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    Quote Originally Posted by timklip:
    getting out is easy...there's a taxi/minibus terminal under the podium...avoid the awful, depressing walk through the surrounding wasteland altogether
    The thing is, modern town planning should avoid making people dependent on road transport to get in and out... the area should be planned with pedestrian connections. As it is, the various developments in West Kowloon are like islands. It's a big fail. But I suspect this is deliberate, so that single developers can channel their residents' shopping budgets into their own retail properties too.

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    Mid levels is a great place to live!

    Close to everything... nite life, shopping, central, ferries, mtr, etc.

    I love Hong Kong

    Last edited by Chookie85; 24-05-2009 at 01:17 AM.

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    Hmm... I suspect DB is there for people who have to live in Hong Kong but wished they didn't.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bookblogger:
    Hmm... I suspect DB is there for people who have to live in Hong Kong but wished they didn't.
    I thought that was their promotional slogan.

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    for all the slams against db, i feel the need to stick up for it.
    i've been here a LONG time. out of 14 years, i lived for 6 in db.i moved away from DB almost 2 year ago. although it is far from perfect,i miss it terribly! the community is very friendly and there were always kids for my children to play with. it is mostly well thought out (who in their right mind puts a ferry pier next to the beach???) and has all of the essentials. people either love it or hate it. i loved that the rubbish was collected regularly,and the fact that they tried to keep it looking nice. where we are now, although we enjoy it, can't compare. we miss the community, the ease of playdates with kids, the ferry ride (yes, i miss it! i was able to relax on my way home...now i have a 45 minute drive... not relaxing).

    for everyone saying it isn't the real hong kong. yes it is, it's just a different part. not the real hong kong is like saying that stanley or shek o are not the real hong kong.

    for those of you who extoll the virtues of living in the "real" hong kong....how many of you live in gov't housing? in 200' with 5 people? THAT is the REAL hong kong!

    different strokes for different folks.

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    At least from my side, the prods are tongue in cheek. I can understand the attraction if you are an expat with kids. I've got friends who live there, and I won't argue that it's a nice environment for a family accustomed to a western environment.

    I have too much respect for the locals to suggest I live in the "real" Hong Kong. SWMBO and I enjoy a comfortable life well beyond the means of the majority of HK residents, and we're very grateful.


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    Applauds loudly, well done Carang ! I agree with you.

    I don't expect single people who don't have children to understand DB, and if they want to raise their kidlets by a busy highway, canyoned between high rises, then good luck to them.

    DB is an affordable alternative for those who want a bit of space, for their kids to play, explore, and easily interface with others like themselves. Sai Kung and Shek O share some similarities, minus the car ban, and lack of high rises, where there is also a strong sense of local/expat interlaced community. You won't go unnoticed in these places, and they are every bit as friendly as Carang explained.


    Any area that you make your home, while living in a foreign city, is what you make of it, and very much dependent on the position in life that you presently occupy ie, single, coupled, married, kids etc etc etc.

    There is a place in HK for everyone, but only you the individual can decide that... The real HK location myth is a load of old cobblers, usually expressed by people that have only lived here for a very short period of time. After living here 10, 15 or 20 years, then you will see the stupidity of that remark..

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    I used to live in DB (hence the name) and had a love hate relationship with it. Some years after leaving it I started to miss it (but not every aspect of life there). And my years there were as a bachelor and later as part of a couple without children. Sure it appears sterile but it can be a comfortable home away from the bustling noise and pollution of 'normal' HK life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by carang:

    for those of you who extoll the virtues of living in the "real" hong kong....how many of you live in gov't housing? in 200' with 5 people? THAT is the REAL hong kong!
    Ha ha, good point

    But I think the "real Hong Kong" also includes places like Sai Kung, Kennedy Town, even the islands like Lamma and Cheung Chau, which are not created as expat ghettos like DB.

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    db is no more an expat ghetto than stanley or sai kung. the difference is that it was planned. i can tell you from personal experience that there are more expats in my village in sai kung than there are locals....let's see...expats 30+.... locals 4... that doesn't make where i live any "less" hong kong.

    hong kong is what you make of it. there are many that profess to live in the "real" hong kong. these are the same people that live in the mid-levels, work in central and their social lives revolve around LKF. THAT is not hk. although they believe they are living like a local, they haven't the foggiest clue what that actually means.

    there is much more to hk than the north shore of hk island.


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