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CityU / the Residence is situated on a hill but it doesn't mean there is nothing nearby. Instead, everything is within reach in 20 mins and you still have the quiet surroundings to enjoy.
The CityU / Residence is located in between the city of Kowloon Tong and Shek Kip Mei geographically. Kowloon Tong is the richest part of Kowloon, where many of the local celebrities and entrepreneurs choose to build their homes there. On the other hand, Kowloon Tong is also a place of motel, motel for sex. They are all located around the Kowloon Tong Station.
Shek Kip Mei, however, is among the poorest areas and also the highest populated area of HK. What a contrast...
Festival Walk / Yau Yat Shing (The Chinese name) is the mall located just next to the campus. Here are some of the shops inside I would like to mention: (click to enlarge)
More about the shops in Festival Walk:
If you have a U-Card (CityU student is eligible to apply from the customer help desk at Festival Walk), you will enjoy a minimum of 10% discount in more than half of the shops found inside Festival Walk.
There are more restaurants and shops at Festival Walk; such as Thai, Japanese and Chinese restaurants; and H&M, Armani Exchange, etc...Go to http://www.festivalwalk.com.hk/ for more information
Nam Shan means South side of the hill. I presume it is talking about the Lion Rock Hill right at the back of the dorm. Nam Shan Estate is a typical public housing area in HK. There are about 100 flats on each floor of a building, and each flat is only about 200 sq ft / 20 sq meter in size. There is a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom in a flat like that. One family occupies one flat in a building, and they summed up to about 3,000 to 5,000 people in every one of these residential buildings in HK. The people living in a public housing pay rent to the government. Talking about like HK$ 1,000 or less a month. In 2010, the GDP per head in HK is about US$ 30,000. Thus they don’t have space, doesn’t mean the people living in public housing don’t have money to spend with.
If you want to see the real side of living in public housing in HK, you must visit the Shek Kip Mei Estate just 10 mins walk from Nam Shan.
It is the first public housing area in HK built in 1958 after the huge tragic fire that burnt the homes of more than 100,000 people over 1 night. In order to provide shelters for all of the victims in the same area asap, the government of HK built a number of ‘high-rise’ housings over the scene.
These 7-story buildings have about 50 ‘rooms’ in each floor. Each room has a size of 100 sq ft / 10 sq meter, and in average 10 people were living together in one room. They had to share the only one community bathroom and kitchen on each floor.
Nowadays, these 7-story housings no longer house anyone. They become a museum for people to look back the development of public housing in HK, and the living condition of the general public in the 1960s to 1970s. In 2009, the government has implemented the conversion of this housing building from a museum to a Youth Hostel. Sounds good.
Now the museum has become a youth hostel; which is actually the cheapest and closest place for your family and friends to stay nearby when they visit you. http://www.yha.org.hk/eng/hostel.php?action_type=detail&hostel_id=5&channel=passengers-selected
Anyway, Shek Kip Mei Estate is an interesting place to visit and an ideal area for taking pictures for your HK album. It is quite near to the campus, and not many tourist guides have mentioned about it at all.
So, let’s go back to Nam Shan.
While the Festival Walk is a ‘restaurant’ for the ‘upper class’, Nam Shan Estate (or any public housing area in HK) is an eating area for common people, a place for CityU students to enjoy working-class-priced foods.
Nam Shan does not have the best restaurants in town, but it is an ideal place to take care of your stomach when you are busy in school.
In Nam Shan Estate, you can find the nearest 24 hr convenience store nearest to the dorm (10 mins walking distance), known as Circle-K. You may argue that there is a 7-Eleven at the Festival Walk, but what a shame that one is not opened after 11 pm. So when Taste is closed (after midnight) and you are in an urgent need for a brew or something, you may try this one. There is also a McDonald in Nam Shan.
Walking away the campus or dorm from Tat Chee Avenue and after passing by Festival Walk, you will find yourself in Yau Yat Chuen. This is the residential area of some upper class people in HK. Apartment is sold at about US$ 2 million for one.
In this part, you can find some good restaurants, the nearest post office, and supermarkets.
Jogging / Sports
The gym in the school is small, so I keep on jogging once or more a week as I do at home. Jogging around the campus / dorm is a good way to exercise because you run up and down but not really challenging. It is 2 miles or 3500 meters one lap around the campus and the dorm.
Besides, you can also do other sports nearby. There are rugby field, soccer field, tennis court, baseball field, etc., in the neighborhood.
The Post Office in the Kowloon Tong area is located in Yau Yat Chuen. If you go out from the Cornwall Street, walk to the Festival Walk (Tat Chee Avenue). Keep walking in the same direction until you see a Wellcome supermarket and a 7-11 together, make a left to Wellcome then make a right at the corner. You will see the Post Office there. The walk is about 15 mins. (The Google Map below is showing a wrong location of the Office. I have pointed the correct location on the map instead)
Sometimes people may need to go to Shek Kip Mei Post Office to collect their package. Shek Kip Mei Post Office is on Wo Chai Street. You can go from Nam Shan Estate - the residential area behind City University of Hong Kong. Walk all the way till the end of Nam Shan Estate you will be on Wo Chai Street. Make a right and walk on the left side of the road. You will see a post office in 5 minutes. On the other hand, you can take MTR to Shek Kip Mei Station then go out to Wo Chai Street and Shek Kip Mei shopping center / market. The post office is in the center. (Google Map is wrong here again)
In case you need to send bulky items, you will need to go to the Shatin General Post Office in Shatin. Just a few minutes from the Shatin Station, on 3/F of the building next to IKEA.
In general sending letter within HK costs HK$ 1.4 and takes one day only. To overseas is HK$ 3.0 and takes only 1 week. Sending big thing to home (overseas) is also very reliable with the HK Post service. It costs from 15KG around US$ 120 to 25KG or more at only US$ 200. Normally it will take not more than 2 weeks by air, or 5 weeks by ship. http://www.hongkongpost.com .
HK Post Office APP
If you are using a smartphone like those with Android and IOS system, you may download an APP developed by the HK Post Office. It allows you to calculate the shipping cost from HK to almost everywhere in the world.
Last but not least, I would like to invite you to a virtual tour of the neighborhood:
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