Red Brick Daily

Is this progress? Hmmm.

Five years ago Kaohsiung was not even in the top 100, but according to a report this week, Taipei is now 33rd and Kaohsiung 45th on the “Most Expensive City For Expats” list.

“Hong Kong is the world’s ninth-most expensive location for expatriates, according to the latest cost of living survey published by ECA (Employment Contracts Abroad) International.

Hong Kong has risen two places on the list and is back in the top ten after dropping out in the 2016 survey.  The city is now the second-most expensive location in the Asia-Pacific region after Tokyo, Japan.

Taiwanese cities continue to rise through the rankings with Taipei and Kaohsiung 33rd and 45th respectively … Singapore has fallen in the rankings and is now the 21st most expensive city surveyed. This is the first time since 2014 that Singapore has not featured in the top 20.”

PS: Cheapest city in Asia for expats according to the survey? —

The Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.