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CONTENTS

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14 5 Editor’s letter 7 Meet the team

NEW ARRIVALS 10 First steps 14 Annual highlights 22 Neighbourhood guide

HOME & LIVING 28 Finding a home 34 Home interiors 40 Gardens & balconies

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SETTLING IN 48 Hiring help 50 Pets

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54 Private members clubs 58 Volunteering

BABIES AND CHILDCARE 62 Having a baby in Hong Kong 66 Baby products 67 Childcare

EDUCATION

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72 Kindergartens 80 Primary schools 90 Secondary & through schools 100 Tuition 102 Specialised help 104 After school activities 111 Adult courses

DINING 116 Brunches 122 Fine dining 126 Family-friendly 130 Local flavours

HEALTH & WELLNESS 136 Hong Kong healthcare 141 Fitness 144 Beauty

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EXPLORE HONG KONG 152 Family days out 154 Hikes 160 Beaches

BIG DAYS OUT 170 Lamma Island 172 Sai Kung 174 Macau

ESSENTIALS 176 Directory 178 Emergency numbers 180 Hong Kong hacks

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editor’s letter Editorial

Managing Editor Gemma Shaw Editor Nicole Slater Contributing Editors Apple Lee Melanie Cox Editorial Assistant Charmaine Ng

Design Graphic Designers Vicky Lam Yankee Tsang

Sales & Marketing Director of Content Hilda Chan

Head of Digital Content Isamonia Chui Partnership Managers Chrissie Ip Elaine Li

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here’s a sense of pride when telling people I'm from Hong Kong. This city has been through a

That’s why our team has spent the last few months putting everything we have learnt into the Hong Kong Living Guide

lot over the past year. But despite all its hardships, the people and wonderfully varied experiences keep us going. Whether you’re fresh off the plane or a born and bred Hongkonger, the view from on top of The Peak is the same for everyone. We’re all in this together and that has never been more apparent. Despite growing up here, this ever-changing city never fails to surprise me, from the busy

2020. We’ve covered the best neighbourhoods, schools, restaurants, beaches and hikes. Plus all the practicalities including visas, healthcare and rentals so you can spend less time researching and more time enjoying what this wonderful city has to offer! If you’re new here, welcome to Hong Kong, you’re going to love it! For my fellow expats out there, I hope this guide can

night scene to the tranquility of exploring the outlying islands, there is something for everyone here, you just need to know where to look.

inspire you to get out there and keep exploring.

Publisher Tom Hilditch Contact us Admin: 3568 3722 Editorial: 2776 2773 Advertising: 2776 2772 Published by Hong Kong Living Ltd, L1 Kai Wong Commercial Building, 222 Queens Road Central, Hong Kong Printer Elegance Printing & Book Binding Co., Ltd. Cover includes illustrations by Miranda Sheppard

HONG KONG hongkongliving.com Hong Kong Living Guide is published by Hong Kong Living Ltd. This book is published on the understanding that the publishers, advertisers, contributors and their employees are not responsible for the results of any actions, errors and omissions taken on the basis of information contained in this publication. The publisher, advertisers, contributors and their employees expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person, whether a reader of this publication or not, in respect of any action or omission by this publication. Hong Kong Living Guide cannot be held responsible for any errors or inaccuracies provided by advertisers or contributors. The views herein are not necessarily shared by the staff or pubishers. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher.

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contributors

Gemma Shaw

Apple Lee

Charmaine Ng

As Managing Editor, Gemma has overseen editorial content at Hong Kong Living for almost three years. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her checking out the latest restaurant, planning her next trip or staycationing in the city, baby bump in tow.

Apple is a writer and creator based in Hong Kong. She is the Digital Editor of Hong Kong Living, where she oversees all online content. In her spare time, she likes to practice yoga, go café hopping and create new Spotify playlists.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, our Editorial Assistant knows all the ins and outs of the city, including where to get the best pork chop rice (hint: it’s a chain restaurant). She enjoys writing stories, taking photos of pretty things and filming TikTok dances.

Graham Uden

Vicky Lam

Yankee Tsang

British-born photographer Graham Uden arrived in Hong Kong in 1992. His work has involved being held up by AK-47 toting ex-Khmer Rouge soldiers in Cambodia and squatting metres from Taliban trenches in Afghanistan. His

Vicky is a graphic designer based in Hong Kong. She is a fanatic about typographic design in newspapers, books and magazines. On weekends, she loves going on hikes, taking photos of the city, shopping and

Graphic designer Yankee, previously worked in London and Berlin before moving to Hong Kong in 2014. When she isn’t designing magazines she loves collecting vinyl records and mixing music in her spare time.

stunning aerial images of Hong Kong are scattered throughout this guide. grahamuden.com

hunting out the best coffee spots.

Thanks to Miranda Sheppard, Mia Barrell, Rory Mackay, Eric Ho

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Home Kong

All you need to know to begin your life in Hong Kong

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ynamic Hong Kong, with its iconic, skyscraper-studded skyline, continues to lure expats to its shores. One of Asia’s most vibrant shopping and business hubs, it epitomises urban 10

IMMIGRATION AND VISAS hustle and bustle and yet, even on the Island, you’re never far away from a sandy beach or green hiking

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trail. We appreciate that for newcomers, the city can also be overwhelming so here are a few admin essentials to help you get started on the Hong Kong chapter of your life. Although it depends on the


first steps passport you hold, most people are allowed to land and stay in Hong Kong as a visa-free visitor from seven to 180 days.

Working visa Unless you have a Hong Kong “Right of Abode” or “Right to Land”, you will need a visa to work in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Having your company sponsor and issue your visa (and any dependent visas for your family) before you arrive is the most efficient way of sorting this out. You are not legally entitled to work without a visa but you can land and then set about getting one. Expect the visa process to take around six to eight weeks.

Dependent visa and trailing spouses Unless your spouse has a job in Hong Kong and a visa in his/her own right, they must obtain a dependent visa to be able to live and work full time in Hong Kong. Holding a dependent visa allows your spouse to find a job and work without being tied to one sponsoring company. Accompanying children will also need a dependent visa to be able to live in Hong Kong full time.

Hong Kong ID card Anyone in Hong Kong aged

Currency Hong Kong dollar Language English and Cantonese; Mandarin is becoming more widely spoken Population More than 7 million Weather Subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and frequent rain. Winter is cooler and drier Time GMT +8 (+7 in winter months) Electricity 220 volts 50 hz. Three-pin UK-style plugs are most common Emergency number: 999 International dialling code: +852

11 or over is required to hold a Hong Kong ID card. If you are planning to stay longer than six months, an application must be made within 30 days of landing. Online appointments are recommended before you go in person to the Immigration Office. Details of the process and the five locations where applications are processed can be found on the Immigration Department website (immd. gov.hk). Immigration Tower (7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai) is the busiest office but the one most frequented by expats.

Don’t forget to take: • Passport • Valid visa • Completed application form

HKID applications are usually processed and ready for collection within 10 days. You should keep your ID on you at all times as Hong Kong police have the authority to stop and demand identity checks from anyone, at any time. It’s also a good idea to memorise the number since it’s routinely used as an identifier when calling banks or arranging services. Cards are fitted with a smart chip and can be used as a library card. Once your fingerprint has been registered to the chip, you can also use your HKID for quick immigration access via e-Channel in and out of Hong Kong International Airport, Macau and borders crossings with Mainland China.

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GETTING AROUND

Types of taxis Urban

New Territories

Lantau

Taxis: Hong Kong taxis are some of the cheapest in the world, making it easy to get across the city. Passengers have to cover the tunnel tolls and the driver’s return toll. Look out for cross harbour taxi stands where drivers will accept a one-way tunnel fee.

Ferries: Ferries run between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon as well as to Discovery Bay, Lamma, Lantau and other outlying islands such as Cheung Chau or Peng Chau from

designated Central ferry piers. Trams: Board the tram at the rear end and get off at the front. Pay by cash or Octopus on exiting the tram. No change is given.

Octopus Card • This Hong Kong essential is a prepaid top-up card most commonly used for public transport, car parking and vending machines but also for buying things like groceries, coffees and settling bills. • Cards can be applied for and topped up at most 7-Eleven and Starbucks. Or apply for auto top up so you will never run out of credit.

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first steps Buses: Mini bus and double decker bus routes cover almost all areas of Hong Kong, except outlying islands. Pay by cash or Octopus. MTR: With 11 unique lines, the Mass Transit Railway is one of the best transport systems in the world, connecting most of Hong Kong to the city.

Did you know? The two white semi-circles on the MTR logo symbolise HK Island and the Kowloon peninsula while the vertical line represents the MTR service that connects them. Buying a car: While the public transport system here is efficient, you may prefer to drive if you are living away from the city. Here are some things to know before hitting the road:

Getting a licence There are four driving schools located across the city in Sha Tin, Yuen Long, Ap Lei Chau and Kwun Tong. Drivers must be 18 and above to learn and have at least 30 hours of training before taking the test. Visit gov.hk for more information.

• Registered car owners must own a local licence, valid HKID and have residential status • New vehicle tax in Hong Kong is one of the highest around – with a tax rate of up to 115% of the car’s value • All cars are required to have third-party insurance cover.

BANKING With over 250 licensed banks across the territories, it is said that Hong Kong has more banks per square mile than any other city in the world. There is no lack of choice, though this might make choosing the right bank for your needs considerably harder. Most banks offer the same type of generic services such as current, savings, time deposit, and payroll accounts. Credit and debit cards (see EPS) are widely used; cheques are not often accepted in high street shops and supermarkets but can be used to pay for utilities and settle bills with smaller companies or individuals. HSBC, Standard Chartered, Citibank, Hang Seng and Bank of China are the most popular banks in Hong Kong and therefore the ones with the most branches and ATMs.

of supermarkets and stores, some items aren’t widely available. These online shops have you covered.

Eat the Kiwi An online grocer, that delivers high quality goodness from producers and farmers in New Zealand. Fruit and vegetables are packed loose and in a recyclable box with biodegradable insulation, to ensure everything stays fresh! Use the code HKLIVING for $100 off your first order. eatthekiwi.com

Biltong Chief Limited Online butcher Biltong Chief is a one-stop-shop for premium meats. Along with their classic selection of grass-fed Biltong, the butcher also sells a range of sausages, seafood and lamb, perfect for any BBQ. biltongchief.com

iHerb Popular amongst Hong Kong mums, this online store sells a range of nutritional supplements that aren’t widely available in Hong Kong. hk.iherb.com

Mgoi! Cantonese phrases • 早晨 Good morning: jousen (sounds like joe-san)

ONLINE FOOD SUPPLIERS While Hong Kong has a range

• 早抖 Good night: jou-tau (sounds like joe-towe)

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January - February Chinese New Year Easily the most significant and colourful of all Hong Kong’s annual festivals. Expect to see the city awash with red lanterns and decorated with images of whichever animal of the Chinese zodiac represents the year ahead. Busy popup markets sell auspicious food, narcissi bulbs, tangerine trees and lucky bamboo plants; there will be lion and dragon dances galore and queues outside temples as people pray for health, wealth and good fortune in the year ahead. Be prepared to greet everyone you meet with the phrase Kung Hei Fat Choi (meaning “Happy New Year”). As a general rule, lai see packets are given by seniors to their juniors – parents to children, bosses to staff, married couples to single friends. Ideally the bank notes should be new, so expect some queuing at your bank to get crisp notes. Never give an amount with the number four in it as in Cantonese the word for ‘four’ sounds similar to the word for ‘death’ and so is considered bad luck. Odd numbers should also be avoided. As a sign of courtesy always give and receive with both hands. 16

How much to give? This is at your discretion, see below for some guidelines. • $20 - for someone you don’t know that well (ie. your barista) • $50 - for someone you are acquainted with on a daily basis (ie. doorman) • $100 - for someone you interact with frequently (ie. your hairdresser) • $100-$500 - for those you know well (ie. colleague/ domestic helper)

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annual highlights Art Month Hong Kong hosts an array of art exhibitions and shows during the month of March celebrating the local and international art scene. Throughout the month art fans can enjoy big name events including Art Basel, Art Central and Asia Contemporary Art Show, along with gallery exhibitions and demonstrations. Watch as the city bursts into colour with unique exclusive parties and art themed menus across town.

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May - June

Cheung Chau Bun Festival Thousands of people flock to the sleepy fishing village of Cheung Chau for its annual bun festival which is held on Buddha’s Birthday. Watch the Piu Sik (floating colours) parade followed by the Bun Scrambling Competition during which competitors race up 60-foot bamboo towers.

Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships Watch over 200 local and international teams compete to the beat of the drum in this world-famous set of races. Dragon Boat Festival, or Tuen Ng, is the only sport in the world with its very own public holiday. It draws

thousands of spectators to Stanley, Aberdeen and Sai Kung to watch the teams of suits, mums, fishermen and athletes battling it out for glory, a trophy and a roast

suckling pig. It is always hot and crowded and the atmosphere is terrific. For more information visit dragonboat.org.hk

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Junk season Temperatures are rising so it’s time to hit the high seas! Junk trips are equally as important to Hong Kong expats as their famous Sunday brunches. By the time humidity reaches its peak, junk season is in full swing and Hong Kong offers options to cater for every taste and budget. Hire a boat only or opt for an all-inclusive food and drinks package; add-ons can include inflatables, an onboard masseuse, an Xbox and even a karaoke machine.


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August

Typhoon signals Standby Strong wind Gale or storm Increased gale or storm Hurricane

Typhoon season Keep your umbrella handy throughout the summer months as Hong Kong’s weather tends to be temperamental with showers,

storms and the occasional typhoon. Download the Hong Kong Observatory App (MyObservatory) to keep up to date with current conditions.

Schools and businesses will close if a Signal 8 or above is raised by The Hong Kong Observatory.

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October

Mid-Autumn Festival Much loved by children and adults alike, this harvest festival is held on the fifthteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar to honour the full moon. Many people head down to their local beach from sunset onwards to witness the full moon. It is customary to give mooncakes around this time of year. An acquired taste, these dense, sweet cakes are made from red bean or lotus seed paste surrounded by a thin crust, they sometimes contain salted duck egg yolks. During this time of year, lanterns illuminate the city adding to the festive atmosphere. A visit to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay is a must; the park hosts the largest lantern festival in the city with hundreds of traditional lanterns on display.

Kong’s biggest annual party was postponed this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This much anticipated three-day tournament is regarded as the premier tournament of the World Rugby Sevens Series and Hong Kong Stadium’s 40,000 seats are unfailingly filled. Dozens of teams, each with seven players a side, compete in fast-butfierce 14-minute matches. A kick-off concert, inter-match entertainment, lots of beer and an overwhelming penchant on part of the spectators to dress up contribute to the highoctane party atmosphere.

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Tickets sell out notoriously fast and such is the hype around the event that massive screens and party tents are set up at Central promenade for those who miss out. The weekend sees plenty of partying in the city’s nightlife districts, namely Lan Kwai Fong, Soho and Wan Chai, maintaining the jovial atmosphere even when the games of the day have come to a close. Visit hksevens. com to register and be notified when the public ticket ballot opens. Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay.

