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

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    INXS - when the GC Residences ran a shuttle bus direct to Wan Chai, I would have recommended it. Now I would say the commute is more than an hour as there is NO direct express service (except during rush hour, if you are lucky) as the 962 has been mostly cancelled and the 962B is rather slow. But I agree with the rest of your post. Possibly get a car and commute by car - it would be cheaper than renting on the Island and should only take about 25-30 mins. But it'll be a hellish 25-30 mins!


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    If you're in West Hampstead, you might want to check out Sai Kung as well. Maybe Park Island, but it'll have less cool stuff going on than West Hampstead.

    For many people, having a live in helper to give a hand with housework and basic childcare can be a fantastic experience, and free up new moms to focus on spending time on the parts of household and child rearing they enjoy the most.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
    INXS - when the GC Residences ran a shuttle bus direct to Wan Chai, I would have recommended it. Now I would say the commute is more than an hour as there is NO direct express service (except during rush hour, if you are lucky) as the 962 has been mostly cancelled and the 962B is rather slow. But I agree with the rest of your post. Possibly get a car and commute by car - it would be cheaper than renting on the Island and should only take about 25-30 mins. But it'll be a hellish 25-30 mins!
    Okay. I guess I'm thinking of being on $50k....I wouldn't want to spend any more than $15k on rent personally...If I was on $50k I'd think an extra half an hour on the bus each way was worth saving $10k in rent, if that makes sense!

    Plus, there is loads for the wife to do here. I've heard of certain people who say they were bored but the hundreds of wives with young children I see socialising around GC, hiking, volunteering at Crossroads and so on tell me that this is a personal choice...

    Plenty of opportunities to teach and a qualified native teacher working just part time will really make a difference to their monthly income...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
    INXS - when the GC Residences ran a shuttle bus direct to Wan Chai, I would have recommended it. Now I would say the commute is more than an hour as there is NO direct express service (except during rush hour, if you are lucky) as the 962 has been mostly cancelled and the 962B is rather slow. But I agree with the rest of your post. Possibly get a car and commute by car - it would be cheaper than renting on the Island and should only take about 25-30 mins. But it'll be a hellish 25-30 mins!
    Errr parking in Wan Chai aint cheap.....

    OP, get your wife to come over FIRST for a visit (short trip) so she gets a feel.

    Housing - let see...spend a month in a service appartment and get a feel of different places.

    I think 8K is on the very very low end and you wont get that easily (for a decent place, conviniently located) but 12/14K can get you something small (650/750 sqf (gross)) but in a relatively decent place with facilities etc etc.

    Plenty of area to look at from Aberdeen to Kennedy town to Sai Wan Ho etc etc on the Island or Tung Chung / Park Island on Lantau or Sham Tseng / Sha Tin / Tai Wai / Ma On Shan etc etc in the NT...

    Spend a month here on s Service Appartment, then make a decision.

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    Lifestyle, great adventure, seeing new sights, new cultures, socialising, all fun stuff but is anybody thinking of the children?


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    Quote Originally Posted by kimwy66:
    Lifestyle, great adventure, seeing new sights, new cultures, socialising, all fun stuff but is anybody thinking of the children?
    Yes, and roadside pollution is the main problem...we keep well away from Kowloon and Central....you can smell it in the air....

    See this link

    People will try and twist it but the bottom line is, keep your family out of Kowloon and Central if you want to avoid the worst of the pollution...

    When we first came to Hong Kong I often had to work kerbside/street level downtown and the taste of diesel fumes is just nasty....it nearly was the end of our Hong Kong adventure. Then I just stopped it, stopped going to Central and Kowloon.....I now only rarely venture to the two concrete ant's nests and it's always in and out as quickly as I can!
    Last edited by INXS; 22-10-2013 at 06:21 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z754103:
    If you're in West Hampstead, you might want to check out Sai Kung as well. Maybe Park Island, but it'll have less cool stuff going on than West Hampstead.
    What does West Hampstead have in common with Sai Kung???! (I used to live in West Hampstead and have no idea how you've made a connection between the two....unless there were some beaches and national parks I missed in NW6?!) Plus, OP said Cricklewood not West Hampstead. Fairly significant difference!

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    Bullshit about pollution in Kowloon.

    Lived there 6 years in west Kowloon, never had a problem.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    Bullshit about pollution in Kowloon.

    Lived there 6 years in west Kowloon, never had a problem.
    Kowloon has no pollution problems, nope, never happens.

    http://www.greenpeace.org/eastasia/c...llution-graph/

    I guess you are easy to spot on holiday...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    Bullshit about pollution in Kowloon.

    Lived there 6 years in west Kowloon, never had a problem.
    Of course and next you will tell us there is no pollution in HK :-D

    C mon HK is heavily polluted and Kowloon (highest density of population in HK if not the world) is one of the.main polluted part of HK.

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