Living and Working in Sai Kung

 
Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 to 1997. On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China. In this arrangement, Hong Kong is governed by China under the “one country, two systems” formula.
 
Location
Hong Kong is located in Southeast Asia, enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea. It is a short plane ride from Japan, Taiwan and Singapore. There are five main areas in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Penisula, more than 200 outlying islands and the New Territories that border mainland China. With a land mass of 1,104km2, Hong Kong’s population contains over seven million people, making it one of the most densely populated cities in the world.
 
Climate
There are four distinct seasons in Hong Kong. Hong Kong experiences mild winters with average temperatures hovering between 15-19°C. Spring is humid and cloudy with unstable temperatures that vary from 10-25°C. Heat and humidity characterise the summer months with showers, thunderstorms and tropical storms. Weather in autumn is the most stable with consistent temperatures as well as sunny and dry conditions.
 
Language
Cantonese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. English is widely used in most public areas and public transportation systems.
 
Transportation
The transportation network in Hong Kong is very sophisticated. It is extremely easy to travel around the city on public transport systems which include the MTR (Mass Transit Railway), buses, mini-buses, trams and ferries. Most public transport is inexpensive, clean and connected to an electronic “Octopus” card payment system, which is simple and efficient. There are generally no safety issues in using public transport even late at night. Taxis are also very reliable, safe and reasonably priced. Due to the excellent transportation system in Hong Kong, it is not necessary to own a car in Hong Kong.
 
Travel opportunities
Hong Kong boasts a modern airport that is a well-connected hub. Hong Kong’s airport is directly connected by fast train to the city. Train, jet foil and ferry access make excursions into Mainland China and Macau easy and reasonably priced.
 
Housing
There are many different types of housing and living conditions in Hong Kong. In general, housing in Hong Kong is expensive and small compared to many different parts of the world. Size and quality vary greatly depending upon location. To find a flat or village house, it is recommended to work with an estate agency familiar with your target location.
 
Pets
Pets are popular in Hong Kong and veterinarian services are readily available. Please be aware that Hong Kong enforces qurantine laws governing the importation of animals into Hong Kong. Some apartment buildings do not allow pets on the premise.
 
Surrounded by islands, beaches, hiking trails and country parks, Sai Kung is known as ‘Hong Kong’s Back Garden’ and is a wonderful place for families. Previously a fishing village, the area is now a popular area for locals, foreigners and especially seafood lovers.
 
There are many things to do in Sai Kung including hiking, organic farming, water sports activities or simply just strolling along the waterfront of Sai Kung Town. Food is never an issue here with an array of restaurants that range from local eateries to South East Asian cuisine and various Western-style pubs and restaurants in alfresco atmosphere.
 
Location
The Sai Kung district is located in the eastern part of Hong Kong and is made up of the southern half of the Sai Kung peninsula, Clear Water Bay Peninsula and a section to the east of Kowloon.
Transportation
 
The MTR does not go to Sai Kung Town. However, Sai Kung Town is easily reachable by minibuses from Mongkok, Hang Hau and Choi Hung while buses are available from Diamond Hill, Shatin and Wu Kai Sha. From Hong Kong Island, take the MTR to Hang Hau and connect to the 101M minibus or take a taxi.
 

About Hong Kong Academy
Since its founding in 2000, Hong Kong Academy (HKA) has offered an innovative educational programme for students living in Hong Kong. HKA is an authorised International Baccalaureate school for the primary years, middle years, and diploma programme.
 
HKA’s new purpose-built campus incorporates the latest thinking in educational building design and specifically supports the unique teaching culture of the school and curriculum. 
At-a-glance
  • Enrolling over 600 students
  • Representing more than 40 countries
  • IBO Primary Years Programme authorisation (2003)
  • IBO Middle Years Programme authorisation (2013)
  • IBO International Baccalaureate authorisation (2010)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation (US)
  • Association of China & Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) member
  • Council of International Schools (CIS) member
  • East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) member
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) member
Notable campus features:
  • Eco-friendly building that has received the Platinum Provisional Assessment under the BEAM Plus
  • Art studios with expansive views and natural light
  • Film, photography and design techology capabilities
  • A two-story library
  • Integrated classroom and lab spaces for physics, chemistry and biology
  • Flexible classrooms that can be reconfigured and combined
  • Dedicated drama and dance studios
  • A 350-seat auditorium
  • An 80-seat studio theatre
  • A 600-plus seat gymnasium
  • A “green roof” garden
Campus environment:
  • HKA’s campus is located in the town of Sai Kung. Within easy walking distance to the campus is:
  • Tennis / squash courts, swimming pools, outdoor sports courts, football stadium with running track
  • Water sports activities including windsurfing, kayaking, dragon boating
  • A nearby beach
  • Close proximity to the Sai Kung Promenade, shops and restaurants
  • Other recreational opportunities: Sai Kung Country Park, Kau Sai Chau public golf course, Hebe Haven Yacht Club, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and Lions Nature Education Centre.