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Wan Chai is more than just a Red Light District. Here's All You Need to Know About Living in this vibrant neighbourhood!

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In almost every, if not all big cities in the world, there are certain famed neighbourhoods that stand out amongst the rest of its counterparts. Their fame often comes from certain attributes that characterize a neighbourhood’s unique personality - whether it’s the history, the shops, the bars and restaurants, the galleries, museums, art scene and public parks, or just some unidentifiable vibe that the neighbourhood and its people exudes.

Some of these neighbourhoods emerge as unique destinations for fashion, nightlife, culture, style, or some other booming subcultural factors that put a place on the map. Although Hong Kong is not geographically large, one cannot deny that our small city is packed with superstar personality traits that gives our city global recognition. Even though our city is smaller than most other world-reknowned metropolitans, what we lack in size, we make up for in character. Most definitely, we are not lacking in famous neighbourhoods that visitors from far and wide have heard of, far before ever setting foot in to Hong Kong. Neighbourhoods that are pinned as “must-sees” in every city-guide and for good reason. And one of the most famous neighbourhoods that Hong Kong boasts is none other than one that is in the thick of it all, nestled in one of the busiest and most central parts of the city, jammed pack with everything from commercial establishments to residences of every kind. This neighbourhood has been called Hong Kong’s very own red light district, full of buzz from the infamous nightlife scene, but this neighbourhood haas so much more to offer than just what it’s been known for over the years. 

Can you guess which neighbourhood we are talking about yet? 

Yes. That’s right. Our focus this week is on none other than Hong Kong’s very own Wan Chai, an amazing district that has much more to offer than being notorious for its after dark activities. Before we dive deep in to the nooks and crannies of this unique neighbourhood, let’s start from the beginning and give you a full run down of what Wan Chai really is.

Where is Wan Chai?

Wan Chai is one of the most bustling neighbourhoods situated on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island. This area is one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong filled to the brim with offices of large, medium to small-sized companies and business establishments. As one of the first areas developed in Hong Kong, this neighbourhood is densely populated with a mix of modern touches and old, classical, urban vibe that is very representative of local Hong Kong culture. 

Where does the name “Wan Chai” come from?

Wan Chai wasn’t always called Wan Chai. This area originally began as “Ha Wan”, literally meaning “a bottom ring” or lower circuit”. As mentioned already, this was one of the earliest areas to be developed in Hong Kong, alongside the Victoria Harbour, Central, and Sheung Wan (literally translated as “upper ring”) and Sai Wan (literally translated as “western ring”). Wanchai is considered to be one of the “four rings” by locals, and it modern name literally means “a cove” in Cantonese, due to the shape of its coastal shoreline. Although, geographically in today’s day and age, Wan Chai is no longer in the shape of a cove due to drastic city developments and continuous land reclamation over the years. 

Originally, many years ago, Wan Chai was first home to Chinese fishermen villages who lived along the untouched coastlines. The reason that they chose Wan Chai to be their residence was due in large part to the area’s proximity to Hung Shing Temple, which overlooked the entire harbour. Hung Shing Temple was a place of worship dedicated to Hung Shing Ye, or God of the Sea - one of the most prominent deities to be worshipped by old Hong Kong locals. This makes sense, after all, Hong Kong originated as a fisherman village. 

But pretty neat tidbits of history there isn’t it? 

What makes Wan Chai unique now?

Wan Chai is a melting pot of arts and culture, an intersection that has seamlessly me old classical local culture with new, hip and trendy western injections. Apart from being notorious for its infamous red light district where debauchery is often found simmering at every corner, the rest of Wan Chai is a real celebration of a thriving art and culture scene - with winding streets dotted with all kinds of cute boutiques, eclectic shops that cater to every shopper’s tastes, hip cafés, trendy restaurants and local fresh markets that are just so typically Hong Kong. Aside from hip trendy small businesses, Wan Chai is home to two of the city’s most popular venues for theatre, cultural and performing arts, where visitors like yourself can watch concerts, dance, drama, musical and other art productions. Bet you didn’t know that you can see famous Broadway musicals like Mamma Mia, Annie, Wicked, The Sound of Music and other acts outside of New York City did you?

