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Ready To Splurge? Here Are The Places In Hong Kong You Don't Want To Miss

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Real estate prices in Hong Kong are no joke and definitely not for the faint of heart to stomach.

Did you know that Hong Kong is one of the most overpriced real estate markets in the world, overtaking New York, London, and other metropolitans? As of 2017, Hong Kong has once again been ranked as one of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, mostly due to skyrocketing rent prices. Hong Kong is the most expensive city in Asia for expats to rent a high-end luxury apartment. According to an article by South China Morning Post that came out in January this year, rents for unfurnished 3-bedroom apartment in most popular expat areas near international schools in Hong Kong average a whopping HK$79,474 per month! The article also notes that Hong Kong has held the rank as the most expensive location in Asia for expatriates to lease a high-end apartments for the fifth year running, despite the city’s rents have fallen by 13 per cent since 2012. 

Now , those are some numbers that will make anyone’s head spin.  If you are one of the lucky ones who are able to splurge on luxurious living, these are some of the best neighbourhoods and districts in Hong Kong you don’t want to miss. You can live the life of ultimate opulence and comfort in one of the best homes in the city if you have the cash to shell out. Hong Kong property is outrageously expensive, but if you can afford it - why not spend it on a place that is worth it and that you can proudly call home? If price is not an issue, you can live virtually anywhere in the city, but here are some of our top picks for you if you want to live like a royalty!

The Peak

Top of the list is of course Hong Kong famed neighbourhood "The Peak". As Hong Kong’s most exclusive neighbourhood since colonial times, and with one of the world’s most spectacular cityscapes as its backdrop, The Peak is famed for being home to some of the most expensive homes in Hong Kong and in the world. This area attracts the rich and famous in ways that no other neighbourhood in Hong Kong can compare to. If you find yourself living here, you will be rubbing shoulders with some of the richest and most famous people in the world. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

"There are dozens of scenic hiking trails that give you access to different parts of the island and city."

" Driving or hiking to and from The Peak makes you feel like you’re really not in the city. It feels like like you are enjoying the countryside."

" It’s not as far out of the way as everyone thinks it is. With traffic, it’s only 15-20 minutes from Central by car. It’s very community like in that the neighbours all know each other since it’s quite secluded."

" Humidity is a problem. There are certain months of the year where it gets especially humid. Even if you do a fresh paint job, it wears away within a couple of months"

Mid-Levels

What makes The Mid-levels such a hot commodity is its conveniently central location on Hong Kong Island and for its breathtaking panoramic views of Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour Skyline. It’s close proximity to the financial and commercial districts of Central and Admiralty make it the perfect residential neighbourhood for business professionals, families and expats. The added value of The Mid-Levels area is that it is close enough to the bustling city action for convenient access but just far enough out of reach where residents can still feel the tranquility of a proper residential neighbourhood, without being affected by the loud noises and bright lights of  action packed Hong Kong. Not to mention, The Mid-Levles is closer to nature where many parks and hike trails are - a great added bonus especially for those are who seeking the perfect balance between urban city-living and the serenity of natural surroundings and greenery. This area’s ultra-luxurious homes attract many wealthy people who are willing to pay top market prices for a home that has so many favourable qualities. There are not many neighbourhoods in Hong Kong where one can breathe in the beauty of nature right outside their doorsteps yet still be walking distance to the center of the city. 

The MId-Levels neighbourhood is favoured by many expats and the international crowd. Being one of the city’s most prestigious locations and a long-time favourite amongst city-dwellers, the hunt for the perfect home is quite competitive. There are not many areas in Hong Kong where you can live in quiet and peace yet be literally minutes away from downtown Central, with large accommodations that are close to most of Hong Kong’s top attractions, neighbourhood parks, and public transport lines. Mid-Levels is a top choice neighbourhood for almost all demographics. There’s a great multicultural feel with the diversity of residents who live in this neighbourhood, all from different racial and cultural backgrounds. If you are a single expat, young business professional or even a full-fledged family with young children, this is truly a great area to live in Hong Kong. 