Halloween The east-meets-west nature of Hong Kong means that Western festivals are increasingly popular. Lan Kwai Fong hosts the biggest Halloween street party in town - hundreds don their scariest attire and head out for a night on the tiles. Trick-or-treating is not particularly common but the city hosts an impressive offering of themed events for young and older ones. Disneyland and Ocean Park transform into ghost and ghoul havens throughout October.


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November Clockenflap This is undoubtedly Hong Kong’s biggest music event of the year, incorporating international and local live music, film, art installations and a kids' area. The everexpanding event was cancelled due to unrest last year, but 2020 is expected to be bigger and better than ever!

Hiking season With a drop in temperature and humidity, there is no better time to hit the hills and explore Hong Kong’s natural beauty. The best time to hike is usually between November

Christmas and New Year

and March, avoid the summer months when the heat becomes unbearable. Check

out some of Hong Kong’s most popular trails on page 154.

December

While there’s no chance of snow in the city, there is plenty to get you in the festive spirit. Hong Kong’s skyscrapers are adorned with lights and decorations from as early as October. WinterFest is a series of annual events held across the city; the highlight of which is a massive Christmas tree at Statue Square. Supermarkets import all the necessities to produce an authentic homecooked Christmas dinner and if you fancy a break from cooking, every hotel and restaurant in the city will feature festive menus at this time of year. Hong Kong Living Guide 2020

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Discovery Bay Ah, DB or as some might refer to it, “dogs and babies.” Although this area has quite the reputation for being the subject of location-related jokes, this neighbourhood is perfect for families and expats looking to settle down. Grab a pint and overlook the white sandy beach at D'Deck seaside plaza. Discovery Bay International School and Discovery College are convenient options for children.

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SOUTHSIDE Stanley This scenic neighbourhood offers a picturesque promenade and British era architecture attracting a healthy number of local and overseas visitors. Spend a day lazing at one of Stanley’s sandy beaches, shop til you drop at the street market and for those with kids, the International Montessori School which is in close proximity to the town is a popular choice for expats.

as it can be in Hong Kong. When the tide is good, Shek O and the nearby Big Wave Bay are popular areas for surfers. Perhaps the seaside vibe is responsible for the

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well-knit community that Shek O is known for.

Repulse Bay Famously referred to by Forbes magazine as


neighbourhoods ‘the most expensive real estate per square foot in the world’, Repulse Bay is home to one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches and a range of beachside bars and restaurants at The Pulse. ESF’s second campus, South Island School, is not too far away.

Pok Fu Lam Situated to the southwest of The Peak area, Pok Fu Lam offers fabulous views of the sea and Pok Fu Lam Reservoir. This historic area was home to Hong Kong's first dairy farm and Pok Fu Lam Village, which was included in the 2014’s World Monuments Watch, an organisation that calls international attention to cultural heritage around the world. The neighbourhood has multiple private housing estates and is in close proximity to Kennedy

School and West Island School.

eateries and a generally younger demographic of singles and couples.

HONG KONG ISLAND Kennedy Town Located away from the hustle and bustle, this area has a quaint seaside town vibe whilst still being easily accessible to Central. The neighbourhood offers hipster cafés, independent

Mid-Levels In the centre of all the action, Mid-Levels is home to many international restaurants and bars, including the infamous Lan Kwai Fong street. Homes here offer fabulous urban views, convenient transportation around the city and great hiking trails. The neighbourhood is also home to the ESF’s first ever school, Island School.

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Peak Tram

Insider tip

The Peak Tram is less crowded in the mornings, so try to get there early to avoid long queues. You can also use your Octopus card to avoid queuing up for tickets.

The Peak Once exclusive to wealthy residents, most of whom would be carried up to their homes in sedan chairs, The Peak is a high-end neighbour with stunning views over the city. Today of course, properties in the area are accessible to anyone with the means to buy. The area is also home to major tourist attractions such as Victoria Peak and The Peak tram.

Happy Valley Ironically named for being the home to Hong Kong’s first Christian cemetery, Happy Valley has grown up around the iconic Happy Valley Racecourse. It has its fair share of modern high rises but low-rise developments are also available although the further up towards Jardine’s Lookout you go, the larger and more expensive the flats become. There’s 26

always nearby Causeway Bay, Admiralty and beyond if you want a change of scenery.

Lamma Island Consider yourself artsy? Then Lamma is the place for you. Just one 30-minute boat ride

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from the city, you’ll be transported to a calm and tranquil destination, home to a younger, more artistic crowd. This unique neighbourhood has significantly cheaper property prices compared to other areas of the city.


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NEW TERRITORIES Sai Kung Referred to as the city’s ‘back garden’, Sai Kung will have you wondering if you’re still in Hong Kong. The town’s laid back vibe, has attracted many expats and families. Local businesses thrive in this neighbourhood due to its isolation from the city, but when you need to travel to the Island, Hong Kong’s trusty transport system will get you there in an hour!

Clearwater Bay For a higher-end experience

whilst retaining the seaside tranquility of Sai Kung, look no further than Clearwater Bay. With sweeping views over the port shelter and plenty of lush greenery, this neighbourhood is perfect for those looking for a spacious home. The area is also home to the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club where members can socialise

with other residents.

Tseung Kwan O Located at the end of the purple line, Tseung Kwan O is ideal for those who commute to the city but want to escape on the weekend. The up-andcoming neighbourhood is home to shopping centres, restaurants and a 14-kilometre cycle track.


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RENTING AND BUYING PROPERTY What to expect when you’re renting in Hong Kong

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standard tenancy agreement is a twoyear lease with a break clause after one year. Two months’ termination notice is usually required. The lease can be in the name of the company you work for or a personal lease in your own name.

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and what you’re prepared to compromise on.

media sites (HK Moms/Asia Xpat/Bayside Villagers, to name a few).

• Give yourself time and go house hunting armed with an open mind. You might have to wade through a lot of average pads before you find the gem that ticks your boxes.

• Do your own research. Walk around the neighbourhood you’re considering at different times of day; work out travelling time to your office/to your kids’ schools.

• Ask friends and acquaintances for personal recommendations. There are also plenty of helpful social

• Ask if rent is inclusive or exclusive of management fees, government rent and property rates. Most rental

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properties are inclusive of these costs but some agents marketing more expensive homes quote the exclusive price. • Act quickly and sign on the dotted line once you’ve found a suitable property. Good ones tend to go fast.

DON’T • Don’t expect to find a replica of what you had back home. If you wish to live on Hong Kong Island and close to the city centre, the majority of rentals tend to be apartments, with a smaller living space. Cast your net wider (Southside, Shek O and Stanley) and you’ll be able to find a house although it will still cost you top dollar. Cast it further (New Territories and the Outlying Islands) and you should be able to find something larger and cheaper. • Don’t compare your rent/ square footage ratio with what you’re used to paying back home or you’ll cry. Hong Kong accommodation is eye-wateringly expensive, often for very little space, so brace yourself. • Don’t sign any agency forms prior to looking at property. Some agents will use these forms to make a claim on your commission even if you don’t end up renting through them. 32

SERVICED APARTMENTS Queen’s Garden Centrally located luxury apartments within walking distance of the business districts of Central and Admiralty. They come with state-of-the-art facilities and access to an open-air sky garden. queensgarden.com

De Ricou Serviced Apartments Just steps from the sandy shores of Repulse Bay beach and in one of Hong Kong’s prime locations, De Ricou apartments feature spacious living areas, breathtaking views and great amenities. Apartments are available both furnished and unfurnished and for short and long term rental. therepulsebay.com

Waterfront Suites Located in Shau Kei Wan close to Sai Wan Ho MTR station on the Island line, these serviced apartments offer sea-view studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. waterfrontsuites. lansonplace.com

Gateway Apartments Located within Harbour City in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Gateway Apartments features 256 fully-furnished units with panoramic sea views. Contract

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terms are flexible, from one month to 24 months, and there are daily housekeeping, concierge, round-the-clock security and maintenance services. Residents can also enjoy privileged access to the exclusive Pacific Club, which offers a plethora of recreational and dining facilities. gatewayapartments.com.hk

Hmlet Co-living company Hmlet has a range of properties across Hong Kong. With all-inclusive monthly rent including Wi-Fi, cleaning and bills, guests can enjoy a stress-free living experience. Hmlet members are also invited to attend exclusive events to meet fellow guests. hmlet.com

Expat-friendly estate agents OKAY.com: 2102 0888, okay.com Colliers International: 2822 0777, colliersresidental.hk Savills: 2842 4400, savills.com.hk Nest Property: 3689 7523, nest-property.com


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The Home Stylist

INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES Thorn & Burrow In addition to a whole shopful of beautiful home furnishings, Thorn & Burrow offers inspiration and advice on creating a home. Clients can email consultants pictures of a space they like and receive written descriptions of how to arrange their furniture, ways of incorporating colour and pattern and suggestions for accessories, wall art and decorative pieces. thornandburrow.com

the team at The Home Stylist a call. Alex Sheldon and her international team offer furniture rental advice and professional styling for indoor and outdoor spaces to create welcoming homes. They will also help you shop for furniture and accessories. thehomestylist.org

Atelier Lane Interior Design Specialising in contemporary design with global style, Atelier

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Lane takes a more minimalistic approach with their concepts. Focusing on neutral palettes with pops of colour and statement accents, their designs are sure to stand the test of time. atelierlane.com

Haven Design Haven Design concentrates on providing a personalised solution for their clients, with an aesthetic style that is versatile and flexible. Their spaces are designed and curated to reflect the character of their owners, without compromising aesthetic qualities and functional concerns. The company’s projects also feature nontoxic, environmentally-friendly materials. havendesign.com.hk


home interiors NEW FURNITURE Indigo Living In addition to a vast and stylish selection of home furnishings to buy online and in their stores, popular interior store Indigo Living also offers flexible furniture rental solutions and a full range of interior services including home styling and renovation. indigo-living.com

TREE TREE’s flagship store occupies the entire 28th floor of Horizon Plaza and is packed with reclaimed and recycled timber furniture, colourful chairs and accessories. There’s a tailor-made service, cool kids range and vintage and modern styles to choose from. They also have a lovely cafe serving drinks and food to takeaway and a play area for little ones. tree.com.hk

specialised furniture and homeware stores, boasting brands such as Homeless, FLEXA, Francfranc and more. There is also an IKEA, so you can stock up on those delicious Swedish meatballs, if that’s your fancy! homesquare.com.hk

BoConcept Founded in Denmark in 1952, BoConcept has opened nearly three hundred stores across the world. The lifestyle brand stocks a range of contemporary designs for the modish urban dweller and even offers interior design services. boconcept.com

SECOND-HAND FURNITURE

GoGreenShop

AsiaXpat Homesquare Branded as Hong Kong’s largest home furnishing mall, HomeSquare is packed with

cars and boats. Real treasures have been found in the past including an unwanted Tom Dixon dining table and an Orla Kiely coffee table. hongkong.asiaxpat.com

Browse hundreds of classified ads for second-hand everything on this popular website, which sells all sorts of home furnishings and appliances as well as property,

An eco-friendly platform offering pre-loved, upcycled and green household items. Their ever-changing range of products includes couches, display cabinets, bed frames, workspace products and furniture for children and outdoors. gogreenshop.com.hk

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Happyshop Happyshop seeks to change outdated perceptions of ‘second-hand goods’ by encouraging the public to reuse local community resources and reduce wastage. Aside from selling pieces, they also offer delivery, assembly and restoration services. happyshop.hk

2nd Chance The brainchild of a husband and wife team, Hong Kong’s largest second-hand furniture store features lovely restored pieces in great condition. Their huge warehouse in Tuen Mun houses products from Indigo Living, TREE, Tequila Kola and more at reduced prices. Definitely several steps up from your average thrift store. 2ndchance.com.hk

FURNITURE RENTAL Decor8 Although most of their rental business is directed towards events and photoshoots, Decor8 will rent out their trendy, designer-look furniture for residential purposes from one day to a maximum of two months. decor8.com.hk

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renting by the month or longer. Everything is fully maintained during the rental period and you are also offered the option to own what you rent afterwards. homeessentials.com.hk

being kind to the body, gentle on the earth and appealing to the eye. The word Okooko is an old Maori saying, which means ‘to cradle in arms’. europeanbedding.hk

LITTLE LUXURIES

Ciaolink is founded by Megumi Takami, a Japanese designer with experience in art and museum product design. Takami draws on her past residency in the city to create beautiful artwork featuring iconic Hong Kong locations such as The Peak and The Pawn in Wan Chai. ciaolink-jp.com

Homeless This quirky furniture and decor store offers modern and cutting-edge design products for adults and kids, including items imported from Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia. With eight locations across Hong Kong, their stores are always a delight to walk through and discover new knick-knacks you never knew your home needed. homeless.hk

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Okooko by European Bedding

From pots and pans to beds and sofas, you can rent pretty much anything at Home Essentials. All furniture is new and you set your own rental terms, with the option of

For a perfect night’s sleep, Okooko by European Bedding retails luxury mattresses, pillows, bed bases and sleep accessories with a focus on

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Kapok Founded by Frenchman Arnault Castel, Kapok is an international lifestyle brand known for their authentic yet approachable take on fashion and design. You can find their stores in Hong Kong’s trendiest neighbourhoods including PMQ, K11 MUSEA and Starstreet Precinct, where they stock a curation of exceptional local brands. ka-pok.com


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ne of the downsides to living in Hong Kong can be the scarcity of personal outdoor space, but even a small balcony can be transformed into an oasis of green with the right pieces. We’ve rounded up the best furniture shops and websites to jazz up your patio, garden or pool.

Everything Under The Sun As their name suggests, this shop sells an extensive range of products designed to help

you enjoy time outdoors. Think barbecues, bar tables, sofa sets, fire pits, sun lounges and awnings as well as their own Sunweave line. everythingunderthesun. com.hk

Lift Lifestyle This shop has everything you need to enhance your garden, rooftop or balcony. As well as outdoor furniture, they also supply decking, cordless outdoor lighting, bamboo fencing, storage units and shade sails. liftlifestyle.com

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Browse stylish outdoor furniture and accessories including funky lighting, bioethanol burners, artificial grass tiles, outdoor rugs and shades. zzuecreation.com

This shop offers a variety of balcony furniture from chairs and sofas with customisable fabrics and rattan styles, to compact and easy to carry barbecues.

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Bonus – everything comes at attractive prices. sofasale.com.hk

Decor8 Choose from unique drum stools and side tables to


gardens make your balcony really stand out, alongside modern outdoor furniture in plastic, teak, rattan and wicker. decor8.com.hk

Establo At Establo, you can find both classic and stylish European designer furniture and accessories for the home and balcony. With a showroom in Wong Chuk Hang and an online platform, Establo sources timeless, beautiful and functional pieces from more than 15 European brands to inspire and enrich everyday lives. establo.hk

Ikea Known for their simple affordable designs, Ikea has a wide range of outdoor furniture that will fit even the smallest of balconies with some colourful options for kids too. There are several stores across Hong Kong. ikea.com/hk

Home Essentials Funky, colourful rocking chairs with matching tables can add a bit of fun to your outdoor area whilst the fresh herbs sold in plant pots will liven up any meal. homeessentials.com.hk

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HIRING HELP Everything you need to know about domestic helpers in Hong Kong

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he majority of expats, particularly those with children, usually hire a domestic helper. To a lot of newcomers, the colonial undertones of doing so may leave a bad taste in the mouth, but in Hong Kong, both locals and expats hire domestic helpers and there is no social stigma against doing so.

or Indonesia) can only legally be employed full time on a two-year, live-in contract.

