I am luckier than most when it comes to living space in Hong Kong. 545sq is considered a big space for two people here. Despite the high ceilings, I feel stifled. I never knew how much I valued space until Hong Kong. I always thought that it would be great to downsize because there would be less maintenance. But the reality is not so.
Outside it is much worse. NYC Midtown lunch hour is Hong Kong normal hours. Sometimes I am swimming in a sea of people. The sideswalks are always crowded as is the MTR. This is especially bad during the rainy days where other people’s umbrellas are always poking at you. Space is so precious in Hong Kong.
The only place where one can have lots of space and quiet is in the upscale restuarants or hotel lobbies. The park would be nice if the mosquitos would quit biting me. No less than 5 quarter sized bites whenever I sit down for more than half an hour. It is no wonder that the parks are quite empty most of the time.
No city is perfect, but the lack of living space and personal space are among the huge downsides of living in Hong Kong.