Describing Hong Kong in one word; Overcrowded. This is why the Hongkongers usually live in tiny apartments. Commonly, a family sleep in bunk beds in one single room. Sidewalks and shopping areas are dense with people.
For me, coming from a small town in Norway, it was pretty intensive to see how the people of Hong Kong live. The small territory of the city and a population of 7 million people, leaves as many as 16576 people per square kilometre. With such a dense population, most people are forced to live in very small apartments. Often having beds for several people, kitchen, and living room in a room of around 10 square meters.
Due to tiny apartments, most Hongkongers eat outside. Some told me that this was because they did not have space to cook at home. Other said they do not like making food at home, because having to cook in the same room as they sleep, leaving smell and smoke from the food due to lack of windows to recirculate the air.
If you would like to meet and start talk to Hongkongers, I recommend to drop by one of the typical overcrowded restaurants with shared tables that serve lunch. Though the food is not so much to brag about, as you will most likely be served a tasteless soup with noodles, you will easily have Hongkongers talking to you. Asking where you are from, and telling you about their life. I did this every day, and every time I had friendly people at the table talking to me. Even one woman in her fifties invited me the lunch and showing me the cheapest places to buy clothes.
One thing I was surprised about was that almost everyone in Hong Kong was dressed well. Maybe not weird, living in the middle of shopping paradise. Furthermore, they were all very slim. Very little obesity. The clothes are therefore only for slim people. Having some extra kilos, you might due to this be confronted by salesmen with limited English saying: “No your size”.
Despite to be overcrowded, the city is very organized and clean. During my stay in Hong Kong there was a tropical cyclone. Making everyone stay inside in their tiny apartments for safety. Transferring this overcrowded city, to a ghost city. The next day in the early morning, there were almost no people in the street. Though threes, umbrellas and garbage was everywhere. But it did not take long before all of that was cleaned, and the streets were full and overcrowded of people again.
Usually, I only put my own pictures on this blogs. However, this time I will show you a few amazing pictures taken by Michael Wolf, of apartments in Hong Kong for you to get an idea of how small they are and how the Hongkongers live.This also includes the main picture.
So did you think your apartment was small? Then think again…