Local helpers can be hired on a part- or full-time basis. Foreign domestic helpers (typically from the Philippines

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Who can hire a helper? You need to be a Hong Kong resident with a monthly household income of no less than $15,000.

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under fire for disreputable practices. Either way, you must enter into a binding Standard Employment Contract (ID407) and apply to the Immigration Department for an employment visa for the helper.

How much will a helper cost me? The Minimum Allowable Wage (MAW) for a full-time live-in helper (at the time of writing) is $4,630 per month, but many expats pay above this depending


domestic help on years of duty and level of experience. Employers must also provide food, or a food allowance of no less than $1,121 per month; suitable accommodation with access to cooking and bathroom facilities; insurance and medical care; pay all hiringrelated costs; and airfares for an annual trip home.

Things to be aware of • Employers must give their helpers a full day of rest every week. • Helpers are entitled to 12 statutory paid holiday days as well as annual leave (seven days per year in their first two

years of contract). It is up to you whether you also wish to give your helper extra time off such as all general public holidays or an extended holiday. • A special application must be made should you need your helper to take up driving duties, for which they also need a valid Hong Kong driving licence. • It is illegal to employ a fulltime foreign domestic helper, who doesn’t live in your home.

Domestic helper interviews Interviewing a domestic

helper may seem daunting as you will probably feel under pressure to get the right fit for your needs and family dynamics. Just view the interview as a general conversation about who they are and what work experience they have had (eg. What is your current daily schedule? Can you cook? Do you have experience with children?) and remember that the helper will likely be as nervous as you are. Don’t feel you have to hire on the spot or after one meeting and if possible, get references from a previous employer. For more information visit gov.hk

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PAWSOME PETS All your need to know about animal adoption and pet ownership IMPORTING You must apply for a special permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD; afcd. gov.hk) in order to bring your animal to Hong Kong, which currently costs $432 for each cat or dog, and slightly less for reptiles. It takes at least five working days for the government to issue a permit, and expires after six months of receiving it. You may be asked to submit proof that your pet has recently received health checks, 50

vaccinations and blood tests as part of the application. Be warned; if you fail to acquire a permit for your pet, you could face it being put in government quarantine for four months, or even sent back to your country of origin.

EXPORTING Consider a plan to export your pet way in advance of your leaving date, as you may find some countries require you to undertake lengthy procedures. Consider

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enlisting a pet relocation agent, such as PetExportVet, Ferndale Kennels and Cattery or International Pet Travel to help ensure you get all the practical arrangements right. In particular, choosing the right cargo crate for your animal is essential to ensure its welfare. Bear in mind some airlines have restrictions on which breeds they will transport.

ADOPT DON’T SHOP Hong Kong can be the perfect place to add a four-


pets legged member to your family and we are big supporters of adopting instead of buying. If you choose to go down the adoption route, it is important to talk to the staff at the shelter. Make sure your new pet meets all the members of your household and you have the time and space to dedicate to the animal. Hong Kong mongrels are called tong gao, and they are often sweet tempered, hardy and eager to please. Shelters are full of them simply because most people prefer the prestige of having pure breeds.

Regulations Owning a dog in Hong Kong comes with certain requirements. It is illegal to own an unlicensed dog that is more than five months old. Every dog you own must be inoculated against rabies, microchipped and licensed. This can be done for you at any veterinary clinic or the SPCA. A dog license is valid for three years and can be renewed by re-vaccinating the dog against rabies. It is also nontransferable, any change in ownership or address should be reported to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) within five days. Both dogs and cats should be vaccinated as recommended by a registered veterinary surgeon.

Who to call Vets • Pets Central: pets-central.com • Creature Comforts (housecalls): creaturecomforts.com.hk • Stanley Veterinary Centre: stanleyvetcentre.com • East Island Animal Hospital: eastislandvets.com.hk Kennels • Ferndale Kennels & Cattery: ferndalekennels.com • Kennel Van Dego: kennelvandego.com Pets Central

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Adoption shelters • Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR): hongkongdogrescue.com • Lifelong Animal Protection Charity (LAP): lap.org.hk • Sai Kung Stray Friends: saikungstrayfriends.org • Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA): spca.org.hk • Hong Kong Cats: hongkongcats.org Hong Kong Dog Rescue

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JOIN THE CLUB Sports, social and recreation clubs for all budgets and interests

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private clubs Aberdeen Boat Club Known as the ‘friendliest club in Hong Kong’, ABC has been a key location for film shoots with scenes from movies including Enter the Dragon (1973) starring Bruce Lee. The club also offers great watersports including dinghy and keelboat sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, dragon boating, SUP, fishing and scuba diving. Landbased activities include golf, karate and yoga. abclubhk.com

Aberdeen Marina Club AMC is one of the most polished clubs in Hong Kong providing world-class Shangri-la service. Facilities include seven restaurants, 10 banqueting venues, an amazing children’s

playroom and laser-tag zone, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and various racquet sports, as well as an ice-skating rink. aberdeenmarinaclub.com

Foreign Correspondents’ Club Cited as the most famous press club in the world, FCC Hong Kong has a rich past dating back to 1943. Housed in a beautiful, colonial building in Central, it is still an important media hub that provides a neutral platform for an impressive selection of local and international speakers. Correspondents and journalists can join at the rate of $3,000 with a monthly subscription fee of $1,100. fcchk.org

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Hebe Haven Yacht Club This friendly Sai Kung-based club is ideal for boating, yacht racing and watersports enthusiasts, offering easy access to some of Hong Kong’s best sailing waters and beaches. They actively promote youth sailing at their sail training centre and run regular sailing courses for adults too. hhyc.org.hk

Hong Kong Country Club Located alongside the scenic shores of Deep Water Bay, the Hong Kong Country Club was created as a social and family club for residents of all nationalities and races to meet without fear of discrimination. Their membership system still reflects this cosmopolitan approach, with applications dependent on openings in the relevant nationality quota. Facilities include a picturesque lawn, adventure playground, putting green and tennis courts. countryclub.hk

Hong Kong Cricket Club Established in 1851, the HKCC is the oldest cricket club in Asia. They had a pitch in Chater Gardens until 40 years ago when they moved to Wong Nai Chung Gap. Activities on offer include swimming, squash, rugby, netball, dance and 56

bridge. The Annual Garden Party is spectacular and the club’s biggest event of the year. hkcc.org

Hong Kong Football Club Sports and recreation are the lifeblood of the HKFC, fantastic facilities make them one of the best sports clubs in the region. While football and rugby continue to be core sports, other sports include netball, field hockey, tennis, lawn bowls and squash, and also offers a good range of leisure facilities. The Club presently has approximately 3,300 members and sports membership is open to individuals who are able to play sport at a team level. hkfc.com.hk

Hong Kong Golf Club Established in Happy Valley in 1889 by 13 golfing enthusiasts, the Hong Kong

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Golf Club has a nine-hole golf course in Deep Water Bay as well as three, 18-hole golf courses in Fanling. Home of the Hong Kong Open since 1959, the waiting list for this exclusive golf club is said to be about 20 years. The club prides themselves as having the largest ladies golf section of any club in Hong Kong with over 500 women playing. hkgolfclub.org

Kowloon Cricket Club Originally formed as a cricket club in 1904, KCC now offers other competitive sports including football, lawn bowls, tennis, squash and field hockey. Everpopular cricket still takes centre stage and the KCC often hosts international teams playing in the Hong Kong World Cricket Sixes, as well as other major fixtures. kcc.org.hk


private clubs Ladies Recreation Club When Louisa Coxon and friends wrote a letter to the acting colonial secretary asking ‘for a small piece of land for the purpose of health and recreation’ in 1883, little did they know it would become one of the most sought-after sports and recreation clubs in Hong Kong. Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools with diving boards, as well as a fitness centre and tennis, badminton and squash courts. Membership is also open to men and children of all nationalities with reciprocal rights to over 40 clubs around the world. lrc.com.hk

Maggie & Rose A family members’ club born in London in 2007, it now has locations in Repulse Bay and Causeway Bay and provides a uniquely creative and fun space for children and beautiful dining areas for adults to enjoy. hk.maggieandrose.com

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Founded in 1890, this is one

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of the largest yacht clubs in the world. They were the only Hong Kong club that kept the ‘Royal’ in its title post-handover. Training programmes are open to all abilities and ages. Membership is contingent on an interest in rowing or sailing. rhkyc.org.hk

The American Club Founded in 1925, this member-owned club offers a small taste of home to Americans (the burgers are particularly good!), with membership options for nonUS citizens as well. Patrons can visit two clubhouses, one in Central and one in Tai Tam, both providing luxurious dining, fitness

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centres and a country store with products shipped in from America. The renovated bar in Central is actually a 130-year old bar brought across from the first familyowned restaurant in New York, which once hosted patrons including Marilyn Monroe. americanclubhk.com

The Hong Kong Club Established in 1846, the Hong Kong Club was set up by British merchants and civil servants as an exclusive gentlemen’s club, nicknamed ‘The Club’. Their members were and still are to this day, among the most influential people in the city, including government officials and senior local businessmen. Facilities include a bowling alley, extensive library, cards and billiards rooms, fitness centre, squash courts and a barber’s shop. thehongkongclub.hk


VOLUNTEERING IN HONG KONG Give back to the community and meet new people Animals Asia Foundation Most famous for their campaigns to end bear bile farming in China and Vietnam, Animals Asia also concerns themselves with the welfare of other animals including dogs, cats and those in zoos and safari parks. Volunteers can help out with office work or get involved in projects such as Doctor Dog and Professor Paws. animalsasia.org

Box of Hope This annual Christmas initiative teaches Hong Kong children the gift of giving by encouraging them to each fill a decorated shoebox with a number of small items that are useful, educational and fun. These boxes are then distributed to children

in need across Hong Kong and Asia. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of jobs, notably checking, packing and labelling boxes before they are shipped off. boxofhope.org

Feeding Hong Kong

weekly Bread Run. feedinghk.org

PathFinders Pathfinders’ mission is to ensure that migrant children born in Hong Kong and their mothers are respected

According to Feeding Hong Kong, around 3,400 tonnes of food waste are sent to landfills in Hong Kong every day, while one million people struggle to afford nutritious meals. Feeding Hong Kong links food companies and charities to redistribute surplus food from where it is plentiful, to where there is a need. Individual volunteers over 18 are needed to help out with delivery, office and warehouse duties; groups of all ages can take part in the Animals Asia Foundation

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volunteering and protected. The charity welcomes all volunteers to help with tasks such as sorting and distributing baby clothes and maternity supplies, babysitting and facilitating educational workshops. pathfinders.org.hk

Kely Support Group This bilingual NGO offers support to young people in Hong Kong aged between PathFinders

14 and 24. They aim to equip them with life skills and resilience and empower them to reach their full potential. Programmes focus on knowledge, resistance and

harm reduction around drug and alcohol misuse. Volunteers can get involved in programme planning and implementation, workshops, events and admin work. kely.org

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GIVING BIRTH All you need to know about having a baby in Hong Kong between you and your child from the moment you give birth. The hospital allows your baby to be with you 24 hours a day as skin-to-skin contact builds bonds between newborns and parents. Maternity packages range from a vaginal delivery (three days, two nights) in a twobedded room for $20,000 to a caesarean section package in a suite for $68,500. Wong Chuk Hang. gleneagles.hk

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Where to give birth privately in Hong Kong With some of the best health facilities in the region, Hong Kong has a wealth of options to bring your little one into the world. What’s more, the city’s private hospitals have a range of maternity packages to suit your needs and budget. Maternity package prices listed below come with 62

a word of warning. These prices do not include doctor’s fees nor necessarily all tests and medicines. With these extra fees included, the cost of giving birth at the places below can increase at least twofold.

Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong Gleneagles is committed to fostering a close bond

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This century-old hospital lets you experience some of Hong Kong’s colonial grandeur even while giving birth. The best rooms boast balconies overlooking the harbour. In terms of luxury, Matilda has thought of everything. They offer a variety of pain relief methods from walking epidurals to water baths. There are also birth balls and warm pads on offer. Matilda


babies and childcare also guarantees one midwife to each birthing mother. Prices range from $21,500 for a two-night vaginal birth in a shared room to $85,500 for a five-night caesarean section package in a private room. The Peak. matilda.org

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital This hospital is a popular option for giving birth and requires a deposit months in advance of the due date. Maternity packages range from $19,000 to $71,000. What’s more, the hospital throws in a complimentary photo album of your newborn. Happy Valley. hkah.org.hk

Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital The Sanatorium’s maternity packages are inclusive of basic medicines such as entonox (gas and air), as well as vitamins and vaccinations for your baby. Like a few of the other private hospitals, the Sanatorium also includes a Baby Security System to offer peace of mind while at the hospital. Prices range from $22,300 to $55,200. Happy Valley. hksh-hospital.com

Canossa Hospital Canossa’s deluxe suites with large windows affording views of Mid-Levels make it a particularly popular luxury choice. The hospital boasts an army of consultant

obstetricians, physiotherapists and dieticians to cater to every part of the birth. Packages range from $20,600 for a normal birth in a six-bed room to nearly $100,000 for the fournight Caesarean package in a Deluxe Suite. Mid-Levels. canossahospital.org.hk

Union Hospital Maternity packages here include initial vaccinations, newborn hearing screenings and routine cord blood screenings. Union’s packages start at $22,000 for a vaginal birth in a shared room. But, this package includes three nights stay as opposed to just the two nights at most other hospitals. A c-section in a private room will cost more than $45,000. Sha Tin. union.org

Hong Kong Baptist Hospital Baptist’s maternity packages are also pretty comprehensive with analgesic injections and vacuum or forcep births included in the price. They also offer three nights for vaginal birth packages that start from $20,800 in a shared room. A four-night Caesarean birth package could set you back as much as $55,000. Kowloon. hkbh.org.hk

They are also known for their bedside entertainment system. A cesarean birth costs about $50,000. Causeway Bay. stpaul.org.hk

GOING PUBLIC Hong Kong government hospitals have a good reputation for maternity care and antenatal checkups and many expats opt to give birth in a public hospital. The cost is unbeatable, capped at $100 a day. Which hospital you deliver at is determined by your residential address. Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam is particularly popular among expats. Details of all public hospitals can be found at the Hospital Authority website. ha.org.hk

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Vaccinations The Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP) provides free immunisation to children. Parents can bring their children from birth to five years of age to any Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHC) of the Department of Health (DH) for immunisation. After the age of five, an immunisation service is provided directly to primary schools. If you’re travelling to your home country or elsewhere on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to check which immunisation schedule is best to follow for your child as not all vaccines are offered as part of the Hong Kong schedule. A private practitioner can advise you on the best options for your child. In addition to vaccines on the Hong Kong schedule, private practices tend to stock other vaccines, such as influenza, Haemophilus Influenzae type B, Meningococcal, Hepatitis A, Rotavirus and Japanese encephalitis.

