If you’re looking into moving to Asia but don’t want to do a complete 180 when it comes to culture shock, then you may want to become a digital nomad in Hong Kong. A former colony of the British Empire, it is now a part of China again. But it’s government and economy technically run separately from the country.
Now that we’ve got a little history out of the way, Hong Kong has been viewed as a global city because of the many people who travel and move there from all over the world. Not only because of its longstanding ties with Europe (because of the English) but Hong Kong is also a central hub for finance and commerce.
So what does that mean for anyone who wants to be a digital nomad in Hong Kong? Well, it means that there are jobs there. Hong Kong has been built for the influx of lots of different types of people while trying it’s best to preserve it’s culture. But if you go to various parts of the city, you can’t ignore the tall skyscrapers, the multitude of malls and the fact that you’re living on a mountainside.
But all of these things aside, there are many perks to becoming a digital nomad in Hong Kong. You will be able to meet a variety of people from all over the globe. With wifi, for the most part, availablethroughout the territory, it’s fairly easy to stay connected. And it’s a good central area to hop to other parts of Asia, if you want to consistently stay on the move.
1.) Where to Live
While many people have been moving to Hong Kong, it’s no secret that the country isn’t cheap when it comes to housing. According to the Nomad List, the average cost for a one bedroom in the city center on Hong Kong island is $2,740 a month. And the prices can range anywhere from $1,274 to $3,823 a month.
If you want to try and sublet a room within Hong Kong Island’s limits, try one of the apartment share websites like this one. Tall buildings in Hong Kong are pretty standard. Don’t be surprised if all your options are above the 18th floor.
While that’s a pretty steep number for many, don’t fret. That doesn’t mean your dreams of moving to Hong Kong are over. Depending on your income, you can still find accommodations. But if you’re on the lower end of the earning chain, then you may be living a little further out. Lau Fau Shan, Lam Tei, Lok Ma Chau, Lam Tsuen Country Park, Fanling, Kwan Tei, Ping Che and Sha Tau Kok are some of the areas that are more cost-friendly but will be a little bit of a commute to Hong Kong Island. Butthen remember, you’re going to be a digital nomad in Hong Kong. So depending on your job, you may be opting for some work from home days during the week to avoid a long commutes.