When we first came to Hong Kong eight years ago, I would never have guessed that we’d be here this long. However, our choice in staying here is has never been regretted and we’re very proud to call Hong Kong our home.
Here are my top 10 reasons that make Hong Kong a great place to live.
10 – Health Care
Hong Kong has a wonderful public health system and also has world class private hospitals. I’m a very firm believer that health care should not be a profit driven industry. I feel that governments have the responsibility to provide health care to all citizens. My daughter was born here in a public hospital and I will forever be grateful to Hong Kong for the wonderful care that was provided to her, and all for the cost of the T-shirt on my back.
9 – Holidays
Who doesn’t enjoy a day off work?! Well in 2014, Hong Kong has 17 public holidays! Having all major Christian, Buddhist and Chinese holidays, it’s one of the reasons that time in Hong Kong seems to go so quickly. Granted some of these public holidays do tend to pop up on the odd Saturday or Sunday, which can be devastating! However, back in my native Canada, they only have 10.
8 – City Escapes
Yes, Hong Kong is a hustling bustling city that has a pace barely matched. However, what most people who haven’t been to Hong Kong don’t realize is that a mere 10 minutes away is a rainforest type setting with beautiful beaches and mountain trails. Speaking of myself, I don’t think I would have survived this long in Hong Kong without this opportunity to escape the chaos once in a while. I love hiking, especially alone. Not that I don’t enjoy a good hike with friends, I just really enjoy the silence of a mountain trail, and in a city of 7 million, that is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
7 – Safety
From growing up in Canada, to university in America to a few years in Korea, I have never felt safer than in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is just not a violent city. In fact, in my time here I have not seen a single fight! Not one!
Local Hong Kongers are not big drinkers, and even if they were, drunk driving would not be as bad as in other countries because of the affordability of taxis.
Of course I know that there has been violence here and that some people do drink and drive. But, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a place where this is less of a problem and where you would feel safer.
6 – Travel
Not only is Hong Kong smack dab in the middle of Asia, it is a massive airport hub which brings with it quite affordable flights to some of the coolest destinations in the world. Living in Hong Kong has given us the opportunity to visit almost every Asian country, and each one is so distinct. From Japan to Bali to Sri Lanka, there are so many destinations to choose from, and all easily accessible.
5 – Transport
Not only is the public transport system reliable and very efficient. Most importantly it is affordable. I love the variety of choices you have to get from A to B. You can take the M.T.R., buses, mini buses and even the ride the tram the entire length of Hong Kong island for a mere 25 cents U.S.D.! Unlike London where riding the train can be an expensive trip for some, Hong Kong’s public transport system gives everyone the choice and opportunity to save money. Even taxis are so cheap, unlike back in Vancouver where a short trip can easily cost you over $100U.S.D. (Sorry for throwing you under the bus, Vancouverites)
4 – Cosmopolitan
Hong Kong is an very diverse city and with that diversity comes a long list of benefits. Obviously meeting new people and learning about different cultures is very important, but for me the biggest advantage is the food. From Indian to Thai and French food, to name a few, you will find incredible restaurant variety in Hong Kong.
3 – Taxes
Who likes paying taxes? Not me! In Hong Kong the personal income tax is capped at 17%. The low rate is just one aspect to why “Taxes” is so high on this top 10 list. The other being that I can file my taxes in less that 10 minutes without the help of anyone. I’m given my income slip, I go online and basically hit, “confirm” and it’s done. Why would it be any other way?
2 – Nightlife
Whatever you fancy, Hong Kong has it! From great restaurants, to pubs, to night clubs, Hong Kong has a great selection of entertainment at night. You know a city has a good night life when you’re even able to have a party outside of a 7-11!
1 – Where N the 852?
What? You’ve never heard of this!? “Where N the 852?” is a game that we do on The Guest Room’s Facebook page. Every Friday at 12:00 noon, we show you a picture of a location in Hong Kong. The first person to name the location WINS delicious alcohol from BestBevHK !!
How does it get better than that?! Here was last week’s picture.
and GOOD LUCK this Friday !!
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY OUR streetSNAP photographer Sean Creamer.