REGISTERING YOUR BABY Birth Certificate Once your baby is born, the hospital will notify the birth registry of your new arrival and give you something called a birth return which has basic details of the baby’s birth. You have one year to register a child’s birth, if you register within the first 42 days there is no charge, after that the charge is $140. Check with the hospital which district registry office your child is registered to and call ahead for an appointment or book online.

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Kong passport. So the majority of expats will need to apply to their home countries for their baby’s travel document.

Hong Kong Visa Once a foreign country has issued a passport for the baby, parents can apply for a dependent visa, which will give the child the right to reside. If either you or your husband works for a large company with an HR department that normally sorts your visas, they might well do this for you; if not, then make an appointment with the Immigration Department and take the following: • Birth certificate (original and copy) • Child’s travel document (original and copy) • Copy of both parents’ travel documents (including visa page) • Copy of both parents’ HKID • Copy of parents’ marriage certificate • Form ID 235B


babies and childcare • Completed Endorsement of Travel form For more information visit: Births and Deaths General Register Office Immigration Department 2824 6111 enquiry@immd.gov.hk Immd.gov.hk

PANIC STATIONS WHERE TO GET HELP Sometimes the challenges of parenthood start pretty soon after the baby arrives. From colic to engorgement, reflux to aggravated perineum stitches (sorry, that’s a thing) or just reluctant sleepers and eaters, parenthood can be a steep learning curve. The first port of call for any major health worries (yours or the baby’s) should be your doctor. For problems and questions that do not require a doctor, below is a helpful list of names and numbers.

Annerley The lovely team of midwives at Annerley will give you invaluable help and advice from pregnancy, birth and beyond. A whole menu of classes and workshops is offered including antenatal sessions, breastfeeding clinics, postnatal depression support and parenting classes. Packages incorporating all sorts of

check ups and postnatal home visits are available. annerley.com.hk

The Family Zone Started by Yvonne Heavyside, a lactation consultant and community nurse from the UK, Yvonne and her team offer one-to-one sessions on a myriad of issues. So whether you need a postnatal check up on a caesarean scar, think there’s something wrong with the latch or want advice on how to get your baby to sleep, The Family Zone experts will set your mind at ease. thefamilyzone.hk

Central Health For those who have used an obstetrician from Central Health in delivery, the midwives are also available to help postpartum (for insurance reasons, they can not visit new patients). On top of midwife home visits, they offer baby sleep workshops and support groups for mothers’ emotional well-being. centralhealth.com.hk

The Nanny Experts The Nanny Experts are on hand to help find a maternity nurse for mothers needing some guidance. They aim to increase maternal confidence and can also help with sleep training. Available to book 24 hours a day, these are the people to call when you need to get some proper sleep. thenannyexperts.hk

Rent-A-Mum These Western childcare specialists offer a range of services, including ad-hoc day and evening babysitting, maternity placements and troubleshooting, and permanent daycare. rent-a-mum.com

Edith Lemardelee Edith is a lady many people have turned to over the years for help. A native French speaker with impeccable English, she works alongside mothers in the homes as a maternity/night nurse. She is also experienced with twins. 9170 1626


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including Aston Martin to develop what has become one of the most sought after prams in the world. silvercrossbaby.com

Coo Club A lending club for baby clothes, where parents pay by the month to borrow from a collection of basics including onesies, trousers, shorts, sweaters, and pajamas in sizes 0-24 months. whatcookidsdo.com

Mothercare You may have heard of this one, seeing as they’re the world’s biggest retail specialist in newborn and parenting products. After opening their first store in Hong Kong in 1992, the brand now has 10 stores across the city with their flagship store located in Lee Garden Two. mothercare.com.hk

Bonne Mère Translating to ‘Good Mother’ in French, Bonne Mère is a Boutique Children’s brand founded by Australian born designer Nicole Mair in 2014. The store offers a range of bedding, clothing, sleepwear and accessories for children aged zero to 10 years. bonnemere.com 66

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Kyle & Vivian Founded in 2016, Kyle & Vivian brings kids fashion and toys from around the world to Hong Kong. From bags and shoes to sleeping bags and home decor, you can find unique products for everyone, even a little something for mum and dad! kyleandvivian.com

ADKIDZ Specialising in tween products and accessories, ADKIDZ is the perfect one-stop-shop for all things girly and fun. The online store also sells a range of stationary, perfect for backto-school season. adkidz.com

Silver Cross Leading British pram makers, Silver Cross have collaborated with high profile brands

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A multi brand shop for infants, which offers a range of products from around the world. Most products are made with eco-friendly materials to inspire parents and children to care for and love the environment. mylittlekorner.com

APERO knit manufactory Named after its founder and creative director Anna Perreau, this family business combines her interior design profession and passion for knitting, with intricate blankets, pillows and jumpers for children. aperoknithk.com


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There are a variety of options for your preschoolers MATERNITY AND PATERNITY LEAVE First things first - you are going to need to organise your maternity and paternity leave in order to get some well deserved time off with your new arrival. In Hong Kong, an employee is eligible for 10 weeks paid maternity leave if: • She has been employed under a continuous contract

for no less than 40 weeks immediately before the commencement of the scheduled maternity leave; • She has given notice of pregnancy and her intention to take maternity leave to her employer after the pregnancy has been confirmed, such as by presenting a medical certificate confirming her pregnancy to the employer; and • She has produced a medical certificate specifying the expected date of confinement

if so required by her employer. In case the length of employment is less than 40 weeks immediately before the commencement of scheduled maternity leave, the employee is eligible for 10 weeks’ maternity leave without pay if the employee has given notice of pregnancy and her intention to take maternity leave after the pregnancy has been confirmed. For paternity leave, a male

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employee is entitled to five days leave for each child of his spouse or partner if: • He is the father of the newborn child or father-to-be; • He has been employed under a continuous contract; and • He has given the required notification to the employer, which is at least three months before the expected date of delivery of the child (exact date of leave not required at this stage).

Did you know? New mothers in Hong Kong are due to receive a maternity leave increase from 10 to 14 weeks paid leave. The new law is expected to be passed by the Legislative Council in time to be effective by early 2021. While being incredibly expensive for many things, Hong Kong has some of the most affordable childcare in the world. The majority of expats (particularly those with children), hire a domestic helper. To a lot of newcomers, the colonial undertones of doing so might leave a bad taste in the mouth, but both locals and expats hire domestic helpers, and there is no social stigma against doing so. 68

BABY GROUPS TO JOIN Meet other mums and enjoy some adult conversation at these mum and baby groups.

Bebegarten Bebegarten’s playgroups range from crawlers For (6-11 activity months), areas movers (11-16 months), toddlers (16-24 months) and transition (24-36 months). With plenty of learning opportunities for the little ones to develop to their fullest potential, it’s a great place to meet other caregivers. Monthly tuition starts from $1,800 per month. Open 8am-5pm Monday to Friday in Wong Chuk Hang. bebegarten.com

St John’s Playgroup This friendly, informal group For meets at newcomers St John’s Cathedral in Central every Thursday from 2.30-4.30pm. Great for newcomers to Hong Kong, as parents can socialise over cake whilst the little ones interact and enjoy the large space. Children from birth to two years old are welcome and a range of toys are provided. For first-

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time attendees, contact Mrs Vanda Cole on 2855 7074. stjohnscathedral.org.hk

Play Days Parent and Toddler Group This playgroup for under 4’s runs every Wednesday from 9.30-11am and invites families to join in the fun for $80. Alternatively, your caregiver and toddler can join the Friday morning group. Playgroup begins with 45 minutes of free play, followed by a healthy snack, story and music For the time. technomichk.com

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childcare Mumz Created by Ekta Tejwani For app who also lovers runs a Facebook group Meet Mumz - Let’s build it together, this Tinder-like app is for parents that miss swiping. Scroll through the app to make friends with Mumz (or Dadz) in your area. You can create your own playdates based on interests and best times to meet. meetmumz.com

Facebook Groups Facebook has a plethora of support and information including groups on breastfeeding, baby led weaning, mum fitness, buying and selling baby things and working parents. Our favourites are Hong Kong

Breastfeeding for truly helpful advice in those first few weeks, Hong Kong Moms for random For the nuggets of Facebooker advice (and general lurking, it’s a thing), and British Mums in HK for your comforting tea chat. facebook.com

Tips for the perfect family photoshoot Delphine Riche-Franz, is a Hong Kong based natural light photographer. She specialises in maternity, children and family portraits. drf-photography.com

WhatsApp Groups WhatsApp has groups for expecting mums by date and location. Use Facebook groups or forums such as geobaby.com to see if there’s any relatable groups you can join - dads too! Can’t find the group you’re looking for? Then it’s easy enough to start For your own instant and invite help like-minded people in. whatsapp.com

• Share your ideas and vision with the photographer and discuss locations and outfits before the shoot. • Combine colours without overdoing it, stay away from distracting big patterns and logos. • Plan around nap time or when the children are usually happy and energised during the day. • Eat before the session and then change into the final outfits. • Let the kids be kids, play with them and get silly. • Be happy to be there together and plan it as a fun family activity.

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Whether your little ones needs a few hours of paint and play or are ready for a full day of bilingual learning, there is a kindergarten for everyone Woodland Pre-Schools

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veryone wants the best for their children but the trick with kindergartens is not to get caught up in the hype around brand names and to choose somewhere that suits your child’s personality. If they aren’t reading Harry Potter books by the time they finish, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, it’s not realistic. Preschool is often your child’s first taste of a learning environment so you want them to love it, feel safe and welcome, and most of all, have fun. Here’s a snapshot of what’s available in Hong Kong.

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What language do Hong Kong’s kindergartens teach?

Did you know?

Local kindergartens operate in Cantonese while the international establishments usually offer English and/ or bilingual language instruction, including Mandarin and French.

Direct subsidy and private schools don’t use government admission systems. Parents should apply directly to the school.

When should we apply for Primary One? Interviews for primary schools take place early in the academic year preceding the year that the child is due to start.

What kind of fees should we expect?

Kindergarten education is not mandatory in Hong Kong so you can always opt out.

All kindergartens are privately run and international ones in particular can be expensive. Fees range according to the length of the session (half or full day), facilities and teaching method.

Points to ponder • • • • •

What language does the kindergarten operate in? What are its facilities like? What activities does it offer? Does the kindergarten have access to outdoor space? What curriculum is taught? Woodland Pre-Schools

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Kindergartens

Fairchild Nursery & Kindergarten

Avendale International Kindergarten

Age: 2 to 6 years Curriculum: Canadian Early Learning Framework and Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide Location: Sai Ying Pun Website: fairchild.edu.hk

Age: 2 to 6 years Curriculum: Hong Kong Kindergarten curriculum guidelines and UK Early Years Foundation Stage; inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach Address: Tseung Kwan O, Siu Sai Wan, Sai Wan and Hung Hong Website: avendale.edu.hk

City Kids Pre School and Playgroup Age: 2.8 to 5 years Curriculum: UK Early Years, Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) Address: Mid-Levels Website: citykidshk.org

Fairchild Junior Academy Age: 8 months to 4 years Curriculum: Canadian Early Learning Frameworks and Hong Kong Kindergarten Education Curriculum Guide Location: Tin Hau Website: fairchild.academy

Mighty Oaks International Nursery and Kindergarten Sai Kung Montessori Age: 3 to 6 years Curriculum: Montessori Address: Sai Kung Website: saikungmontessori.com

Age: 2 to 6 years Curriculum: EYFS, Canadian Full Day Early LearningKindergaten Curriculum, PATHS social emotional learning program Location: Kennedy Town Website: mightyoaks.edu.hk Hong Kong Living Guide 2020

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Malvern College Pre-School Hong Kong

Age: 3 to 5 years Curriculum: British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Address: Sai Kung Website: nordangliaeducation.com

Age: 2 to 5 years Curriculum: British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Address: Sai Wan and Yau Ma Tei Website: malvernpreschool.hk

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Woodland Pre-Schools Ages: 6 months to 6 years Curriculum: Montessori and traditional methods based on the Early Years Foundation (British National Curriculum) Address: Mid-Levels, Repulse Bay, Kennedy Town, Happy Valley, Pokfulam, Aberdeen and Sai Kung Website: woodlandschools.com


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United Christian Music Kindergarten Age: PN, K1-K3 and 12-24 months Playgroup Curriculum: International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC), UCM Music Curriculum, STEAM and Greenery Sessions Address: Tseung Kwan O Website: ucm.edu.hk

Hong Kong Kids Academy by Hong Kong Institute of Languages Age: PN (2-3), K1-K3 (3-6) and Playgroups (12-24 months) Curriculum: English stream: English and Mandarin Bilingual International Early Years curriculum. French stream: French International Pre-

school curriculum (including English and Mandarin instruction) Address: Central and Tseung Kwan O (Playgroups, PreNursery, K1-K3), Southside (Playgroups, Language Tuition, Enrichment Programmes) Website: hkkidsacademy.edu.hk

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS Heading off to “big� school is a big deal for little children. Most international schools provide a nurturing environment that will start their educational journey off on the right foot

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rimary school is the true start of your child’s educational journey so choosing the right one can be a minefield. There are pros and cons to every school. It’s a bit like Tripadvisor, for every parent who offers a glowing testimonial, there will be one who will find fault. Try not to be overwhelmed by the choices, the conflicting opinions and the waiting lists. Do your research and trust that your child will find his/ her way.

Did you know?

Most international schools offer Mandarin as part of the weekly curriculum.

What is the difference between the English Schools Foundation and other international schools? ESF

International schools

• Operates on a catchment area system; your child goes to the school according to your home address

• No geographical restrictions (but this might mean a lot of travel to playdates)

• You can only apply to one ESF school at a time

• You can apply to as many schools as you like

• Fully accredited to offer the IB curriculum

• Curricula vary

• Non-selective, although students need to speak good English

• Entrance exams may be required • Fees and debentures can be very pricey

• More reasonable fees

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Primary schools

Discovery Montessori School

Island Christian Academy

Dalton School Hong Kong

Age: 5 to 11 years Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum & International Middle Years Curriculum Address: Sheung Wan Website: islandca.edu.hk

Age: 5 to 11 years Curriculum: US Common Core & Beijing Tsinghua University Primary School core for Chinese Address: Kowloon Website: dshk.edu.hk

Anfield School

Mount Kelly Hong Kong

Age: 18 months to 11 years Curriculum: British National Curriculum, British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Address: Kowloon Tong, Hung Hom and Tai Wai Website: anfield.edu.hk

Age: 6 months to 13 years Curriculum: The English National Curriculum, British Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Address: Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui Website: mountkelly.edu.hk

The International Montessori School

Age: 2 to 6 years Curriculum: International Preschool with bilingual (English and Putonghua) immersion curriculum Address: Discovery Bay and Central Website: childrenworks.net

Age: 2 to 12 years Curriculum: Montessori Dual-Language Programmes Address: Mid-Levels, South Horizons, Stanley and Aldrich Bay Website: ims.edu.hk

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Norwegian International School Age: 5 to 12 years Curriculum: International Primary Curriculum Address: Tai Po and New Territories Website: nis.edu.hk

Lantau International School

Many schools such as the ESF base their intake on the calendar year (children born from January to December). Others such as Kellett go by the academic year (children born from September to August).

