Living environment and quality of life in Hong Kong

S. L. Ng*, Yin Zhang, K. H. Ng, H. Wong, J. W.Y. Lee

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Population growth and urbanization have resulted in the emergence of mega cities in recent decades. While compact urban fabrics and high residential density imply intensive interactions between man and environment, the living environment may be one of the most important factors affecting quality of life (QOL) of city dwellers. With this in mind, this paper seeks to understand the manners in which the residents relate themselves to the places they live and how they derive neighborhood and QOL, in such way that the relationship between living environment and QOL can be understood. A random telephone survey (N = 1,114) was conducted in Hong Kong. Results showed that different levels of neighborhood satisfaction varied in residents of different housing types and living environment was a significant predictor of resident’s QOL. Other than the architecture of housing, this paper highlights the importance of services and facilities for the development of social relations and community building. This paper may supplement to the Western QOL studies and provide reference for urban planning initiatives for Asian cities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Geographer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

User-Defined Keywords

  • compact city
  • housing
  • Living environment
  • neighborhood
  • quality of life (QOL)


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