Kids in Hong Kong
Moving to Hong Kong with kids can certainly seem like a daunting enterprise. The city brings to mind images of hurried businesspeople, crowded subways and tall buildings, and it may initially seem like a nightmare to bring children to such a hectic place.
That said, Hong Kong can be an extremely friendly and safe place to raise children. While expat life in Hong Kong can be frenzied, foreigners will be pleasantly surprised by how kindly their children are treated. Strangers always seem to have a minute to help a child tie a shoelace, find a misplaced umbrella, or reach a snack. Seats on public transportation are routinely given up for mothers and children. Public tantrums are often met with a knowing smile and a helping hand.
Add this friendly attitude to the many opportunities the city offers, and it’s hard to deny that Hong Kong is very much a child-friendly city.
Safety for expats with kids in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s notable safety record is one of its most attractive features for those with kids.
Violent crime is rare, and parents can feel fairly relaxed about letting their children out to play. Older children who are able to navigate the public transportation system independently can do so without excessive safety concerns on the part of parents.
Food is also generally safe to eat in Hong Kong. The tap water is safe when it leaves the city, but may be tainted by old pipes that deliver it to homes and businesses. Some families opt to buy bottled water, while others simply invest in a water filter.