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Our new home in the New Territories

When I mention that we're going away to Hong Kong for a year, people tend to automatically think of the busyness of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and that's where we'll stay. I'm not surprised really since the people that think this will invariably have visited as tourists or to do business, and that part of the country is where they'll go.

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We're not actually living there in the city. We'll be staying in my family home in the New Territories. Its out in the country in a village in between mountains and a bay. It's ideally peaceful yet is only an hour away from Hong Kong Island, via buses and an efficient MTR (Mass Transit Railway) and KCR (Kowloon Canton Railway) network.

The New Territories is a great place since the year in Hong Kong is also meant to allow us time to reflect, which the pace of Hong Kong Island and the presence of busy culture may not allow. Mong Kok, next to Kowloon is meant to be one of the most densely populated areas in the world, so I shudder at the thought of spending a year there!

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The last time I was in Hong Kong, on the day before my flight back to the UK, I distinctly remember sitting at the edge of the bay, a few minutes walk from our home, watching the gentle tide come in. The only thing I could think of was that this time tomorrow, I could be on the (London) tube!

Thankfully, the New Territories is a little more spacious, though within the confines of the village borders, residents are claiming sizeable plots of land in order to build houses. The village is definitely packed with more houses than a decade ago.


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