Chinese Academy

Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School

Age: 3 to12 years Curriculum: British National Curriculum, Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) Address: Tong Fuk, Pui O and Cheung Sha Website: lis.edu.hk

Age: 5 to 9 years Curriculum: Bilingual immersion globalised curriculum, inquiry-based learning. IB MYP and DP in secondary school Address: Causeway Bay Website: caps.edu.hk

Shrewsbury International School Hong Kong

Stamford American School Hong Kong

HKCA Po Leung Kuk School

Age: 3 to 11 years Curriculum: English National Curriculum Address: Tseung Kwan O Website: shrewsbury.hk

Age: 5 to 14 years Curriculum: Common Core, AERO, Inquiry Based, IBDP Address: Kowloon Website: sais.edu.hk

Age: 6 to 11 years Curriculum: PYP Address: Causeway Bay Website: plkis.edu.hk

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Age: 6 to 12 years Curriculum: English and

Putonghua, academic and STEM development with character-building Location: Kwun Tong Website: fssas.edu.hk


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English Schools Foundation (ESF) Kindergartens

Special School

ESF Abacus International Kindergartens

Jockey Club Sarah Roe School | jcsrs.edu.hk

ESF Hillside International Kindergartens ESF Tsing Yi International Kindergartens

ESF After School Programmes

ESF Tung Chung International Kindergartens

ESF Sports

ESF Wu Kai Sha International Kindergartens

ESF Language & Learning ESF Playgroups

Primary Schools

esf.org.hk

Beacon Hill School | beaconhill.edu.hk Bradbury School | bradbury.edu.hk

Curriculum

Clearwater Bay School | cwbs.edu.hk

Preschool (K1 & K2) & Primary (Years 1 to 6)

Glenealy School | glenealy.edu.hk

• IB Primary Years Programme

Kennedy School | kennedy.edu.hk Kowloon Junior School | kjs.edu.hk

Secondary (Years 7 to 11)

Peak School | ps.edu.hk

• IB Middle Years Programme

Quarry Bay School | qbs.edu.hk Sha Tin Junior School | sjs.edu.hk

• A broad range of GCSE* and International GCSE courses

Secondary Schools

Secondary (Years 12 to 13)

Island School | island.edu.hk

• IB Diploma Programme

King George V School | kgv.edu.hk

• Applied Learning Pathway

Sha Tin College | shatincollege.edu.hk South Island School | sis.edu.hk West Island School | wis.edu.hk All-through Schools

*The full name of GCSE is the General Certificate of Secondary Education 25/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Discovery College | discovery.edu.hk Renaissance College | rchk.edu.hk

Tel: (852) 2574 2351 Fax: (852) 2818 5690 Email: info@esfcentre.edu.hk Website: esf.edu.hk

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SECONDARY AND THROUGH SCHOOLS Hong Kong’s wide range of first-class international secondary schools that will help each student achieve their potential Hong Kong Academy

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ong Kong’s secondary schools produce balanced, open-minded and friendly young people and get top academic and sporting results too. However, many have long waiting lists and reach enrolment capacity early in the school year so it is worth doing your research and putting your children’s names down as soon as possible.

They can also be expensive. Non-Chinese-speaking children are eligible for government-run schools but many of these conduct lessons predominantly in Cantonese and take a strict, rote-learning approach to achieving academic excellence. Most expats, therefore, send their teenagers to an international school. While the majority of schools follow the

International Baccalaureate programme, other curricula such as the American, British, Australian, French, German and Canadian systems are on offer. It isn’t always easy to uproot secondary students from their existing school and life but most expat kids are familiar with friends coming and going, so they tend to be approachable and welcoming to newcomers (even as teenagers).

Did you know? If your child joins an ESF primary school prior to Year 6, he/she will be guaranteed a place at an ESF secondary school in your catchment area.

Secondary and through schools

American School Hong Kong Age: 5 to 13 (in 2019), 5 to18 (in 2022) Curriculum: US Common Core Curriculum and IBDP Address: Tai Po Website: ashk.edu.hk

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Canadian International School of Hong Kong Age: 3 to 18 years Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP & DP), Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) Address: Aberdeen Website: cdnis.edu.hk


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Kellett School

Malvern College Hong Kong

Hong Kong International School

Age: 5 to 18 years Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP & DP) Address: Providence Bay Website: malverncollege.org.hk

Age: 4 to 18 years Curriculum: American

Discovery Bay International School

Christian Alliance International School

German Swiss International School

Ages: 3 to 18 years Curriculum: UK National Curriculum Location: Discovery Bay Website: dbis.edu.hk

Age: 5 to 18 years Curriculum: IB candidate

Age: 3 to 18 years Curriculum: Eight-year

school in addition to Alberta curriculum Location: Lai Chi Kok Website: caisbv.edu.hk

Gymnasium based on the core curricula for German schools in South-East and East Asia, derived from the curricula of the German state of Thuringia, UK National Curriculum Location: Pok Fu Lam and The Peak Website: gsis.edu.hk

Age: 4 to 18 years Curriculum: English National Curriculum Address: Pok Fu Lam (Preparatory) and Kowloon Bay (Preparatory and Senior) Website: kellettschool.com

curriculum; Advanced Placement (AP) courses available in High School Location: Tai Tam and Repulse Bay Website: hkis.edu.hk

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Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong Age: 6 months to 18 years Curriculum: International Address: Kowloon Tong and Tseung Kwan O Website: ycis-hk.com

Hong Kong Academy Age: 3 to 18 years Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP & DP) Address: Sai Kung Website: hkacademy.edu.hk

Renaissance College Age: 5 to 19 years Curriculum: IB (PYP, MYP, DP & CP) Address: Ma On Shan Website: rchk.edu.hk

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equipped with a full spectrum of educational and learning services. Their 2,000 specialised courses include developmental areas such as school interview preparation and speech classes. clle.ywca.org.hk

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IN TUITION Academic help and language courses Hong Kong Kids Academy Located in Central, Tseung Kwan O, and Southside, the Hong Kong Kids Academy (owned and operated by Hong Kong Institute of Languages, providing language instruction for 35 years) combines foreign language courses, enrichment programmes and a bi-lingual English and Mandarin pre-school, with flexible online learning and home tuition options available. Children will enjoy learning in the stimulating and fun, educational environment with spacious classrooms with indoor and outdoor play areas.

services including private, individual and small group tuition, teachers referral for schools, overseas education advice, school placements and university application assistance. Many tutors hold post-graduate certifications in their specialist subjects. Lessons are held at the ETS Education Centre in Central, via Skype or at the student’s chosen venue. hkets.net

YWCA - Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement The CLLE is an innovative, multicultural and professional one-stop learning centre

Sylvan Learning Centre By using a diagnostic assessment, Sylvan Learning Centre is able to establish a child’s strengths and weaknesses and design a tailor-made programme for each child. They offer tuition in a range of subjects, including Maths, Science, Mandarin and English, plus school entrance exam preparation for children aged five to 18. sylvan.edu.hk

Ampla Education With an experienced team composed of Oxbridge, Yale and Imperial graduates, Ampla Education offers tuition for a vast range of exams, including GCSEs, A-Levels, IB and Pre-U, as well as bespoke programmes for tests such as IELTS and SATs. Admissions preparation courses and comprehensive consulting services are available for

HK Education Tutoring Services (HKETS) Established in 2003, HKETS provides the English speaking community of Hong Kong with a range of educational

Sylvan Learning Centre


learning centres those considering boarding schools and universities abroad. ampla-edu.com

Capstone Prep Education Capstone provides students with a foundation in critical thinking and problem solving to help mentally prepare them for the academic environment and the world. Their variety of test prep services ensures preparation for secondary and boarding school entrance exams, SSAT, SAT and ACT courses and tutoring for AP and IB exams. capstoneprep.com

Languages Hong Kong Institute of Languages True to its name, Hong Kong Institution of Languages teaches a wide range of languages, including English, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese courses for children, teens, adults, schools and corporations and has been doing so for 35 years. The Institute has built its teaching model around small group classes and private lessons and has introduced online learning and home or office tuition. Courses range from beginner to advanced levels and exam preparation. hklanguages.com

Mini Mandarins Children aged from 18 months get the best of both worlds at Mini Mandarins, which combines language learning with interactive play. With made-to-scale models of real-world places, children are immersed in everyday situations to develop fluency and practical vocabulary. Classes run yearround, Monday to Saturday in Central and Causeway Bay. minimandarins.com

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is an emphasis on teaching independence and vocational training. jcsrs.edu.hk

Watchdog Early Education Centre

A LITTLE EXTRA HELP

Not every child fits the same mould or learns at the same rate Autism Partnership Foundation The APF uses the renowned Applied Behaviour Analysis approach to encourage the potential of children with autism to bloom. They run the Aoi Pui private primary school, the only one in Hong Kong to cater specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). apf.org.hk

Child Development Centre The CDC provides support to children with a wide spectrum of individual abilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Educational programmes are based on the UK’s Early Years Foundation

Stage, backed up by various learning tools, methodologies, assessments and therapies to develop each child’s maximum potential. cdchk.org

ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School Each ESF school has a Learning Support centre and accepts children with learning disabilities into mainstream classes. If your child requires more intensive teaching, the ESF Jockey Club Sarah Roe School is a through-school for children aged five to 19 with special needs including Down Syndrome and ASD. As well as literacy and numeracy programmes, there

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Watchdog offers support for newborns to six-yearolds who have ASD, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or other physical, learning and developmental issues. They provide intensive early intervention services, psychological assessment, specialist teaching and various therapies. watchdog. org.hk

Sprout in Motion Working with those with suspected ADHD, dyslexia, ASD and other developmental disabilities, Sprout in Motion is a specialist centre for child and adolescent clinical psychology. Offering services in English, Cantonese or Mandarin, they have centres in Central and Wong Chuk Hang. sproutinmotion.com

Pathways For those wanting a focus on dyslexia, Pathways is the place for you. They run regular parent evenings where they share their knowledge on the latest insights into reading difficulties, and guidance on the teaching and learning of children with dyslexia. pathways.org.hk


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SPORTS Harry Wright International Founded in 1975, this premier swim school offers infant aquatics for children as young as four months, as well as learn to swim and competitive swimming programmes. Lessons available at various clubs

and schools in Pok Fu Lam, Deep Water Bay, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, Discovery Bay and Kowloon Bay. harrywright.com.hk

Hong Kong Basketball Academy Founded by former Hong Kong National player Jason Yam, the academy is open to beginners and more

advanced players alike, offers both girls and boys one-on-one and small-group coaching, as well as camps throughout the year. Training is held at multiple locations including Stanley, Wong Chuk Hang and Sai Ying Pun. hkbaallday.com

Valley Fort Rugby Football Club As one of the oldest mini and youth rugby clubs in Hong Kong, Valley Fort has a range of teams for budding rugby players as well as a senior squad for professional games. Training sessions for their 600 playing members are held in Stanley Fort, Tai Tam, Aberdeen and Happy Valley. valleyfort.com

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ART Anastassia’s Art House Hong Kong’s only Russian Art Academy offers a range of structured art classes for adults and children aged three to 16 years old. Students have an array of choices, including painting, drawing, sketching, ceramics, creative drama and design. Art parties and workshops are also available. Centres are located all over Hong Kong, including Happy Valley, Repulse Bay and Sai Kung. arthouse-hk.com

The Hong Kong Kids Academy The Hong Kong Kids Academy (owned by the well-known Hong Kong Institute of Languages), provides young learners with language courses, enrichment programmes and a bi-lingual English and Mandarin preschool. After school hours and during school holidays, the school provides fun and engaging language courses and camps. Aside from being culturally enriching, these camps are activity based and a lot of fun. hkkidsacademy.edu.hk

Artful Kids Established by professional artist and teacher Gail Deayton, Artful Kids is a unique world for children, all about creativity, laughter, learning and self-expression. With a huge range of activities, materials and projects to choose from, there’s bound to be something that kids will like. The studio also holds parties for children with activities such as painting canvases and making hats fit for princesses. For kids of all ages. artfulkids.hk

CREATIVE WRITING Read for Meaning Since 2006, Read for Meaning book clubs have encouraged children of all ages to become active readers, allowing them to get more out of books and broaden their horizons. Reading that is both productive and enjoyable bolsters academic success and becomes a lifelong passion. readformeaning.com

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Publication is now an attainable dream for children with the help of Elephant Community Press. Children aged four and above are guided through every stage of writing in project-based workshops held throughout the year. Completed works are published online or in print for parents, peers and the larger community to enjoy. elephantcommunitypress.com

DRAMA Faust International Established in 1999, Faust runs drama workshops for children aged three to 18 at venues across Hong Kong. In fun, lively sessions, Faust introduces children to the


after school world of theatre and creativity, developing performance skills, theatre knowledge, teamwork, individual expression and confidence. Classes are open to everybody, with no previous drama experience needed. Faust also organises productions at Hong Kong theatres throughout the year. faustworld.com.hk

STAGE RIGHT! Enriching young people’s knowledge of theatre since 2011, STAGE RIGHT! offers workshops that allow children of all ages to explore their acting and performance skills and investigate real-world issues in a safe and controlled environment. stagerighthk.com

located in Central, Causeway Bay and Wong Chuk Hang. twinkledance.com

on performance readiness and individual correction, allowing every student to shine with elegance. russianballetschool-hk.com

Red Shoe Dance Red Shoe Dance specialises in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and tap. Classes range from beginner to advanced levels and are suitable for children aged 3 to 18 years. redshoedance.com

Southern School of Dance Dance the day away with Southern School of Dance! Children will love the ballet, tap, and modern dance lessons, and shine in their annual performances. Don’t feel left out, mums – you can enrol in the ladies’ Ballet Fitness Classes to shape up into your healthiest and most elegant selves. southernschoolofdance.com.hk

MUSIC MusicSage

DANCE Russian Ballet School The first ballet school in Hong Kong to follow the disciplined yet vibrant Vaganova system, the Russian Ballet School takes from the rich history of Russian ballet and teaches with a unique focus

Twinkle Dance Twinkle Dance offers ballet, jazz and contemporary dance classes for children aged 18 months and above. The classes seek to engage kids by using fun visual themes that they can connect with. All of the teachers have professional training and qualifications. Branches are

MusicSage is an online platform to search for high quality, private music tutors in Hong Kong. With over 100 tutors listed, covering more than 25 different instruments, it is easy to find a tutor who suits your child’s interests, availability and budget. You can also enjoy the flexibility of booking one trial lesson first before committing to more. musicsage.io

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It’s never too late to learn something new

CHANGE OF CAREER Insight School of Interior Design Insight School is Hong Kong’s only specialised interior design school where students are taught by international experts in the industry and get to work on real-life projects with real-life clients. The school offers over 20 short courses on topics like Design & Styling, Feng Shui and Art & Interiors. insightschoolhk.com

The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) OUHK provides about 220 full- and part-time programmes in a wide range of practical and professional courses including Art & Social Sciences, Business & Administration, Education & Languages, Nursing & Health Studies and Science & Technology. ouhk.edu.hk

MUSIC M.int Academy Cultivate your musical talent with M.int Academy, which provides private one-on-one and semi-private musical tuition for adults. Or join the adult’s choir or acapella group. No audition required! mintacademyhk.com

