Tips on where to Live in HK

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbb
    The Star Street area in Wan Chai may be what you are looking for. Close to your work, good places to eat, bars, night clubs etc. Doesn't compare to Paris and Amsterdam (alas!).
    Star Street is exactly where I was going to suggest.

    Ignore any suggestions of Gold Coast!!*




    * Not that there's anything wrong with it- it just doesn't even come close to what you are looking for!
    Before you know it at least 2 people will suggest Park Island, 1 will suggest Lamma, 3 for Sai Kung and 1 for Tai Po!
    Last edited by Lammarite; 14-11-2008 at 04:53 PM.

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    Not sure quite why you think gold coast does not compare - we have at least 10 eateries of various kinds in the shopping centre, which is laid back and relaxed ... OK, so HK Island may have several hundred within a small area, but it's also crowded, polluted and noisy and hectic - which may or may not be what the OP is looking for! Anyway, the OP can decide for himself. Its very hard to describe anywhere in HK to someone who has never been here, being so different from Europe in particular.


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    I'm not that familiar with the 3rd, but I don't think Hong Kong really does the artsy/creative-class/relaxed thing at all. Star Street is sort of cool and worth keeping on the radar, but it is a tiny precinct.

    The sort of area I think the OP is looking for has people living close to their work and socialising close to creative activity (design, ateliers, education etc). Hong Kong doesn't really work that way. A strip with a few restaurants and the odd gallery or furniture store is not the same thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    Not sure quite why you think gold coast does not compare - we have at least 10 eateries of various kinds in the shopping centre, which is laid back and relaxed ... OK, so HK Island may have several hundred within a small area, but it's also crowded, polluted and noisy and hectic - which may or may not be what the OP is looking for! Anyway, the OP can decide for himself. Its very hard to describe anywhere in HK to someone who has never been here, being so different from Europe in particular.
    And apart from Castle Peak Bay are there many other serviced apartments in Gold Coast? Are they near the vibrant gallery, bar scene of Gold Coast?
    I wouldn't think Gold Coast any more or less suited than Sai Kung, where I have chosen to live.

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    Wan Chai is the best suggestion of course, after work you can sit in the Old China Hand and watch the girls go to work, then watch the girls grab customers trying to get them to drop loads of money in the girly bars. What more fun do you need. LOL

    Oh forgot to recommend Sai Kung as per Lammarite.

    Last edited by wtbhotia; 14-11-2008 at 05:30 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fm7
    I'm not that familiar with the 3rd, but I don't think Hong Kong really does the artsy/creative-class/relaxed thing at all. Star Street is sort of cool and worth keeping on the radar, but it is a tiny precinct.

    The sort of area I think the OP is looking for has people living close to their work and socialising close to creative activity (design, ateliers, education etc). Hong Kong doesn't really work that way. A strip with a few restaurants and the odd gallery or furniture store is not the same thing.
    I agree - I have never seen anything like what I think the OP is looking for .. but I guess we are just doing our best to give suggestions based on what we know. I know the Gold Coast, and tend to suggest it if it matches criteria (and not if it does not, contrary to the dickhead who just redblobbed me for recommending the gold coast thinks!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbb
    The Star Street area in Wan Chai may be what you are looking for. Close to your work, good places to eat, bars, night clubs etc. Doesn't compare to Paris and Amsterdam (alas!).
    Star Street is over-rated, over-priced and over-populated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lammarite
    And apart from Castle Peak Bay are there many other serviced apartments in Gold Coast? Are they near the vibrant gallery, bar scene of Gold Coast?
    I wouldn't think Gold Coast any more or less suited than Sai Kung, where I have chosen to live.
    Yes - Gold Coast Residences have serviced apartment and they are a 5 min walk from the quiet mall with the 10 or so restaurants... Sai Kung would probably be just as good a suggestion, I agree.

    It will be interesting to find out what the OP actually thinks of HK when he/she arrives!
    Last edited by MovingIn07; 14-11-2008 at 05:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07
    It will be interesting to find out what the OP actually thinks of HK when he/she arrives!
    Hopefully the OP will 'manage their expectations', because the area he/she is describing is really lacking in HK. I interpreted the description as 'Bohemian', and perhaps SOHO is the only thing that comes close (from what I've seen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazmario
    Hopefully the OP will 'manage their expectations', because the area he/she is describing is really lacking in HK. I interpreted the description as 'Bohemian', and perhaps SOHO is the only thing that comes close (from what I've seen).
    I agree! But then, I really did not want to move to HK as I thought it was all concrete jungle; tiny apartments and nowhere "different" but I found a niche that suits me, so hopefully the OP will too. Better to have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised than the other way around....

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