Living in Olympic

Secondary CNET and Olympic resident, Angelina Lotter-Jones, shares her experience of living in the area so far.




Olympic MTR station got its name after Hong Kong won their first ever Olympic Gold medal in the 1996 Olympics. Thankfully, they named it Olympic and not ‘windsurfing’; the event in which Hong Kong struck gold. But what makes Olympic such a great place to live?


Location

At first glance, Olympic might appear to be in the middle of nowhere. When I found our flat online, I was met with extreme reluctance with one housemate thinking we were “miles away from civilisation”. Two days later, we signed the contract. On the not-to-scale MTR map, Olympic looks a fair distance away from the hustle and bustle of the desirable red line. However, red line hubs, Mong Kok and Prince Edward, are actually only a ten-fifteen minute walk away making Kowloon incredibly accessible. The Orange (Tung Chung) line can get you to Hong Kong Island in ten minutes, so you can travel to most places on the MTR network within forty minutes. Nearby you will find bus connections to all over Hong Kong (and even the airport) which again makes Olympic an incredibly accessible place to live. When it comes to public transport, you’re sorted.





Food and Shopping
A great benefit of living in Olympic is that it is much quieter than it’s noisier neighbours, Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po. The high street (Tai Kok Tsui Road) has most of the amenities that a CNET could want. Supermarkets, pharmacies, greengrocers and as is the case all over Hong Kong, a multitude of 7-Eleven’s (7-Eleven is the multifunctional corner shop that you never knew you needed). There are plenty of options for food too. My go to places include takeout sushi (great and cheap for on the go or for those days when you don't want to cook) from the MTR station, Wheat House bakery for delicious buns and egg tarts, and the Leaf Kitchen for some good Taiwanese food. There are still, however, so many restaurants in Olympic that I am yet to try.

Olympic is also home to Olympian City, a large three-part shopping centre with almost all of the shops you could ever want. There are over 200 shops including M&S (for those times when you’re craving something from home), H&M, Uniqlo, Pull & Bear there and also over 30 different restaurants including a Food Republic (a food court chain which makes eating out as a group so much easier as there is a lot of choice.)

Public Spaces

Since Olympic is far quieter than other regions it has a plethora of parks and quieter spaces including a small promenade by the sea. Just down the road from where I live there is a lovely little Chinese garden-style park. With a pond containing fish and turtles in a beautiful setting, Lok Kwan park is just the place if you want to chill outside or take some time for yourself. Just around the corner is Nam Cheong Park, which is bigger and greener and designed for jogging. Every morning, when I walk by to catch the bus, there are always groups of people practicing Tai Chi in the park. A more recent discovery of mine is the Hoi Fai Road waterfront park, though it is more of a promenade by the sea it has the nicest vibe. This park offers great views, has a couple of green patches and, again, is a great place to chill with people or to sit and read.


Over the past few months, I have definitely learnt not to judge an area before checking out what it really has to offer. Olympic has definitely grown on me and the more I discover, the more I appreciate what the area has to offer.



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