I've been to China many times. I don't have any suggestions for you.
Smog in the cities I visited was horrible.
That's where I was getting with HK. We have friends who lived their for 2 years around the 2013 time frame. HK has changed a lot. The friends now live in Manhattan which is less expensive and the air seems fresher, to them at least.
My BIL and buddy's at his office thought of flying over to HK for suits and such as you used to be able to buy a wardrobe of business attire, hand tailored and quite inexpensive considering the quality but a lot has changed.
They ended up flying in a Vietnamese tailor from, who measured everybody and had fabric swaths. He made them each 3-5 suits and 5 shirts and including airfare for 2 trips, materials and a final fitting in Buffalo it was $1500/person with everything top notch.
Hong Kong used to be the jewel of the Orient, but I guess a ton has changed with it becoming more controlled or at least drawn in to the mainland.
I guess the airport is much better to fly into, but it's sad to see some things change. It's just so much more costly and crowded these days.
Again all places and trips are what you make if it. I loved Leon, even with the litter, horse poops and open sewers for everything but toilet refuse where you can't flush toilet paper. Their sweet system is 300 years old and can't handle much. Waste removal and steer cleaning are all done by hand with carts on bicycles.
At least it's less expensive than Singapore which is also a jewel but strict in many ways. Probably for the greater good.
I need to get back to Asia and see the changes for myself. I would love to spend a couple of months in Mainland China with many side excursions. I just dread long flights now that it's harder to get stopovers in Hawaii or Fiji. Airfare is still pretty reasonable all things considered but I just wonder how I would hold up on a flight of 17-20+ hours. It's what's stopped me from flying to Oz and visiting friends.
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