Do/Do Not!, Hong Kong
When shopping in the multi-leveled complexes of Causeway Bay or Shenzen etc., go to the top floor first! Rent is cheapest here and therefore you will get the best prices here as well.
Tipping in Hong Kong is very important and almost a way of life. The service staff expect nothing less than 10% of the bill even when a service charge has already been levied. Cab drivers tend to mark up the fare to the nearest HK$ and if not, will appreciate a little extra.
The Book of Manners is being rewritten again. Is spitting cool or not? The answer is: it used to be but not anymore. At least this is how things look in Kowloon where old China with its smelly sidewalk markets is still very much alive. The contrary trend of high-density modernity must impose its own rules of cleanliness for the sake of popular health and clash is inevitable. To make things perfectly clear which way the society is going signs are posted in both official languages. For folks coming from India, for example, this might look like overkill and visitors from let’s say Norway might end up in intensive care unit for severe culture shock.
litterbugs are a bane to mankind everywhere in the planet and every country imposes fines and even prison terms for litterbugs and hong kong is very strict with these litterbugs and you would see many posters at many areas of the city displaying to people that you can be fined up to 1500 hong kong dollars per piece of items you throw away at the street if they caught you (about 200 US Dollars) so be wary and just throw the trash at the many trash bins around hong kong instead of being a litterbug.,
again a hefty fine awaits you!
while many public beaches around the world advertise no littering in it's environs and have poisted signs for locals and tourists to see it, Hong Kong Take this Step Further by deputizing the life guards and roving public beach police to arrest anyone caught dumping or littering along the many public beaches and they will fine you 1500 hong kong dollars per piece of trash you throw away! so be careful in being a litterbug as there are many public trash bins along the edges of the public beaches.or else they would issue a heavy fine!
Local people here are mostly not quite get using on close body contact like, kissing on cheek, a great hug for greeting or goodbye
People sometimes are quite shy in answering foreigners approaching for question raised. Though we are shy, most can still offer assistance for help in giving proper direction. Esp in English or Mandarin
Leaving chopsticks sticking vertically into the bowl is a bad omen. This resembles incense sticks in a bowl of ashes, a sure death sign.