Will new perks spur more Hongkongers to study and work on the mainland, despite the pitfalls?

Jan 10, 2018 by

After her maiden duty visit to Beijing in December, Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced a slew of goodies she received from mainland authorities that would, among other things, make it easier for Hongkongers to study and work on the mainland. We look at the potential benefits and pitfalls on the road to the city’s integration into the mainland.

In a few years, Hong Kong entrepreneur Sampson Ho will be faced with a decision possibly more challenging than any other he has ever made while building his business empire in China: which school should he send his son to in Beijing?

The 34-year-old co-founder of one of China’s leading co-working space firms is limited to just a handful of options because his son is a Hongkonger by birth.

He could enrol the boy, now aged one, in the Canadian International School of Beijing’s kindergarten programme for about 165,000 yuan (US$25,390) a year, or roughly three years’ wages for a restaurant waiter in Beijing.

Source: Will new perks spur more Hongkongers to study and work on the mainland, despite the pitfalls? | South China Morning Post

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