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davidvoyage 2017-10-2 09:08 AM

Living and Working in Hong Kong

Hi All,

FYI, I can speak Cantonese, English and a bit of mandarin.  I know how to read Chinese but couldn't really write(Unless I use a pinyin software) Cantonese is my first-language and my mindset is pretty "Hong kong-ish".
I'm a Canadian and also have HK id. I'm mid-30 have 4 years of working experience in software industry.

Currently, I've just become unemployed and have the opportunity to go back and live in Hong Kong short-term (Up to 3 years without the need to worry about a place to live).  But I'm not sure whether I should take this opportunity or not.  I'm currently single and there are very few Cantonese speaking girls in Canada. If I happen to find a girlfriend/getting married in HK, I may want to live in HK in long-term. At this moment, I believe it wouldn't be too hard for me to find a job in HK (around 25k to 30k per month) However, I have a couple of long-term concerns.

1. Housing in Hong Kong is very expensive.  In the long run, I still need to have my own place. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it is impossible for an average salaryman like me to earn enough to buy a place in HK.  Even pairing with my wife, the $$ is still not enough to buy a place here.
2. Kids need to fight for a spot for education/good school.

Because of the two points above, it's likely that my future gf/wife may want to immigrate to Canada?(Correct me if I'm wrong) I'm concerned that there will be a lot of works to apply for immigration for my wife? Also, it would be difficult for her to find a job in Canada since many jobs in Canada required "Canadian Experience".  

If I stay in Canada, then there will be no immigration/lack of "Canadian job experience" issues, but the problem is there are almost no Cantonese speaking girls here and really have issues with those CBC/ABC girls or china mandarin speaking girls due to cultural differences. :(

Please advise as to whether I should stay in Canada or go back to Hong Kong and give it a try.
Thanks

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tcwhatever 2017-10-4 09:47 AM

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Hi All,

FYI, I can speak Cantonese, English and a bit of mandarin.  I know how to read Chinese but couldn't really write(Unless I use a pinyin software) Cantonese is my first-language and my mindse ... [/quote]
You may have voyaged too far from big cities like Vancouver and Toronto.  Why knowing someone who knows Cantonese is so important?  That should not be a limiting factor.

呢個冰凍的留言 2017-10-5 05:06 PM

I assume you don't have any concerns uprooting yourself.

In terms of job, 4 years working experience in software industry may land you a decent job in Hong Kong within the tech industry, especially with consultancies and FIs that are all looking at developing AI. I am not an insider so I am not sure - you might want to reach out to job agencies in HK to assess whether or not you wanna go for it.

On your concerns:
1) Housing is indeed expensive. You can still afford to buy a place if your income is ~HK$50K per month, but you'll basically be carrying on a 20yr mortgage and be living in a hole. You better pay attention to the upcoming policy report by the HK government.

2) Where in the world do you not need to fight for a spot in a good school? It depends on your choice - you can fight for the renowned schools, find a private school, or settle for whatever luck gives you.

And how would we know what your future gf / wife wants? Are you even confident that you would be able to find someone you like in Hong Kong?
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