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Why Hong Kong?

There are so many reasons to live in Hong Kong: the nightlife, food, safety, weather, transport system and scenery are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a big bustling city with endless possibilities and big expat community- we can see why it’s regarded as the place where ‘east meets west’! 

Highlights

"Be very careful! Make sure you read up on China's ever-increasing pressure on HK's freedoms and ensure your government gives the green light for travel there. It is a very delicate situation and should be taken 100% seriously!"
Charlie
Student

Lan Kwai Fong

LKF is Hong Kong's renowned drinking district. The narrow streets & alleys are lined with restaurants, nightclubs & bars. It's the place to go if you like good music and bar hopping. Plus ladies’ night is a Wednesday in LKF (girls enter for free to certain clubs/bars)!

Victoria Peak

The best 360º view over Hong Kong Island - we recommend using the Peak Tram to get up there as it's a hefty 1,811 feet tall. It's definitely worth having lunch up here, as there's quite a few restaurants at the top.

Big Wave Bay

Yes, there's great beaches in Hong Kong! If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax by the ocean, this is your spot. It's one of the less touristy beaches and depending on the time of year is great for surfing. 

Ladies' Market

"Ladies' Market in Mongkok is always a treat to visit with the rows of open stalls as well as tiny boutiques offering a wide range of different fashions, accessories, gadgets and gimicks.  Frequented as much by Hongkongers as by tourists it maintains a special place in the heart of every lady, and quite a few gents, in HK."

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Accommodation

Charlie:
"Mong Kok is where I lived. I was spending 5000HKD a month (~£500). I was fortunate to make friends with the lady who ran the hostel and she told me about a storage room she had on the 10th floor of the building. She cleared it out, I bought a bed and mattress and I stayed there. Student accommodation would make your life less stressful initially, however I loved living in the heart of the city, not out in the sticks where the university was located. It can be very expensive; HK is one of the most expensive property markets in the world"
Toby:
"I Lived in halls for 9 months and it was EXTREMELY cheap. Approx £150 per month. I shared with a roommate and shared a kitchen with 36 people on the floor. There were limited luxuries but I was comfortable and it did the job whilst I was there. It was absolutely fine and I definitely recommend. Living in the city can be EXTREMELY expensive with mostly small living spaces. I found my city accommodation online and it was quite an easy process."
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Don’t forget that the Chinese government is becoming increasingly involved in Hong Kong and limiting free speech etc. This was beginning while I was there with letters from the University stating Hong Kong was unequivocally part of China and that was not up for debate.

Hong Kong is one of the safer cities in the world, with low crime rates and excellent standards of medicine and healthcare, even with current unrest

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Transport

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Transport is fantastic. Efficient, cheap and easy to use. Ding Ding's (Road trams) are fun and easy way to get round the island. The MTR (Metro) is super efficient and the most used method of transport. Get an Octopus card (Oyster equivalent) and you can travel everywhere with it and also pay in shops using it.

MTR stops running at night, but there are always busses that run from the island back to kowloon. They just sit there and wait for enough people and leave when full. 

Travel to China is also doable, go through China Travel Service for visa etc - they make it quite easy.

You cannot miss the iconic red taxis of Hong Kong. Aside from rush hour between 5 p.m. - 7 p.m, there is always an abundance of taxis to be hailed from the street. Just stick out your hand. A majority of taxi drivers don't speak English so just show them your destination on maps on your phone. Uber is available but don't be surprised by long waiting times, they're around the same price as a taxi.

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