Exploring Hong Kong for Digital Nomads

We found Hong Kong to be one of the best cities in Asia for digital nomads.
Exploring Hong Kong For Digital Nomads

We found Hong Kong to be one of the best cities in Asia for digital nomads. Unlike Bangkok, Hong Kong can be navigated with ease. And unlike Seoul, it offers diverse people and cuisine in a milder climate. Although we would not rank it higher than Seoul, we put Hong Kong on par and found it a vibrant, fast-paced, exciting place to spend at least a month. 

Overview of Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, offers a unique blend of modern skyscrapers and traditional Chinese architecture. Known for its skyline, bustling markets, and rich culinary scene, this city is a melting pot of cultures and experiences. The subtropical climate makes it pleasant year-round, with mild winters and warm, humid summers.

Nestled on the edge of the Pearl River Delta, this bustling metropolis is an electrifying blend of tradition and modernity, a place where skyscrapers and ancient temples coexist in harmonious contrast.

Hong Kong is a cultural melting pot, a place where East meets West in a spectacular display of diversity. Its strategic location has made it a global crossroads, attracting people from every corner of the world. Here, you’ll find a unique amalgamation of Cantonese, British, and international influences, creating an atmosphere that’s both familiar and exotic.

Despite its reputation as a financial powerhouse, Hong Kong offers a surprising array of experiences that don’t necessarily require breaking the bank. While it’s known for its luxury shopping and upscale dining, there’s a wealth of affordable treasures to be found, from street food to public parks.

The city’s heartbeat is best experienced through its myriad attractions. The iconic Victoria Harbour, the bustling streets of Mong Kok, the serene Lantau Island, and the panoramic views from Victoria Peak are just the tip of the iceberg. And for the adventurers, Hong Kong’s hiking trails and outlying islands provide a refreshing escape from the urban jungle.

The jewel in Hong Kong’s crown, however, is its vibrant urban culture. From the neon-lit streets of Tsim Sha Tsui to the quaint fishing villages of Tai O, every corner of this city tells a story, a narrative of resilience, innovation, and cultural fusion.

Here’s our WanderLawyer score for Hong Kong: 

Accessibility: 5/5 stars.

Delicious food: 4/5 stars.

Affordability: 3/5 stars.

Work remote locations & internet access: 5/5 stars.

Weather: 4/5 stars.

Friendliness: 3/5 stars.

Nightlife: 5/5 stars.

Vibe: 5/5 stars.

Overall Score – 4/5 Stars

Coworking Spaces for the Remote Professional

  1. The Hive Central: A spacious, stylish workspace known for its community feel.
  2. Garage Society: Offers flexible plans and is centrally located, perfect for meetings.
  3. WeWork Wan Chai: Known for its modern amenities and vibrant community events.
  4. Cocoon: A creative space that encourages networking and collaboration.
  5. The Desk: Offers a serene environment with stunning harbor views, ideal for deep focus.

Culinary Delights: Top 5 Restaurants

  1. Tim Ho Wan: Experience Michelin-starred dim sum without breaking the bank.
  2. The Chairman: Known for its innovative take on Cantonese cuisine.
  3. Mott 32: A perfect blend of traditional Chinese cooking and modern presentation.
  4. Little Bao: A hip spot for Asian fusion and inventive baos.
  5. Caprice: For a French culinary experience with an impressive view of Victoria Harbour.

Coffee Breaks: 5 Must-Visit Cafes

  1. Elephant Grounds: Their homemade ice cream sandwiches are a must-try.
  2. 18 Grams: A local chain known for its artisanal coffee and barista expertise.
  3. The Cupping Room: A cozy spot, often visited by coffee aficionados.
  4. Café Deadend: Offers excellent pastries in a quaint, tucked-away location.
  5. NOC Coffee Co.: Sleek, minimalist, and perfect for a peaceful coffee break.

Attractions Worth Visiting

  1. Victoria Peak: For breathtaking city views.
  2. Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha): A spiritual journey and a stunning sight.
  3. Temple Street Night Market: Dive into the local culture and cuisine.
  4. Hong Kong Disneyland: A day of fun and magic.
  5. Star Ferry: Experience the iconic harbor cruise.

Getting Around: Public Transportation

Hong Kong’s public transport is efficient and extensive. The MTR (subway) is the quickest way to navigate the city. Buses and trams offer more scenic routes.Navigating through the bustling city of Hong Kong is made easy with its highly efficient and comprehensive public transportation system. At the heart of this system is the Octopus Card, a contactless, rechargeable smart card that is essential for anyone looking to travel around the city like a local.

Cost of Living

Hong Kong can be pricey, especially for accommodation. Hong Kong ranks in the top 5 for most expensive cities in the world. However, food and transportation are relatively affordable. Expect to budget more for rent in popular expat areas.

Accommodations: Where to Stay

  1. Butterfly on Wellington. We enjoyed our stay here which is in the heart of the Central District and near the midlevel escalators. 
  2. Yesinn @Causeway Bay: A budget-friendly hostel with a vibrant atmosphere.
  3. The Salisbury – YMCA of Hong Kong: Affordable with a prime location.
  4. Mini Hotel Central: For those who prefer a boutique experience.
  5. Chungking Mansions: Offers an array of budget guesthouses.
  6. Ovolo Southside: A chic hotel in a converted warehouse.

Digital Nomad Tips

  • Get an Octopus card: Octopus card gets you on public transit and is accepted most places for payment. 
  • SIM Cards: Purchase a local SIM for reliable internet on the go.
  • Go to Victory Peak EARLY:  The tram to Victory Peak fills up quick, and the experience is less enjoyable if it’s busy, so arrive early! 

Suggested Stay Duration

To fully immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s rhythm, a stay of 1 to 2 months is ideal. It allows enough time to explore, work, and even take a few side trips to nearby destinations like Macau or Shenzhen. If you only have enough time to visit the main attractions, then a 4-5 day trip is recommended. 

Verdict 

Hong Kong is one of the best cities to be a digital nomad or Wander Lawyer. Its fun, fast-paced, stunning, and never dull. The only downsides were the air quality and price. However, we rank Hong Kong high for must-visit locations in Asia. -WL

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.