To really get an injection of Hong Kong culture, you can even see performances from The Cantonese Opera Group, and a myriad of local talents that represent that local arts scene.

Read on to find our guide to Wan Chai district’s best eating, drinking, shopping and hang out spots! Home to Hong Kong’s second most famous nightlife district, did you know that Wan Chai boasts some of the best culinary finds in the city? Whatever you are in the mood for - local, western, exotic - you can bet you’ll find it here. On top of having some of the best culinary digs, Wan Chai is of course most known for being a watering hole. So if you are a person who wants it all, and wants to be in the thick of it all, then Wan Chai is definitely a choice neighbourhood for you because it truly offers something for every taste, mood, occasion and budget. The following is in no way an exhaustive list, just some of the most honorable mentions and local favorites that cannot be missed in the Wan Chai neighbourhood. One would never go hungry, or bored living in Wan Chai. 

Best Places to Eat and Drink in Wan Chai:

22 Ships By Jason Atherton

For fun and delicious Spanish flair, you can look no further than 22 Ships. Where else can you people watch, nibbling on delectable plates of tapas  while sipping on a cool glass of sangria? This is one of the many notable restaurants that have popped up in the newly refurbished part of trendy Wanchai the last few years.  From the same creators as restaurants like 208 Duecento Otto, Dudell’s and Ham and Sherry, which happens to be on the same street just diagonally across the road, you will not be disappointed by the plethora of innovative and delicious dishes.

22 Ships, 22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.22ships.hk

Deligator

A sister restaurant to the people behind other Wanchai gems - Djibouti and Ted’s Lookout - The Deligator is a little slice of Havana amidst the busy streets of Hong Kong that has become a local favorite hangout offering Cuban-inspired drinks with with Deli bites. The bar’s slogan is “Cuban Deli by day, good vibes by night. 

Deligator, 2 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Le Pain Quotidien

A popular newcomer on Johnston Road is the first ever Le Pain Quotidien establishment in Asia, which is neatly tucked in the end corner of The Avenue. The Belgian chain’s arrival in Hong Kong has been welcomed with fervent excitement, with a big emphasis on bread, tartines (Belgian open-faced sandwiches), and an extensive menu of other breakfast heavy dishes, baked goods, smoothies, fresh juices, and coffees. 

Le Pain Quotidien, Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, www.lepainquotidein.com.hk

Stone Nullah Tavern

Stone Nullah Tavern offers epic new American Dining in Wan Chai. Not only is the menu innovative, featuring fresh high-quality ingredients that draw in influences from all over the world, the drinks are top of the game and the service immaculate. It is no wonder that this place has quickly become a local watering hole. Stone Nullah Tavern is definitely a place that should not be missed. 

Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Notable mentions of Wan Chai

Wan Chai is dotted with world-reknowned architecture - unique landmarks and skyscrapers - within the area. Some of these include:

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) 

Located in the northern part of Wan Chai, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is one of the two most prominent venues in the city, alongside AsiaWorld-Expo. It’s location strategically built along the Victoria Harbour is a sight that simply cannot be missed. With a total of 5 exhibition halls, 2 convention halls, 2 theatres, 52 meeting rooms, function areas, 7 restaurants, a business centre, carpark spaces that can house up to 1300 cars and 50 vans, and a total capacity of 140,000 visitors per day, its no wonder that this venue has become a central hub of Hong Kong’s international businesses. The venue hosts more than 45 international trade fairs for buyers from more than 100 countries each year, including everything from leather goods, watch and clock, to giftware, toys, fashion, jewellery, electronics, health products and more. HKCEC recently hosted the RISE Conference, which brings together the world’s biggest brands with the world’s most exciting startups. It’s things like this that makes Hong Kong one of the most exciting cities to live in for young professionals, entrepreneurs, and seasoned financial veterans.

