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Moving to Hong Kong – Regions

Hong Kong is a small place, but you may experience a different life here. Hong Kong with a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi), with the small land area you have to prepare your mind to experience crowds and speedy tempo in Hong Kong. This is so she is known as one of the most density populated place in the world with seven million people. Hong Kong is also acknowledged as one of the world leading finance centre in the world. Because of the reputation, there are many talented individuals and companies moved to Hong Kong as to create or develop their businesses, along with opportunities and chances in Hong Kong’s society. Cantonese-speaking is the mainstream language in Hong Kong. No matter you are living in different regions in Hong Kong, you always hear Cantonese from your neighbours or a stranger who have just passed by.

Even Hong Kong is small, but she includes three regions of Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and New Territories and the three regions comprise different features respectively. Kowloon is mainly comes together with historical, industrial and private residential; Hong Kong is a region combines with historical, political and commercial centre; and New Territories unites of islands and the southern part of Hong Kong. These three regions include 18 districts in total amounts and they are divided base on the geography location. Here is a table showing Hong Kong regions and districts and her basic information, which you shall know more about the regions and easily to compare between them while you are moving to Hong Kong:

Region of Hong Kong & The Majority Districts Correspondingly Density Transports Development Enclose Facilities & Entertainments Living Cost & Jobs Safety & Seeking Helps
Kowloon:

  • ShamShuiPo
  • Kowloon City
  • KwunTong
  • Wong Tai Sin

 

High High Massive High

 

Good
Hong Kong Island:

  • Central
  • Western
  • Eastern
  • Southern
  • Wan Chai

 

High High Massive High Good
New Territories:

  • Islands
  • KwaiTsing
  • North
  • Sai Kung
  • Sha Tin
  • Tai Po
  • Tsuen Wan
  • TuenMun
  • Yuen Long

 

Low Medium Massive Low Good

If you want to know more information about the three regions, please read through the following passage or you may find something more detail, useful and interesting.

Kowloon, the Mainland Region

Density of Kowloon

Kowloon’s land area is not the biggest amongst the three regions but she is called as mainland region of Hong Kong. Because of Kai Tak Airport, the building constructions was limited and caused Kowloon became the second developed regions in Hong Kong, which is after Hong Kong Island in last century. However, her population is more than Hong Kong Island and holds about 48% of total population in Hong Kong, this is so she is known as the mainland region in Hong Kong.

Where is Kowloon?

Kowloon is locating in the north of Hong Kong and she is mainly formed by Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, which surrounded in the south of Boundary Street. The area of Kowloon is borders by Lei Yue Mun which stands in the east, south of the Victoria Harbour, Mei Foo in the west, and Lion Rock in the north.

How do I get there?

Transports in the mainland region are highly developed and you may choose different transport to get there. Please refer to the page of Step 3: Leave your beads for more information about taking transports to Kowloon in Hong Kong (LINK: Please link to the page when it is available).

Getting to Kowloon from airport is really fast and convenience. For a non budgeting method, you may choose to take Airport Express to get to Kowloon. Trains depart every 10-12 minutes from 05:54 to 00:48 which able to take you to Kowloon within 30minutes. Here is a tips while you are going to take the Airport Express from airport to Kowloon, which you pay your fares after you take the train, as to save your time to queuing up for a riding ticket. For more information, you may look up to the following website: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/fares_tickets/tf_index.html. Expect the Airport Express, you may also choose taxis or public buses to get from airport to Kowloon.  Taking buses is the cheapest option amongst the three, but it is more complicated as there are many different numbers of buses are up to your services. The following website shows the destinations of different public buses which can be reviewed (http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html).

There is a cheaper transport to connect Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tusi, and it is named star ferry. Star ferry is a traditional transport in Hong Kong, this option take a longer time while getting from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon district. However while you are riding on the ferry, you may feel relaxing and able to enjoy the stunning view of Victoria Harbour. For the routes, frequency and ticket fares of star ferry, you may refer to this website: http://www.starferry.com.hk/services.html for more information.

What else is there to do?

There are massive facilities and entertainment in Kowloon, whereas you can find something to do in there easily. There are many historical sites in Kowloon, for example, Wong Tai Sin Temple which allows you to visit and worship, and it is one of most important temple in Hong Kong. Beside of sites seeing, you may also enjoy foods and drinks in Kowloon, and you may experience the Thai community in there (http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/play/little-thailand-hong-kong-842555). You may also go upstairs in Mong Kok to drink coffee, or barbeque on rooftop (http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/high-mongkok-618691). You may find something creative and vintage in Hong Kong through walking around Osage Kwun Tong and the market around Shum Shui Po (http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/shop/market-stalls-knocked-our-socks-477033).