Parkland Music Institute Fancy learning the guitar but dread the tricky chords? Try the ukulele, a reduced version of the guitar with four strings instead of six and reachable notes that can minimise wrist tension. parklandmusic.com.hk

ARTS AND CRAFTS LUMP Studio LUMP Studio is a community of potters and ceramic makers of all levels. Inside their workshop, you will find

dedicated areas and special equipment for pottery and stocks of different clays, glazes, oxides and slips. lumpstudio.com.hk

Hong Kong Photography Workshop With classes like Photography 101, Neon Nightcrawlers and Intro to Lightroom, photographers of all skill levels can explore Hong Kong in a new light under the guidance of professional

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adult courses photographers. Class sizes are small with no more than eight students. Classes last three to four hours with private lessons also available. hkphotoworkshop.com

Art Loop Art Loop has something for all aspiring artists, from beginners to those who want to become art teachers. There are a variety of adult art courses including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and art history. Come with friends, or meet new people whilst learning in the gallery environment. artloop.hk

Homeland Tea Garden Tea drinking is a refined activity for personal enjoyment or with fellow tea lovers. Homeland Tea Garden runs a two-hour introduction course on tea appreciation conducted in English. homelandteagarden.com

COOKING Complete Deelite Complete Deelite has a huge selection of baking classes to choose from including decorating basics, seasonal workshops and even allergyfriendly courses for those with special dietary requirements. completedeelite.com

CHINESE CULTURE Chen Style Tai Chi Institute Sign up for a course at this local Tai Chi school, located in Sheung Wan, to experience how this internal martial art can do wonders for your mind and body. taichielite.com

Co-working spaces Blueprint Owned and operated by Swire Properties, Blueprint is a co-working hub with flexible workspaces and event venues. Workspaces and event venues come with a full list of facilities amenities, including topspec technology in an environment designed to foster creative thinking. blueprint.swireproperties.com Compass Offices Founded in 2009, Compass Offices operates over 40 locations in nine APAC cities, including Hong Kong. With a mission to provide inspiring office spaces for corporates and professionals, Compass Offices offers flexible workspaces designed to meet today’s new ways of working. compassoffices.com

ABC Cooking Studio Japanophiles, rejoice! You can now learn the art of Japanese cuisine at ABC Cooking Studio, which offers small group classes catered to beginners. The studio offers courses in bread making, cake baking, cooking, Wagashi (Japanese confectionary) as well as courses for kids. abc-cooking.com.hk Hong Kong Living Guide 2020 113


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Silencio

Zuma’s freeFROM flow baikingu brunch is inclusiv e of free-flo a popular w Ruin Champagn art e choice for families and the Japanese food on offer includes endless mountains of sushi, sashimi, tempura and salads. The little ones can enjoy a well-thoughtout kid’s menu including specially designed chicken udon noodles. Central. zumarestaurant.com.hk

Indulge in a champagnefuelled brunch with a side of live jazz at this sleek Japanese izakaya. Kick off with unlimited seafood, tempura and yakitori at the buffet table, From followed by a choice of + various free-flow options main and from $200 the signature dessert platter. Central. silencio.hk

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brunches bubbles are on offer every Sunday. West Kowloon. w-hongkong.com/kitchen.hk

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Kitchen, W Hong Kong Head to the trendy five-star hotel for a classic spread including salads, seafood, pasta, pizza, sushi, a carvery and huge dessert selection.

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Nestled inside the revamped Hong Kong Museum of Art, this modern Australian restaurant offers a fabulous three-course brunch including sharing dishes, main and dessert. Soak in $380 + unparalleled $250 harbour free-flo w Tait views Champagntinger e through their floorto-ceiling windows with a glass of Taittinger champagne in hand. huedining.com.hk

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La Vache!

For a healthier take on brunch, this cosy Middle Eastern restaurant offers plenty of vegetarian options and the friendly staff are more than willing to adjust meals for vegan diners. There’s a fine À la carte selection of + various free-flow Lebanese options from $195 wines and some exotic signature cocktails. Sheung Wan. bedurestaurant.com

Serving up unlimited steak and fries washed down with free-flow bubbles, it’s hard not to get your groove on at Le Disco Brunch at La

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Vache! Held on the first Sunday of every month, make sure you book in early so you don’t miss out. Central. lavache.com.

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brunches Lobster Bar and Grill, Island Shangri-La Hosted every Sunday, Shangri-La’s spectacular Sunday roast is a hidden pearl. Guests are invited to dive into a decadent three-course of sive feast featuring inclu w Bloody o l f e fre lobster bisque, Mary roast beef with trimmings and three desserts to choose from. Central. shangri-la.com

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Statement serves up a glorious Britannia Brunch in its beautiful colonialinspired dining room. The highlight is no doubt the roast beef, handcarved tableside from a vintage silver trolley and accompanied by fluffy Yorkshire puddings. Central. statement.com.hk

ThinkWine ThinkWine offers a fun wine-focused approach to Sunday brunch. The three-course brunch includes a + var charcuterie board, free-flo ious w opti Mediterranean from $29 ons 0 quiche and dessert tart, accompanied by free-flow wine. Central. thinkwinehk.com

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Richard Ekkebus, Culinary Director of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

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to Saturday. Reservations required. marriott.com

Amber, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

L’Envol’s dining room

Helmed by chef Richard Ekkebus, the progressive restaurant has been awarded two-Michelin stars for 12 consecutive years. Reopened earlier last year, the new Amber has moved towards a healthier and more sustainable approach, with dishes crafted without any dairy products. Central. mandarinoriental.com

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L’Envol’s kitchen

Roganic British celebrity chef Simon Rogan brings a refined farmto-table dining experience to the heart of urban Hong Kong. Just like their sister restaurant in London, the Hong Kong outpost showcases produce from local farms with a member of staff whose sole job is to source high-quality local supplies. Causeway Bay. roganic.com.hk

Regis Hong Kong. Innovative French dishes rotate on a seasonal basis with a range of curated lunch and dinner menus are available. Open for lunch and dinner Wednesday

Two-star Michelin restaurant Écriture features French cuisine created with exceptional Japanese produce by Executive Chef Maxime Gilbert. A surrounding view from The Peak to Victoria Harbour accompanies diners whilst they savour on finely executed delicacies. Central. lecomptoir.hk/ecriture

L’Envol, St. Regis Helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Olivier Elzer, formerly of Seasons by Olivier E and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, L’Envol offers the finest of dining experiences at St.

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fine dining Belon Located in a pared-down Soho space, the one Michelinstarred neo-Parisian bistro showcases French cooking with a local influence, reminiscent of the dynamic food scene found in Paris’ 11th arrondissement. Central. belonsoho.com

Tate Dining Room Chef Vicky Lau’s one Michelin-starred Tate Dining Room offers an avant-garde menu that marries influences from French and Chinese cuisines. Having come from a background of graphic design, Lau went on to pursue culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu before combining her design and culinary talents to start her own restaurant in 2012. Central. tate.com.hk Écriture

VEA Restaurant & Lounge VEA is helmed by Chef

Vicky Cheng, providing a unique Hong Kong-style approach to fine dining

with a combination of Asian ingredients and French cooking methods. Vegetarian options are also available upon request. Central. vea.hk

Arbor Two Michelin-starred Arbor is a nature-inspired fine dining restaurant that offers innovative French gastronomy with a Japanese flair created by Chef de Cuisine Eric Räty. Amidst the fast-paced bustle of Hong Kong, Arbor provides a tranquil spot for special occasions. Central. arbor-hk.com Chef Vicky Lau at Tate Dining Room

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FAMILY FRIENDLY Less fussing and more munching at these child friendly spots

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Limewood This colourful Repulse Bay restaurant makes for a fun pitstop for a day at the beach. Specialising in barbecue, seafood and margaritas, Limewood serves up a fusion of Hawaiian and Caribbean cuisines. It’s also pet-friendly, so bring your furry friends too! Repulse Bay. limewood.hk

Chaiwala The vibrant Indian restaurant has a weekend Holi brunch where families can enjoy elevated Indian classics like pani puri, dosa and a range of curries. Upgrade to a free-flow drinks package while the little ones sip on bottomless lassi. There’s also a cotton candy station and play area filled with toys so you know your kids will be having a grand old time. Central. chaiwala.hk

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TokyoLima For families looking for something a bit different to burgers and chips, TokyoLima is the hottest spot in town for Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Their “yunza” brunch is a

great option for families, with an add-on free-flow option for the adults. Little ones will love the candy station and colourful kids corner. Central. tokyolima.hk

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Best for long weekend brunches, make your way up to the second floor of this iconic colonial-style building, and you’ll be treated to some kidfree time as the little tykes make the most of the dedicated play area. Go on and take advantage of the free-flow drinks packages on offer. Wan Chai. thepawn.com.hk


family child friendly friendly skewers, noodles and rice – all at affordable prices! Sai Ying Pun. tmeats.com/bingaz

Yum Cha Yum Cha serves up some of the cutest, most Instagrammable dim sum in town, with a signature custard molten bun decorated with googly eyes. Kids are sure to love the photogenic dishes, and parents will love that the food contains no MSG. Central. yumchahk.com

Burger Circus Designed to look like the inside of a train carriage, Burger Circus has an oldschool American diner

TM’s by The Den vibe that children will love. Wash everything down with a delicious house-made milkshake or candyshake. Central. burgercircus.com.hk

Fini’s Fini’s is all about farm-to-fork, family-style Italian food. The casual-cool New York vibes here will please adults and kids alike. The fresh pasta is always a hit, as are the mac and cheese pizzas. Central. linguinifini.com

The family-run steakhouse serves up top notch Australian Wagyu cuts and Peruvianstyle seafood. Monday and Tuesday are Wagyu nights – enjoy six decadent options of Wagyu and a complimentary drink for $168 only. Sai Ying Pun. tmeats.com/petesxtms

Bingaz Street Food If comfort food is what you’re after, this is the place. Tuck into funky, flavourful BBQ foods at Bingaz. Inspired by Asian’s vibrant street food traditions, the no-frills neighbourhood hangout offers a selection of Hong Kong Living Guide 2020 129


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LOCAL FLAVOURS Go here for a quintessential Hong Kong experience Humid with a Chance of Fishballs Tours founder Virginia Chan at Ladies Street Sik Fan Co

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Chuen Kee Seafood Restaurant Chuen Kee is hard to miss along the Sai Kung waterfront, with large water tanks containing every type of fish you could dream of. Sit outside and soak in some local atmosphere while dining on fresh seafood. Sai Kung.

Yung Kee A Hong Kong stalwart, Yung Kee started as a humble cooked food stall and now stretches across several floors in the heart of Central. The menu is mind-bogglingly long, but you can’t go wrong with the signatures (they are famed for succulent roasted goose) and the century-old eggs in particular make for a photo opportunity. Central. yungkee.com.hk

The Chairman

Want to try a bit of everything? Humid with a Chance of Fishball Tours hosts a range of food tours that take you to hole-in-thewall restaurants across all corners of the city. Join one of their tours to tuck into typhoon shelter crabs on a sampan fishing boat or see how wonton noodles are made. humidwithachance offishballs.com

works of art, the chefs craft elevated versions of classic dim sum items. If you want to taste what we’re talking about, order the fluffy steamed buns filled with

Hongkongers are no strangers to The Chairman. The Chinese restaurant nabs the highest spot of any local establishment at number 2 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020. Make sure to order the razor clams and smoked baby pigeon, both of which the restaurant is renowned for. Central. thechairmangroup.com

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ibérico pork or the siu mai topped with scallop and caviar. Central. duddells.co

Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel Dominique Ansel, named World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Awards, has reimagined a bevy of iconic Hong Kong street food as desserts. His creations include a Lemon Juice Box (an earl grey bergamot cake) and Pineapple Bun (a coconut mousse cake filled with passion fruit jam). Tsim Sha Tsui. dangwenli.com

Lin Heung Tea House This Hong Kong institute serves their dim sum the old-school way – in bamboo steamers piled on metal


local flavours push trolleys. There’s no need to mind your manners here. Just shove your way up to the head of the cart and select the dishes you’re hungry for. Central.

Tim Ho Wan Michelin-starred dim sum? Yep, Tim Ho Wan is the real deal, serving the cheapest Michelin-starred food in the world. Awarded for their food rather than service, the taste and price make this place a must-try. Be prepared for long lines on weekends. Central. timhowan.com

Lee Lo Mei

restaurant and bar Lee Lo Mei serves up a range of classic Cantonese dishes including fried rice and Ping Pong Buns. The nostalgic flavours

and retro style interiors will bring back those Hong Kong childhood memories. Central. leelomei.hk

How to dim sum like a local 1. Wash your utensils. When you first sit down you’ll be given a pot of tea and a large bowl. Use these to wash your bowl, spoon and chopsticks before you use them. 2. Start with tea. You’ll be given another pot of tea for drinking with your meal. When you empty the pot, leave the lid ajar to let the waiter know you want a refill. Make sure to fill up other people’s glasses before your own, and tap the table to thank someone for filling yours. 3. Share and enjoy! As with most small-plates dining experiences, the more people you have and the more dishes you order, the better the experience will be.

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healthcare Public vs Private hospitals As a Hong Kong resident you are lucky to have access to excellent hospitals, whether or not you have health insurance.

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• Public hospitals are the best place for emergencies • They are larger and have more clinical expertise and equipment on hand to help • Registration is quick, and Hong Kong ID card holders pay very low rates per day for treatment • Low costs for appointments and medication • A public hospital can’t turn you away • Doctors are usually very experienced and deal with emergencies frequently

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• Strict appointment times and a long wait to see an obstetrician • Patients who don’t have emergencies or time-sensitive illnesses may have appointments rescheduled • You aren’t guaranteed to see the same doctor • Rooms contain numerous beds (between 3 and 10) • Canteen-style food is served • Some medical staff may not speak English

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PRIVATE HOSPITALS

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rivate Hong Kong hospitals and clinics that come highly recommended by expats:

Hong Kong Adventist Hospital With state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled staff, the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital provides patients with attentive care in a safe and comfortable environment. Happy Valley. hkah.org.hk

Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong A state-of-the-art, multi-specialty private tertiary hospital designed to provide patients with high-quality and accessible healthcare services. Wong Chuk Hang. gleneagles.hk

PRIVATE CLINICS OT&P One of the city’s leading healthcare providers and the first medical clinic in Hong

Kong to receive an Australian Council of Health Services (ACHS) accreditation. Multiple locations. otandp.com

The London Medical Clinic Founded in 2012, The London Medical Clinic provides high quality, personalised and friendly medical services to families and corporate clients. Central. thelondonmedicalclinic.com

The Round Clinic Founded in 2015, The

Matilda International Hospital A leading healthcare provider and world class private hospital with a reputation for personalised patient care and a highly-respected maternity service. The Peak. matilda.org

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Round Clinic offers an array of treatments, advice and services by some of Hong Kong’s leading healthcare therapists. Wong Chuk Hang. theroundclinic.com

PUBLIC HOSPITALS Hong Kong has over 43 public hospitals and medical institutions, 49 specialist outpatient clinics and 73 general out-patient clinics, located around the city. Details of all public hospitals in Hong Kong can be found on the Hospital Authority website: ha.org.hk

HEALTH INSURANCE

If you ask whether or not you need health insurance in Hong Kong, you will most likely receive the same answer across the board: “It depends”. Unlike places like the US where healthcare costs are high and health insurance is extremely beneficial, Hong Kong gives us the option of a much cheaper government system, or on the flipside, one of the most expensive private systems in the world. So basically, you just need to work out which system is going to be best for you and your family – private or public.

