This is one of the most business-friendly places in the world. In fact, the city has been rated No. 1 for economic freedom in a Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal index every year since the survey began in 1995.
How to get around: Taxis are the easiest way to travel -- but get someone to write out your destination in Cantonese beforehand. The subway is convenient and cheap, with fares for a single journey ranging from about $1 to $4. You'll need sharp elbows to get on and off at rush hour.
Where to find free Wi-Fi: Cafe Zambra (239A Jaffe Road; 852-2598-1322; www.zambra.net), in the thriving business district of Wan Chai, is a split-level cafe; try the second floor, with its balcony and soft sofas.
Where to get a trim: QB House (151-163 Wanchai Road; 852-2359-3300) is part of a Japanese chain offering 10-minute cuts for about $7.
Best place to get down to business: Executives like the private booths at the chic One Bar & Grill (Fourth Floor, Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Road; 852-2522-2246).
Best place to celebrate closing the deal: Yung Kee (32-40 Wellington St.; 852-2522-1624; www.yungkee.com.hk) is famous for classic Cantonese fare like roast goose and barbecued pork.
What you might not know: Negotiating is often done over tea. Always accept it; let your host drink first.