facilities include spacious and bright classrooms with the latest technology; a new Junior Library with more than 20,000 resources in English, German and Chinese; a spacious multipurpose atrium; a rooftop playground and a primary gym.

The secondary school has state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge laboratories; a new Senior Library and Senior Study Room, with adequate resources and space for exam preparations; the refurbished Ingrid Buchholtz Hall; a brand-new indoor swimming pool; and a renovated sports hall.

Competitive advantage: Using the one school-two systems approach, GSIS was established in 1969 by German-Swiss families who were looking for a bilingual German-English education in an international setting. From these early beginnings, GSIS has grown into one of the leading international schools in Hong Kong. The school’s main campus is located in a prestigious, picturesque setting on The Peak.

Fees: DVOR, K1-5; Years 1-6: HK$142,100, K6-10; Years 7-11: HK$171,400, K11-12+, Years 12-13: HK$181,200

Primary school: 11 Guildford Road, The Peak. Secondary school: 22 Guildford Road, The Peak, gsis.edu.hk

Harrow International School
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Harrow International School 

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: Prep school (Years 6 to 8): British National Curriculum; senior school (Years 9 to 11): IGCSE; sixth form (Years 12 to 13): A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

Languages: English, with the option of studying other languages, including Chinese (Putonghua), French and Spanish

Campus and facilities: The 400,000sqft campus includes excellent science laboratories; specialist art, music and drama facilities; a recording studio; a library and learning lounge; a large sports/assembly hall; a fitness room; and an indoor swimming pool. Sports facilities include a state-of-the-art AstroTurf pitch, four tennis courts, basketball/netball courts and an adventure playground.

Competitive advantage: The school integrates elements of educational philosophy, practice and traditions from Harrow School in England into the diverse international community of Hong Kong. It’s the only international school in Hong Kong that provides the opportunity of a boarding education for students in Year 6 and above on a weekly basis, from Sunday evening to Friday evening. 

Fees: Years 1-5: HK$160,261, Years 6-8: HK$183,058, Years 9-11: HK$183,058, Years 12-13: HK$190,317

38 Tsing Ying Road, Tuen Mun, harrowschool.hk 

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Hong Kong Academy
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Hong Kong Academy

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: IB PYP, IB MYP and IB Diploma for students from early childhood to Grade 12

Languages: Primary: English with daily Putonghua lessons. Secondary: world language programme

Campus and facilities: The world-class 250,000sqft facility has tennis/squash courts, swimming pools, outdoor sports courts and a football stadium with running track.

Additional features include a 350-seat auditorium with professional-grade sound system, theatre-quality lighting, recessed orchestra pit, movable stage components, retractable seating, and the option of creating a proscenium or thrust stage configuration.

There’s also an 80-seat studio theatre, as well as an 800-seat gymnasium able to accommodate the entire school community at one event.

Competitive advantage: Hong Kong Academy is the newest member of the prestigious Global Citizen Diploma and the only school in Hong Kong to take part in the programme, which offers additional recognition of student achievement and stresses meaningful global engagement that is integrated into the curriculum. All HKA students from Grades 9 to 12 will benefit from this exciting addition to the curriculum, beginning with the class of 2019.

Fees: PK1-PK2: HK$131,000, K-Grade 5: HK$173,000, Grades 6-8: HK$190,500, Grades 9-10: HK$198,500, Grades 11-12: HK$206,500

33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, hkacademy.edu.hk

Hong Kong International School
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Hong Kong International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: American; AP courses offered in high school

Languages: Mandatory Putonghua for Reception 1 to Grade 5; Putonghua,
French and Spanish offered from Grades 6 to 12

Campus and facilities: HKIS has two campuses on the south of Hong Kong Island: the Lower and Upper Primary Schools are normally located in Repulse Bay, and the Middle and High Schools are in Tai Tam.

However, until summer 2017, the Lower Primary has been temporarily relocated to the Tai Tam campus while a new school is being built.

New facilities will include a robotics faculty; state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs; purpose-built music and art studios; a swimming pool; tennis courts; and athletics grounds for track-and-field events.

Competitive advantage: A co-educational private day school with a solid grounding in the Christian faith, HKIS serves Reception 1 through Grade 12 students from around the world who seek an American college-preparatory education. HKIS is accredited by the US Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools.

Fees: R1-Grade 5: HK$199,100, Grades 6-8: HK$204,400, Grades 9-11: HK$225,800, Grade 12: HK$226,700

Lower and Upper Primary schools: Temporarily located at 700 Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam. Middle and Upper schools: 1 Redhill Drive, Tai Tam, hkis.edu.hk

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Independent Schools Foundation Academy (Photo: Courtesy of Ronald Lu & Partners)
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Independent Schools Foundation Academy

Type: Primary and secondary, bilingual English and Putonghua

Curriculum: IB MYP and IB Diploma

Languages: Bilingual immersion programme focused on Putonghua and English

Campus and facilities: Classrooms have modular teaching spaces and a comprehensive IT system. There are two libraries, a gymnasium, basketball courts, a climbing wall, music practice rooms, art rooms and a 500-seat dining hall. In addition, facilities such as a swimming pool, a performing arts centre, an auditorium and an all-purpose ball court.

Competitive advantage: ISF educates students in a Chinese-English bilingual environment, deeply rooted in Chinese culture and with a global understanding. It anchors its values on the “eight virtues + one”: zhi 智 (wisdom); zhong 忠 (loyalty and commitment); xiao 孝 (respect and obligation); ren 仁 (compassion and kindness); ai 愛 (love and passion); li 禮 (etiquette and ceremony); yi 義 (principles and justice); he 和 (harmony and tolerance); and ping 平 (balance and equality).

