China's lockdowns spur young urbanites and well-heeled to consider leaving

People wearing PPE walk with their luggage near an area on lockdown in Beijing, on May 10, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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BEIJING - Freelance Web designer Timmy Zhou, 30, has spent his time under lockdown in Shanghai looking at community colleges in Canada.

He intends to start school in either Toronto or Vancouver next year as a side door out of China, before he decides whether to continue his education at a state college or start working in the country, where he hopes to take up citizenship eventually.

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