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Popular Districts For Expats on Hong Kong Island – Part 2

Most Popular Districts For Expats on Hong Kong Island – Part 2


Sai Ying Pun


Sai Ying Pun has become a fashionable choice for expats living in Hong Kong who are looking for reasonable accommodation in an authentic, up and coming area, yet  still close enough to walk to Central (around 15 minutes) and being on the MTR line only two stops from Central.  


From Queens Road, and terracing south up the hill, a recently installed escalator and the opening of the MTR station with multiple entrance/exits have made Sai Ying Pun ideal for a broad range of residents across the board. Savvy developers moved in once the MTR extension was tabled and over the years have built luxury residential towers that offer resort style swimming pools and facilities that have attracted singles and families alike to the area.


There are still a good amount of the original houses left standing, which gives Sai Ying Pun it’s character and preserves its history as a bohemian village. During the 1960’s and beyond the 70’s the area became popular with artists and musicians who enjoyed cheaper rents due to the distance from Central, the poor infrastructure and mostly badly run down houses huddled in amongst the street markets and shops. Today many of these original buildings have been bought up by sympathetic residents who have restored or completely renovated the interiors to luxury standard and kept the village vibe going.


Sai Ying Pun has also become a favourite for destination dining.  There is a wide variety of cuisines and themed restaurants, and some original, funky bars worth checking out.  Ping Pong and Potato Head concepts chose SYP to open their Hong Kong restaurants and clubs, and High Street has become one of the best eating streets on the island.


Tai Hang


Just a short walk from Causeway Bay but a world away from the district’s frenzied activity, Tai Hang has a lovely laid-back and slower paced vibe that the local residents like to keep as their best kept secret.  A number of ex-pats somehow find their way to Tai Hang and never leave. Word of mouth is the best reference one can give, and this neighbourhood can handle working singles to families with pets. Vintage stores, indie boutiques, artisanal coffee shops and craft beer bars give this neighbourhood a unique and charming character. And it’s so quiet.


There are a few newer developments about, and many have been created from warehouses and some industrial style buildings.  These attract the creative crowd of designers, architects, and agency people that work nearby at Quarry Bay. High ceilings and larger rooms, loft and duplex style, these modern day homes come with high tech to luxury.  Some of the older houses and apartment buildings have been totally transformed with plenty of daylight and open spaces.


The three-day Mid-Autumn Festival Fire Dragon Dance is held here, but ancient culture and traditions happily rub shoulders with new boutique residential developments – often renovated from old buildings.  There are brand new developments too, and old luxury houses.


Wan Chai


If living in Hong Kong as an expat means being at the centre of all the action, Wan Chai is one of the best places to be. Urban and convenient, it packs a colourful punch of everything you could ever wish for, and is full of lively restaurants, bars, markets, outlets and the city’s most exciting – and controversial – nightlife ! The Lochardt Road area has all the 24 hour and late night venues, and attracts a crowd every night.


Living here had traditionally been a cheaper option, but the ongoing transformation of Wan Chai particularly the south end streets, into a chic and modern upscale district, has elevated Wanchai’s status and attracted a whole new level of resident. New luxury developments at the hillside of Wanchai in the Star Street area command top prices and offer everything from resort facilities, concierge services and parking, to undercover walkways to Admiralty and Pacific Place Shopping centre.


Boutique shops, ultra cool cafes and quaint restaurants create a village atmosphere, and most residents and guests are surprised at just how quiet parts of this suburb are. Walk to Central or take the MTR one or two stops away.


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