Faceton-Tuxedo wrote:Chavster's answer is big "BANG" to her dream to Asia.The family want to work and travel in a different country?
crivens200 wrote:The slow speed of the internet and varying access to web sites with or without VPN is the one thing that just kills me living here. If you choose HK then you could even consider living out of the city near a beach. Repulse Bay, Stanley etc. Expensive though.
mamabutterfly wrote:OP here again, with a double-thanks to all who responded.
In comparing the responses on this forum and on the HK forum, where I asked the same questions, I've noticed that the majority of folks (strongly) suggest HK, despite the price and square footage challenges. I would love to hear from anyone who lives in Shanghai and loves it. The French Concession has been suggested to us by more than one person as a potential location, since my husband will be working from home and we will have 2 years while the boys are still just in preschool. From the photos I've seen it looks like a rustic Asian Park Slope, Brooklyn. Close?
We're in the beginning stages of sussing out our business opportunities with folks in both HK and Shanghai, so I feel as if I'll have that angle covered appropriately in terms of which city offers the best potential. Which is to say: I promise we won't show up and ask where we go to apply for awesome jobs. We would only relocate to Asia if we had solid biz hookups.
So at this point, I am really trying to understand as much as I can - from half a world away, and through a computer screen, so good luck me, right? - about what it's like to live in each location on the housing budget I mentioned earlier, with two young boys. We don't need the Ritz, but we aren't up for living in a quonset hut.
We continue to evaluate a couple other key locations around the globe, and once we have it narrowed down to our top choice, we will certainly visit first - we are brave, but perhaps not foolhardy enough to move continents without a test drive. ... Unless it's Paris. I feel I could live in Paris sight unseen. Good to know: Paris is not an option. (sniff)
So ... does anyone like living in Shanghai? The city that's also a verb? ... Please say that's the unofficial tagline. That will make my night.
hammerforlife wrote:There has been a mention of school fees but it seems to have been passed over. To have two children in an international pre-school you won't get much change from USD 60,000 a year. There are local options I understand and I don't know whether these are OK or not, but certainly don't assume that good free schooling is available in Shanghai.
wagnett wrote:OP mentioned that kids will be 2 and 4.5 at time of move, so schooling probably isn't such a concern for the first couple of years. Lots of kindergarten options around although some are quite expensive, and some quite full. But I agree in the longer term it is an issue; different kids have different needs and different capacities to adapt to situations.
btravers33 wrote:Shanghai is actually a noun and not a verb, or did I miss something?
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