China is so big, marvels Victor Li, using his fingers to count all the cities he has flown to over the last 12 months to meet with cash-rich Chinese buyers interested in buying into a real-life game of London Monopoly.
Li, a director of international project marketing for the US real estate giant CBRE, is predicting a surge of eastern investment in British homes over the next decade, as increasingly affluent Chinese investors acquire a taste for international property.
I think it is just beginning, says Li, of the amount of money pouring into property around the world from mainland China. You do the figures: China has a population of 1.4 billion. If you target only 1% of Chinas population, thats 14 million people so its already almost two Londons.
Sitting in his office overlooking Hong Kongs skyscraper-dotted Victoria Harbour, Li estimates that just 3% of potential Chinese investors in overseas property have so far been found meaning a virtually untapped goldmine lies over the border in mainland China. China is a big market, you know? he says. They are getting wealthier and wealthier.