“Countryside helped us get our freedom back”
Wai and Amanda recently made the move from Hong Kong to Oldham to start a new life together in the UK and they’re looking forward to their first summer in their new Countryside home.
26 Jul 2023

The couple decided to set up a new life in Greater Manchester, following a recommendation from a friend who had previously relocated to the UK with Countryside.

Trusted friends

Like many other Hong Kong nationals looking to escape political unrest, Wai and Amanda moved to the UK via the British National (Overseas) Scheme, set up to allow Hongkongers to live, work and study in the UK.

They first got a glimpse of what life in the UK could look like after visiting a fellow Hongkonger, who had bought at Countryside’s Radclyffe Gardens in Chadderton, and now they’re keen to share their experience with others.

A perfect balance

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For Wai and Amanda, it’s the work-life balance they’re enjoying the most and whilst life here is very different to life in Hong Kong, they’re settling well in their new home and community.

A supportive network

Wai, a Warehouse Manager, explained: “Countryside helped us start our new life in the UK, and most importantly, get our freedom back. We didn’t expect to have such a smooth process relocating and buying a property in a different country, and that’s all thanks to the commitment of the Countryside team.

“I would really recommend Countryside to anyone thinking of making the move from Hong Kong; in fact, my sister will be moving to Countryside’s Radclyffe Green development later this year.”

A close-knit community

Amanda adds: “Our new home is far bigger than the small apartment we had in Hong Kong; we love how spacious and modern it is. We’re also enjoying having a garden to relax in and we have even grown a few vegetables!

“We’re lucky to be part of such a wonderful community too, we spend our weekends watching football at the pub with our friends and we’re looking forward to hosting garden parties in the summer.”

A sprinkling of everything

They have a few words of wisdom for other people looking to make the move to the UK too - and unsurprisingly the weather makes the list: “You can have four seasons in one day,” says Wai!

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