Hong Kong’s famed Mid-Levels will always remain a top choice for expats. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

" The Midlevels area is seen as the place to live in Hong Kong for the wealthy. If you are new to Hong Kong, then Central/Midlevels makes sense as there are so many young professionals and expats here. It’s close to The Peak Hike, which is a hugely popular attraction for visitors and locals living here. Midlevels traffic can get pretty bad during rush hour, and it’s not the most convenient location out of all the other neighbourhoods that you can choose from. I moved from Midlevels to Happy Valley about 3 years ago and I really enjoy where I am now."

" The hills and slopes here are very steep, which has its pros and cons. Getting up here can be a mission but you also get quite a dramatic view over the Hong Kong skyline. The further up you go, the less densely populated it feels - so less claustrophobic."

" If you are single and young, this is a great place to live. Good access to bars and restaurants, and you can walk to work (if you work close by) during the cooler months of the year. It’s a very convenient location since you are practically in Central. Soho and Lang Kwai Fong are literally are literally at your fingertips, along with gym facilities like Pure. It’s a more expat community and less local."

"Plentiful greenery and hiking trails if you know where to look. The Botanical Gardens is in the area and more wellness friendly than other parts of Hong Kong."

Stanley

Stanley is very famous beachside town that is situated on a peninsula on the south side of Hong Kong Island. This beautiful area is nestled between Repulse Bay and Red Hill, Tam Tam. Technically, east of Repulse Bay, West of Shek O, and adjacent to Chung Hom Kok. Stanley is considered to be a part of the Southern District.

This attractive seaside town is a big favourite amongst the affluent crowd, catering to mostly expats and wealthy locals. Stanley checks off on all the attributes that International residents love - Mediterranean beach town vibes, charming waterfront promenade with bars and restaurants of every taste, lovely beaches, and local attractions that make it especially attractive to families with children. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

"Beachside living at its best. We don’t even feel like we are in Hong Kong. We have more space here, cleaner air, and getting to city centre is quite convenient. The entire area running from Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, South Bay, to Stanley is like a little community in itself. We can pretty much get most of the things we need here. It’s not as isolated as people say."

"It feels like resort-living. I commute to Central for work and it’s always a pleasant feeling to come home. It’s tranquil and gives me a peace of mind that is much needed in a busy city like HK."

"Lovely area and transportation is convenient. It helps to have a car though."

Kowloon Tong

This area of Hong Kong located in Kowloon West is home to one of the most expensive homes in Hong Kong. A low density and quiet residential neighbourhood, its housing comprises mainly of low-rises,  townhouses and villas. Kowloon Tong is a popular area among the upper class in the city due to the number of prestigious schools and expensive homes dotted all around the district. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

"The residential part of Kowloon Tong is fairly upmarket and not too budget-friendly, but if you are able to afford the options here, the housing is lovely. The commute can be quite horrendous depending on what time it is but there are always public transportation options. It’s so easy to get to Hong Kong Island via MTR or ferry. It’s close to some massive malls such as Festival Walk which has a fair number of movie theaters, supermarkets and shopping."

"It is mostly a quiet area with no loud noises. The main advantage is that it is mostly comprised of low-rise apartment complexes and houses. Pollution here is slightly better than most other areas. It’s great for families who are seeking a quieter lifestyle."

"There are a number of reputable schools in the area and is a great place for families with children. It’s quite an affluent area, and quite safe."

"Kowloon Tong is a very nice neighbourhood with good public transportation as well as shopping. Be prepared for the high rent and housing prices in this area as its tailored for the rich and famous. It’s also a very expat-friendly place with the number of reputable international schools around. It’s one of the lowest density places to live in Hong Kong."

"Kowloon Tong is a nice area to live especially if you work nearby. There’s more space, and residential buildings are most low-rise with tons of International/ESF schools around the area. There aren’t as many expats as there are on Hong Kong side but its still a rather expat-filled area depending on where in Kowloon Tong you are. Transportation is great with MTR, KCR, bus and minibus lines."

