View Poll Results: Stay or Leave Hong Kong

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  • Planning to leave in 1-2 years

    74 34.26%
  • Planning to leave in 3-5 years

    42 19.44%
  • No plan at the moment

    73 33.80%
  • HK is my Home, will stay forever

    27 12.50%
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[Poll] Stay or Leave Hong Kong

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  1. #71

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    100% agree.

  2. #72

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    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...

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  3. #73

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    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.
    Quite a few permanent residents fly back to HK for their checkups / meds.
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  4. #74

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    There's a pretty straightforward solution to the whole kids-are-a-huge-financial-burden problem:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...climate-crisis

    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!

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  5. #75

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Clearly depends which country you are coming from.FIS for example - hard to get better back home (Facilities. care. level etc)
    I think one of the key issues with HK education is the over reliance on the 'normal pathway'. To move successfully to the next stage you must excel and can make average students feel like the system is failing them (when they are just in a system that likes to fail people). Most other developed countries have now realised that a one time shot with a focus on academic grades is not the optimum system to get the best for society. This can be tough for many expat parents as they probably were above average academically and assume their kids are too.

    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.
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  6. #76

    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."

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  7. #77

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    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.


  8. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elegiaque:
    There's a pretty straightforward solution to the whole kids-are-a-huge-financial-burden problem:
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...climate-crisis
    I gave up having children for a sports car. Not regretting it yet
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  9. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    I gave up having children for a sports car. Not regretting it yet
    The car is cheaper to run

  10. #80
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwardstorm:
    That's definitely true ... and we thought a few years ago that Hong Kong would be a place we could see ourselves living for another 10 year or so, after a holiday in Europe that somehow changed to three years and more recently we decided to move to Europe next year and let our daughter start high school there. Been struggling as to the where but decided to go to Portugal after a few visits there. Sense of community, friendliness, great food and wines, laid back life, clean air ...... and like you say...every place has it's up and downs but Hong Kong is on the down side for us now.
    My friend just moved to Portugal. They're offering a very attractive tax regime for non-habitual residents. He shifted his entire business over there. It only takes a few days to complete.

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