Fast internet. Impressive coworking spaces. Many possibilities of networking. Dumplings (obviously). Hong Kong has started to embrace its entrepreneurship, and digital nomads are realizing that!
It is a city of unsurpassed energy, and since I have been based here for six months, I have a very good understanding of what it is like to live in Hong Kong.
Digital Nomads-if you are looking for a long or short-term stay in Hong Kong, I will show you the tips and tricks to reduce the cost during your stay here and share all the exciting aspects of life in Hong Kong.
In this digital nomad’s guide to living in Hong Kong, we will look at everything about life here-accommodation, internet, food, enjoyment, and networking opportunities.
I leave no stone unturned, so you can plant yourself in this city and work with confidence.
About Hong Kong
The “world city” of Asia, as it is commonly called, is a semi-automatic territory located in the extreme south of China. The territory includes the large and mountainous new territories, the island of Hong Kong, and the peripheral islands.
The dazzling skyscrapers of the city center are centered around the port of Victoria, which separates Kowloon from the island of Hong Kong by a thin expanse of water.
Hong Kong was a British overseas territory from 1841 to 1997, when it was sent back to China, and as such, the city has a unique blend of British and Chinese culture.
You can shop at Marks and Spencer for a while and enjoy dim sum in a small alley full of lanterns the next day.
The area is home to 24 national parks and you will be surprised how close these wild and rugged areas can be to the city.
In these parks, you will find a great variety of flora and fauna, from dolphins and turtles to monkeys, water buffaloes, and even Burmese giant pythons!
Hong Kong for Digital Nomads
Hong Kong is the ideal destination for digital nomads thanks to its modern infrastructure and world-record WiFi speeds.
Here you will find some of the best remote workstations in the world with views of the port, the roofs of the city, the fog-covered mountains, and the sea.
The city is very easy to move thanks to its compact size.
It has one of the best public transport systems in the world, which includes a 10-line metro system, as well as a network of buses, trams, taxis, and ferries that can take you anywhere in the territory.
The famous Star Ferry runs through the port, which runs between Kowloon and the island of Hong Kong from 6 am to 23 pm daily and the crossing takes only 8 minutes and costs 3.20 H HKD (about 0.40 US cents-cents)!
In addition to thousands of food stalls, cafés, and restaurants, the FoodPanda app is a great way for people living in Hong Kong to have a range of cuisines delivered right to their doorstep.
Would you like to stay fit as a digital nomad in Hong Kong? There’s little excuse not to take one of the hundreds of walking/jogging trails in the city (Victoria Peak is perfect for joggers).
However, if you prefer to hit the bodybuilding bench, the wide range of gyms in the city can keep you toned.
Is Hong Kong Safe?
Hong Kong is a safe city, but like everywhere, there are some things to know.
Hong Kong is considered one of the safest cities in the world due to its low crime rate compared to Western cities such as London and New York.
For example, the Economist ranked Hong Kong as the 6th safest place in the Asia-Pacific region. You will not feel in peril if you walk around the city at night, but, of course, take the same precautions as everywhere else.
Although powered crimes are extremely rare, Hong Kong has experienced some unrest in the past two years due to China’s arguable national security law.
Some residents feel that the city is losing its autonomy because Beijing seems to be ignoring the “one country, two systems” philosophy that the area had previously benefited from.
One of the most common perils, especially for hikers or people in smaller villages (sometimes even in the city itself), are the snakes in Hong Kong.
Of the 40 species that inhabit the area, nine can cause life-threatening bites.
The beautiful but deadly viper pits bamboo has been spotted on the hiking trail around Victoria peak, and a quick look at the Facebook page Hong Kong Snake ID shows that the krait, the cobras, and vipers of the city can be found almost everywhere.
Hong Kong is located in the tropics, so the coastal waters around the city are home to perilous marine life. As with the snakes, and indeed the whole fauna, if you leave them alone, they will usually reciprocate you!
Admire from afar and never collect creatures (for your benefit, just like yours).
So, provided that you stay away from any demonstrations, do not collect snakes, and swim on the beaches of the city with lifeguards and nets, you can enjoy everything that this wonderful place has to offer, knowing that you are in one of the safest places in the world!