Jeremy/Grant - thanks for you comments. Jeremy, I appreciate an honest response. You're right in thinking money is not my primary motive, but it is not simply a move to be with my girlfriend either; obviously that is an important factor, but I have had plans to move to Asia long before I met her.
Of course, the fact that I want to come to HK, as opposed to being asked to do so, will undoubtedly work against me. But I also know that my company holds me in high regard, and has gone out of it's way to keep me by offering me this role.
The figures you state worry me slightly though - 30k for a single person as a minimum?? I know prices are high, but surely they can't be that much more expensive than London?? Can they? I'm not really looking for an expat lifestyle, I just want to be comfortable with a bit of space to breathe.