Repulse Bay

New residents to Hong Kong don’t correlate the city to beaches and waterfront views, but Repulse Bay offers just that. The south side of Hong Kong Island, specifically this area called Repulse Bay is one of the city’s most desirable and sought after places to live in. The area offers a more relaxed, beach-front lifestyle along with some phenomenal luxury accommodations. Repulse Bay is (as the name suggests) a bay located in the southern part of Hong Kong Island, the Souther District of Hong Kong. It is sandwiched between Deep Water Bay, Middle Bay, South Bay, and Stanley just a little further down. Located close the the city, but far enough to be away from the maddening crowds of Hong Kong, here we have the "French Riviera of Hong Kong". Truly an escape from the city, this upscale neighbourhood is characterized by its lush mountain views on one side and glistening ocean waves from the other. This area spans from Wong Nai Chung Gap Road all the way towards Chung Hom Kok beach, forming a lovely crescent shaped Repulse Bay that is dotted with plentiful luxury homes. 

The Repulse Bay area has become known as one of the most expensive and luxurious housing neighbourhoods in Hong Kong due to its combination of desirable features. Its location is still close to the city but with a more relaxed, beach-front resort lifestyle. The area has stunning wide expanse views of the south side oceanfront which is strung along a series of beautiful beaches, with spectacular mountain views in the back. There are not many neighbourhoods on Hong Kong Island that offers such spectacular views and living environment. Hong Kong is usually equated with hustling bustling city life, towering skyscrapers, concrete jungle, and a dense population. However, Repulse Bay offers something unique that is not normally expected of Hong Kong. The Repulse Bay area stretches towards the areas known as Middle Bay and South Bay, which are tucked neatly right next to one another - and is a highly exclusive and exquisite area. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

"We love living in Repulse Bay. You can walk everywhere in the area. Great hiking trails, plentiful outdoor space, a number of beaches to choose from, and more dog-friendly than most other places in Hong Kong. There’s a huge community feel here because it’s removed from city centre (15-20 minutes to Central by Taxi) , so it’s easy to meet your neighbours especially if you have kids that are enrolled in the same school(s). Hong Kong International School is nearby - it’s a beautiful area for kids to grow up in. It is definitely a pricey area though."

"If you love being outdoors, this is a perfect location. There is so much to do, and it’s a very self-contained neighbourhood. Transportation is not bad but it helps to have your own car. Some people love it here and others hate it. It may feel isolated, because apart from a handful of shops, restaurants and a spa, there is not much here. But there is easy and frequent transport to Central and other parts of the city. Repulse Bay Beach can get insanely crowded (and dirty) on the weekends. It’s has become a tourist attraction and tour buses pass by in flocks. It’s not as serene as it used to be, but it also depends on the day of the week."

Tai Tam

Tai Tam is an area in the Southern District on Hong Kong Island surrounded by beautiful views of fresh water reservoirs, beaches, high cliffs and country parks. This area’s beauty is unparalleled to the major bustling hubs of Hong Kong. With a number of luxurious high-rise apartments and townhouse estates in the area, this area is a popular location amongst expats and the affluent crowd in Hong Kong. 

Redhill Peninsula in Tai Tam is home to one of the most expensive houses in Hong Kong, and had a asking price of HKD $880million back in 2014. For this hefty price, you can live in this 3013 sq ft townhouse in Tai Tam that comes complete in full blown luxury with its four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, a maid’s room, a garden, a fitted kitchen, a terrace and its own car park. 

Tai Tam Red HIll area is also home to one of the most prestigious and affluent international schools in Hong Kong, known as Hong Kong International School - an American style curriculum private school where its high school campus is situated. 

What residents have to say about living in this neighbourhood:

"We enjoy living here because it’s more quiet and relaxing than many other parts of the city. Commuting is not that big of an issue. We have our own shuttle buses and it’s only about a 30-40 minute ride to Central."

"We love it here. We have a 7 month old son and my husband commutes to Central for work. It’s only about a 10 minute cab ride to Repulse Bay and even closer to Stanley Market where I can up all my groceries and essentials. The air quality is better here and the views are unbeatable overlooking the water. We are right next to one of the most prominent schools - Hong Kong International School (HKIS)."

Splurging on real estate in Hong Kong is exciting and full of limitless options. If you know where to look, you can live like a billionaire in some of the poshest neighbourhoods that our city has to offer and we are here to help you on that search!

