Old Chinese Buildings

Posted by mayita 16 yrs ago
Except the absence of elevator and luxurious lobbies, gym & swimming pool (which i do not mind, in my country we usually do not have any), what are the inconvenients linked to living in a chinese old builting (Tonglau or Donglau) ?

Where can i find some conveniently located next to MTR (like 10' walk max), HK side ?

Thank you

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ldavy 16 yrs ago
Hi Mayita,

Maybe not necessarily an inconvenience, but the old Chinese buildings often have equally old wiring, so there can sometimes be problems with the electrics.

You could try the Tin Hau area - along Tung Lo Wan Road, opposite Tin Hau MTR station.

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F100 16 yrs ago
living in an older building has benefits,

however, one major drawback can be old pipes.

a friend of mine rented a unit in an older apartment when she was pregnant. her child was sick all the time. her doctors tested the child and found extremely high levels of mercury in the child's system. her doctors told her to check the pipes in her building.

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tsuiwah 16 yrs ago
in my former 40 year old building, big flying c*ckroaches

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