Hong Kong has many business centers located outside the major hotels, and some are considerably cheaper. You can arrange for everything from a private desk (from HK$250 per hour) to a serviced office (upward of HK$8,000). Amenities include phone-answering and forwarding services. Many centers are affiliated with accountants and lawyers who can expedite company registration. Some will even process visas and wrap gifts for you.
Harbour International Business Centre provides secretarial support and office rentals. Reservations aren't required. Jumpstart Business Centre, Regus, and the Executive Centre are international business services companies with several locations in Hong Kong. They provide similar services, along with meeting and conference facilities. You can also rent space at the American Chamber of Commerce.
For translation services, try Polyglot Translation and Venture Language Training.
American Chamber of Commerce (Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Rd., Room 1904, Central, Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong. 2530–6900. www.amcham.org.hk.)
The Executive Centre (Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Levels 5, 7, and 8, Central, Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong. 2297–2297. www.executivecentre.com.)
Harbour International Business Centre (Admiralty Centre Tower One, 18 Harcourt Rd., Admiralty, Central, Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong. 3748–3748. www.hibc.com.)
Jumpstart Business Centre (Wheelock House 17/F, 20 Pedder St., Central, Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong. 2961–4888. www.jumpstartoffices.com.)
Polyglot Translations (2851–7232. www.polyglot.com.hk.)
Regus (2166–8000. www.regus.hk.)
Translation Business (2893–5000. www.translationbusiness.com.hk.)
The five-level Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is a state-of-the-art complex on the Wan Chai waterfront. The HKCEC houses six exhibition halls, two convention halls, two theaters, and 52 meeting rooms. The center is adjacent to the Convention Plaza, which includes the 825-room Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, the 549-room Grand Hyatt, a shopping arcade, and an underground parking garage. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council regularly uses the space for trade fairs, some of which are among Asia’s largest.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Expo Dr., Wan Chai, Hong Kong, n/a Hong Kong. 2582–8888. www.hkcec.com.hk.)
Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (2529–9229. www.chamber.org.hk.)
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (1830–668. www.hktdc.com.)
Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department (2392–2922. www.tid.gov.hk.)
Hong Kong Innovation and Technology Commission (3655–5856. www.itc.gov.hk.)
Most business centers offer delivery service, and you can sometimes arrange a delivery through your hotel concierge. Courier services such as City-Link International will pick up from your hotel, as will FedEx and DHL, which also have drop-off points all over Hong Kong. Price is based on weight and distance. Hong Kong Post also has a dependable and speedy courier service. You can drop off your package at a post office or at any one of the local courier post boxes in the city.
City-Link Express (2382–8289. www.citylinkexpress.com.)