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Old 02-12-2014, 04:45 PM
 
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I'd say Japan,South Korea Malaysia and Dubai,Hongkong is not a country but is a Chinese Territory.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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I'd say Japan,South Korea Malaysia and Dubai,Hongkong is not a country but is a Chinese Territory.
Hong Kong is more of a country than Dubai.
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Old 02-13-2014, 10:45 AM
 
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Hong Kong is more of a country than Dubai.
While i agree with dubai not a country as it is City of UAE United Arab Emirates,i cant agree that Hongkong is a Country,i've lived in Hongkong for over 9 years...so i know for fact that it is the Special Administrative Region of China second is macau...

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Old 02-13-2014, 11:33 AM
 
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What 4 countries in your opinion provide the highest quality of life for citizens in Asia?

My guess is Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
According to rank of Human Development Index by the United Nations you would be correct. But Brunei deserves to be in that group (unless you consider that to be Oceania).

Japan 0.912
South Korea 0.909
Hong Kong 0.906
Singapore 0.895

Brunei 0.855
Malaysia 0.769
Kazakhstan 0.754
Iran 0.742
Oman 0.731
Sri Lanka 0.715
China 0.699
Turkmenistan 0.698
Thailand 0.690
Maldives 0.688
Mongolia 0.675
Philippines 0.654
Uzbekistan 0.654
Kyrgyzstan 0.622
Tajikistan 0.622
Vietnam 0.617
Iraq 0.590
India 0.554
Cambodia 0.543
Laos 0.543
Bhutan 0.538
Bangladesh 0.515
Pakistan 0.515
Myanmar 0.498
Nepal 0.463
Afghanistan 0.374

The UN provides an index rating for both territories and countries.

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Old 02-13-2014, 12:01 PM
 
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^ does HDI really represent quality of life?

Shanghai for example, has a HDI of 0.908, higher than both Hong Kong and Singapore.

[And Shanghai has a population of 24M, half of South Korea, more than 3 times of Hong Kong and Singapore]
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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Hong Kong's wages are ridiculously low for a place with such high housing prices. Not to mention, cost of living is almost on par with the states and canada.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:43 PM
 
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Hong Kong's wages are ridiculously low for a place with such high housing prices. Not to mention, cost of living is almost on par with the states and canada.
Indeed, family income $22K

news.gov.hk - Categories - Business & Finance - Median family income now $22k

HK is very developed but the quality of life there is abysmal.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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There must be some mistake of Shanghai's data.
Shanghai's level is around the same as some Eastern european countries in the EU.
HK and Singapore are at Western european level, and in fact even higher than the UK in many rankings.

And about the cost of living in HK & Singapore, most essentials are quite cheap by western european or north american standard. For housing, there is cheap housing built by the government in both cities.
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^ does HDI really represent quality of life?

Shanghai for example, has a HDI of 0.908, higher than both Hong Kong and Singapore.

[And Shanghai has a population of 24M, half of South Korea, more than 3 times of Hong Kong and Singapore]
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:49 PM
 
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While i agree with dubai not a country as it is City of UAE United Arab Emirates,i cant agree that Hongkong is a Country,i've lived in Hongkong for over 9 years...so i know for fact that it is the Special Administrative Region of China second is macau...
I think you are splitting hairs here. Hong Kong has its own currency, own constitution, own immigration laws, own tax rates, own custom controls, separate education system, separate legal system, it has its own membership to the WTO and WHO, sends its own team to the Olympics and other international sporting competitions, etc. People who live in China do not have free rights to enter Hong Kong and must obtain visas, Hong Kong products are subject to import tariffs to China, and Hong Kong movies are even considered foreign movies and are hence subject to limits in China to protect the local film industry.

For nearly all aspects pertinent to this conversation, Hong Kong is a separate entity from China.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:09 PM
 
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Hong Kong and Taiwan movies are generally considered Chinese movies, meaning the same country, same language, Cantonese is still Chinese, not a seperate language, in the mainland china.

Hong Kong and Taiwan movies are censored in the mainland china. Mainland chinese censorship is conservative while HK and Taiwan are far more liberal. There are a lot of intergration between mainland china, hk and taiwan in the movie industry, actors and actresses from the 3 regions often act together in the same movie.
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Hong Kong movies are even considered foreign movies and are hence subject to limits in China to protect the local film industry.

For nearly all aspects pertinent to this conversation, Hong Kong is a separate entity from China.
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