"If you work in GZ you will be tempted to visit HK as much as possible to keep your sanity" As always febster it depends on what you are looking for, for my part I found life in GZ perfectly satisfactory. Decent number of bars and restaurants of good quality, some cheap, some not so cheap, excellent new Metro service, frequent and cheap taxis (except between 5.00-6.00 pm on a wet Friday). Plenty of sport to watch and play. Good accommodation, riverside walks and green spaces. I did not see the need to escape to HK (except for M&S) although I visited friends there quite often. I did like to go to Macua though for a change of scene.