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    How is Sheung Wan as a place to live?

    Hi, really sorry if this is not in the right section. I tried searching for a thread on what it is like to in Shueng Wan but the latest I could find was from 2006 so I'm guessing it may not be that accurate!!

    After reading about various places to live in Hong Kong (I don't arrive 'til the 31st July) I have come to like the idea of living in Shueng Wan. I will be working very near Kowloon Tong and my wife will be working in Kennedy Town, both of us are keen to have our commutes not much over 30 minutes. Also looking on gohome.com.hk the accomadation seems fairly reasonable (for Hong Kong anyway, I have a huge 3 bed house in Altrincham for £675 a month at the minute!!). It also sounds quite vibrant, not too close to the expat areas but still close enough should I wish to socialise there.

    If I am wrong on any of that then please tell me! Any of your input would be welcome. I will of course explore the area before signing up for a flat as well as exploring any other suggestions, but I would like to have a few viewings lined for as soon as I arrive (if that's possible) to get as much viewing as I can done before I start work on the 9th August.

    Cheers


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    If by 'vibrant' you mean it smells like rotting fish everywhere, then yes, it's very vibrant.


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    I really liked living in Sheung Wan. Easy walking distance to all the stuff in Central, good transport links (walking, MTR, Airport Express, ferry terminals).

    It's got interesting local colour (herbal medicine stores which Sunfire is probably referring to) without the cheesy overdevelopment of CWB/Central or the industrial nastiness of Kowloon.

    Rents are reasonable.

    The downsides are: crap/limited nearby food options, especially for non-Canto food. The MTR station takes a while to walk into as it's muli-level.

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    I absolutely love living in Sheung Wan and have friends who have moved here from other areas of HK once they saw how reasonably priced and convenient it is here.

    Rents are (for HK!) affordable, it's literally a 10 minute walk to Soho for all the bars and restaurants you could ever need, my husband works in Central and also has a 10 minute walk to the office, I work Kowloon side which is well served by buses and MTR. A 5 minute walk from our front door brings us to the Macau ferry terminal for transfers to Macau and Zuhai, and another 5 will bring you to the IFC for the Airport Express.

    Personally, I wouldn't live anywhere else and, for my money, certainly wouldn't swap for the typical Mid Levels expat flat.

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    Absolutely agree with kjfarr. Sheung Wan is definitely my favourite neighbourhood. Only moved away because I wanted to buy but couldn't really afford to buy there. But, I really miss the area.

    Having said that, it's very different now to what it was when I first moved there in 2003. Everything's moving westward so whilst it used to be very non-expat-y and just a local neighbourhood that's changed somewhat in the last few years. But I guess that's more the Eastern end of Sheung Wan (the length of Hollywood Road and a few streets up and down from there)...increasing number of 7-11s, new apartment buildings, posh serviced apartments, pricey restaurants, etc. etc. all opening up along there. If you go further west or downwards from Hollywood Rd, the area is less affected by this westward crawl. But heading west puts you further away from the MTR...and makes walking to Central, IFC, Soho, LKF a bit more of a trek than a stroll.

    Re getting places lined up for viewing before you arrive, I'd say it's not really necessary. Estate agents generally hold the key for the places on their books so you can just walk around an area and if you like the feel of it walk into any local agent and they'll take you to view places there and then.

    Good luck with the move.

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    Thanks for the input guys, it is very much appreciated!


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    Just want to add on to this thread. I moved to Sheung Wan about a year ago and absolutely loving it here. Yes, certain options are limited, but I concur with all (yes, all) the reasons listed above on why living here is great.

    Welcome to HK, and to Sheung Wan. You will love it.


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    Wow so many ppl living in sheung wan. Maybe we should all meet up for a drink or meal?

    I have been living in SW for nearly 3 months now. I find that the transport link are excellent. I take the tram to work so my commuting cost is $4 a day. There are a decent amount of good restaurants at a reasonable price. The rent are cheaper than mid-level. The only downside to living in SW is the amount of dried seafood and that it can be crowded during lunch time but hey this is HK!


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    Sheung Wan was an awesome place to live - close to everything you need. Plus i got used to the fish smell pretty quickly! True about the MTR stop though - its quite a way underground until you hit the platforms.


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    Where I lived in SW, the smell that hit me when I walked out onto the street was the incense burning in all the tiny little temples around there. Loved it.


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