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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
100% agree.Original Post Deleted
I just need to hang on somewhere long enough to qualify for Medicare (age 65). I am 54 now and health insurance in my state in the US runs about US$1000 per month if you are self-employed like me. Grateful that HK will cover my sorry self in this time when anything could break down...
Not sure if I will be in HK the whole next 11 years but anywhere I don't have to pay usurious rates for health insurance/healthcare is fine by me.
"Kid" is now 29 and I didn't have to deal with HK for schools. Educated in 5 US states, Tokyo, and the UK (for uni). Had my share of "can't find a decent school" moments, glad that part is over with. Probably couldn't live on Peng Chau if I had a kid...although some English-speaking kids do go the local (Cantonese) primary school...
Quite a few permanent residents fly back to HK for their checkups / meds.Not sure if I will be in HK the whole next 11 years but anywhere I don't have to pay usurious rates for health insurance/healthcare is fine by me.
There's a pretty straightforward solution to the whole kids-are-a-huge-financial-burden problem:
The world's human population is a tad bit too high.
Going slightly off-topic, but to be honest, living in Hong Kong has presented me with a kind of perspective of what is happening to the world that you don't quite get living in, say, Frankfurt, where there seems to be room, food, and stuff for all and no problem to add more living beings in the world. In Hong Kong, you can see that's not quite the case and space and resources are pretty finite and you get a pretty direct look at our trash. Again, yet another reason to exit is feeling I am only yet another number making this city worse in a place where there should have never been a city!
I would suggest if your kids are academically inclined and like a hyper-competitive environment (where you need 40 IB points to get into local Uni) Hong Kong offers a fantastic opportunity. If your kid is below average academically you may find effort is needed to ensure they feel they are succeeding and look for additional routes to make sure they have the best experience to do well overall.
Hong Kong has it's problems, but we'll be staying here for the next 10 years. For us, HK is much better than other developed Asian regions, such as Japan and South Korea, esp. in terms of education for the little one and a general openness to "non-locals."
I didn't have plans to leave HK but a few things are changing. Firstly, the big picture impact of China is getting more and more of a problem. It doesn't drive daily thinking, but it does mean there is a clear end date now at some point. But my shorter term drivers are all more personal - issues at work which mean I just want a change, issues where we live making it a less pleasant environment, issues with my social life meaning people I thought were friends turned out to be fickle acquaintances...slowly breaking bonds means now it's just easier to think about leaving and given China means we will have to leave at some point, probably sooner.