Hong Kong has transformed itself from a collection of fishing villages into a sophisticated, exciting, neon-lit destination blending east and west, ancient and modern.
Foreigners face no restrictions on land ownership in Hong Kong but all land is held on long government leases of up to 999 years.
The region lies at the southeastern tip of China facing the South Chinese Sea with three distinct areas: Hong Kong Islands, Kowloon and the New Territories.
Hong Kong Island provides easy access to Central, the main business district and to a diverse nightlife. Traditional areas for international buyers include Mid-Levels, Southside and the exclusive homes in The Peak, all a short bus ride from Central. There are parks, schools and even a race course in the varied residential area of Mid-Levels and Happy Valley while further out, Stanley, a thirty minute bus ride from Central, and Repulse Bay are interesting thanks to their easy beach access.
Areas in most demand include West Kowloon where the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) provides swift links to Hong Kong Island. Kowloon Tong has more generously spaced gated developments among the apartment buildings.
Half of all Hong Kong’s residents live in the New Territories, north of Kowloon. Apartments were built there to cater for Hong Kong’s expanding population with development from the 1970s. Popular areas include the fishing village of Sai Kung and Sha Tin, once a small village but now home to large shopping centres and high rise apartments.
Tai Po and Castle Peak are other residential options in the New Territories along with over 250 islands, including Lantau and Lamma.