In another great title from the Moon Living Abroad range of books, author Rory Boland explores what it’s really like to make a new home in Hong Kong. As a seasoned expat Rory wasn’t naïve about how challenging it can be to make a new home in a new land, but as his excellently researched and written book highlights, Hong Kong is not a straightforward destination by any means!
The contrasts that the city and greater Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong embody make establishing a new life there a complex undertaking, for even the most open minded and adaptable expat. However, as is clearly evident from the often-passionate way the author writes about his adopted homeland, the effort required to integrate is clearly well worth it.
So if you’re thinking about embracing a new opportunity in Hong Kong, or heading to the SAR to explore its fascinating landscape for example, ‘Moon Living Abroad in Hong Kong’ by Rory Boland will make an exceptionally good detailed introduction to what you can expect. And if you want to benefit from one expat’s breadth of experience, of truly getting to grips with every element of life in Hong Kong, this book is a really well-written and in depth guide to starting a complete new life in the SAR.
The Moon Living Abroad series of books have a format that they replicate across all their titles. This makes the books accessible and easy to use as reference material. They are written by expats with expatriates in mind – i.e., they are written specifically for those looking to relocate at least semi-permanently to a given destination, as opposed to those who just want to travel around a country and see its highlights.
Therefore, if you are contemplating a relocation, or if you’re newly arrived in Hong Kong and feeling utterly daunted by your chosen destination, Rory Boland’s ‘Moon Living Abroad in Hong Kong’ title will be a God send!
The fact that the title is neatly laid out into clearly defined sections means that you can easily access the information you need most. For those simply researching Hong Kong as a potential relocation destination, the author supplies an in depth look at the history, government, economy, people and culture.
Those who are keen to relocate are encouraged to first embark upon a fact-finding trip – a suggestion we wholeheartedly support. And Rory Boland has taken the trouble to set out suggested itineraries for those visiting Hong Kong for the first time, and who want to get the very most out of their trip.
Rather than a holiday type itinerary taking in the tourism hotspots, the suggested schedules for would-be expats visiting Hong Kong for the first time cover everything required to get as good a sense as possible of what living in the region could be like. Would-be expats are invited to see all sides of the city, and to venture further out and explore the New Territories, Kowloon, and even the Outlying Islands if time permits.
For those who are certain about their relocation already, the author breaks down relocation and integration into sections. He starts with making the move – the visas, the immigration path, how to relocate children and pets and even what to pack to take for your new life.
Housing considerations are touched upon – and then explore in depth later on in a massive section given over to the prime living locations in Hong Kong. The author also looks at every element critical for expats to integrate and make a smooth transition to their new life in Hong Kong. Language, health, education, communications, transportation, the cost of living and finally employment are areas explored in depth.
Finally, the author dedicates the last section of his excellently researched and detailed book to further resources that may be of assistance to anyone planning a move to Hong Kong. The resources are broken down in subheadings such as health, employment, finance and housing so that a reader can very quickly find all the information and resources they need.
This is a well-rounded title; it serves as a thorough introduction to what life in Hong Kong can be like, (although it’s hard to define a specific type of life experience because of the very nature of the destination!), – and for those who want to research their relocation in exceptional depth it goes far enough to satisfy those with the greatest thirst for knowledge.