Must-gos in Hung Hom

 Written by Krystal Leung

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Krystal Leung, a Year 3 undergraduate student from Hong Kong, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

Hung Hom is only two Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations away from CityU and it is indeed the southern terminus of both East Rail Line and West Rail Line of MTR. Hung Hom is not only a place convenient for living but also an access to China by train. I will introduce you a few places in Hung Hom that you should go!

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1. Hong Kong Coliseum
This is a multi-purpose indoor arena with 12,500 seats. Even though its formal name in Chinese roughly translates to “Sports Arena”, it often serves as a concert venue for popular singers and the tickets are often sold out in hours! The area will be so congested before and after the concert! However, you may also have a chance to come across the artists nearby if you are lucky enough!

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Hong Kong Coliseum (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

2. Hong Kong Museum of History
This museum is another must-go as it is not only a place to let you know more about the history of Hong Kong but also a place that you can be in touch with the world! Exhibitions with different themes, for example, natural nature, customs, rituals and costumes, will be held in the museum from time to time. You must not miss the recent exhibition “The Legend of Hong Kong Toys“!

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The Legend of Hong Kong (Photo source: HKHeadline)

3. “Wonderful Worlds” of Whampoa Garden
Wonderful Worlds of Whampoa comprises a unique combination of theme worlds, namely Gourmet Place, Fashion World, Treasure World, Home World, Amazing World and Pebbles World, with more that 300 shops offering an array of fashion, accessories, dining and entertainment facilities.

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Signature of Whampoa (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

4. Si Sun Fast Food
This is one of the very famous fast food restaurants where you can enjoy the local hamburgers. It is totally different from the western style one.

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Si Sun Fast Food (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

5. Barbecued Food- Mei Mei Kai (literally means tasty and good)
You may have to wait for a while before the food is ready to serve, but it is for sure worth waiting. The food is not only tasty as the name of restaurant tells but also values for money for students always on tight budget!

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Mei Mei Kai Restaurant (Photo source: Openrice)

OPSA Student Hosts will continue to introduce to you all sorts of advantages of living in different districts in Hong Kong. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.

Tips and Tricks: Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei

 Written by Victoria YANG

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Victoria Yang, a final year undergraduate student from Singapore, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

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Night View of Argyle Street (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei would definitely be the top places to choose if you want to live a convenient life as you can almost get whatever you need within a walking distance. It is only 3-4 Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations away from CityU and you will have so many food choices every day.

As one of the busiest districts in Hong Kong, there are a lot of shopping malls, shopping streets, supermarkets, a large variety of food stalls and restaurants, as well as street performance entertainments. However, it may also be a little annoying because of the crowd and noises.

 Street Performance@Sai Yeung Choi Street          Food Stall
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Fa Yuen Street – Also known as the Sneakers Street. Shopaholics would love this place as the whole street are filled with fashion stores such as clothes, shoes and accessories at a very affordable price.

Tung Choi Street – Ladies Market, Gold Fish Market and Flower Market are where you can get yourself a pet or flowers to brighten up your house.

Sneakers Street@Fa Yuen Street                                     Gold Fish Market@Tung Choi Street
(Photo taken by Crispin Chan)                                         (Photo taken by Christ Brown)

Langham Place – A huge shopping mall at exit C4 of Mong Kok MTR Station. It is filled with all types of fashion outlets, restaurants and beauty stores. No matter who you are, male or female, shopping would be made so much easier for you.

Supermarkets – ParknShop, Wellcome, Marketplace, Muji, Aeon and wet markets are all available in the districts for your grocery shopping choices.

Personal Care and Beauty – Watsons, Mannings, Sasa, Bourjois, Muji, Living Plaza by Aeon are all available for you to get personal care necessities such as shampoo. They may just be downstairs of your building so you won’t need to carry all the heavy things at all.

Banks – A large number of bank branches such as Hang Seng Bank, HSBC, Citibank, BEA, Standard Chartered, DBS are available along the Nathan Road. You could set up your account or pay your tuition fees especially when the branch in CityU has such a long queue!

24-hour Supermarket               Banks@Nathan Road
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Along the Nathan Road, you could easily get to Prince Edward, Tsim Sha Shui, Jordan, etc. on foot if Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are still not enough to satisfy your needs.

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You can walk from Tsim Sha Tsui to Prince Edward along Nathan Road (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Food Heaven

If you search on Openrice, you will realise that so many recommended food places are located in Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei. Almost all types of cuisine could be found to satisfy your cravings. Food places ranging from street stalls to high class restaurants are all within miles from the MTR stations, not to mention that numerous buffets and dessert shops are just around the corner. You would probably have a hard time to think of what to eat every day.

Local food stalls at Mong Kok Cooked Food Market, opposite to Langham Place (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Of course you could find a few Michelin restaurants in Mong Kok, namely Lei Garden, Ming Court, Dim Dim Sum, One Dim Sum, etc. However, you could also find special and artistic café. At Flower Market, if you smell an aroma of coffee among the fresh flowers, it is probably from the Café Hay Fever, a forest-themed café that would make you healing and relaxed.

