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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque
    The noise has been an improvement for me in HK over London. Our flats in London had thin floors -- could always hear what the neighbors were doing or saying. In Hong Kong, you get modern, concrete flats, so I've not had an issue with neighbor noise (yes, there are sometimes renovations, and noise from outside is another issue).
    Apartments here are constructed to a much lower standard than those in London, as a rule. They are smaller, less well built and and carpets/wallpaper are exceptions rather than the norm. As such, the sound dampening effects of these are missing - hence you can hear the overhead neighbours walking around, toilets flushing and anything louder than a normal conversation in the apartments next door.

    This is simply a fact of life in high density living in Hong Kong - I've experienced it all the way from cheap, low-end flats all the way up to "modern", "luxury" flats. We moved out of our old flat after being driven to distraction by late night loud drunken mahjong playing tenants in the flat at the other end of the hallway.
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    OP I agree with the previous posters that it would be best to visit HK for a week or so to get a feeling of the place, especially the air quality, whether you'll be able to handle it or not. (of course if you still have time to do so).
    35.5K + housing allowance + teacher's salary, that seems like a great proposition, but you may or may not get the teaching job immediately and might have to do private tutoring, which could be quite lucrative or so I am told.
    Yes, HK is noisy, but if your husband is willing to commute for 45 mins each way then you can find not only bigger flat for same cost, but quieter and less crowded too, look New Territories.
    Good luck with your decision, and hope you enjoy HK as much as most of us do, if not all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit
    If you have bad asthma I would seriously reconsider moving to HK. Your health is important and HK is very polluted. Try a trip over for couple of weeks to see how you cope.
    Totally agree, especially if the OP knows upfront that she has "quite bad asthma". It's not going to improve here.
    I'm wondering if it's possible to add a provision in the employment contract, some kind of rappatriation clause in case she cannot adjust for health reason ?... Not sure if that's possible. May be smaller companies are more flexible.
    Coming to HK with "
    quite bad asthma" seems quite hazardous to me. A fall-back plan should be considered upfront. I feel a week, or a few weeks, to test the water may not be enough. In my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrkob
    Totally agree, especially if the OP knows upfront that she has "quite bad asthma". It's not going to improve here.
    I'm wondering if it's possible to add a provision in the employment contract, some kind of rappatriation clause in case she cannot adjust for health reason ?... Not sure if that's possible. May be smaller companies are more flexible.
    Coming to HK with "
    quite bad asthma" seems quite hazardous to me. A fall-back plan should be considered upfront. I feel a week, or a few weeks, to test the water may not be enough. In my opinion.
    I have asthma, but since coming to HK for the last 8 years, it's improved as I don't drive to work, I have nice walk to ferry from east tsim sha tsui every day to work, main thing, I use less and less becotide ( less common here, around HK$90-110) and my ventolin seems last long, previously every 3-4 weeks in uk, now, I only have to buy a ventolin inhaler ( no prescription needed) every 2-2.5 months, cost HK$60-85 depending where you buy from

    main thing, where will you husband work, if you like scenic and less hustle and bustle, consider gold coast or sai kung and your husband haves the option of driving

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic
    I have asthma, but since coming to HK for the last 8 years, it's improved
    Definitely glad to hear this !

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    If he is used to a three hour commute that a one hour commute by living in the New Territories is golden.

    Live in a nice environment like Ting Kok Road out of Tai Po , with the sea to the front and mountains to the back. Lovely.
    Cost for a 750 sq ft good quality place, 3 bed rooms and a better kitchen than a 500 sq ft apartment block shoe box .. around 9,000.. No spiders.

    As most of you know I have lived up here a LONG time and even with my office in Wanchai ... won't move.
    On 45 k you can live like a King and great restaurants ( not those overpriced slush pits on the island ) here too.
    Come over, stay in a serviced apartment for a month or two and try to look around. It's the only way to find and get the best value.

    Living on the Island is not conducive to happiness after a while. IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    If he is used to a three hour commute that a one hour commute by living in the New Territories is golden.

    Live in a nice environment like Ting Kok Road out of Tai Po , with the sea to the front and mountains to the back. Lovely.
    Cost for a 750 sq ft good quality place, 3 bed rooms and a better kitchen than a 500 sq ft apartment block shoe box .. around 9,000.. No spiders.

    As most of you know I have lived up here a LONG time and even with my office in Wanchai ... won't move.
    On 45 k you can live like a King and great restaurants ( not those overpriced slush pits on the island ) here too.
    Come over, stay in a serviced apartment for a month or two and try to look around. It's the only way to find and get the best value.

    Living on the Island is not conducive to happiness after a while. IMHO.
    My aunt lives in ting kok village, I have lived in sha tau kok for 3 years, yes, unlike UK no spiders in HK, but there are rare occasions that you get big massive green back spiders in the bushes in the villages, near ting kok rd is nice next to plover cove, but commuting is a bit of pain on daily basis ( I live in fanling next mtr station now) 78k bus or is the 11 mini bus to tai po market, then 40 mins to hung hom *(standing all the way) then mtr to hk island is not nice at all.

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    HE WILL WORK IN LAN KWAI FONG....READ people READ and finish LATE (past 11)

    so please dont suggest GoldCoast or Tai po or the likes if he wants to keep commute down (whihc was also written by the OP).

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic
    I have asthma, but since coming to HK for the last 8 years, it's improved as I don't drive to work, I have nice walk to ferry from east tsim sha tsui every day to work
    As Asthma is quite complex, with variety of triggers, pollution is not a good indicator for asthma.

    Yes, Hong Kong is somewhat polluted but I have a friend and similar to imparanoic, he is happier in Hong Kong for a very simple reason : there seems to be much less pollen here and that translates to much fewer issues for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    As Asthma is quite complex, with variety of triggers, pollution is not a good indicator for asthma.

    Yes, Hong Kong is somewhat polluted but I have a friend and similar to imparanoic, he is happier in Hong Kong for a very simple reason : there seems to be much less pollen here and that translates to much fewer issues for him.
    so your friend has hayfever as he/she is affected by airborne pollen in UK, as the grass pollen here is a lot heavier and doesn't float around much

    yes, other factors include, no carpets which means better for asthmas sufferers
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