I've noticed a couple popular posts on work & living locations in the forums. Many monkeys were also interested in working in international finance centers- perhaps in hopes of standing out with less American competition in hiring pools abroad.
I am quite fortunate to have spent a considerable amount of time living in Singapore, Dubai, and Mumbai. Through various business dealings, I've also often found myself in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and London. With about 100,000 miles flying under my belt this past summer alone, I think I am in a decent position to give some advice about the various financial hubs around the world.
I will also detail banking/investments/girls/vice within the pro's and con's. As usual, please feel free to add your thoughts.
Pro's: People go to this stunning city for one, sole reason: money. . Taxi drivers speak English, as do most business people within Hong Kong and Kowloon. Unlike China, you can access Facebook and Twitter. Hong Kong Central is where the financial district lies, and Kowloon offers a little more touristy shopping, hotels, and, of course, breathtaking views of Hong Kong's skyline (pictured above).
If you're into Asian girls, this is the place to be. There is no shortage of Eur-Asians, A.B.C.s, and Pan-Asians. I truly believe that the mix of European ancestry and Far East Chinese have produced some of the prettiest girls in the world. Though, maybe that's just me.
The nightclub scene is utterly insane. Lan Kwai Fong is where bottles of Dom and Cris flow throughout the night. As you will quickly notice, escorts are rampant, even in the most pretentious locations. Fashion is relentless here. Bespoke suits and tailored shirts are cheap, but of extremely high quality, so there really is no excuse to not be dressed like Nucky Thompson.
Speaking of fashion, how could you resist from dressing like a boss when you have some of the most abundant amount of tailors, all located within miles of each other. Take Ascot Chan or WW Chan, some true legends in Far East bespoke.
Con's: The city is expensive as fuck. Although most people get around through Hong Kong's MTR (think NYC subway except much quicker and cleaner), dinners, rent, and partying expenses add up exponentially.
Factories based in Shenzhen and Guangzhou also bring in heavy soot. Usually, on the weekends when the factories are closed, the sky is clear. Otherwise you're SOL. Also, there are Asians every where.
Relative to the other cities that I might detail, blow and trees are easy to find. Nonetheless, penalties for possession are absurdly strict, which makes it seemingly not even worth the hassle.
If there's an interest, I'll write up on my time living in Dubai, Shanghai, and Singapore as well.