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Photo source: Facebook page of Cafe Hay Fever

Another unique café – House of Moments at Sai Yee Street is also worth visiting. They serve a chocolate dessert in a shape of teapot, representing the beauty of the East Asian tea culture. Another signature dish of this café is their tofu cheesecake made with soy beans.

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Photo source: Openrice page of House of Moments

The most famous spot in Yau Ma Tei is no other than Temple Street, and of course their signature “claypot rice”. The area will be bustling by 7pm as Temple Street is packed with stores and tourists just like Ladies Market.

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Night View of Temple Street (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

The most famous claypot rice places in Yau Ma Tei have always been Four Seasons Pot Rice and Hing Kee Restaurant. It’s hard to say which one is better as there are always long queues outside both restaurants every day. So why not try both and decide which one is your favourite.

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Claypot Rice (Photo source: Openrice page of Four Seasons Pot Rice)

Accommodation

If you are now looking for off-campus accommodations in Mong Kok or Yau Ma Tei area, iRent may help you a lot. However, the website is only in Simplified or Traditional Chinese. On this website, you could find different housing types such as single room, double room or apartment which you could share with your friends.

Mong Kok & Yau Ma Tei are one of the most congested shopping and residential districts in Hong Kong, yet, it is also very convenient to reach every part of Hong Kong through the public transport such as buses, minibuses and MTR.

We will continue to introduce to you all sorts of advantages of living in other districts, such as Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Tips and tricks about living in Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Sham Shui Po are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.

Tips and Tricks: Sham Shui Po

 Written by YAO Chenyi

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YAO Chenyi, a final year undergraduate student from Mainland China, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

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Night view of Sham Shui Po (Photo taken at “Garden Hill” by Crispin Chan)

Sham Shui Po is one of the popular off-campus accommodation options among CityU students as it is only 3 Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stops away from CityU, with a journey less than 10 minutes. If you are looking for good deals, the street markets and the shopping centres in Sham Shui Po are definitely a good choice for you, namely:

  • Computer and related equipments: Golden Computer Arcade and Golden Computer Centre at Fuk Wa Street
  • Electronics and accessories: Apliu Street
  • Fabric, buttons and fashion beads: Ki Lung Street and Yu Chau Street
  • Fresh food and wet market: Pei Ho Street and Ki Lung Street
  • Local shopping paradise: Dragon Centre at Yen Chow Street
  • Quality fashionwear: Cheung Sha Wan Road
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Golden Computer Arcade                                                    Electronics@ApliuStreet
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Buttons@Yu Chau Street                                                     Fresh fruit@Pei Ho Street
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Numerous shops@Dragon Centre                                     Fashionwear@Cheung Sha Wan Road
(Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Heaven of Food

Even with a limited budget, the delicacy available along the food trail, out of Exit D of Sham Shui Po MTR Station, will surely satisfy you. You can also find a variety of dining choices, from simple to exotic, from budget to luxury, here. Certain restaurants are family run for decades or awarded with Michelin star. Starting from breakfast, Tim Ho Wan, regarded as the cheapest Michelin Restaurant, offers a bunch of high-quality local Dim Sum dishes with an average cost of HK$50 per person. For Lunch, Lau Sum Kee Noodle provides authentic local noodles and dumplings. In the afternoon, different street food including egg waffle and barbecued food will be available. If you are lucky enough, you may even buy the creamy soft ice-cream at Mobile Softee, the Ice Cream Van, near Golden Computer Arcade. Finally, you can end the day with the delicious desserts, sweet soups or the authentic soya bean pudding at Kung Wo.

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All kinds of good food are available (Photos taken by Crispin Chan)

Shopping in the Markets

You can find cheap but fresh ingredients in the wet market located at Pei Ho Street and Ki Lung Street. Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood are available on the lower floors of Pei Ho Street Municipal Services Building or side streets. Besides, can you imagine that you can buy the groceries at HK$2 only? Yes, there are a few HK$2 shops nearby! Computer centres are another highlight of the district. You can not only purchase all kinds of electronic accessories and computers at low price, but also get cheap repairing services!

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HK$2 shop, wet market and computer centres (Photo taken by Crispin Chan)

D.I.Y.

If you are interested in D.I.Y. and handmade items, Sham Shui Po will definitely surprise you! There are several impressive handmade stores selling their own designed products with unique styles and you can also find all kinds of tools and materials in Yu Chau Street, Ki Lung Street and Apliu Street to make your D.I.Y. items.
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Handmade products and tools (Photo source: Aikolife)

If you want to know more about Sham Shui Po, you can also check at http://www.sham-shui-po.com.

We will continue to introduce you the advantages of living in other districts, such as Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Advantages of living in Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin are available at OPSA website. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.

