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    Quote Originally Posted by ojo:
    Re. culture: We have had two Sam Mendes directed Shakespeare plays performed here fairly recently: "The Tempest" and "Richard III". The latter stared Kevin Spacey (upside down!)

    Since coming here in 2006 I have seen: The Cure, Gorillaz, The Ting Tings, Tears for Fears, Duran Duran, The Flaming Lips, Oasis, Suede, and er... Elton John.

    I lived in London for eight years and (shamefully) never went to see anything there. Paradoxically you are more likely to jump at the chance to see something in Hong Kong because of the rarity.
    And probably the ease in getting there. The O2 in London wasn't there when we left the UK and this usually meant a trek from South East London to Wembley Stadium/Arena (horrible journey) or Hammersmith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    I think there is a very strong correlation on Geoexpat between marriage to a HK local and staunchly advocating how great Hong Kong is. with the few exceptions (shout out to dear giant!) if you arbitrarily divide posters who mostly defend Hong Kong and its idiosyncrasies with those who mostly criticize you'll see a strong correlation with the ethnicity of their spouses.
    Call me an outlier then as I dont fit your correlation.
    I'm Canadian and met my British wife here 15 years ago. Raising 3 kids and we have no other family here.

    I have traveled the world extensively believe Hong Kong to be one of the best cities in the world to work, play and bring up a family. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    The OP was already dead set against moving over and wanted to know the negatives of HK to back up her decision of not wanting to go.

    She's already made her mind up by the sounds of things.
    Surely that doesn't mean that the discussion has to stop if people still have something to say? Maybe it does?

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    Re- Sharing food: I have to admit i way prefer sharing food than having my own plate - unless I eat western food - (and from where I am from this is rather unusual since we pride ourselves on having some of the very best "new cuisine" - which you do not share, mon dieu!)


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    Other than a steak, we share all our food too. Never get the "Oh I wish I'd ordered that instead" feeling!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    I don't get it either. When I compare to London, with the West End, top notch sporting events, world famous music festivals, superb network of museums, flourishing art scene and easy access to the rest of the UK and Europe.... I really struggle to see how Hong Kong is exciting and London boring? Restaurants and shopping? You can do those in most places too!

    I think there is a very strong correlation on Geoexpat between marriage to a HK local and staunchly advocating how great Hong Kong is. with the few exceptions (shout out to dear giant!) if you arbitrarily divide posters who mostly defend Hong Kong and its idiosyncrasies with those who mostly criticize you'll see a strong correlation with the ethnicity of their spouses.
    Really... intriguing. OK so give us your list of names1 (strongly pro HK) and names2 (married to a local) and let's see how they match up. Name names!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Re- Sharing food: I have to admit i way prefer sharing food than having my own plate - unless I eat western food - (and from where I am from this is rather unusual since we pride ourselves on having some of the very best "new cuisine" - which you do not share, mon dieu!)
    we all share our food too, although not so much when in canada... i like that you can get a taste of everything. hubby and i even share our burger king selections (get the two different burgers cut in half)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satay Sue:
    And probably the ease in getting there. The O2 in London wasn't there when we left the UK and this usually meant a trek from South East London to Wembley Stadium/Arena (horrible journey) or Hammersmith.
    I guess I'm going massively off topic here comparing the locations of music venues in London Vs Hong Kong…..but Asia World Expo, where the majority of western and Canto music seems to be held, is a massive pain in the *** to get to (by HK standards). The music system is also the worst I have ever heard, bands don’t come to HK and play in Singapore instead because of this.

    There are literally 1000s of music venues in London the sae in NY. Only the REALLY big acts would play at either the 02 or Wembley, which admittedly are also a massive pain in the a** to get to. nUT You'd find a plethora of pretty large venue across the city..Brixton, Hammersmith, Alexadra Palais, shepherds Bush to name just a few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justjoe86:
    Really... intriguing. OK so give us your list of names1 (strongly pro HK) and names2 (married to a local) and let's see how they match up. Name names!
    I am interested to see since I am pretty sure he probably had me in mind (while I have said numerous time I was not a fan of HK - I just wish to offer more balanced views that the radical ones - either ways - some post on here) and I am married to a "local" who isn't a "pure" once since she is from Macau...

    That being said, he has a point, since I think having a local partner (and speaking cantonese) makes you appreicate HK more because that local partner (and your language ability) can open up things to you, that a purely foreign couple, often (not always) can't access.

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    It's exciting because when you go outside at 1am there is always a crowd and a buzz in HK. Whereas in other western cities it's quiet. In HK people also walk more, there is more interaction, hence the buzz. People here do not stay home as much since home is a little cubicle so again more interaction. In most western cities the car dominates as spaces are so spread out and backyard bbqs are very popular. In HK I can get anything customised (clothes, furniture, etc.) forget about that in the west. I can also get any kinds of electronics here first - outside of NY and Tokyo, HK is ahead. What I wished HK had more of though - stadium sports events (just the one Rugby event - and I really don't like rugby) and popular musicals and artists (though Macau is getting these). I also find HKers more cosmopolitan than most American cities but not as much as European cities- majority of Americans do not even own a passport and have not travelled outside of the US, whereas many HKers travel internationally, albeit in tour groups.

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