If we have piqued your interest, do contact our team at Engel & Volkers for more detailed information and viewings of these luxury homes for sale. Engel & Voelkers are the leading experts in featuring real estate properties in the best areas of Hong Kong. We assure you that you will find your ideal dream home with our help.

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If you have a complaint regarding the way that we process your data, you have the opportunity to submit a complaint to the supervisory authority. This is: 

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Hamburg’s representative for data protection and freedom of information

Prof. Dr. Johannes Caspar

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by using the property app, personal data about them will be processed, in particular:

●    e-mail address, first name, surname, title, address, telephone number provided by users at the time of sending an enquiry;

●    Whenever the app is accessed, the usage data of the respective app user is saved. This data comprises: operating system used and, if applicable, the browser type, current language setting of the smartphone, information about the Internet service provider of the user, name of the retrieved page and, if applicable, the origin page, date and time of retrieval, amount of data transmitted, status report on whether the retrieval was successful, session identification number.

Purpose of processing

Engel & Völkers, as a responsible authority,

processes the personal data of website users for the following purposes:

●    Fulfilment of user’s requests (legal basis is contract performance and the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in transferring contact requests within the Engel & Völkers Group to the appropriate company. The above “Engel & Völkers Group” comprises Engel & Völkers AG and its domestic and foreign associated companies in terms of the German Companies Act Sec. 15 ff, and the (master) licensees affiliated with this group of companies. A current listing of these licensees can be obtained here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/de/unternehmen/standorte/);

●    The forwarding of e-mail newsletters on the company’s own offers and advertising by the company or third parties to the legally permissible extent or based on consent. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in direct marketing, providing this is in accordance with the data protection and competition rules);

●    Analysis of the website for determining user behaviour. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in analysing user behaviour on our website for the purpose of continuously improving this or adapting it to the interests of our users);

●    Identification and possible blocking of users who have installed a so-called adblocker and who thereby block advertising. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers of providing users who do not block advertising with wholly or partially web-financed offers);

●    In order to prevent fraudulent activities or misuse on the website or in connection with the website and to observe the legal stipulations for safe websites. (Legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in remedying errors, guaranteeing system security and identifying impermissible access or access attempts.)

The legal basis for the processing of personal data is GDPR Article 6(1)(a), if the processing is based on consent, Article 6(1)(b) if the basis for processing is a contractual relationship and Article 6(1)(f) if the basis is the legitimate interests of Engel & Völkers.

processes the personal data of property app users for the following purposes:

●      Fulfilment of the requests of the app users (legal basis of the data collection is the consent of the user in accordance with Art. 6(1)(a) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). Analysis of the property app to determine usage behaviour (legal basis is the legitimate interest of Engel & Völkers in analysing user behaviour in our property app for the purpose of continuously improving this or adapting it to the interests of our users);

Nature of supply of personal data and consequences of objection

The personal data is voluntarily provided by users. They may freely decide whether to make personal data available to Engel & Völkers and may subsequently withdraw their consent from the processing of personal data which have already been made available. Withdrawal may mean that the Engel & Völkers website is no longer usable.

Processing methods

Users’ personal data may only be processed in case of need and processing will be performed electronically only, in particular by way of: gathering, registration, organisation, storage, consultancy, processing, amendment, selection, extraction, comparison, use, interconnection, access and communication, blocking, deletion and destruction of the data. Processing may be carried out electronically or non-electronically.

Access to data

The personal data is processed by Engel & Völkers and (in respect of individual items) particularly by

●    Employees (permanent employees such as job-holders and independent property consultants) and consultants authorised to administer the website and property app and provide the associated services;

●    Third-party supplier companies (e.g. IT service providers, hosting providers, etc.) to which Engel & Völkers has outsourced processing services as part of a job processing agreement.

Information about the data

As the responsible authority we are able to provide information about your personal data. However, this information may only be given for the following reasons:

·       In the case of fulfilment of legal obligations or obligations arising from regulations and guidelines under national or European laws.

·       For defence in court in the case of a legal dispute.

