which areas do expats usually reside?

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  1. #11

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    There ya go Dior. You can figure out the rest...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    Mid Levels, Soho, Kennedy Town seem to be the area of choice amongst single expats.
    You could easily add Happy Valley, Wan Chai, parts of Causeway Bay and Tai Koo to that list, and those are just a few of the places on HK island. Like most responses state - there are expats all over HK, no single area.

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    yeah, even some in the extreme north of NT in sha tau kok, however, I assume they must learnt basic cantonese as the mini bus drivers there can not speak english at all compare to other areas.

    I see a few regularly on the buses and mini bus, it's not like 20 years ago where virtually all ex pats live in their established enclaves, you find them everywhere.

    i even translated conversation for a few ex pats now and again when the mini driver tried to explain that they need a permit for the closed area near the border.


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    I'm with Discobay, it's asked a lot this one. If you want a more western lifestyle while living in hong kong and still want to be close to the nightlife, then soho, mid levels is the place to be, but it's expensive, depending on your budget. If you don't mind being in the heart of the true hong kong but still being close to everything, somewhere like prince edward and mong kok are great. I've lived in both areas. I'm from the uk and I personally prefer kowloon side as you have the best of everything. Nowhere is really far in hong kong, I'm still only 20 minutes from the nightlife but paying a third of the price of my old place in midlevels for exactly the same size.

    If you are seriously thinking of somewhere. I'm leaving my flat at the end of July to move to the states....drop me a pm and I can give you more information. But, in the long run, depends what you want and where you work too..!!!


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    so, just to be clear...

    expats have been known to reside:

    on the north on hk island (mid-levels, wanchai, happy valley)
    on the south of hk island (stanley, repulse bay)
    on the west of hk island (pok fu lam)
    on the east of hk island (tai koo shing, shek o etc)
    on the top of hk island (the peak)

    in the east NT (sai kung, clearwater bay)
    in the west NT (gold coast)
    in the north NT (all the little villages)
    in the central NT (shatin)

    in the outlying islands (cheung chau, lamma, lantau)

    in eastern kowloon (laguna city, kwun tong, kowloon bay)
    in western kowloon (olympic, etc)
    in central kowloon (tst, mongkok, jordan)

    have i missed anywhere???


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    Quote Originally Posted by carang:
    so, just to be clear...

    expats have been known to reside:

    on the north on hk island (mid-levels, wanchai, happy valley)
    on the south of hk island (stanley, repulse bay)
    on the west of hk island (pok fu lam)
    on the east of hk island (tai koo shing, shek o etc)
    on the top of hk island (the peak)

    in the east NT (sai kung, clearwater bay)
    in the west NT (gold coast)
    in the north NT (all the little villages)
    in the central NT (shatin)

    in the outlying islands (cheung chau, lamma, lantau)

    in eastern kowloon (laguna city, kwun tong, kowloon bay)
    in western kowloon (olympic, etc)
    in central kowloon (tst, mongkok, jordan)

    have i missed anywhere???
    haha..that's pretty much it. Certainly, there are always some expats who choose to live in some local area which are not mentioned above. If you wanna hang out with expats, then you have to put them on your list

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    As PP said, it all depends on your budget, kids/no kids, lifestyle and work. Here are some areas we looked at and eliminated based on the above:
    sai kung
    discovery bay
    south side
    mid-levels
    pok fu lam
    kowloon tong

    Great list carang

    Last edited by 0ze_Kid; 11-06-2009 at 12:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:
    I see a few regularly on the buses and mini bus, it's not like 20 years ago where virtually all ex pats live in their established enclaves, you find them everywhere.
    I wonder how you say "There goes the neighborhood!" in Canto?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang:
    so, just to be clear...

    expats have been known to reside:

    on the north on hk island (mid-levels, wanchai, happy valley)
    on the south of hk island (stanley, repulse bay)
    on the west of hk island (pok fu lam)
    on the east of hk island (tai koo shing, shek o etc)
    on the top of hk island (the peak)

    in the east NT (sai kung, clearwater bay)
    in the west NT (gold coast)
    in the north NT (all the little villages)
    in the central NT (shatin)

    in the outlying islands (cheung chau, lamma, lantau)

    in eastern kowloon (laguna city, kwun tong, kowloon bay)
    in western kowloon (olympic, etc)
    in central kowloon (tst, mongkok, jordan)

    have i missed anywhere???
    LOL wow thx for the detailed guide! I havent check this thread for ages!! i been in HK for 3 months now and have been moving from place to place for about 6 times now.
    =P
    I like midlevels but cant afford lol

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    Tai Po also, hong lok yuen many expat lived there. Some they rented a 3 storey's village houses to accomodated their big furniture. lol