Sha Tin and Sha Tin Wai- Quiet Hong Kong

Written by Dazi Cremonita

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Dazi Cremonita, a Year 4 undergraduate student from Indonesia, is one of the Student Hosts of Off-campus Peer Support Accommodation programme (OPSA).

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Sha Tin always meant to me ‘IKEA’ and ‘New Town Plaza’ in the first two years when I was in Hong Kong. No one really told me just how self-sufficient this place is. It’s just like a small city with jogging tracks, beautiful riverside, museums, low to high-end malls, Dai Pai Dongs (local food stalls) and countless wet markets and supermarkets.

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IKEA Sha Tin at Home Square (Photo taken at City Shopping Spree Tour for International Newbies, 22 Aug 2016)

You can get everything you need

Sha Tin Wai was the first part of Sha Tin I got to know the most. If you really need to chop down those expenditures, go around the Sha Kok Shopping Centre in Sha Kok Estate and you’ll find the extremely affordable: Japanese food and house appliances on the second floor, fresh market on the first floor, and a humongous Dai Pai Dong (food stalls) right across Sha Tin Wai station. The breakfast at Golden Traditional Noodle (金仔米線) is my absolute favourite (for 32 HKD, you can get really good noodle with toast, ham, eggs and a cold drink).

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Sha Kok Shopping Centre (Photo Source: Link Asset Management Limited)
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Sha Kok Estate Dai Pai Dong (Food Stalls) (Photo Source: Oriental Daily)

Take a deep breath and relax

If you need a break, walk down the river all the way to Tai Wai (it’s seriously not that far). Go around the gardens near the Heritage Museum and grab a musubi right across the Tai Wai station. The jogging trail is one of Nike+ Run Club Hong Kong’s favourite places to hold their running events. On the other end of the river, you can find shopping malls like City One, which offers a good amount of affordable food like Shanghai dan dan mian to Taiwanese dumplings, and AEON.

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The Hong Kong Heritage Museum  (Photo source: Hong Kong Tourism Board)
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View of Lek Yuen Bridge (Photo taken by Dazi Cremonita)

If you decide to take a walk down the Lek Yuen Bridge, do it in the afternoon. In addition to the incredible sunset, you will also see an old man walking with his giant turtle and a bunch of old ladies entertaining their parrots and Golden Retrievers. What’s nice about Sha Tin is it’s very laid-back attitude. Unlike the rambunctious Mong Kok, Sha Tin can definitely give you a break from the hustle and bustle in Hong Kong.
We will continue to introduce you the advantages of living in other districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Fan Ling. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.

Tips and tricks: Tsuen Wan and Tsuen Wan West

Written by Ilia Ryzhenko

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Overview

Tsuen Wan, despite being located at the very end of the self-titled MTR line, is not a rural suburb that one might expect it to be. Quite the opposite, Tsuen Wan and Tsuen Wan West, located nearby, have everything that one needs to live comfortably. The areas show both the sides of Hong Kong. Tsuen Wan is a more local area, with a lot of street food, local restaurants and cafes, and markets. Tsuen Wan West, on the other hand, is a more consumer-friendly and spacious area with a few large department stores located in it.

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Landmarks and attractions

Except for the aforementioned shopping and street food experiences that Tsuen Wan offers to its visitors, there is also some great temples and museums in the area. One of the museums located nearby the Tsuen Wan MTR station is the Sam Tung Uk Museum, which is a historical monument dedicated to telling about the ancient settlements in the region. Another notable spot to visit in Tsuen Wan is the Western Monastery. An enormous temple, it covers over 200,000 square meters and presents the visitors with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the modern local temple culture.

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Sam Tung Uk Museum (Photo Source: The Antiquities and Monuments Office, HKAR Government)

Campus Hong Kong

I am now living in Campus Hong Kong, a serviced apartment placed near the Ting Kau Bridge in Tsuen Wan. Trust me, there is a lot to love about it! This serviced apartment block is an optimal choice for students seeking a spacious and peaceful location and a highly multicultural student environment. Campus HK has every facility that a student can wish for, including a big study room, a 24/7 gym, and a swimming pool. Aware of the amount of CityU students living here, Campus Hong Kong also offers students a free shuttle bus going straight to university every day. Generally, do not let the location bother you – going back home from university takes only about 45 minutes.

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Advantages of living in  Tsuen Wan / Tsuen Wan West

  • Quick access to shopping malls, supermarkets, and restaurants
  • Cheaper prices than in the city (both in terms of accommodation rental and in terms of prices on regular products)
  • Tranquillity and access to the waterfront
  • Access to both red line and purple line of the MTR gives an opportunity to easily get to a lot of places in Hong Kong

We will continue to introduce you the advantages of living in other districts, such as Sham Shui Po, Mong Kok, Hung Hom and Sha Tin. Please stay tuned with us!

You are also welcome to contribute your ideas and let us know your needs. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts with us by email.