What is living in a Hong Kong high-rise really like? What part of the city is the best to live in? The Batgung answer all your accommodation questions here.

Need rural and easy commute!

Hello all,

I'm currently considering a role in HK, but my partner is an adventure tour guide who loves the country (think white water rafting, kayaking etc). What opportunities would there be for us to combine my city-living and his need for green? I wouldn't need to be in Central every day but wouldn't really like to commute more than an hour.

Is this too big an ask for HK?

Thanks for all your help!



Noise - Mount Parker Lodge

we're just back from Canada, important to look for quiet environment with lots of fresh air. We're considering Mount Parker Lodge in Quarry Bay, but wonder if there'll be any disturbance during sleep(esp in early morning) caused by noise from early morning strollers on the Mount Parker Road nearby and from the planes. If you're staying in the neighourhood, grateful if you can share your experience.


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