3 Things to Know in the Mainland Region: Kowloon

Kowloon is a place which suitable for everyone to live. Although Kowloon is not most developed in Hong Kong, living cost  and job opportunities in there is also tend to be high and the most expensive cost is rents for accommodations. The living standard in Kowloon is also high as you may feel safe and always able to get helps while you have any emergency situations.

Living Cost & Jobs in Kowloon

Most accommodations in Kowloon are small and constructed between the 70s to 90s. For whom budget tighter, you may find ‘Tang Building’ which without lifts, but they offer more spaces in flat and cheaper rents. If you go to Southern Kowloon, like Prince Edward, you may also get a cheaper offer since the position of the flats are far away from action and transport circus. There are also many services apartment in Kowloon, which offer a higher price but the environment and facilities surrounded will be better. Here are some links for accommodations hunting in Hong Kong: Rooms in the Moon (Link to the page while available); Asia Expat (http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/) for flat shared; and Craigslist (http://hongkong.craigslist.hk) for foreigners.

Since some the districts in Kowloon are claims for developing by Hong Kong Government, so there are many jobs opportunities. To find a job in Kowloon, you may refer to Step 10: Find Yourself a Job (LINK: Please like to the website when it is available). Or you may refer to the links below directly (http://www.indeed.hk/jobs-in-Hong-Kong and http://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/webform/default.aspx).

Safety & Seeking Helps

The safety in Kowloon is good as there is always a police station nearby. If you are facing any emergencies in your living district, you may just dial 999 (Hong Kong emergency calls) or you may also walk to the nearest police station for helps if possible (http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#KERR & http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#KWRR).

The Region of Hong Kong Island

Density of Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island is the second most populated in Hong Kong. Her land mass is the smallest but most developed amongst Hong Kong regions. The Central area is comprised with historical, political and economic, while it combines with the Northern part of Kowloon and becomes the core of Hong Kong. Because of the developments and central area, Hong Kong Island has high density.

Where is Hong Kong Island?

Hong Kong Island is the islands on the Northern coast and forms the Southern shore of the Victoria Harbour. It also called as ‘Hong Kong side’ or ‘Island side’ because it has formed the two sides of Harbour with Kowloon.

How do I get there?

Transport in Hong Kong Island is also highly developed. You may also refer to the page of Step 3: Leave your beads for more information about taking different transports to Hong Kong Island (LINK: Please link to the page when it is available).

Getting to Hong Kong Island from airport is also straight forwarded. You may take the Airport Express and get off train at the last station. It only takes you about 30minutes to get to Hong Kong Island. You may refer to the following website for more information about Airport Express: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/fares_tickets/tf_index.html.

Expect the Airport Express, you may choose taxi or public buses to get from airport to Hong Kong Island. Taxi is much prefer since taking public buses to Hong Kong Island are much time consuming than taking buses to Kowloon. However, if you are not in a rush, public buses would also one of the best options for you as it is cheaper than taxi. And this website shows you the public buses that travel you to Hong Kong Island: http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html.

Besides of the traditional star ferry services (http://www.starferry.com.hk/services.html) able to bring you from Kowloon to Central or Wan Chai; Tramcar, the other traditional transports in Hong Kong also able to take you around in Hong Kong Island. The fares are cheap and the speed is slow, so you are able to enjoy the views of Hong Kong Island and feel peaceful while you are sitting on it. For more information about the routes and ticket fares of tramcar, you may refer to this website: http://www.hktramways.com/en/tramservice/schedulefare.html.

What else is there to do?

Similar with Kowloon, there are many facilities and entertainments in Hong Kong Island. Rather than eating, drinking, sites seeing or walking around in Hong Kong Islands, you may go to Ocean Park (http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home/). It provides electronic games and marine museums, which allows different ages of people take pleasure in excitement and also get to know different marine creatures with shorter distances. There is a famous night life in Hong Kong Island which is named as Lan Kwai Fong (http://www.lankwaifong.com/). It is in Central district and combined with many bars, clubs, shops and restaurants, which is a great place for after work drinks and dinner with friends. It is also a great place to make new friends and dancing all night in town.

3 Things to Know in the Region: Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Island as part of the core of Hong Kong, her living cost would readily high and there are many chances of getting a job, and the condition of security is also good in the district.

Living Cost & Jobs in Hong Kong Island

Since Hong Kong Island is much developed than Kowloon, so the buildings are much modern and less old buildings left behind which cause high living cost in recent years. If you are tight with budget, you may choose the accommodations in Tin Hau or Fortress Hill since these areas are less developed than other district in Hong Kong.  Again, you may use the links that shown above to find accommodations in Hong Kong Island: Rooms in the Moon (Link to the page while available); Asia Expat (http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/) for flat shared; and Craigslist (http://hongkong.craigslist.hk) for foreigners.

