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Pros and Cons of Living in Hong Kong

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: Pros and Cons of Living in Hong Kong. Expats, Retirees and Digital Nomads talk about the pros and cons of living in Hong Kong

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What are the pros and cons of living in Hong Kong?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Hong Kong responded:

"I have been trapped in Hong Kong because of the absolutely ridiculous quarantine laws. No one needs to stay for 21 days in a hotel at personal cost. No one needs to fear their children being taken away if I could get out of my contract and leave I would in a second. I have lived in ma y countries and never been in such an oppressive, fearful place," added another expat in Hongkong.

"I have lived in HK for 28 years. I've face discrimination mainly from local Hong Kong people. It is quite safe to live in HK until they started the protest in 2014 and again in 2019 which led now to passing the National Security Law. A lot of foreigners have left HK as well as local Chinese to go to the UK. Public Healthcare is almost free and very good. I have delivered two of my kids in Queen Mary Hospital and I couldn't recommend them enough for the quality of health care received from the doctors. Just don't expect compassion from the nurses and staff in the ward. They are very cold and soulless. School is terrible if you enroll in local/public school as the main language is Cantonese. The homework is overloaded and there is no sports/recreation subject. It's all very tough for young minds," explained one expat living in Hongkong.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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