Hong Kong attracts a fair number of international business professionals, on contracts either fixed term or open-ended. Many come for two to three years or stay for between three and five years. Others come for awhile and stay for life – passing into Permanent Residency at the seven-year mark.

Of the 7.43 million people in Hong Kong, just under 5% come from other countries. Of those, one quarter are professionals. Whether you are a long-timer or a new resident, there are a few not-so-secret ways to crack into the Hong Kong business scene. My team and I have immersed ourselves in Hong Kong business culture for over a decade now, and here are our tips for success doing business in Hong Kong, intended to shorten your learning curve and get you moving and shaking in no time.