The island, which lies a 90-minute flight away, offers lower costs and an abundance of space
Date: August 31, 2015
TAIPEI: Squeezed by soaring rents, cramped living conditions, and unease over their city’s
political future, increasing numbers of Hong Kongers are leaving to seek a better life in neighbouring Taiwan.
The island, which lies a 90-minute flight away, offers lower costs and an abundance of space — a rarity in Hong Kong, one of the world’s most densely populated cities.
Carlos Cheung, 28, moved to Taiwan’s central Taichung City last year to run a noodle shop there.
He says being a food vendor in Hong Kong would have been impossible, with a closet-sized space costing 10 times his current monthly rent of HK$10,000 ($1,300,Dh4,771).
“How many skewers of fish balls or ‘fried three treasures’ would I have had to sell?” said Cheung, referring to common Hong Kong street snacks.
The former luxury watch salesman was able to emigrate as a spouse to his Taiwanese wife. [FULL STORY]