Mental health resources in Hong Kong Mind HK is a charitable initiative formed out of the Patient Care Foundation, who are committed to improving awareness and understanding of mental health in Hong Kong. mind.org.hk The Hong Kong Doctors website, put together by the Hong Kong Medical Association has a searchable directory of Hong Kong psychiatrists. hkdoctors.org Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. aa-hk.org

If going private, chances are you will opt for health insurance to cover those hefty fees. If you are single, or a young couple living in Hong Kong you will probably get by just fine without any sort of health insurance, navigating the public system as you go. If you are a family with children, you may well benefit from health insurance in order to save some money when going private.

Costs Hong Kong’s insurance sector is pretty competitive and prices are therefore pretty reasonable. But, you’ll want to shop around to make sure you are getting the best deal. Costs differ vastly depending on the sort of cover you want, from minimal accident coverage to comprehensive cover including dentistry, opticians, and routine body checks. Of course, health

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insurance prices also depend on your age, profession, nationality and pre-existing conditions.

Insurance providers HSBC Medical Insurance: Offering flexible health plans for you and your family. hsbc.com.hk AXA: Rated as the number one global insurance brand. axa.com.hk Manulife: Medical care packages which cover most major hospitals and medical centres. manulife.com.hk BUPA: For local expertise and global healthcare knowledge. bupa.com.hk Or talk to a broker: If you are unsure about which plan will best benefit your family, contact a broker to get expert advice.


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Where to stay active in Hong Kong

GYMS Pure Fitness With 12 conveniently located outlets dotted across the city, this mega gym chain offers a range of popular group classes including yoga, TRX and dance fitness. Multiple locations. pure-fitness.com

Flex Studio This boutique upscale studio specialises in Classical Pilates, Allegro, Yoga and Xtend Barre. They also cater to kids and teens, pre-and postnatal mums as well as industry professionals seeking teacher training certification. Central and Wong Chuk Hang. flexhk.com Hong Kong Living Guide 2020 141


F45 F45 offers specialised cardio and resistance workouts that packs elements of HIIT, circuit training and functional training into intensive 45-minute sessions. Multiple locations. f45training.hk

TopFit This uber-chic boutique gym offers a personalised approach to fitness training with oneon-one personal training sessions and small group classes designed to cater to each individual. Sheung Wan. top-fit.com

YOGA & MEDITATION Anahata Yoga Anahata Yoga offers more than 100 classes per week. Their popular back care yoga is designed for office workers who often sit at their desks for long hours. Central. anahatayoga.com.hk

Sukha Yoga Founder and yoga instructor Katherine Lee brings her friendly dog Honey to class. Watch out for the furry fella cuddling up your feet while you’re holding your downward dog pose. Central. sukhahk.com

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Red Doors Studio Home to Asia’s largest personal collection of meditation gongs, Red Doors Studio offers a place for the community to come together at their weekly gong relaxation sessions. Wong Chuk Hang. red-doors.com

Dee Dream Life A dance, fitness and yoga studio in Mid-Levels offers


fitness high quality, affordable and fun sessions for adults and children. deedreamlife.com

BARRE & PILATES WeBarre Another popular barre studio in Central, feel the barre burn ohso-good with their 60-minute full body workouts that combine ballet techniques, pilates, yoga and strength training. Central. webarre.com

Barre 2 Barre Get your quads working with a variety of barre workouts including Barre and Yoga, Barre and Suspension and BarreAmped Bounce. Barre shakes and great feelings guaranteed. Central. barre2barre.com

H-Kore Get your heart rate up and push your fitness limits at H-Kore. Their classes are based on the Lagree Fitness technique and each class is limited to 12 people. Central and Quarry Bay. h-kore.com

BOOTCAMPS Coastal Fitness Founded by former rugby stars and brothers, Coastal Fitness runs all-rounded classes from functional gymnastics to Olympic weightlifting. North Point. coastalfitnesshk.com

CrossFit Asphodel

CrossFit Typhoon

CrossFit Asphodel is the largest CrossFit facility provider in the city. The venue offers personal training and drop-in group sessions seven days a week. Kennedy Town. crossfitasphodel.com

CrossFit Typhoon stands out from their counterparts with a stripped down bunkerstyle interior. New members can enjoy a free trial before joining their membership packages. Sai Ying Pun. crossfittyphoon.com

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PAMPER YOURSELF The best beauty salons and spas in Hong Kong

Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong

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shelving and screens to help you feel at peace. lovehairhk.com

The Firm

HAIR Blonde Boudoir With an incredibly popular branch in Singapore, the Hong Kong team is headed up by Creative Director Felix Beck, a master stylist and colourist with over 20 years of experience. blondeboudoir.sg/hk-salon

Love Hair

A boutique hair and beauty salon located in the heart of Soho and a secondary location in Repulse Bay. The Firm has operated in Hong Kong since 1988 and has been at the forefront of the creative hair styling industry. Using a unique combination of training and development to ensure international standards of creativity throughout the years. They are well known for working with not only celebrities, brides and corporates but creating vibrant hair for everyday. Facebook: thefirmhk

Making a conscious effort to minimise their carbon footprint, Love Hair uses a range of natural and eco-friendly products and treatments. The salon itself is decorated with eco-flooring, reclaimed wood

W52 Hair • Nails

Paul Gerrard

Set in a sophisticated and well-lit space, the friendly staff and professional stylists at W52 are ready to pamper you and turn your beauty dreams into reality. If you hadn’t guessed it from the name, W52 also does fabulous nails. w52hair-nails.com

Paul Gerrard and his international team are a firm favourite among the expat community. With a range of high quality hair, skincare, professional makeup and wellbeing services, the experience offered here is much like a visit to a high-end salon back home. paulgerrard.com

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beauty NAILS

offers excellent pedicures and manicures with great service to match. Beverages offered on arrival including champagne. thenaillibrary.com

BROWS & LASHES Lyla Lash Bar

Lash Loft Lash Loft specialises in providing natural, toxin-free lash and brow procedures. Their YUMI lash lift treatment enhances your natural lashes for a new and rejuvenated look. lashlofthk.com

This newly designed space exclusively caters to lashes, including lash extensions using both classic and volume techniques, lash removal and lifts. lylalash.com

The Nail Library The playful, eye-catching interior of this chic little nail bar is reminiscent of a New York loft apartment. The Nail Library

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SPA AND BEAUTY CENTRES Asaya, Rosewood Hong Kong Set inside one of Hong Kong’s suaviest hotels, Asaya offers an extensive wellness programme including luxury spa and facial treatments, physical therapy, nutritional consultation and more. rosewoodhotels.com

Sense of Touch Known for their friendly service and relaxing spa experiences, Sense of Touch is a multi-award

winning spa with locations across Central, Repulse Bay and Tseung Kwan O. Indulge your senses with a range of treatments from facials to massages. senseoftouch.com.hk

Dolma Waxing Boutique With over 20 years of experience in the waxing business, Founder Dolma has mastered the art of a relatively pain-free waxing experience. The boutique offers premier Brazilian waxing and eyebrow threading. brazilianwaxing.com.hk

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EstheClinic EstheClinic specialises in noninvasive, pain-free aesthetic treatments. Combining over 20 years of medical expertise and the use of cutting-edge technologies, the beauty clinic offers a range of permanent hair removal, facial and body contouring treatments that delivers immediate and lasting results. estheclinic.com.hk


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FAMILY DAYS OUT

Keep everyone entertained

Ocean Park

Stanley Market

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Best known for its lively market, Stanley’s seaside promenade is vibrant and busy, packed with bars, cafes and restaurants - the ice cream van on the promenade is a popular treat for kids.

Hong Kong Observation Wheel Witness the city’s iconic skyline and Victoria Harbour like never before on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. Enjoy three rotations during the 20-minute ride along with plenty of photo and sightseeing opportunities. What’s even better, each pod is air conditioned, giving you a much needed break from the heat during the summer months! hkow.hk

Disneyland

Ocean Park

The magic of Disneyland is sure to capture the imagination of little ones and parents too. With rides, shows and lovable characters, you’re guaranteed to have an action packed day. If one day isn’t enough, stay over at one of the three themed hotels located on the premises. hongkongdisneyland.com

For a jam-packed day out, Ocean Park has something for everyone including roller coasters, marine conservation, wildlife enclosures and a cable car offering stunning views of the Southside. Make a weekend out of it and stay over at the on-site Marriott hotel. oceanpark.com.hk

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family days out Toy Street It’s Christmas every day of the week at Sham Shui Po’s socalled “Toy Street”. Located on Fuk Wing Street, you’ll find an abundance of shops selling toys, childrens clothes and festive decor that change with the season. Kids will love rummaging for treasure while parents will love the low prices!

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens Right in the middle of Central is Hong Kong’s oldest park. Divided into two parts which are connected by a pedestrian subway, the eastern side is home to a large children’s playground, aviaries, and a greenhouse. The western side of the park houses monkeys, racoons, reptiles and flamingos. lcsd.gov.hk

Tram party Cruise through the streets of Hong Kong Island aboard one of the city’s most iconic means of transport. The vintage trams feature an open-air terrace, bluetooth

speakers, comfortable chairs and on-board catering. Travel from Whitty Street Tram Depot across to Happy Valley and beyond, depending on the route for a truly unique party experience! hktramways.com

Dolphin watching The Chinese white dolphin (also known as the “pink dolphin”) was first recorded in local waters as early as the 1600s, although the population has been in decline since the mid-1990s. Hong Kong Dolphinwatch offers regular trips around Lantau Island on a luxury cruiser, with a detailed presentation on the dolphins by experienced guides. hkdolphinwatch.com

RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES Visit a museum Hong Kong’s world-class museums have something to amuse any child. Take your wannabe astronaut to the

recently-revamped Space Museum in Tsim Sha Tsui. Or, your nautical little one will love a visit to the Maritime Museum in Central, perhaps followed by some weather watching from one of the cafes on the Central Ferry Piers.

Escape room This popular grown-up activity that sees problem-solving and teamwork put the test can now also be enjoyed as a family. LOST Junior in Lai Chi Kok is suitable for kids six and up. See if you and your kids can escape before time runs out (and without a major family argument). lostjunior.com

Artjamming Classes and drop-in sessions covering all sorts of arts and crafts take place all across the region. Kids will enjoy Rhythm and Rhyme, Messy Jam and Busy Hands Playgroup while adults will love Oscary Art’s BYOB art sessions. artjamming.com

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HIKE-ARUMBA Tackle the mountains on these scenic hikes

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Lion Rock There is a roaring lion to the north. This hike is slightly lesser known but certainly up there in terms of grandeur. Conquer this rugged ridge to witness some of Hong Kong’s finest views. Feel the intense sprawl of Kowloon against the scenic backdrop of the island. When you reach the peak, you’ll feel incredible and the hiking conditions on either side are also most enjoyable. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the way, in particular monkeys. The path will undulate for an hour or so before arriving at the foot of Lion Rock. Upon reaching the summit at 495 metres above sea level, the footpath emerges from the undergrowth to reveal unrivalled panoramas of Kowloon and its surroundings.

Twin Peaks and Violet Hill If you’re looking for a challenge then Twin Peaks and Violet Hill is the hike for you. This workout packs a serious punch and is commonly referred to as the “Terrible Twins” due to its seemingly never-ending series of steps (over 1,000 actually). We strongly advise doing this hike from Parkview to Stanley, rather than in the opposite direction as when you’re halfway up the first peak,

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thinking you should have gone for brunch instead, the visions of Stanley’s restaurants, along with the gentle ocean breeze, will keep you going. The first peak is much harder than the second. You begin the hike with an ascent up Violet Hill barely a warm up for what’s to come.

Dragon’s Back Dragon’s Back took home the prize for Hong Kong’s favourite hike in our Hong Kong Living Awards 2020 and it’s not difficult to


hikes see why. Popular with both locals and tourists, beginners or experts, the Dragon’s Back trail boasts beautiful coastal views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan and Tung Lung Island. It is easily accessible from the city which means it gets busy, particularly during weekends. Get there early, or prepare to queue just to get onto the trail.

steep incline up to the summit which takes around an hour. Once there you can follow the trail down to Suicide Cliff (called so because of its rocky feature which resembles a diving board). Here you’ll enjoy stunning views of Hong Kong

island from above, far better than any rooftop bar! From this point, head back down to Choi Hung and take care descending as the path can be slippery with loose rocks along the way.

Suicide Cliff at Kowloon Peak Standing at 603 metres above sea level, Kowloon Peak offers panoramic views of bustling Victoria Harbour from one direction and serene Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay from the other. The hike starts with a

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Sheung Luk Stream If waterfalls and cliff diving sound like your kind of thing, then Sheung Luk Stream is one you do not want to miss. Daredevils and thrill-seekers take note, this hike will take you off the concrete path and up a river course, offering a combination of waterfalls, clear rock pools and cliffs which are ideal for jumping off. The going is moderately strenuous, involving rock hopping and some scrambling up the

streambed. Those with a fear of heights might want to sit this one out as it involves climbing the 25-metre Thousand Silk Falls. Hiking up a watercourse and over wet rocks provides obvious hazards, making this one unsuitable for younger children.

Sunset Peak Hong Kong’s third highest peak and Lantau’s second highest mountain, Sunset Peak is known for its gorgeous

sunset views overlooking the Lantau coastline. The sunsets here are so beautiful, they have even been featured on Cantopop singer Eason Chan’s album Taste the Atmosphere. Be sure to bring along a flashlight since descending from the peak after dark can be dangerous. If you are new to hiking, consider catching the sunrise instead.

Peak Circle Walk A concrete path runs around the top of the peak, making this hike perfect for families. Starting from Lugard Road, near The Peak Galleria, follow the shaded path in a circular fashion until you return to your starting point, along the way you’ll enjoy great views of Hong Kong’s skyline from all angles. The route will take around 45 minutes and offers many seated areas and places for little ones to run around and let off steam.

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Life’s a beach

Laze away the summer days on Hong Kong’s sandy shores

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NEW TERRITORIES Hap Mun Wan Taking the name of “Half Moon Bay”, this beach is located just off the coast of Sai Kung on Hong Kong’s smallest island country park, Sharp Island. The water here has been given a Grade 1 quality, making it the cleanest water in Hong Kong and ideal for a dip. The island also has a range of services including kiosks, toilets and barbecue pits.

clear waters. Sai Wan is one of four beaches that make up Tai Long Wan Bay, and is a popular surfing and overnight camping spot.

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beaches beaches & hikes

Repulse Bay

contrast to other beaches, it has everything you need; lifeguards, changing rooms and even a small snack kiosk located on top of the facility block. With clear waters and powdery sand, this beach is a hidden gem in the heart of Sai Kung.

