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๐ŸŒ‡ Who's in Hong Kong now?

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๐Ÿ’ฌ What's happening in Hong Kong now?

stevelacey  
5d
I went for soho, thanks for the tips
knocte  
5d
yeah soho is the most expat-ish in my opinion, it's where I live
etc  
4d
@svanevik HK has far fewer expats than it used to
etc  
4d
certainly fewer than 10 years ago
etc  
4d
each year, Central seems to cut its expat community by half
michaeljunio  
2d
Still a lot of expats
michaeljunio  
2d
I mean my first time visiting HK, I saw about 90% non-HK people around LKF on a random Tuesday night :joy:
etc  
2d
@michaeljunio that's because it's LKF
etc  
2d
locals generally loathe the place
knocte  
2d
and ex-pats that have been here for more than 6 months...

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โœˆ๏ธ People who traveled to Hong Kong previously

๐Ÿ›ซ Where do people go after Hong Kong?

  • Bangkok Bangkok
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.89/5
    218 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    good
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
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    You get somewhat acclimated to the weather after a while (and yes, the right wool fabric is the most breathable one so ignore that previous reviewer). I've stayed here on and off for about 4 years now. The expat crowd is great and there really is a lot of opportunity for collaboration. Many networking events every month and a vibrant startup community. The variety of food is some of the best in the world (although you will have to pay to get quality Western). Shopping is great. Nightlife could be better but should satisfy most people. The real downside is the traffic which has become basically as bad as Jakarta, although Bangkok has much better transporation (both skytrain and subway). Living expenses have risen lately so don't count on this being a budget trip unless you want to resort to street food. Internet speed generally has becoming really great. Fast 4G in all operators. If you stay in a new condo or hotel you will average at least 30Mbit โ€“ my current co work place runs at 600.

    ๐ŸŒง  41° 106° ๐Ÿ˜ท AQI86
    +39
    $1,440 / mo
  • Chiang Mai Chiang Mai
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    4.77/5
    209 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
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    I just got back here in late 2018 and it's better than ever. People who say "Chiang Mai is overrun by nomads" are really mistaken. I hardly saw them. I did see lots of Chinese and some Korean tourists, but they were all quite nice and mostly around Nimman. There's also the few American vegan midlifer's in the Old City center, but that's about it. Chiang Mai is cool and breezy, there's now public bicycles literally everywhere that you can rent for 250 THB or $6 (per month!) with the MoBike app. The red buses (or Songthaew's) are now legit and don't rip tourists off anymore, so you can drive everywhere for 30 THB or $1. People are nice. It's still super safe, even late a night. The food is better than ever. And thanks to the nomad wave of 2014 in Chiang Mai, there's now lots of hip cafes that allow coworking too. It's a great city.

    ๐ŸŒง  35° 95° ๐Ÿ˜ท AQI58
    +33
    $1,103 / mo
    1
  • Shenzhen Shenzhen
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.86/5
    184 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    bad
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ  18° 64° ๐Ÿ˜ท AQI55
    +22
    $1,659 / mo
  • Tokyo Tokyo
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.29/5
    209 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    Really fun city. I think the easiest big city in Asia for westerners to feel comfortable in. People are generally pretty friendly on a superficial level, quick to smile, laugh, and help. Unfortunately, becoming real friends with Japanese is much more difficult and most cannot speak English. Store staff are mechanically polite like robots, which is better than rude, but also a bit weird. A bit pricey and gets more expensive after a year of residence (after you get taxed based on previous year's salary, same for health insurance fees). You can drink in public at any time, though it's not really a drinker city like some European cities are known for. Clubs and music events are expensive unfortunately, though quite a few options. Great public transport system, can just be a bit confusing with all of the different names. The street layout is completely chaotic, which can be fun but also disorienting. You will often have no idea which direction you are facing, like you are in a giant maze. You can find most major international food options but not in great numbers. Obviously, Japanese food is everywhere though. It's technically on the water, though odds are you will live more inland. Still, you can reach the bay within an hour or so and an actual beach further south in Kanagawa within 90min. Japan itself has a lot of cool things to check out as well. Best time of year are spring (cherry blossoms) and fall (cooler, leaves changing cooler), though there are a series of summer festivals that start in August that are incredible (people dress in traditional clothes, food vendors all over, tons of fireworks, etc.) and they have a lot of Christmas lights and displays in December. Dating for men is not bad, just don't come expecting every woman wants you. As mentioned before, most cannot speak English and they're somewhat conservative overall, not big on casual sex. You may have an advantage in the dating pool if you're not an English teacher, since most western foreign guys there are and that job is known for not paying that well, and definitely do if you can speak Japanese near fluently. Some negatives besides those already mentioned: it's really humid and mold develops quickly, there are A LOT of crows that creeped me out and cicadas that are VERY noisy in the summer, finding the right specialist doctor that also speaks English can be tricky, the friends you make from other countries come and go constantly, a lot of guys with issues come here (socially awkward, major womanizers, right wing nuts, escaping something from their home country, stereotypical anime fanatics, etc.), Japanese men are not anywhere near as friendly as the women are and are more likely to be xenophobic (pretty much like every other country), living space is really small for the price, vegetable selection is pretty limited and expensive, a lot of food products contain soy, subways get really overcrowded during rush hour, popular areas get really overcrowded on weekends, it's not that English friendly especially dealing with contracts and anything government related (there is a free foreigner help service that can help you via phone and usually whatever government stuff you're dealing with will have at least one person on hand who understands English and can help you).

    ๐ŸŒง  46° AQI34
    +21
    $4,130 / mo
  • Shanghai Shanghai
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.79/5
    202 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    okay
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    Too many people to live a good life here

    ๐ŸŒง  45° AQI26
    +15
    $1,848 / mo
  • Taipei Taipei
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    2.81/5
    198 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    okay
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    great
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ  25° 77° AQI19
    +15
    $4,428 / mo
  • Macau Macau
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    1.78/5
    178 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    very bad
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    okay
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    great
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    good
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ  17° 63° ๐Ÿ˜ท AQI55
    +13
    $4,356 / mo
  • Hanoi Hanoi
    ๐ŸŽ’ Nomad Score
    3.53/5
    195 reviews
    ๐Ÿ’ต Cost
    good
    ๐Ÿ“ก Internet
    bad
    ๐Ÿ˜€ Fun
    good
    ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ Safety
    okay
    Tap to Open

    ๐ŸŒฅ  15° 59° AQI25
    +12
    $893 / mo
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