Living in Hong Kong – A City You Call Home
Whether you are questioning about the requirements from Hong Kong authorities on how to get a residence permit to who can recommend a real-estate agent in town. It is still a lot to consider before moving to a new city and call it home.
Before Moving to Hong Kong
So before moving to Hong Kong, lets briefly go thorough some of the reasons why anyone who decides to move to an Asian country should consider Hong Kong.
Hong Kong has a large expat population, although that population has declined significantly due to increase in living cost and expensive rent (regularly listed as one of the most expensive expat destinations in the world), still is one of the most popular cities in the word. Hong kong offers great infrastructures, vibrant nightlife, entertainment and shopping opportunities. Hong Kong is also listed in the top 50% of countries to move to.
With an economy that primarily focused on exports and high level of international trade, Hong Kong has been listed as the 8th largest trading entity in the world, as of 2016.
Living in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is overly crowded and to provide more room from the tiny space, expending upwards is the only solution and hence why most of the new buildings and infrastructures are over 60 floors high. Living in Hong Kong can be extremely costly, so consider renting apartments from the New Territories, as it has cheaper rent comparing to Hong Kong Island and Kwoloon, even though it is a bit more inconvenient.
Only consider serviced apartments if you ran out of options and are urgently needing a place to live, because the rent for serviced apartments starts from 15k upwards and the contract is from one month to one year.
Hong Kong has a very established transportation system that includes subway station, MTR that can get you almost in all main areas in Hong Kong, a few bus companies, KCRC, and minibus, Public Light Buses.
Hong Kong has the same standard of a health care system as the West, however, you will have to face long waiting times unless you visit private clinics.
Hong Kong does have some nice hiking trails, and the video below has listed a few:
Hong Kong is very humid and its raining season lasts from June to September. Hong Kong is also known to have around 3-7 typhoons every year, mostly during the summer time. Therefore, umbrella is without a doubt a must have item when you see grey clouds even if its not raining prior to heading out of the house.
Services offered in Hong Kong that most will be overlooked
One of the service that almost everyone will overlook but will come to needing their service once locked out is locksmith.
When you first arrived to Hong Kong, walking around Central and Sheung Wan, you will see a few tiny roadside shops, and one of the profession that continues to operate business in these tiny shops are locksmiths. This is one of the professions in Hong Kong that can manage to operate in a tiny space, because all they need is key, key holding machine and a few lock picking tools. Another profession that can operate in a tiny space is shoesmith.
This is because back in the 60s, many families started the locksmith business with small capital and it was not financially viable to rent a shop. So these families built a small mobile wooden shop thats usually around the size between 20 – 40 square feet depending on where it is stationed. You will usually find these on a road side. Although many traditional hong kong locksmith has moved to shops, a few roadside shop still remains. You will still be able to find these locksmith on the Hong Kong Island near Central and Sheung Wan, Kowloon side in Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei. These shops are usually run by elders, with some in their 80s.
Its something elders would sign up for. Given the job nature, all the elders required to do is to sit and wait for enquiries. To combat boredom, the elders would rather work than sit at home because they are just so accustomed to working and life after retirement would just be too bored and unproductive.