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Younger Chinese Moving out of the City

Posted by w_thames_the_d on April 14, 2010

Many younger Chinese have decided to move from the city, say its too hectic and housing prices are too high. The communist party says it is good, it leaves more room for the rest of us, some people say it is the China boy crisis effect, the fact that Chinese younger men are less emotionally equipped then their forefathers.

from chinadaily:

Editor’s note: Many young people decided to leave big cities because of the huge pressures. They moved smaller cities to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle.

Live to work, or work for a life – Ding Shuai had to make a tough decision after six years living in Beijing, home to nearly 20 million people.

A month ago, Ding, 24, packed all his belongings and moved to Xiamen, a coastal city of 2.52 million people in Fujian province. It was not Beijing’s notoriously high housing prices that made him leave, but the lifestyle. “The rat race in the capital exhausted me,” Ding said.

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