HONG KONG ISLAND Repulse Bay Located in what was termed the “wealthiest neighborhood on earth” by Forbes magazine in 2015, Repulse Bay is one of the largest beaches in Hong Kong, spanning a total of 292 metres. The sandy shores are great for catching some rays and if you get peckish, pop into one of the popular waterfront restaurants at The

Pulse. A scenic walkway connects Repulse Bay to neighbouring Deep Water Bay.

reasonably priced beer at Ben’s Back Beach Bar next door.

Shek O

Big Wave Bay Beach

The dramatic scenery, sheltered location and clean, fine golden sands make Shek O a popular choice during summer months. The beach overlooks a small island called Ng Fan Chau and the rocky cliffs offer excellent rock climbing opportunities. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food on the terrace at the elegant Cococabana or opt for a very

Hailed as the birthplace of Hong Kong’s surf scene, this beach is naturally popular with local surfers. HK Waterman offers surf and SUP lessons throughout the summer. Smaller than neighbouring Shek O and easily accessible by road, facilities include a cafe, showers, toilets, barbecue pits and a car park.

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Stanley Main Beach Five minutes walk from Stanley Market, on the eastern side of the peninsula, the sand on this narrow stretch of beach is pleasant and the location is popular for watersports. The Hong Kong Sea School is a boarding school for underprivileged boys in Stanley which is located at the southernmost end of the beach along with the watersports centre.

LANTAU ISLAND Pui O Famous for its stunning sunsets, this relaxed, laid back

beach is popular amongst Lantau locals. Many of them spend their summers hanging out at beach shack-style restaurant Treasure Island Restaurant & Bar which serves simple, quality food and drinks. Other facilities include changing rooms, showers, campsites, barbecue pits and public toilets.

Cheung Sha Beach Located on southern Lantau, this is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches stretching from Lower Cheung Sha to Upper Cheung Sha. Enjoy a drink at one of the many beachside restaurants and

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soak up the holiday vibes. On Lower Cheung Sha beach, Bathers offers Mediterranean cuisine in an atmospheric beachside setting.


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ocated just 30 minutes from Hong Kong Island, Lamma is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With a law preventing any building from being over three stories tall, you’ll feel miles away from the city. As the third largest of Hong Kong’s islands, there’s plenty to do!

THINGS TO DO Lamma Island Family Trail Spend the day exploring the serene and quiet island of Lamma. The family trail runs across the island starting at Sok Kwu Wan and finishing at

Hung Shing Ye Beach. With little snack stalls along the way (during weekends) and plenty of rest spots, this hike is perfect for little legs. The walk can also be done in the opposite direction starting at Yung Shue Wan, depending on which ferry you take.

Beaches With six white sandy beaches, you’ll be spoilt for choice on Lamma Island. If you’re looking for a more secluded spot, head to Shek Pai Wan Beach, just a short walk away from Shek Pai Wan Pier on the eastern side of the island. For something a little more commercial, Hung Shing

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Ye Beach offers lifeguards and other facilities including changing rooms, toilets and shops. The water in this area is relatively clear, despite views of Lamma Island Power Station, just a few kilometres away.

Eat Lamma Island is a foodies’ dream, offering both local and international cuisines. From pick-your-own seafood at Andy’s Seafood restaurant to afternoon tea at Fa Fa House,

you won’t run out of options. While roaming the island you will also undoubtedly come across small stalls run by locals selling cold beer, frozen pineapple and icecream.

How to get there Lamma is easily accessible, just half an hour by ferry from Central Pier 4. Ferries depart to both Sok Kwu Wan on the eastern side of the island and Yung Shue Wan in the northwest. Check schedules before leaving home as ferries to Lamma can be less frequent than to some other islands. hkkf.com.hk Hong Kong Living Guide 2020 171


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ucked away on the eastern side of the peninsula, Sai Kung is a friendly seaside town with fresh air, sea views and plenty of independent restaurants.

It’s no surprise that locals and tourists flock to the town during weekends.

THINGS TO DO

Paddle out on a kayak There’s no better way to explore the waters around Sai Kung than aboard a kayak. Paddle out to one of the many islands and embankments surrounding the town including Yeung Chau and Cham Tau Chau. Ah Kwok Water Sports Center, located on Sha Ha Beach, offers hourly and daily rentals on water activities.

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big days out Visit a hidden seafood hotspot Only accessible by boat or on foot, Yau Lay (also known as High Island) is one of Sai Kung’s hidden gems. Pick your seafood fresh out of tanks or tuck into classic dishes including fried rice and Singapore noodles, washed down with countless bottles of Tsingtao.

Strike out Tropical-themed bowling bar Tikitiki has people travelling far and wide for their Tiki-themed decor and lively atmosphere. With 10 bowling lanes, video screens, disco lights, live music and a range of funthemed cocktails, Tikitiki promises fun for the whole family. tikitiki.hk

Sail away

there’s certainly no better way to explore the town than by boat or sampan. Sang Kee Boat runs tours around the many islands of Sai Kung, starting at Sai Kung Public Pier with itineraries including

With many outlying islands,

Hong Kong Geopark and Long Ke Wan. 63306039

How to get there MTR

Unfortunately, Sai Kung is not on the MTR network. Well, not yet anyway. The closest MTR station is Hang Hau where you’ll need to alight and take a minibus. Alternatively, you can take the MTR to Mong Kok or Choi Hung and take a minibus from either station directly to Sai Kung.

MINI BUS

Tikitiki Bowling Bar

Mong Kok Express: from Mong Kok MTR Station (red minibus) Causeway Bay Express: from Times Square (only runs at night) Minibus No. 1A: from Choi Hung MTR Station Minibus No. 101M: from Hang Hau

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his former Portuguese colony is the gambling capital of Asia, but there is plenty more to see and do besides that. The destination makes for a quick and easy getaway.

HOW TO GET THERE Macau is just a 55-minute ferry journey from Hong Kong. Ferries depart every 20

minutes to half an hour from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. turbojet.com.hk Alternatively, Soar the skies in style on board the Sky Shuttle helicopter. This is the quickest and most glamorous way to reach Macau with the journey taking just 15 minutes. skyshuttlehk.com

Driving to Macau is now an option with the recently opened Hong Kong–Zhuhai– Macau Bridge (currently the world’s longest sea-spanning bridge). For a hassle-free, cheap option, hop aboard the 24-hour HZMB shuttle bus in Tung Chung. The journey takes around an hour. hzmb.gov.hk

THINGS TO DO Explore Taipa Village Originally a fishing hamlet, Taipa Village, with its pastelhued villas, narrow cobbled streets and colonial churches stands in contrast to the glitz of the Cotai casino area. Visit the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History to see relics from past archaeological excavations and an

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impressive array of swords. taipavillagemacau.com

Take a leap of faith Plummet towards the ground at speeds of up to 200km/h from a platform 233 meters above sea level at the world’s highest bungy jump located at Macau Tower. Be sure not to do this one too soon

after eating breakfast! From $3,367 per person. ajhackett.com/macau

Take in a show Madonna, Lady Gaga and Bon Jovi have all performed in Macau so check out who’s performing in advance. The House of Dancing Water runs regularly at

City of Dreams Macau and comes highly recommended. Performed over a custombuilt pool containing 3.7 million gallons of water in a special 270-degree viewing theatre. From $598 for adults and $478 for children. thehouseofdancingwater. com

Roll the dice Try your luck at roulette, blackjack or the most popular of them all: baccarat. Minimum bets tend to be high compared to Las Vegas so you might have to call it quits after one round, but you never know! The Portuguese legalised gambling in Macau in 1844 under colonial rule. To this day, it is the only part of China where casinos are allowed.

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ADKIDZ

COO CLUB

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9030 3681 whatcookidsdo.com

DISCOVERY BAY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Discovery Bay, Lantau Island; 2987 7331 dbis.edu.hk

125 Waterloo Road, Kowloon Tong; 2336 3812 Ais.edu.hk

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BILTONG CHIEF

3/F, Mandarin Building, 35-43 Bonham Strand, Central; 2850 8006 Montessori-ami.edu.hk

5964 4418 biltongchief.com

DOLMA WAXING BOUTIQUE BINGAZ STREET FOOD 64 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; 2872 6899 tmeats.com/bingaz

303, 3/F, Yu To Sang Building, 37 Queen's Road Central; 6348 4452 brazilianwaxing.com.hk

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6390 3823 eatthekiwi.com/hong-kong

2/F, Dorset House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay; 9631 1106 blueprint.swireproperties.com

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25/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay; 2574 2351 esf.edu.hk

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ESTHECLINIC CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 33 King Lam Street, Lai Chi Kok; 3699 3899 caisbv.edu.hk

16/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central; 3615 0919 estheclinic.com.hk

EUROPEAN BEDDING CHINESE ACADEMY 77 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay;

13F, The Plaza LKF, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Central; 6286 1132 europeanbedding.hk

2499 8000 caps.edu.hk

GATEWAY APARTMENTS CIAOLINK HK PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central; 2870 2335 ciaolink-jp.com

Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2119 3000 gatewayapartments.com.hk

GLENEAGLES HOSPITAL HONG KONG CITY KIDS HONG KONG 2/F, East Wing, 12 Borrett Road, Mid-Levels; 2522 4446 citykidshk.org

1 Nam Fung Path, Wong Chuk Hang; 3153 9000 gleneagles.hk

HAVEN DESIGN COMPASS OFFICES

havendesign.com.hk

3796 7188 compassoffices.com

HONG KONG ACADEMY CONDUIT CONSULTANTS 9B Cheong Tai Commercial Building, 66 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan; conduitconsultants.com

33 Wai Man Road, Sai Kung; 2655 1111 hkacademy.edu.hk

HKETS 304, Lap Fai Building, 6-8 Pottinger Street, Central; 2147 2299 hkets.net

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directory HONG KONG INSTITUTION OF LANGUAGES

QUEEN'S GARDEN

6/F, Wellington Plaza, 56-58 Wellington Street, Central; 2877 6160 hklanguages.com

9 Old Peak Road, Mid-levels; 2359 7359 queensgarden.com

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

READ FOR MEANING

1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam; 3149 7000 hkis.edu.hk

22/F, Tai Yau Building; 181 Johnston Road, Wan Chai; 9401 4559 readformeaning.com

INDIGO LIVING LIMITED

RED SHOE DANCE

Shop B2, G/F 63, 69 Caine Road, Mid-Levels; 2317 0368 Indigo-living.com

22/F, Lee Fund Centre, 31 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen; 2117 9295 redshoedance.com

KELLETT SCHOOL

SHREWSBURY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Wah Fu Estate, 2 Wah Lok Path, Pok Fu Lam; 3120 0700 kellettschool.com

10 Shek Kok Road, Tseung Kwan O; 2480 1500 shrewsbury.hk

KRISTINA RYBALTCHENKO HONG KONG

SILVER CROSS

61858955 rybaltchenko.com/

Shop B233A, Level B2, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui 2824 3938 silvercrossbaby.com

KYLE & VIVIAN 5531 8660 kyleandvivian.com

THE EDGE LEARNING CENTER LANTAU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL No.22, Upper Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island 2984 0302 lis.edu.hk

2/F, The Zoroastrian Building, 101 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay 2972 2555 theedge.com.hk

LASH LOFT

THE FIRM

Shop 306, 3/F, Workingport Commercial Building,

G211, The Repulse Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road

3 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui; 62984568 lashlofthk.com

5722 8363 Facebook: thefirmhk

TM’S BY THE DEN LYLA LASH BAR 2-3/F, 54 D'Aguilar Street, Central; 2564 7721 lylalash.com

23A High Street, Sai Ying Pun; 2872 6288 tmeats.com/petesxtms

THE REPULSE BAY MALVERN COLLEGE HONG KONG 3 Fo Chun Road, Pak Shek Kok, New Territories; 3763 0111 malverncollege.org.hk

The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road; 2292 2888 therepulsebay.com

UNITED CHRISTIAN MUSIC KINDERGARTEN NORD ANGLIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HONG KONG 11 On Tin Street, Lam Tin;

Entire 1/F, Capri Place, 33 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O; 2110 1791 ucm.edu.hk

3958 1488 nordangliaeducation.com

WOODLAND PRE SCHOOLS OKAY.COM 15/F, Wilson House, 19-27 Wyndham Street, Central; 2102 0888 okay.com

G/F, on Fung Building, 110-118 Caine Road, Mid-Levels; 2549 1211 woodlandschools.com

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Who you gonna call? CAR MECHANICS Auto Dynamics: 2858 7032 (Southside) Euro Prestige Motors Services: 2771 7557 (North Point) Kwong Hing Motor Works Ltd: 2791 4884 (Sai Kung)

2859 7500 Tseung Kwan O Hospital, 2 Po Ning Ln, Tseung Kwan O, 2208 0111

ELECTRICIANS/HANDYMEN Dr Fix It All: 2525 0055 Speedy Drainage Cleansing: 3625 6064

MAN WITH A VAN Lalamove: 3701 3701 GoGoVan: 3590 3399

GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS Government Departments hotline (24 hours): 1823 Agriculture & Fisheries (call centre): 2708 8885 Health Department: 2961 8989 / 2961 8991 Southern District Council: 2814 5800 Sai Kung District Council: 3740 5200 Central & Western District Council: 2852 3549

PEST & TERMITE CONTROL Asia Pest Control: 2523 8855 Supreme Pest Control: 2814 7211

EMERGENCY SERVICES (police, ambulance, fire)

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HONG KONG OBSERVATORY Website: hko.gov.hk General enquiries: 2926 8200 Dial-a-weather & Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Enquiries: 1878 200 Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.3 or above: 2835 1473 HOSPITALS – Private Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital, 1 Nam Fung Path, Wong Chuk Hang, 3153 9000 Canossa Hospital (Caritas), 1 Old Peak Road, MidLevels, 2522 2181 Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, 40 Stubbs Road, Happy Valley, 3651 8888 Matilda International Hospital, 41 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak, 2849 0111 Prince of Wales Hospital, 30-32 Ngan Shing St, Sha Tin, 3505 2415 HOSPITALS – Public Grantham Hospital, 125 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, 2518 2111 Queen Mary Hospital, 102 Pok Fu Lam Road, Pok Fu Lam, 2255 3838 Tung Wah Hospital, 12 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, 178 Hong Kong Living Guide 2020

KENNELS Royal Pets: 6314 9887 Dog Dayz: 2987 1597 (Sai Kung) LOCKSMITH Wing Hung Locksmith: 2893 6795

PHONE DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES English: 1081 Chinese: 1083 Overseas IDD: 10010 PLUMBERS Ocean Electric and Drainage Works: 2832 9449 POLICE DEPARTMENTS Website: police.gov.hk Police hotline: 2527 7177 Stanley Police Station: 3661 1616 Happy Valley Police Station: 3661 1610 Sai Kung Police Station: 3661 1630 POST OFFICE Hong Kong Post hotline: 2921 2222 TRANSPORT Transport Department: 2804 2600 Hong Kong International Airport, general enquiries: 2181 8888 MTR Train Service & Airport Express, 24-hr hotline: 2881 8888 Taxis: 2804 2450 Taxi Lost and Found 24hr hotline: 1872 920 UTILITIES China Light & Power, 24hr hotline: 2728 8333 Towngas, 24hr hotline: 2880 6988 Water Supplies Department: 2824 5000


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