Expatriates will find that Hong Kong still has a lot to offer
I refer to the article (“Forget Hong Kong, Taiwan is the new expat hotspot”, September 3).
In the Expat Insider survey Hong Kong’s overall ranking has dropped from 26th to 44th place. It found that expatriates preferred Taiwan for living and working. It was a new entry in the survey last year, and topped the poll this year.
Expats have been put off Hong Kong by the high cost of living partly caused by property prices and rents.
There is no doubt the living here is a lot more expensive than it would be in Taiwan. But as a local resident I think our city provides so much that is not available in Taiwan. Outside Taipei, especially in rural areas, while it may be cheap, especially rents, the infrastructure is not well developed.
Many expatriates want a convenient transport system and good-quality residential and retail districts.
The kind of convenient lifestyle that most expatriates would expect, especially a transport network that takes where you want quickly and efficiently, would only be available in Taiwan’s major cities.
Some survey respondents referred to a language barrier in Hong Kong, but I do not think it is any better in Taiwan.
I have come across fewer Taiwanese who are bilingual than Hong Kong citizens.
If expats are worried about the language barrier here they would find it is even worse in Taiwan.
I do think that Taiwan has a lot going for it, but I still believe that Hong Kong is a great location for expatriates.
When comparing it with many other places in the world where expatriates might live, Hong Kong is still a comparatively safe place to live with a low crime rate.
This is rare in many large cities around the world where crime is a problem. Here you can walk safely virtually anywhere at night.
Ronnie Tse, Tseung Kwan O