Hong Kong vs London. It was a decision I had to make after my graduation in London. Even though I was born and bred in Hong Kong up until the ripe ol’ age of 11, I spent the next decade of my life traveling between my motherland and England in the name of schooling. The last four years had seen me in London, a city that I had come to enjoy and love. But when graduation time rolled around I had to make a difficult decision: do I stay or do I go?
It is a question that plagued many study abroad students, one that many had a preference to but have little say. For me, I was free to stay or go as I please – so exactly why did I move back to Hong Kong?
1) More efficient Public Transport in Hong Kong
Whether or not you think it’s an ironic first reason, I was sick and tired of London Underground. A lot of you would leap out right now in defense of the great old tube that’s centuries old, but the truth is if you were born and raised in Hong Kong, where a 2 minutes delay is a dreadful sin, you will know how I feel.
Having had three tube strikes and two bus strikes under my belt, I wasn’t keen on paying the price.
2) Beach. Hike. Eat. Repeat
Hong Kong is a unique city where you get to do all of the above in one day. Not that I ever tried, but I’d love to. There are mountains, beaches, sprawling main roads and multi-storied malls, it’s hard to believe that you can do so many things I such a small space.
3) Fantastic and cheap restaurant
Although I can’t fault the food scene in London, its price and variety cannot be compared to the thriving gastronomical experience you can get in Hong Kong. Hong Kongers LOVE eating out, and the competition for our never ending quest for good food is astonishing. Here’s so photos of delicious cuisine I had had since I moved back:
And you can virtually eat any kind of cuisine under the star.
4) The proximity of SE Asia
You will be amazed at how many amazing places you can visit within a 3 hours flight radius from Hong Kong – and how cheap it can be too. While the budget airlines in Asia might not be as mind-blowingly cheap as those in Europe, the costs at the end destination is often not as high (as say France). As a child, I visited Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, mainland China… traveling from Hong Kong is the norm and affordable.
5) Street foods
Recently I wrote a post for Beth, the blogger of Spiceegirl, about my favourite street foods – and even though they are available in London China Town, it’s not quite the same as grabbing one from the street here in Hong Kong. Let’s just say that since I have been back, I have consumed far too much than is healthy. But hey, at least it’s cheap.