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Moving from London to HK with a young family, is it worth it?!

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  1. #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJHK:
    Transfer package from work? Quite basic, they will pay for a container, one months rent and then flights back once a year.
    one months rent only?? no housing allowance??

    This will be your biggest issue as Housing in HK is EXPENSIVE if you want to stay in the city area.

    Which area is your HK office located at.

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    Cool. Where is your HK office?


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    Quote Originally Posted by INXS:
    Cool. Where is your HK office?
    Wan chai, thanks

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    I have been HK twice and enjoy the lifestyle there
    Just a remainder, the holiday lifestyle is very different from the work lifestyle... Variations on salary, working hours, expectations, food, accommodation, spousal unhappiness/isolation.

    Deposit for a flat is two months' down and one month in advance, with possibility agency fees (1/2 a month). Tenants' rights are nothing like the UK.

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    Just curious, what part of "the lifestyle" in Hong Kong is it that you enjoy? The majority of people here live in tiny flats, have very low salaries and work long hours, six days a week. While 50k certainly is livable, with a child at least 20++ of that will likely go to rent, unless you want to commute an hour+ from the New Territories. Your flat will likely be about half the size of what you have in the UK. Are you comfortable with a small space and a small child? It gets pretty crappy when its too hot/ rainy/ polluted to go outside. English speaking nursery schools can be very expensive and most children are in half day classes between 18 months and 2 years.

    You've been here so obviously understand how crowded the urban areas are, but does your wife and has she thought about the practical issues with raising a child here? Is she really happy with the idea of leaving her friends/ family with a new baby? It can feel very isolated here for expat mothers, especially before they build a network of new friends, which doesn't happen overnight. My first months at home with a newborn here were easily the loneliest of my life.

    Anyway, for some its a brilliant move and can be very happy here, but my personal view is that it isn't the ideal place to raise a child, especially if you are on a somewhat limited budget.


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    If you're not getting a pay rise or a housing allowance it's hard to see it being worth the move, even with lower tax over here.


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    since your mrs has never been here and she will be stuck in the house all day with the baby, might be depressing for her, your best bet will be to stay in Discovery Bay with other expats and your mrs can meet friends there, rental will probably in 20K upwards, your commute to wan chai by boat and then tube (MTR), around 1 hour door to door each way.


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    Like others said, it really depends on your lifestyle, interests etc

    For example: I have 2 kids, am in my 20s, earn less than what you will earn, no housing allowance, no insurance and live a real comfortable life.

    On the other hand, I rarely go out for drinks (max once a month), I live in the New Territories (cheaper rents), take the MTR for an hour to go to work etc BUT I'm totally fine with it!

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    With a long commute, you can live somewhere that is not tiny - but it may be tough on you. Your wife should have not too much difficulty getting work if she is a native English speaker - qualified teachers are always in demand, with a dependent visa even better, or she can look at the NETS scheme. So that might work for you.
    However, as others have said, it's hard to find somewhere close to Wan Chai, also good for your wife to have friends, without having to make some massive tradeoffs on either size or location. But it is doable. It depends how much you want to. You are young enough, and at a time in your kids lives, when you can afford to go for it for a few years. You'll gain huge experience and many people love it here.... but some do not. VERY hard to know which of those you might fit into as it's very personal!

    One plus here re kids - you can hire a live-in helper for less than 5k a month (HKD) who can help to look after the children and so free up your wife to work or socialise if she gets lonely. In that respect, HK is a great place to have kids. But it IS polluted, and some people worry about their kids health.

    I would get your wife over here for a look before making the decision, even if you have to pay for the flights yourself. I would never have moved here without checking it out first!


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    Here's my take:

    I live near the Gold Coast and you can get a decent 2 bed apartment for under 10k (I have 3 beds and a little garden for 8k) With a newborn I'd probably prefer to be in a complex, I'm in a village house (Think maisonette).......why on Earth you would spend 20k to shave 20 minutes off your commute is beyond me!! GC to Wanchai should take around hour or slightly less....

    Min07 nailed it....your wife would find it very easy to get work and with a helper she's have loads of time to socialise. We have two children and we love this area...a lot more peaceful than Kowloon or Hong Kong Island......

    50k

    $8-12k Rent
    $1-1.5k Utilities
    $600 Telcoms.
    $6k Food
    $4k Helper

    You could even run a little car for $4k a month as you'd probably only use it weekends...

    Gold Coast or Agean or one of the other family and expat friendly complexes sound spot on for you IMO......loads of stuff for your wife to do and many other people with little kids.....

    If you like partying, fine dining and getting drunk every night then it's not the place for you....otherwise it's a great choice given your salary, age and situation in my opinion...

    Last edited by INXS; 22-10-2013 at 04:55 PM.

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