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    Maybe he's confusing it with LOHAS Park....tho how is beyond me...

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    olympic does have some kind of land fill across on stone cutter island, and there is the occassional stench. depends on which way your apartment is facing. it is worse on hot nights but not really so bad that you would forgo living there.

    agree on tung chung though. can't imagine living there and everyone I know who does live there is looking to move soon. never mind the commute, the area and facilities are just depressing. but at least you can watch the disney fireworks eh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmack
    Hi Fragrantharbour,

    I followed many pages in this thread and got a lot of useful info in th nresponses to your original question. My wife and I are also considering a move to HK, from Australia. Did you make the move? Sorry if I missed it in the thread somewhere! If so, would love to know what you decided amd why if thats ok!

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    Hi Jmack

    We actually haven't moved yet but are hoping to -- if all works out with the employer -- around Jan 2012. Haven't decided on a place to live yet, but this thread has been really helpful in giving us a shortlist of areas to look into when we arrive and some good pointers on the potential downsides of each area. Will let you know where we end up if/when we do move...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklynexpat
    I wouldn't recommend Olympic, they have a huge garbage dump there that smells terrible.
    I think you've just described all of HK!


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    People continually rubbish TungChung. Its not perfect but as an expat, no where in Hong Kong is!!
    There are a lot of people who really enjoy living in TC including a lot of expats who have been in HKG long term and lived elsewhere.
    It doesnt have a lot of restaurants but not everyone is looking for that.
    It does have a lot of open space and great views - something not available in a lot of areas of HKG.
    Everyone is looking for something that suits them and their family. Thank God, we dont all like the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tung Chung mum
    People continually rubbish TungChung. Its not perfect but as an expat, no where in Hong Kong is!!
    There are a lot of people who really enjoy living in TC including a lot of expats who have been in HKG long term and lived elsewhere.
    It doesnt have a lot of restaurants but not everyone is looking for that.
    It does have a lot of open space and great views - something not available in a lot of areas of HKG.
    Everyone is looking for something that suits them and their family. Thank God, we dont all like the same!

    I agree with you TC Mum... bottom line is you have to know your priorities... which is important over another... it's good not all like the same thing otherwise one ideal place won't be the "ideal" one after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenwen
    olympic does have some kind of land fill across on stone cutter island, and there is the occassional stench. depends on which way your apartment is facing. it is worse on hot nights but not really so bad that you would forgo living there.

    agree on tung chung though. can't imagine living there and everyone I know who does live there is looking to move soon. never mind the commute, the area and facilities are just depressing. but at least you can watch the disney fireworks eh?
    Waste water treatment works, not landfill. Go to lohas park for delightful landfills.

    Whereabouts in Tung Chung can you see the Disney fireworks? Have you got a helicopter?
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    Seriously though, Tung Chung is rubbish. Don't move there, it's getting rather crowded.


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    One further question for those who have helpfully responded to my original question -- for an apartment that costs HK$25,000 to rent (exclusive), what are the total government rent/government rate and management fees likely to be?

    My understanding is that government rent & rates and management fees are all costs that can be borne by either landlord or tenant depending on the agreement between them, and there is no 'standard' practice in HK (and that rents are quoted 'exclusive' or 'inclusive' .

    I've seen on the HK.gov website that government rates and rent are 5% and 3% of the annual rental value - so I'm guessing around HK$2,000 a month (8% * HK$25,000). But I have no idea what the management charges tend to be for the sorts of buildings mentioned on this thread (I'm sure they vary depending on the facilities but some idea of the range would be useful).

    Thanks v much


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    You're looking at $1200 a month or so management fees.

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