As I understand it, you can do it cheaper. I'm in a similar-ish situation and found an instructor with the International Driving School - something like that - and he offers 30 lessons (45 mins. each) at $3900. To rent a car for the test, it's $750. He said it would take about a month to get a test date. I heard that the HK School of Motoring could get the fastest test dates but also cost the most; they are designated driving schools of the govt. There are others though. I haven't started lessons yet but do intend to - have to get my learner's licence and sit the written test first. The number for the senior instructor at the above named school is: 91357303. Hope everything goes well for you!
with the school - you start off with simulation driving. with a private instructor you start driving right away!
you need at least 35 driving hours before you have a practical test so really if you are in a hurry, you can get a private instructor and do 3 times a week rather than the normal once a week. also the practical test needs to be scheduled so it depends on which day / time slot you get.
also learners drivers are allowed on the road at certain times of the day so check with the instructor for the best time for you to learn.
Can anyone here advise from their own personal experience what the situation is for people who are perfectly competent drivers, but whose licence isn't one which is directly transferable? I guess just 6-8 hours practice on HK roads would be sufficient just to get used to the local "peculiarities" before taking a practical test - essentially what is needed is guidance on what to expect in the test itself and a little practice at that. Any thoughts/advice?