Transitions: Life in Hong Kong
23 July 2022
Summer has officially arrived in Hong Kong. It’s hot, sticky and moist. Equally fun and festive with new surprises in numerous spots!
It is nearly 1 year since I arrived in Hong Kong and what a whirlwind of experience and adventure it has been. I have no regrets coming to live and work in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a city that premises convenience. People want things to happen quickly and smoothly. In essence this city is like one massive mechanical heart continously pumping humans like blood to all the necessary organs so that it continues to function.
Key to Hong Kong are Octopus cards that when loaded with cash enables you to travel on the MTR trains, ferries and buses. Many shops and supermarkets also allow one to pay with an Octopus card. You can add cash onto your Octopus card at any 7–11 convenience store. This city relies on 7–11’s. If these stores were to shut down, the entire city would stop functioning. The amount of transactions completed by all the 7–11 stores in one day in Hong Kong must be considerable. To live in Hong Kong, you have to have an Octopus card.
One thing you have to be aware of in Hong Kong is that not every shop accepts the same payment method. Some stores don’t accept Octopus cards while others don’t accept Union pay or EPS. Its safe to carry cash on you at all times due to the various payment methods.
The MTR is essentially the veins of this large organic city. It is the lifeblood moving people to all parts of this organic structure. The MTR and the MTR stations are effectively the best fashion and style galleries in this city. Hong Konger’s are incredibly creative when it comes to fashion, cosmetics, clothes and garments. Asia is after all the center of ‘makers’. This is the continent where so many things are made that stimulate our lives.
Recently, the MTR station called ‘Admiralty’ reopened and now enables passengers to travel from ‘Admiralty’ station all the way north to ‘Sha Tin’ station in Hong Kong’s New Territories within 20 minutes. The MTR makes this city easily accessible.
The way that this city is structured and operates means that people carry very little with them. You seldom see people carrying large amounts of material or bags. There are countless deliveries and takeaway options. It is a city built for dynamism and pace.
Tea shops are sensationally popular and you will find a take away tea shop in virtually any part of the city. The craze for bubble tea continues with many options available such as Oolong tea, Osmanthus tea and Earl grey tea.
Hong Kong is a city of change, of perspectives, of trade and of experience. Due to its location on trade routes, it will always be a vital point in the world, and it is partly for this reason why today it remains a city of variety and various experiences.