Fees: Foundation Year-Grade 5: HK$167,530, Grades 6-10: HK$194,640, Grades 11-12: HK$211,590

1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pok Fu Lam , isf.edu.hk

Kellett School
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Kellett School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: English National Curriculum: IGCSE, A-levels

Languages: English; students study Putonghua from their first year (reception) and can study French from Year 3

Campus and facilities: Kellett has two preparatory schools.The Kowloon Bay campus contains both a preparatory school and a senior school, with an indoor swimming pool, sports hall, a sky pitch with running track, a theatre, a drama studio and art exhibition areas, as well as naturally lit classrooms and common areas. 

Competitive advantage: Kellett is one of the oldest British independent schools in Hong Kong. Small classes, low student-to-teacher ratios and robust pastoral care mean that it reflects the best of British education, offering seamless transfer to and from leading British independent and British international schools worldwide, and private schools in the US and Australasia.

Fees: Reception-Year 6: HK$157,300, Years 7-11: HK$195,400, Years 12-13: HK$201,200. 

Primary school: 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay; 2 Wah Lok Path, Wah Fu, Pok Fu Lam. Secondary school: 7 Lam Hing Street, Kowloon Bay, kellettschool.com

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Li Po Chun United World College
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Li Po Chun United World College

Type: Last two years of secondary, boarding school

Languages: English, with second-language options

Curriculum: IB

Campus and facilities: The purpose-built residential campus is in Sha Tin, with the harbour of Tai Po Hoi on one side and the steep, tree-covered slopes of Ma On Shan on the other. Facilities include indoor and outdoor sports areas with gyms and fitness rooms, tennis and basketball courts, and a swimming pool.

Competitive advantage: LPCUWC is a two-year boarding school for the IB. Its Education Outside the Classroom programme focuses on experiential learning—learning by doing in a context outside the traditional classroom, in order to develop the whole person—and is fundamental to the school. All first-year students travel to Mainland China for one week to perform community service work.

Fees: HK$255,000 per year

10 Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Sha Road, Sha Tin , lpcuwc.edu.hk

Renaissance College
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Renaissance College

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: IB PYP, IB MYP, IB Diploma and IB Career-Related Programme (IBCP, formerly known as IBCC)

Languages: English, with second-language options

Campus and facilities: Facilities include a 750-seat performing arts centre; the Red Door Centre ICT hub, with an 11,000sqft space that features the latest learning-technology equipment and a purpose-built room for digital video production; full and half-size gymnasiums with basketball, badminton, netball and volleyball courts; AstroTurf sports pitches and courts for football and tennis; a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool; a multi-level library and information resource centre with separate primary and secondary areas.

Competitive advantage: Renaissance College is also a private independent IB through-school operated by the ESF in Hong Kong. It offers both primary and secondary education on one purpose-built site and is one of two Private Independent Schools within ESF. In addition to being an IB World School, it is also fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and the Council of International Schools.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$105,000, Years 7-11: HK$140,600, Years 12-13: HK$142,000

5 Hang Ming Street, Ma On Shan, renaissance.edu.hk

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Singapore International School (Photo: Courtesy of MKPL Architects PTE LTD)
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Singapore International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: Singapore (British IGCSE, IB Diploma)

Languages: Bilingual English and Putonghua

Campus and facilities: Campuses feature a state-of-the-art auditorium for concerts and plays; a multifunctional indoor gymnasium and multipurpose room; computer labs, Apple MacBook and iPad mobile learning labs; a rubber-floored play area for preparatory-year pupils; a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool; music, art, dance and drama studios; a rooftop playground; and a school library.

Competitive advantage: The only overseas school run by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, SIS offers “Singapore-style” education from kindergarten through primary and secondary school, with an emphasis on bilingualism.

While Singaporean expats in Hong Kong may look to the school as a bridge to the education system back home, non-Singaporean parents are attracted to its reputable academic formula. It also has a host of “celebrity” kids at present, including Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Ren’s two children.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$118,000, Years 7-11: HK$146,000, Years 12-13: HK$176,000

Primary school: 23 Nam Long Road, Aberdeen. Secondary school: 2 Police School Road, Aberdeen, singapore.edu.hk

Yew Chung Hong Kong International School
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Yew Chung International School

Type: Primary and secondary

Curriculum: International, based on the English National Curriculum, with a Chinese language and culture programme; IB Diploma

Languages: Bilingual English and Putonghua

Campus and facilities: YCIS has an auditorium, a gymnasium, an indoor swimming pool, computer labs, music rooms, art and design studios, libraries, an exercise room, a basketball court, a cafeteria, and outdoor playgrounds.

Competitive advantage: YCIS brings together the East and the West, and implements bilingual and co-cultural learning through a co-principal and co-teaching model. 

They consult, collaborate, support and complement each other, sharing equal authority and accountability over the whole school operation to jointly create and lead a harmonious learning community, and provide a role model for effective cross-cultural collaboration.

Fees: Years 1-6: HK$192,410, Years 7-11, Pre-IB: HK$188,230, Years 12-13: HK$192,540

Primary school: 22 Somerset Road, 2 & 11 Kent Road, Kowloon Tong. Secondary school: 3 To Fuk Road, Kowloon Tong, ycis-hk.com