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sbrady
4/1/2005 22:30 EST

Hello,

My wife and 2 boys (8 and 6 years) are going to be moving to Hong Kong soon for a 2 year assignment. I have heard Discovery Bay is the best place to live, but would like to hear any feedback good and bad. My main concern is family's safety, education, and living in an area where my two boys can run & play.

Any information regarding an excellent school (US curriculum) would be most helpful.

thank you

Thank you for your valued information

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ejhahn
4/4/2005 09:35 EST

Discovery Bay is great if you don't mind a long commute. Depending on where you will be working it can be upwards of an hour. Airport, on the other hand, is quite close.

The premier school is the International School in Tai Tam. American curriculum and teachers. Very, very expensive, about 25K USD for each child and a real slog from Discovery Bay. There may be other schools. I just don't know about them.

If your company is sending you and paying tuition, no problem. They should also be able to help you find alternatives.

If you wish to contact me directly, I am at

Ed Hahn

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sbking
8/13/2005 16:26 EST

Hi,
I'm an American living in Hong Kong with 2 children in primary school. There are many excellent schools here, but before I describe them all, it'd help if you tell me where you're from and what you're looking for. I'm a teacher, so I researched the schools thoroughly. Re: Discovery Bay. ..I live in a townhouse in Shouson Hill and love it, but townhouses are expensive. HK has areas for the children to play and some condo apts have areas where the children can ride their bikes. Your budget will determine where you want to live, but Stanley is a lovely place with more greenery. It's very safe too. Please email me with more questions if you'd like.

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gilliankew
8/15/2005 23:20 EST

Much depends on what you are looking for regarding living area. Hong Kong is a very safe place, so its more down to aesthetics and facilities and (of course) where you work place is. If you are working in central or on the Island, Dicso Bay is ideal - they have great facilities and, most important for children, plenty of space. They also have a very good primary school, I am told. If you are on the other side of the cross-harbour tunnel, you might consider Sai Kung, which is a lovely area and if your job is through the Lion Rock tunnel into the New Territories, then you should consider Hong Lok Yuen - a very nice housing estate similar to Disco Bay but on a smaller scale.

Regarding education, I send my children to YCIS (Yew Chung International School) which is an excellent, if expensive school that does the IB and where they also teach Mandarin. They have several campuses, starting from pre-school age, all in Kowloon and will open their new secondary campus next year. Their website is http://www.ycis-hk.com/HongKong/Default.htm You can get more information about schools from the education and manpower bureau at http://www.emb.gov.hk/index.aspx?nodeID=2&langno=1 and the English Schools Foundation at http://www.esf.edu.hk/

Hope this is of some use.
Gillian

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