Planning to leave in 1-2 years
Planning to leave in 3-5 years
No plan at the moment
HK is my Home, will stay forever
On another thread, some concern on the Chinese-language social media that a Wuhan- style lockdown will happen when they decide they want to test the entire territory...so my business partner is freaked out- I was scheduled to leave for Taipei on the 19th, now moving it to the 3rd...sigh.
I am not that paranoid but, whatever, now, two weeks from now...leaving my flat with my cats who have to wait 180 days so throw some clothes in a suitcase and go...
Anyone has a feeling for what is the demographics of people leaving?
In my social circle, a lot of people are very angry at the government, have zero trust and think about moving in the long term. Not many people packing their bags in a rush yet.
Except people with kids tho. Know some families who try to get out before the new school year starts somewhere else. Or others send their kids to boarding schools or half the family overseas, while one parent stays in HK making money.
I left Hong Kong two years, I don't regret the relocation despite a lot of stress trying to get UK visa, buying a house with good schools. I still watch HK news and of course read this community and I feel despair at how much HK has deteriorated. Some locals will find it difficult to adapt here due to language/culture and some higher level skills are not directly transferable. I wish everybody good luck.
We left on 11th July. A planned departure anyway but it certainly looks like it was nicely timed. Politically we could have lived with it (although on a personal level I was increasing becoming annoyed with everything going on) but on the COVID situation I was already a bit stir crazy. The UK isnâ€™t looking great either but at least when we get there we will have the freedom of a large house, garden etc.
Meanwhile enjoying a chilled, relaxed and free Greece.
There arenâ€™t really any reasons to leave if you are young and single and career focused. HK is one of the most convenient and rewarding place to live in the world right now. Recent events have not changed things and companies donâ€™t plan to outsource anything in the medium term (if they do it will be Shanghai for most so there is no realistic pull out of China scenario no matter what you hear in the news). Well in 10 years it will probably be different with most companies operating out of Shanghai directly leaving HK as a tier 2 financial hub and the island becoming a mere resort for mainlanders.
For expats with families well itâ€™s another story of course. If i was in this situation I would probably consider Australia, France, US etc but not because of the political and sanitary situation as I would have probably took the same decision 5 years ago. Depends on who you marry and the environment you want to be but for me itâ€™s definitely a country with good weather and that allows the ownership of a decently sized house, backyard and cars
Last edited by TheRoadAhead; 03-08-2020 at 12:00 PM.
I do fear though that without a vaccine, we are only delaying the inevitable. COVID now attacking Melbourne severely, its starting to affect Sydney and Brisbane now. I have the benefit of being 3000km away with nothing but desert in between, closer to Singapore than the rest of Aus. Finally being the most isolated capital in the world has some benefits! But we can't hold it off forever.