But with China tightening its grip over the former British colony, Hong Kong is losing much of its old attraction. And more than 100,000 are uprooting themselves this year and moving. Many are going to Britain, which has offered about 5.5 million of the territory’s 7.5 million people the right to resettle and become citizens if they so choose, but others have gone to countries such as Canada and Australia, which have also put out the welcome mat for Hong Kongers.
At dinner tables around Hong Kong, conversations inevitably turn to the question of whether to stay or go. If the decision is to go, the discussion moves to the pros and cons of the country being considered, its tax rate, health care, schools and other issues.