Hong Kong Languages
Cantonese is the langauge of Southern China and importantly Hong Kong. Although you're unlikely to have any difficulty using English, a little Cantonese can come in useful when bargaining or in local restaurants. Take a look at our basic Cantonese guide.
Do People in Hong Kong Speak English
Many people arrive expecting to speak English in Hong Kong, however the level of spoken English can be surprisingly different to people’s expectations. Our article on do people in Hong Kong speak English addresses both the practical issues and political ones.
What Is the Difference between Mandarin and Cantonese?
They may both be Chinese, but Mandarin and Cantonese are very different. Find out where they’re used and why.
What Is the Official Language and Lingua Franca of Hong Kong?
Hong Kong Language – The official languages of Hong Kong are Chinese and English but when it comes to the languages people actually speak, Mandarin and Cantonese, the picture is a little more complex.