My dad is Cantonese and born in Hong Kong (grandparents are both Cantonese), while my mother is European. We live together in Belgium, Europe ever since my birth, which was also in Belgium. Since I was young, I'd travel to Hong Kong every 2-3 years to maintain a Chinese identity. I am actually recognized as a Hong Kong citizen until I miss my 3 year mark at some point in my life, after which I will lose my Chinese identity forever, or so my dad has told me. He additionally mentioned that only Hong Kong citizens (which includes me, even if I live in Europe) have the right to both own ground in Hong Kong and build a house on it. If a non-Chinese person were to want a house in Hong Kong, they would have to buy the right to the ground from me for example. I would also have to raise a house on it before selling the land because the buyer would not have the rights to raise a house on it.
Basically, the law looks something like this: Only men have the right to own property of land and only one at that. If I sell my right to own land, I will not be able to own land anymore unless I buy the right from someone else. As a recognized Hong Kong citizen, I can raise a house while non-Hong Kong citizens cannot. I actually don't know if this is a law limited to people from Hong Kong or if this includes Mainland China citizens.
I tried to look up more information about this on the wikipedia pages, but have difficulty finding anything relevant. Also, the laws are worded a bit complicated to a casual like me.
- Is there anyone who can confirm that such laws are actually in place?
- If so, are these laws limited to Hong Kong citizens are do they include Mainland China citizens?
- Why is such a law in place? Why can't women or non-Hong Kong citizens own land unless they buy the rights to it?