Jaame, thanks for the feedback! MUCH MUCH appreciated.
Actually, my scenario is that I can take advantage of a 2-year leave of absence from my job, which I want to do. I am married and have 2 young kids.
My wife and I want to go to somewhere in Asia. Due to continuity of schooling reasons, we would be restricted to one of the main capital cities and I would also rule out anywhere extremely polluted (e.g. Beijing). Deciding where to go will be determined by food, weather, mountain biking, schools, proximity to other places we want to visit, stuff for the kids and possible work or study for my wife, as well as legal/visa aspects. So far Taipei seems good, but admittedly it's the only city in contention I haven't been to.
I guess the long-term aspects of such a decision aren't so important for us, given we'll just be "in and out" so to speak.
It's possible I'll have more leisure time in the 2 years than normal, so the opportunity to ride bikes would be a key point for me. But it's a little hard to tell exactly how accessible and varied the trails are near the various cities. Tips are welcome, so I'm interested to hear some Taiwanese guys have mentioned HK... :ponder: