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Is there anything about living in China that's better than living in Hong Kong?

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    Is there anything about living in China that's better than living in Hong Kong?

    I had to go to a supermarket yesterday... ...and it occurred to me that I don't hate supermarkets, I hate 'Hong Kong supermarkets'.

    I was thinking how much better supermarkets on the Mainland are, obviously I'm talking city supermarkets here...and then I thought about the things I do prefer about the Mainland...obviously generalizing; China is a huge country...so I'm talking Beijing/Zhuhai/Zhongshan/Changsha...all places where I've either lived/worked/have family...and there are many things I do prefer...

    I will also state from the off that I would move to the Mainland tomorrow if I was single.

    A few things I prefer:

    Supermarkets
    Being able to park my car near shops/businesses
    Highway driving (not urban driving)
    Wider roads/footpaths/more space generally
    Electric bikes and bike use generally

    We all know what we think is worse...I can't stop you from mentioning those things, but I am really only interested in things that you think are better on the Mainland...

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    More spacious accommodation and much more affordable cost of living. As a teacher you could survive quite comfortably on a university salary in a very undemanding job with perhaps as low as 10 working hours a week.


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    Shops with no staff

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    Better restaurants for the average Joe.
    More spice.
    Drier climate.
    Higher mountains.
    Rich in culture and history.
    Hot springs.
    Weed.

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    The only thing I can think of is more spacious flats for your money...Driving in China? Shudder.. E bikes? Silent killers...If you paid me a lot of money, maybe for a short time. I could walk around with a nice gas mask...


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    Quote Originally Posted by civil_servant:
    Better restaurants for the average Joe.
    More spice.
    Drier climate.
    Higher mountains.
    Rich in culture and history.
    Hot springs.
    Weed.
    It's obviously subjective but I much prefer Mainland food to HK food... and I agree about the restaurants at the lower end... much less of the 20 year garden furniture and identikit menu...

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    HK's charm ====> $$$

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    Driving in China? Shudder.
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    Have you done any proper highway driving? I found that to be far superior to Hong Kong.

    E bikes? Silent killers...


    If you paid me a lot of money, maybe for a short time. I could walk around with a nice gas mask...
    If you really worry about pollution, don't live in HK... Zhuhai and Zhongshan are pretty much on par with HK.
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    Parking in Hong Kong is the most convenient in the world

    You just get your driver to wait triple parked. If he gets a ticket he gets a ticket.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeakCantonese:
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    Have you done any proper highway driving? I found that to be far superior to Hong Kong.







    If you really worry about pollution, don't live in HK... Zhuhai and Zhongshan are pretty much on par with HK.
    Zhuhai & Zhongshan surely have lower pollution than HK
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