Hong Kong Island Local Customs

  • Rawlinson House's Georgian architecture
    Rawlinson House's Georgian architecture
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  • HK skyscrapers by night
    HK skyscrapers by night
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  • The Colonial accents of the Helena May Bazaar
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    Voltage

    by keeweechic Written Sep 8, 2006

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    The voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts. They operated on the 3 pronged flat British type plug, but I also had another fat round 3 pin plug in my apartment which was an older type and was gradually being replaced by the flat head plug.

    Water : All water direct from government mains in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organisation standards. Bottled water is widely available in hotels and supermarkets.

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    Hong Kong Architecture

    by mikey_e Written Dec 28, 2010

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    Rawlinson House's Georgian architecture
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    It seems like there was a period in HK's history when the government decided that it would counterbalance the territory's lush and colourful flora and fauna with a drab, grey, Stalinist approach to architecture. Luckily, this period did not last too long, and HK is endowed with a wealth of architectural styles and expressions, making it a world-class city on so many fronts. The days of Colonial British architecture have long since passed, although there is care in preserving the remains of the past. Today, it appears, HK's architectural scene aims to capture both the vivacity and the anonymity of the city. Many buildings are shocking with their colours and designs, amplified by the fact that they are skyscrapers, yet they do not bear any sort of distinctive traditional marks. It is as if the skyscrapers have decided to distinguish themselves from one another for a dance, while still maintaining the general decorum that is expected of their kind. There aren't the crazy buildings here as there are in the Gulf, possibly because, unlike in Qatar or Kuwait or Dubai, these are not just buildings for buildings' sake, they are places in which people will live and work on a daily basis.

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    CLimate

    by keeweechic Written Sep 8, 2006

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    The most popular time to visit is from the middle of September to the end of February, when the weather is cooler. At its coolest (mid-December to February), the temperature averages 15C; at its warmest (late May to mid-September), it averages 27.7C. Humidity can get very high especially in summer and make you feel weary a lot quicker. Living there you find your 'whites' go yellow and your 'blacks' get mildewy.

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    Shoes

    by keeweechic Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Should you be asked to visit the home of a local, be sure to take your shoes off at the door. Chinese do not usually wear their shoes inside the house and it is good manners to follow their customs (although they will not insist for a foreigner to do so).

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    Local Agent

    by keeweechic Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Travel Agent : Karen has her own travel business and handled all my personal travel bookings as well as business arrangements, when I was living in Hong Kong. She was always a great help even under pressure to get something booked or changed in a hurry. If you are contemplating booking a tour from Hong Kong, give her a call.

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    Keep to the right when using escalators

    by pepemorris11 Written Apr 21, 2014

    When using escalators, keep to the right. I found it strange as Hong Kong drivers drive on the same side as those from Singapore following the British way, and yet when using escalators we need to keep to the right.

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