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Uber hits the road, starts hiring for Hong Kong and China ops

Hong Kong got a taste of Uber during this year’s Rugby Sevens and the company has now officially launched its secret Ubers in Hong Kong.

On a blog post, Uber, the app which lets people summon rides via smartphone devices, is promising Hongkongers the options of a sleek four-passenger sedan (UberSedan) or a fierce six-passenger van (UberXL) which is said will arrive at your door “in minutes”.

During its initial testing period, car availability will be limited and primarily focused on Central and the surrounding neighborhoods.

User can download the Uber app to iPhone and Android devices and register with a credit card for upmarket private vehicles.

“In this city full of transportation choices, Uber brings a reliable, comfortable, seamless option to the mix,” the blog said.

“Whether you’re rushing to get home from a long day’s work in Central, treating a special someone to a night at a gourmet private kitchen in Sai Ying Pun, or shopping in Causeway Bay, Uber is here for you.”

The venture-funded transportation company started testing the waters in Hong Kong during the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens.

It has named celebrities Amanda Strang aka “Amanda S” and actor Carl Ng among its first customers.

Uber has entered more than 60 markets, ranging from its hometown of San Francisco to Berlin and Tokyo.

Uber is widely seen as one of the hottest properties in Silicon Valley, with valuations in excess of $3.5 billion.

The company is now looking to recruit community managers in Hong Kong, Chongqing and Wuhan.

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