Disclosure of data

If your query relates to offers from other companies of the Engel & Völkers Group, Engel & Völkers transfers the personal data entered by you in this case to the respective company from the Engel & Völkers Group with your prior consent or on the basis of its legitimate interests.[A10]  Other than this, your personal data will not be disclosed by Engel & Völkers.

Disclosure of data in non-EEA countries

In principle, Engel & Völkers does not transfer personal data to non-EEA countries without your consent. The servers used by Engel & Völkers are located within the European Union.

If your query relates to companies of the Engel & Völkers Group outside the European Union, we communicate your data under your consent.

In cases where personal data is transferred to countries that do not offer the same level of protection as within the European Union and you have not expressly agreed to the transfer of your data to those countries by way of your consent, Engel & Völkers will ensure that certain contractual obligations under applicable data protection law (including the execution of standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission) are agreed with each service provider, unless Engel & Völkers can invoke other legal grounds for the transfer of personal data.

Saving and deleting of data

Engel & Völkers saves personal data for the time necessary for achieving the purposes for which the data was gathered and processed, including any storage period stipulated under the applicable legislation (e.g. retention of bookkeeping vouchers) and in any case for a maximum of 24 months [A11] after the personal data was gathered.

Use of cookies

Use of cookies on the website

In order to improve website browsing, Engel & Völkers uses “cookies”. Cookies are small text files, generally consisting of letters and numbers, stored on the user’s web browser on their PC and containing pseudonymised data. Cookies allow a website to recognise the user’s computer in order to follow searches made on several pages of a website and to identify users who return to a website. Cookies may have technical, analytical or profiling purposes.

The direct and indirect cookies used by Engel & Völkers are summarised here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/en-de/privacy-policy-ag/doc/ev_cookies_lp.pdf.

The website uses the following technical cookies:

For storing language selection _icl_visitor_lang_js, _icl_current_language, evlocale.For storing selection of measuring units engelundvoelkersconfig.For storing last search requests LAST_SEARCH.For storing the watchlist ID watchlist_id.For storing test reference within AB tests user_ab.For storing references to distributed systems in load balancers BIGipServergroup-rz-webfe-prod.

Engel & Völkers informs users that they may deactivate or remove cookies in their web browser by following the instructions on the following links:

●      Internet Explorer ((https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies).

●      Mozilla Firefox (https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored).

●      Safari (https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214?viewlocale=en_US&locale=de_DE).

The website also uses analytical cookies set by third-party providers, e.g. Google (see also provisions on use of analysis programs and tracking tools) and Adroll (https://www.adroll.com/de-DE/about) /Privatsphäre) and Haufe (https://de.onlinehelp.umantis.com/index.php/Cookies).

In more detail:

a)       Google Analytics

Engel & Völkers uses the web analytics service Google Analytics from Google Inc. (“Google”) for analysing the use of websites. The information generated by cookies about the use of websites is generally transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Engel & Völkers uses Google Analytics solely with the extension "ga ('set', 'anonymizeIp', true)", in order to ensure that IP addresses are only processed in a shortened version and in order to prevent direct references to individual persons. Google may transfer data to third parties if this is prescribed by law or if third parties process these data on behalf of Google. Google will not publish the IP address of the user in connection with other Google data. Users may at any time prevent the recording and storage of data by Google Analytics, by installing a Google-approved browser plug-in which can be downloaded from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

b)       Universal Analytics

Engel & Völkers uses the Universal Analytics functions provided by Google. These functions allow Engel & Völkers to record and analyse socio-demographic data about users by means of a Google ID (if available) and by means of cookies generated by Google from advertising contents (DoubleClick). If a Google ID is available, the data controller will be able to record this data across all devices (e.g. if users have both a smartphone and a PC) for analysing visitor flows across all devices. Users may at any time prevent the recording and storage of data by Google Analytics by installing a Google-approved browser plug-in which can be downloaded from the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

This website does not use profiling cookies.

Use of cookies and other tracking in the Property App

Engel & Völkers needs statistical information on the use of the Property App to make it more user-friendly. For this purpose, Engel & Völkers deploys the following analysis tools. The providers of the tools process data, where personal data are processed, as a processor in accordance with the instructions of Engel & Völkers.

