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Old 02-23-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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Anybody ever lived there? I'm wondering how hard it is to immigrate to Hong Kong. Might not be so easy. They're pretty much full, so to speak. Lol
To me, it seems like it's the most attractive place in Asia to live in.
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:02 PM
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I don't know about immigration, but if you want to save $, you can live at the ChungKing mansions...it's a dump for me, but maybe you'll enjoy it...assuming you don't get killed one day if a fire breaks out!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: American Expat
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I don't know about immigration, but if you want to save $, you can live at the ChungKing mansions...it's a dump for me, but maybe you'll enjoy it...assuming you don't get killed one day if a fire breaks out!
I have no idea what that is. Are you implying Hong Kong sucks?
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Macao
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ChungKing Mansions it this very famous enomously large building filled with 100s and 100s of hostels. Hostels are rooms filled with beds for travelers. However, in Chungking Mansions, many of those hostels are for 'immigrants' staying long-term. So you have entire hostels just for filipinos, or just for indians, or just for africans. Than there are restaurants all around it catering to all the different ethnicities.

Some people don't like that kind of thing at all. I've stayed there before, loved the large array of foods, and it's central location. But, anyways, I think the other poster referred to the fact that if you didn't have much money, you could stay there among all the immigrant types who do that. ('Immigrant' might not be the right word here, but non-Hong Kong foreigners from poorer countries).
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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ChungKing Mansions it this very famous enomously large building filled with 100s and 100s of hostels. Hostels are rooms filled with beds for travelers. However, in Chungking Mansions, many of those hostels are for 'immigrants' staying long-term. So you have entire hostels just for filipinos, or just for indians, or just for africans. Than there are restaurants all around it catering to all the different ethnicities.

Some people don't like that kind of thing at all. I've stayed there before, loved the large array of foods, and it's central location. But, anyways, I think the other poster referred to the fact that if you didn't have much money, you could stay there among all the immigrant types who do that. ('Immigrant' might not be the right word here, but non-Hong Kong foreigners from poorer countries).
There's a wiki article on it... Good reading
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Sunny SoCal
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To the OP: Are you looking to retire in Asia or just for a change of scenery (for personal or career reasons)?

I was born there but have since moved to the US. As of now, it is hard to make a living in HK unless you possess some specialized skills and can land yourself a high-paying job with relative ease. I just returned from there in January and the price level was much, much higher than I expected. Not to mention it is expensive just to live there, as in finding a home!
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:47 AM
 
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I see. I thought he was saying that's the best you might get. I'm familiar with hostels. I stay at hostels all the time. I usually use hostelbookers.com. I've never heard of ChungKing, but I suppose you get a place there once you're in Hong Kong.


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To the OP: Are you looking to retire in Asia or just for a change of scenery (for personal or career reasons)?

I'm far from retirement
. It would be for personal reasons.

I was born there but have since moved to the US. As of now, it is hard to make a living in HK unless you possess some specialized skills and can land yourself a high-paying job with relative ease. I just returned from there in January and the price level was much, much higher than I expected. Not to mention it is expensive just to live there, as in finding a home!

But I was told they subsidize the rents. A couple of people told me what they paid for their apartments ( 300 Dollars for 30 sqft. ). All kinds of subsidies for government workers, too. Seems to me that the general population is doing ok. I realize that they wouldn't offer this to a foreigner, though.


What's "special skills" ? Isn't it enough to have a College degree to get a work visa? Computer Science, Engineering or something.

They don't provide a lot of information. Looks like you'd have to contact them directly.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I see. I thought he was saying that's the best you might get. I'm familiar with hostels. I stay at hostels all the time. I usually use hostelbookers.com. I've never heard of ChungKing, but I suppose you get a place there once you're in Hong Kong.
If you log on to hostelbookers or hostelworld, probably 90%+ hostels you see will be located in ChungKing Mansions. It might not always be clearly stated, but if you look at the address or location, that'll be the place

Very centrally located actually.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:59 AM
 
Location: In The Pacific
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To the OP: Are you looking to retire in Asia or just for a change of scenery (for personal or career reasons)?

I was born there but have since moved to the US. As of now, it is hard to make a living in HK unless you possess some specialized skills and can land yourself a high-paying job with relative ease. I just returned from there in January and the price level was much, much higher than I expected. Not to mention it is expensive just to live there, as in finding a home!
We did a Hong Kong 4 day turnaround trip from Manila for the first time and stayed at Island Park at Noah's Ark, an amusement tourist hotel! It was nice and the weather was cool 1st week of Feb, non-peak season for tourists so hardly anyone was around, which was OK by us!
If it wasn't so expensive, we would have stayed longer on a 90 day free entry visa! Maybe next time when we are more prepared, like leasing an apt or studio for the duration, because hotel rates are expensive in Hong Kong! I don't think hostels are for us! We like our privacy with a view and centrally located to everything! Luckily their bus and railway system is great and very affordable! Stay away from those taxi drivers unless you can speak their language!

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Old 02-25-2013, 05:58 PM
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I have no idea what that is. Are you implying Hong Kong sucks?
Not at all...HK is alot of fun...i'm just suggesting that CK mansions is a cheap place since you're looking to save $. I had stayed there a long time ago when my friends booked it, but never again. It is too runned down for me.... plus a fire hazard. The location is excellent. I don't have an issue with the people around there though, but if you're an attractive woman, you might want to avoid it all together.
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