Comparing London with Hong Kong
Housing - quality and cost
Supermarkets - quality, variety and cost
Convenience - Amazon, delivery services for clothes, staplers, groceries etc. Public services that are online rather than needing office visits
Hong Kong benefits
Restaurants - variety and cost
Weather - but I prefer UK weather to HK's humidity.
travel - cheap access to Asia vs cheap access to Europe. Swings and roundabouts.
Hong Kong is not really a city state, but more comparable to a conurbation such as greater london, west midlands, greater manchester as there is more greenry (according to the maps) than urban areas, around 65% to 70% of Hong Kong is still rural.
there are always going to be advantages and disadvantages between Hong kong vs greater london, west midlands and greater manchester, it really depends what suits your needs, at the current moment, HK is better for me and my family lifestyle due to lower direct taxation, better public transportation, less crime and less likeliness of economic threats such as brexit or recession
you are wondering how do i combat the humidity and temperture, i normally keep a few bottles of frozen water in freezer, then i get my wife or helper to take them out 2 hours before my cycling session, so when i arrive home, the water is semi frozen and slushier which combats the heat and humidity
food wise, but hk and uk have decent food take outs and restaurants, from low cost frugal food to high end food, it's just a matter of taste in reality, grocery wise, UK is better due to the fact that there is no duolopolistic chains who dictate high prices compare to UK chains which are better in this aspect, however, u select/ vanguard's partnership with tesco in recent years have alliviate the situtaion a bit better.
It's way easier to cycle year round in the UK- in the cold and wet, you simply deal with the weather by riding harder to keep warm.
Interestingly, I've found that good riding conditions in HK are either dry autumn/winter days, or during rainy season when it's bucketing down. The full on rain keeps the trails surprisingly grippy, and stops you from overheating.
I used to be an avid mountain biker here. I'm on the verge of giving it up because of the climate.
Last edited by jgl; 05-10-2018 at 10:26 AM.