It may sound obvious, but it’s so important to think about what area of Hong Kong you want to live in first before you dive into flat hunting. Each district and neighbourhood has a different character and you can narrow down your options by deciding which areas you like the most.
What do you value? Being close to work? Being close to where your friends live? Being close to the country parks? If convenience is high on your priority list, think about the accessibility of each area to public transport. Living on DB, Lamma or Lantau allows for a much more laid-back lifestyle, but if you work every day in North Point, it can be a bit of a pain getting the ferry and then the MTR as your daily commute! Think about where the closest supermarkets and banks are, whether you want to be near restaurants and bars or in a quieter area. After all, these factors can affect social life, your commute, your lifestyle and your overall experience of living in Hong Kong.
Just remember, living in an area you actually like and enjoy can sometimes be just as important as living in a flat you love, especially if you like to be out and about in the neighbourhood!
Check out our Sassy area guides here.