Hong Kong Island consist many potential companies and individuals so as to hunt a job in the districts should be harder than others. For more tips, you may refer to Step 9: Register for Mandarin Classes to enhance your personal competitive advantages (LINK: Please like to the website when it is available). For job hunting in Hong Kong Island, you may also denote Step 10: Find Yourself a Job (LINK: Please like to the website when it is available). Or go to the following links directly (http://www.indeed.hk/jobs-in-Hong-Kong and http://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/webform/default.aspx).

Safety & Seeking Helps

The safety in Hong Kong Island is good. You may also dial 999 (Hong Kong emergency calls) or walk to the nearest police station to ask helps if possible. The following link shows the location of police station and telephone for your reference: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#IslandRR.

The Region of New Territories

Density of New Territories

New Territories, with the largest land area compare with the three regions in Hong Kong, but with low density in her districts. She includes the biggest island which named Lamma Island and all Outlying Islands in Hong Kong, which takes in with 86.3 % of territories in Hong Kong.

Where is New Territories?

In the past, New Territories included the North side of Kowloon and the South of Shan Chun River, which is the border between Hong Kong and Mainland China. In Present time, she only comprises the North of Kowloon Ranges and the South of Sham Chun River with the Outlying Islands.

How do I get there?

Transports in New Territories are not as highly developed as Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. You may also refer to the page of Step 3: Leave your beads for more transports information to New Territories (LINK: Please link to the page when it is available).

Getting to New Territories from airport is very fast. Since there are short distances between New Territories and airport, so taking the Airport Express will be the easiest way than taking taxis or public buses. For more Airport Express, please refer to the following website: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/fares_tickets/tf_index.html.

As mentioned, you may also pick taxis or public buses to get from airport to Hong Kong Island. Since there are only small amount of taxis run in New Territories, so more waiting time is needed for a cab that run in the related districts in airport. Ride on public buses to New Territories is the best choice because the time usage is short with low fares, and there are many public buses to New Territories on services. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/to-from-airport/bus_from_hkia.html.

Unfortunately, ferry is the only options to travel you from Central to Outlying Island. The time that you need is depends on the distances between the island that you are going and Central, but basically it is time consuming. Here is a website for more information about getting ferries to Outlying Island: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hong_Kong/Outlying_Islands.

What else is there to do?

New Territories consists many popular spots to visit, for example Disneyland (http://park.hongkongdisneyland.com/hkdl/en_US/home/home?name=HomePage) and Lantau Island (http://www.plm.org.hk/eng/home.php). Disneyland is a place that full of joy and happiness and it is suitable for everyone, especially family and couples. Lantau Island is also famous since there is a big Buddha stand in the island and the cable car allow you to observe the skyline view of Hong Kong. For some other outdoor activities, you may go the Outlying Island for hiking (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/watersport/en/index.php) or Sai Kung for water sports (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/watersport/en/index.php) which also proper to different ages of people.

3 Things to Know in the Region: New Territories

New Territories is a special region since she is less developed, but there are less job opportunities than others. Her living standard is also located at lower level than other three regions. However, her safety can seek as good.

Living Cost & Jobs in Hong Kong Island

New Territories is less developed, with large area and low population, based on the theory of demand and supply, the living standard of the area is much lower than the other two regions. The transport fares may take the important role in living cost though as the accommodations are far away from action and the transport are less developed. And yet, New Territories becomes more popular since she is away from crowds. If you are interesting, you may use the links that shown above to find accommodations in Hong Kong Island: Rooms in the Moon (Link to the page while available); Asia Expat (http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com/classifieds/) for flat shared; and Craigslist (http://hongkong.craigslist.hk) for foreigners.

As mentioned many time above, New Territories is less developed, and the land are mainly used for residential and entertainment, so there are less opportunities. However, there are still ways for job hunting in New Territories: Step 10: Find Yourself a Job  and click the links below directly (http://www.indeed.hk/jobs-in-Hong-Kong and http://www2.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/webform/default.aspx).

Safety & Seeking Helps

The safety in New Territories is not bad. Same as Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, once you face emergency conditions, please dial 999 (Hong Kong emergency calls) or walk to the nearest police station to ask helps if possible. And the following link are provides for your review: http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#NTSRR, http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#NTSRR, and http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/11_useful_info/contact.html#MarRR.

Here is an extra website for you to find out more interesting activities or delicious restaurants in the Hong Kong three regions (http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/).