Hong Kong is giving every citizen and permanent resident (18+) 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (approximately $643 USD) in an effort to boost its economy. The money is slightly different than US stimulus checks, as it has to be spent at the following places: AliPay HK, Octopus, Tap & Go, and WeChat Pay HK. The money can only be spent on retail items. Hong Kongers can only spend the cash on retail items from there. Here is what a handful of Hong Kong residents are spending the money on:
- Cindy Chen (25), Banking Executive: iPhone 12 Mini.
- Law student Martin Chau (23), Law Student: iPad.
- Janet Ng Wing Yan (26), Designer: Libratone Wireless Earbuds.
- Cheung Wui-mun (33), Freelance Photographer: New lighting equipment and a tripod.
- Jacky Choi (29), Quality Assurance: Replacing his air-conditioner.
- Fung Ka-kit (21): Buy shoes for his brother.
- Jimmy Kwok Chun-ting (28), Marketing Manager: Furniture.
- Yeung Pik-wah (27): Expensive groceries.
- Chau Kwong Ming (72), Retired: A fancy meal for his family.