yes, it's a taboid
looks like uk is changing according to bbc
There is no doubt HK has lower levels of personal crime than the UK, but your over the top description of a crime ridden UK diminishes the credibility of your argument.
For what it's worth I grew up in hk and LOVED it. Swimming pools, rollerskating in the playground downstairs, boat parties, ocean park, water world (RIP), spending pocket money on slushies in 7-11, buying cheap tat in the markets and little independent clothes shops, eating loads of different foods, holidays round asia.....
Yes there are problems with hk. But as someone said, your child will be happy if you guys are happy (at the start anyway!) Try it for a couple of years, if you don't like it you can go home.
I've got a baby and I would prefer to raise him here than where I was living in london.
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I used to enjoy the many arcades palours in the golden era in HK as well, far more variety and much more branches than uk, shame, it's a dying industry
"High" crime and "high" tax is all relative depending on where you live, what you earn and what you define as "normal". I lived in London's poorest borough (Tower Hamlets) for 15 years and never came across ANY drugs pushers (although I wasn't exactly looking for them!). Neither was I mugged, nor burgled, nor had any other trouble.
As for chavs, annoying as they may be, I think I prefer them to the mainlander stereotype. After all, chavs and mainlanders are both just stereotypes.
I don't have kids but my personal view is that I wouldn't want to bring kids up in HK. But neither would I want to bring kids up in London. I grew up in the UK countryside and would like my future (if any) kids to have a similar childhood. In UK cities, kids seem to grow up way too quickly and I wouldn't want my kids growing up in UK thinking they're social deviants for daring to cross the road without waiting for the green man.
I was out when I replied, I should clarify that with a bit of extra information. My husband was offered this rapid promotion because no one more senior in his company (large multi-national with UK head office) would come to Hong Kong. Singapore, yes, Australia, yes, but Hong Kong could not attract anyone of the same level or one grade lower as the vacant position.
And there was no one locally with anywhere near the experience required. So he got a promotion probably 5 years ahead of what he would have done in UK. But they still had to significantly sweeten the deal on top of the promotion.
Hong Kong is about trade-offs, there is no clear answer anyone on here can give. It depends what you (or in this case your husband) are prepared to trade to come here, and if you value what you can gain above what you may feel you are losing.
Hong Kong is a very nice place to work , live in and race you children.
Space issue? I dont think it will be an issue for you, I am sure your husband's earning is way way higher than the normal family in Hong Kong.
Education wise, its true it depends on the school.. It does not mean the school is not an international school is expected to be low standard.
Most of the family living in Hong Kong specially for expats, they normally hire a Filipino Domestic Helper to assist them with so many things. Many of them are professionals like nurses, teachers, midwife etc. They can help you not only with all the household chores but can also help you takes care of the baby, and/or help your kindergarten-primary schooler with their school activities.
I hope you guys can come to Hong Kong, this is a great city.