To find out which other cookies the Property App uses click here: https://www.engelvoelkers.com/en-de/privacy-policy-ag/doc/ev_cookies_lp.pdf.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). We use Google Analytics with the additional feature offered by Google to anonymise IP addresses: In this case, Google's IP address is usually already shortened within the EU and only in exceptional cases in the US and in any case only saved in abbreviated form. The privacy policy can be viewed here: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/processorterms/

                               

If you want to opt out of Google Analytics tracking, go to your system settings and disable Google Analytics access in the Tracking section of the “Engel & Völkers Property Search” app.

If you want to opt out of tracking Google Analytics on Android, go to the app settings and disable Google Analytics access.

HockeyApp

HockeyApp is provided by Microsoft (Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399, USA). We use HockeyApp for error analyses and to improve the property app. If it crashes, the user may agree to submit a crash report to HockeyApp. A crash report includes information about the crash date and time, the affected software module, the operating system and language used, and the device type and IP address. The crash report will only be sent to HockeyApp once this has been specifically approved. The information contained in the crash report may be partially processed in the United States. HockeyApp is a service from Microsoft. Legal information about it can be found here: 

https://azure.microsoft.com/de-de/support/legal/.

The privacy policy can be viewed here: 

https://www.microsoft.com/de-de/privacystatement/OnlineServices/Default.aspx

Crashlytics

Crashlytics is an analysis tool offered and operated by Crashlytics Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, USA. Crashlytics generates crash reports, i.e. reports about malfunctions or failures of the app, where and in which context these have occurred, how many users of the app are affected, etc. Engel & Völkers uses these reports to detect malfunctions or failures to be able to react faster, more purposefully and more efficiently in the interests of the users and to be able to improve the app technically. For this purpose, Crashlytics, together with the user’s Symphony-related app ID, which can be deleted at any time, records data on the crash and on general data of the respective IT environment (in particular on the used device, the mobile service provider and the operating system). If personal or pseudonymous data is included, Crashlytics will delete it within seven days. This information will give Crashlytics and subsequently Engel & Völkers insight into whether and how the app works and is used, especially the malfunctions and failures that occur. Further information is available at try.crashlytics.com/terms/privacy-policy.pdf.

Links to social media pages

This website contains links to the main social media network sites (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). These are not embedded social media plug-ins, but a link through which no personal data is transmitted to the social media operators.

Rights of persons concerned

You have the right to information on the processing of your personal data (for example, the origin of this data, the processing purpose, the modalities of the data processing). Furthermore, on certain conditions, you are entitled, at any time, to object to data processing in the future, to limit it or to demand the deletion of the data. Finally, you can prevent the sending of advertising material or the implementation of market research or commercial communications at any time.

In summary, you have a right to

-       information,

-       correction,

-       deletion (or to be forgotten),

-       limitation of processing,

-       data portability,

-       objection to the processing of your personal data,

-       complaint to the supervisory authorities.

Please note that your right to deletion is subject to certain restrictions. For instance we need not or may not delete any data which we need to retain for a further period under a statutory retention period. Data needed by us for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims are also excepted from your right to deletion.

To exercise the above rights and to request information, users may write to the following e-mail address hongkongmmc@engelvoelkers.com[A12]  or postal address Engel & Völkers VJI Limited, [A13] Shop A, 95 Caine Road, Mid Level West, Hong Kong. Similarly, users may at any time withdraw consent to, correct and delete the processing of their data.

Contacts

The responsible authority for processing of data is Engel & Völkers VJI Limited, [A14] Shop A, 95 Caine Road, Mid Level West, Hong Kong. In the event of questions regarding our data processors, we are happy to make a current list of these available to you.

If you have a complaint regarding the way that we process your data, you have the opportunity to submit a complaint to the supervisory authority. This is: 

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

Hamburg’s representative for data protection and freedom of information

Prof. Dr. Johannes Caspar

Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 4, 20097 Hamburg

Mailbox@datenschutz.hamburg.de[A15] 

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