maybe I can give you some impressions of both cities from an more objective point, ´cause I´m a European, having visited both cities two-times, and never had/have a special "that´s my homecity"-feeling for one of the cities.
Hongkong: A wonderful landscape, i.e.the island of lantau (correct?) with this wonderful buddha-monument at this ,ountain (sorry, don´t remember the name). The skyline is the second best in the world, of course behind NYC. The city looks great, good shopping in kowloon, but where do you live in a city? In the suburbs, right? And they look, hm, what´s the right word, grey! Skyscrapers with 1000s of flats: sorry, but that always remembers me for the former east-germany. Just a question, what is the average living-space in HK? Why I´m asking that? `Cause here in Germany the most families live in own houses with more than 150m² living-space. Every German has, in absolute numbers, 32,7m² living-space for its own. So, just a guess, life in HK would be to claustrophobic for me. Holidays, wondeful, but life!
S´pore :The same thing here. It also seems to be very narrow-built, of course, it is just a small island. What I like are the very clean streets in your republic, never saw this elsewhere. And, of course, you have some wonderful attractions, like Sentosa and the Nightsafari, just to name a few. But thre´s one thing that is a littlebit, maybe you can say, nervous. Always when I´m in S´pore I have the feeling : Oh, don´t do something wrong, you could be sent to prison. Last time I´ve bought a shirt with some of your laws on it (I think you know which shirt I mean) and how much bucks you have to pay. Just a question: Are these real laws? Sorry, but I don´t understand why, i.e., public dancing isn´t allowed. What is the problem with that? OK, I can understand, no drugs or alcohol (for me as a German that´s very hard
!), but that?!? maybe someone of you can explain me that, please.
For both cities: yeah, your climate is very tropical, but that´s ok, I like it. We just have rain here in Northern Germany, it´s a littlebit bristish weather here. But, living in one of the cities, I would indeed miss a real winter with snow, boarding, etc. . That would be hard for me.
I like both cities for holidays or maybe living for a 1/2 year, but not forever. My homecity-to-be, hm guess, look at my username.