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    Question kiwi born in England, noob house query

    I was born in England, but grew up in New Zealand. My immediate family all live in NZ. I have dual citizenship. I love Germany and Oxford in the UK but I would prefer to live closer to family.

    My main priorities in life are restaurant food, dairy, meat (especially sausages), computers, internet, games, dvds, beaches, books, comfort, and not being robbed/beaten up.

    Another place I loved when I visited was Hong Kong. And China does not seem so far away. My sister lived in China for a while, so maybe I could do it. But it has to be Hong Kong. What are the obstacles/difficulties that one will face when trying to move to Hong Kong to live?

    In a few years I hope to be buying my first home. I am thinking of living in China. I love the bright lights, nightlife and random shops. I'd like to live in a village with pubs, bakery, dairy, ice cream shop within walking distance. And a grocer not too far away. And decent restaurants a little farther. And with a beach. Are there places where you can buy books, music, dvds in English? I would love to learn the language, is it worth the investment of time and effort? I've heard that Hong Kong is an English speaking city.

    I plan to get around by scooter.

    My estimated budget is NZ$210-300k.
    My ideal purchase would be a 2 bedroom apartment with a large living room.

    does anybody know anything about certain areas in Hong Kong? - shops, food, cost of living, what you can buy, what you can't (thickshakes, ice cream, etc.)

    I still have a year or two to decide whether a new country is what I need or to stay put and live rural.

    I've been told that I'm being optimistic but I've found lots of ads for houses that look good. I just know nothing about the area (or about buying a house.) Also is it far to the beach/docks? I'd love to own a boat.

    Also is it possible to hire a tour guide/PA? Or am I balmy for even asking?

    Is there a less expensive alternative to Hong Kong, a Chinese city much like it and with a beach and city atmosphere?

    I would prefer to get around by taxi rather than bus. Scooter would be ideal.

    Also I definitely would rent for a while before I decide whether I want to stay, but I'd like to know that I have the option to buy something that will tick all the boxes for my intended lifestyle.


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    1. You need a visa to live in Hong Kong http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/index.html

    2. 300K NZD (around HK$2 million) will not get you much in the way of property.


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    *grabs the popcorn and a beer* ....this one should be good.

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    You're like a child that's wandered into the middle of a movie!

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    My main priorities in life are restaurant food, dairy, meat (especially sausages), computers, internet, games, dvds, beaches, books, comfort, and not being robbed/beaten up.
    I've got a feeling you may be at a heightened risk of this anywhere...
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    I am watching the wizard of Oz right now. I think you should to as what you seek is a fantasy.

    Seriously though what you seek in China, if you mean the mainland China is not possible. Village, pubs, dairy, beaches etc. I suggest you do more research in China and what it takes to live there and the location you want.

    You might get it in hk but you need to increase your budget for a flat considerably.

    Sent from somewhere....


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    Sorry but this can't be a real post. Somebody is joking around.


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    Agreed - this is a piss-take. Perhaps by Bookblogger.


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    I miss BB...

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    Where is book?


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