HK folk's 'good life' homes on the mainland

HK folk's 'good life' homes on the mainland

HONG KONG - The long-repressed domestic goddess in marketing executive Jodie Hui, 37, finally emerged this year.

Her abode of 10 years - a flat in Tsing Yi, an island off New Territories - was inconvenient for friends to get to, frustrating her efforts to organise dinner parties.

That was until the Hong Konger bought a second home in January. It is right next to the Guomao MTR station in Shenzhen's liveliest district Luohu, a two-minute ride from the boundary with Hong Kong.

In her cosy 420 sq ft apartment at Elegant Residence, Ms Hui can hold regular gatherings, inviting friends both in Shenzhen and Hong Kong over for home-cooked meals before they adjourn to a karaoke lounge downstairs.

Simple pleasures like these make her very happy.

"I use this apartment as a base to meet friends," said the singleton, who now splits her time between her homes in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

Ms Hui is part of a wave of working-class Hong Kongers pursuing what sociologist Maggy Lee calls "the good life", according to a new two-year study on lifestyle migration.

Hong Kongers started buying a second home in neighbouring Guangdong province in the early 1990s, as the Chinese government gradually liberalised its property laws and Hong Kong developers started moving in.

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