Harold Janson Posted about 2 years ago As a 90's in China, what Li said part is right but part is wrong. Why is it suddenly a requirement to live in Beijing? That makes no sense at all, literally none. Why should it suddenly be the duty of the government or society to ensure that every single graduate can make it in Beijing? Leave Beijing/Shanghai and you'll find housing prices that are FAR cheaper. As far as living in Beijing goes... sure, if you're going for prime real estate, you're looking at 5w+ a square meter. Go out a bit and you're closer to 1~2w though. There are even cheaper parts of the city, they are just not as glamorous... why should you have that handed out to you before you even do anything deserving of it? Here's a simple fact: most graduates will have far better lives if they just leave Beijing and venture off to a second tier city. The pay is slightly lower, but the cost of living differences are huge, too many people do not understand that. Most migrant labor is only here for scrapping and saving so they can take back a large chunk quickly and set up a good life. Once you have actual experience, try back in Beijing if you want. As for those in their 40s and 50s who have been working 20~30 years, if they didn't buy a house when it was stupidly cheap and essentially government-provided, that's their own problem. And don't get me started about Hukou. Fine, you graduate from a Beijing Uni, find whatever job for a year or two to secure your BJ 集体户口, then fall back, get experience in a city that is not as competitive then move back with a decent salary to buy your new place to make it 个人户口.