I am considering a move to Hong Kong and have received an offer from a potential employer of HK$50,000 before tax. They are still a small company so I am realistic about limitations on their end. I am in my 30s, no kids, single, Asian. My biggest concern is rent. Work is in Central and while I've been advised to live on HK Island I understand that the rent on the island is quite high and in any case I'm more keen on somewhere quiet and with bigger space to install a pole or aerial rig.
Lifestyle-wise, I'm keen to learn Mandarin for personal and career use (or Cantonese for short-term living), I'm not big on clubs and the nightlife, I have found fitness studios for aerial sports on the island which is more important to me. I'm used to terrible 1hr commuting and driving conditions, but knowing the work hours I tend to do I'll probably try to cap my commute at 1hour. I know that my employer is on a hybrid basis, some choose to go to work and some are still on work from home. Is it still worth getting a second bedroom for home office purposes? Expecting to cook at least once a day to keep living costs down, and learn basic Cantonese to live more locally. Quality of life concerns that I'm missing and should consider?
Given the above I've done some searching and thinking of somewhere in the New Territories? Any advice on where there? Living on Ma Wan? The sea and mountain views are a big plus.
I have to go back to them and ask about relocation assistance, but in any case relocation is unlikely to happen until maybe the new year due to pandemic border closures. I'll be working from my home country in the meantime, likely for the next six months at least.
Any thoughts and advice appreciated!