Date
18 April 2019
Some 30 percent of respondents in a survey said they wanted to leave the city during the Spring Festival to avoid embarrassing questions from relatives and friends. Photo: Bloomberg
Some 30 percent of respondents in a survey said they wanted to leave the city during the Spring Festival to avoid embarrassing questions from relatives and friends. Photo: Bloomberg

Why young ladies and men would rather not receive lai see

If you think everyone wants to receive red packets during the Lunar New Year, you’ve got another think coming.

Many people would rather forgo the free money if it meant being embarrassed in front of relatives and friends.

This is according to a recent British Airways survey, which found that local youngsters would rather leave Hong Kong during the Spring Festival.

Of the 1,002 respondents aged between 18 and 39, some 30 percent said they wanted to leave the city during the holiday to avoid “family pressure”.

Apparently, the young men among them didn’t want to hear annoying queries about their career while the ladies didn’t want to respond to questions about when they would end their single blessedness.

According to the survey, 45 percent of the respondents had no patience with regard to job-related inquiries while 43 percent abhorred being quizzed on their marital status.

Another 38 percent said they hated being asked when they would have kids.

That many Hong Kong youngsters are allergic to such queries could be attributed to the city’s soaring property prices, which increase the pressure on them to work harder and rise up the corporate ladder as well as delay marriage plans, which of course, affect any decision to have kids.

But, of course, travel is such a welcome break from the rat race. And for those who thought of leaving Hong Kong for a few days, Japan was the overwhelming favorite destination, followed by Singapore and South Korea, which both got 29 percent in the survey.

That’s understandable since the short holiday meant most would prefer short-haul destinations.

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CG

EJ Insight writer

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