Date
19 August 2017
The new Facebook office reflects Hong Kong culture. Staff can take a break from work with a game of mahjong. Photos: HKEJ
The new Facebook office reflects Hong Kong culture. Staff can take a break from work with a game of mahjong. Photos: HKEJ

Facebook gives glimpse inside new HK home

Just hours after the social network unveiled impressive second-quarter results, Facebook offered outsiders a look inside its new Silicon Valley-style office in Hong Kong Thursday.

Located in Quarry Bay’s One Island East, the office mixes the open and simple design of its US headquarters with a few Hong Kong flourishes.

The meeting rooms are tagged with names inspired by Cantonese slang such as “Blow Water” (meaning bragging or chatting) and “Wind Blow Water Rise” (meaning burgeoning).

The office also features local art, including paintings by Tsang Tsou-choi, the “King of Kowloon” best known for his calligraphy graffiti.

Staff can use the office’s treadmill work tables to keep their fitness up or take a break with a turn on the ping pong table, the massage chair, or even the mahjong set.

The company opened its first office in the city three years ago but is expanding to keep pace with its growing business in the region.

Facebook Asia-Pacific vice president Dan Neary said 4.4 million Hong Kong users log on to Facebook each month and about 86 percent of those visits are via mobile devices.

“The expansion represents our vision to invest in this fast-growing region and leverage Hong Kong’s role as a dynamic digital hub for the Asia-Pacific,” Neary said.

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Facebook opened its first Hong Kong office three years ago but is expanding to keep pace with its growing business in the region.


The new office mixes the open and simple design of Facebook’s US headquarters with a few Hong Kong flourishes.


The Quarry Bay office offers staff many opportunities to relax.


Jayne Leung, Facebook Greater China head of sales, (left) and Dan Neary, Facebook Asia-Pacific vice president, celebrate the opening of the company’s new office.



EJ Insight reporter

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