Central Plaza

Being 78-stories high, its no surprise that Central Plaza is one of the most eye-catching skyscrapers in Hong Kong. Located at 18 Harbour Road in Wan Chai, it is the third tallest tower in Hong Kong after 2 International Finance Centre (IFC 2) in Central district and the ICC in West Kowloon. Central Plaza’s list of current tenants include some of the biggest heavy hitters of the World, like CNBC Asia, ExxonMobil, Chevron, The Economist, Royal Saudi Consulate of Hong Kong, just to name a few.

Hopewell Centre

Another notable building that cannot be missed, this skyscraper towers at 64 stories high, neatly stands out at 183 Queen’s Road East, in Wan Chai. It is the first circular skyscraper to be built in Hong Kong and can be spotted in a few music videos and movies, if you are thinking you’ve sen it somewhere. This circular skyscraper was featured as the filming location for R&B group Dru Hill’s music video for “How Deep Is Your Love”.

Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Located near the northern part of Wan Chai, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is both a education provider of the arts (Chinese opera, dance, drama, film, television, music, theatre and entertainment arts) and serves as a well-established venue for performances. Hong Kong has much more to offer than just finance, nightlife, shopping and eating. For those that crave more culture, this is one of the best places in Hong Kong to experience both Chinese and Western arts and culture. 

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Hong Kong Arts Centre or (HKAC) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization aimed at promoting contemporary performing arts, visual arts, film, video arts, and a provider of arts education. The centre is the perfect place for art lovers who want to experience sculpture, photography, ceramics, design, illustrations, and sound and visual installations.

I want to live here! Lets see the homes!

Chances are if you have read this far in the article, you have developed a keen interest for possibly living in Wan Chai. Well, that’s what we are here for! To help you find a place that you can comfortably cal home. It could really take months to find a home of your liking in Hong Kong, so we have done the tedious work for you by highlighting some of our best properties in the area. We have searched high and low for the best options for those who are interested in living in the Wan Chai neighbourhood and here’s what we’ve gathered for you. We understand that you are not just investing in a property. When you say yes to a property, you are also investing in its neighbourhood. This is why we decided to give you a preview of the ins and outs of the area before showing you our properties. There’s no point of looking at properties if you don’t even enjoy the neighbourhood now is there? 

With that being said, here are some of our best luxury home features in this neighbourhood.  

Here are some properties that could potentially become your new home!

REGENT ON THE PARK

    • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2,072 Sqft (Saleable Area Approx)
  • Price - $73,000,000 HKD

 

Regent On the Park is currently listed as a luxury apartment for sale.  The property has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a saleable area of approximately 2,072 Sqft. This property has a current asking price of HKD $73,000,000.

STARCREST

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 933 Sqft (Saleable Area Approx.)
  • Price - $40,000,000 HKD

 

Starcrest property was built in the year 1999. The property has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a saleable area of approximately 933 sqft. This popular residential building is situated in one of the best locations in Wan Chai, conveniently next to Pacific Place and right near the Admiralty MTR station. It is also within walking distances to nearby trendy restaurants, and shopping areas. The residential building includes full club facilities - swimming pool, fitness gym, sauna, children’s playground, golf simulator room, table tennis court and more. 

THE GLOUCESTER

  • Luxury apartment for sale
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • 1,719 sqft (Saleable Area Approx.)
  • Price - $68,000,000 HKD

 

This luxury apartment is located on the high floor of the residential building with spacious layout, balcony and views of the lovely harbour.

THE AVENUE

  • Luxury apartment for sale
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 760 sqft (Saleable Area Approx.)
  • Price - $20,000,000 HKD

 

Built in the recent 2015, this luxury apartment is brand new and located in an excellent and central location in Wan Chai. Literally situated in the heart of Wan Chai, it is close to the best restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping, and public transport lines. The residential building has a swimming pool and fitness gym for residents. The 2 bedroom flat has its own balcony as well.

 

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

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●    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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