pictures of our apartment ⇔ (Clicking on photos reveals the entire caption and often makes them bigger.)
Our Apartment in Mongkok, Hong Kong (2015)
People “back home” are always curious about where we live, so here are some photos of our Hong Kong apartment. Rent in Hong Kong is ridiculous, especially after you’ve been living in China for 15 years! We pay $14,000HK ($1800US) for about 380 square feet of living space–which is smaller than my dad’s carport in the US!
The view from our sitting room. At 837 ft, Langham Place is Hong Kong’s 13th tallest building. (For comparison, the tallest building in SC is the Capitol Center in Columbia at 349 ft, only 10 US states have buildings taller than 837 ft.)
Our realtor spoke to me in Mandarin because she couldn’t speak much English; the landlord’s realtor spoke to me in English because he couldn’t speak Mandarin; they spoke to each other in Cantonese!
After a week of “bucket duty”, we were happy to come home to a flushing toilet. It’s hard to get photos in our tiny bathroom, so I’m glad phones can take a picture while flush against the wall!
Master bedroom, before we moved in
We will treat this room as a “closet” since the apartment has none. We were grateful for the large wardrobe that covers one side of this room.
Once our stuff arrived, Just about every space in our tiny HK apartment had boxes from our small (but much bigger) apartment in China. We gave away a lot in Xiamen, and gave away more in HK once we realized how small our living space would be.
The green “tubes” cover the train track; yes, there is an Episcopal church outside our window! We are on the ninth floor.
The next four photos were taken Feb 2016, after we had lived here for a few months. I don’t think they need much explanation! (I’ve also added two photos from my Christmas 2015 blog–I don’t think I can change the captions HERE without also changing it THERE, so I’ve left them alone.)
In December, we’re finally getting around to putting up the decorations that make a house feel like home. One of the stained glass panels was made by friends in Ohio last summer.
Here’s our new bookcase (a gift from Crossroads) and our little Christmas tree; we gave away our nice, big tree because we didn’t have anyplace in this little apartment to store it year round!
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