Asia, Hong Kong, Travel

Living abroad: South Africa to Hong Kong

4th October 2015

It’s been about two months since we set foot on this foreign land. Wow! What a ride this year has been!
We have backpacked through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for two months, danced in the karoo at AfrikaBurn and now we are living abroad in Hong Kong!

About a year ago we made the decision that we wanted to move abroad. We were craving a change and a new adventure. By the way, I turned 30 this year! EEEEEEEEK!!!! (I just wanted you to know that you are NEVER too old to make the changes in your life that you need)

The building where we live

The building where we live

Hong Kong surprised me quite a bit! I thought that we were going to be in this crazy city, with massive skyscrapers, and that we might not like it. Well, so far, we absolutely love living here! We live in Lohas Park in the New Territories. The closest beach is about twenty minutes away and we are surrounded by nature. (We don’t feel like we are living in a city at all!)

There are definitely some differences from living in Cape Town to living in Hong Kong.

1. Transportation:
We haven’t driven a car in two months. I don’t think that we will be driving anywhere for the next year or so. We take the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) to work, the bus to the beach or the ferry to one of the islands.

Clear Water Bay

Clear Water Bay

2. Space:
Hong Kong is known for it’s massive skyscrapers due to the limited living space. On average, a family of four will share a flat of less than 50 sq m. We are also sharing our flat with two other people. Our building has 76 floors and we are on the 12th floor. Living in this small space has it’s perks. Our building has a gym, restaurant, bowling alley, swimming pool, hairdresser and much more. (Although we are still trying to find the so called “mini cinema”).

3. Food
Obviously the food in Hong Kong is different to the food back home. We had to kick our “normal morning coffee routine” as the price for a one liter milk is around 20 HKD. (That is about R40! Cray cray yo!)
If you eat local the food is much cheaper! Say goodbye to cheese and bread and an average meal will be about 20-30 HKD. You can also try some of the local cuisine that include pig ear, frog legs and pigeon.

Trying pigeon for the first time

Trying pigeon for the first time

4. The culture
The culture in Hong Kong is a lot different to the culture back home. It is not unusual to walk past a temple and a church in one little street.
Retail shops will open at 10 am in the morning and kids will be at school till late at night. Sometimes you will also see people walk their dog or go for a run this late at night. (That is dedication!)

There are so many new things we are discovering about life in Hong Kong. Just recently we attended the mid Autumn festival. A beautiful festival with moon cakes, lanterns and dragons! (More about this later! 😉 ) I have a feeling that this year is going to rock! I am now officially a “honker”!

A scene from the Mid Autumn festival

A scene from the Mid Autumn festival

 

 

 

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