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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Hong Kong

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: July 2013

Solo-living  

Family size has become smaller in the last few decades in Hong Kong. In 2012, the average household size was 2.9 persons. It has been reported that solo living has increased about 40% in the last ten years in Hong Kong.  More and more people choose to live alone because of the change in culture and financial independence.

You may not find any difficulties in living alone in Hong Kong although accommodation is always a problem for most of the residents as normally the flats are small, crowded and expensive. However, there are some good sides, as Hong Kong is an international trading centre there are many places you can spend your time. If you want to do some shopping you can find a large variety of goods available. For more information about the shopping in Hong Kong, you can see Shopping for Expats in Hong Kong.  If you like food, you can try thousands of places from street food stalls to luxury restaurants.  You can also find different pubs and bars in Hong Kong where you will find people of different nationalities.  

Dating

If you want to find yourself a loved one in Hong Kong meeting someone through social connections tends to be most common. Pubs and Bars are also choices, although the general view is it is not a good way to find a potential long-term relationship.  Furthermore, you can try some dating websites.

There are many dating websites rendering different services for different people in Hong Kong. Although many of the websites are in Chinese there are some in English. It would be beneficial if you can speak some Cantonese or Mandarin but not essential as English is also widely understood in Hong Kong.  

You will need to register and create yourself a profile when you want to use a dating website.  On some sites you may need to pay to see someone’s contact details or pay to get a membership to access further information, including contact details.  Membership subscriptions can be a certain period ranging from 15 days to one year. Some may accept a one-off life membership with a big discount. Subscription fees differ between websites so it is worth doing some research before joining. If you chose to find your loved one via your own search on the websites the membership fee would be cheaper than if you wanted to have regular recommendations from the websites. Some dating websites do offer free services. However, there is a general view that paid dating websites provide better services than free ones.

Online dating can turn sour, especially if you have not researched the person you are going on a date with. Bear in mind that if it is too good to be true it often is. When you date online try to use the top-rated websites as these will most likely have the higher security measures. Some even need to verify your identification increasing the security level. However, you should always be aware about security before you give personal information to other parties.   

Online dating scams are becoming a popular way for fraudsters to gain someone’s trust. Through dating websites, email or similar fraudsters will lure victims into giving them money.

You can find some dating tips to avoid such scams by searching online using key words such as ‘dating scam’ or ‘romance scam’. If you do find or you suspect you are being scammed, you should stop contacting and stop paying any money to the fraudsters. You can also contact Hong Kong Police Force Technology Crime Division (TCD) on 2860 5012. If it is an emergency, you should dial 999 or report to the police in person.  For more information about cyber crime, please visit:  https://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/04_crime_matters/tcd/tcd.html.

 

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