Local traditions and culture in Hong Kong

  • View through the bauhinias.
    View through the bauhinias.
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    !50 Years Of HSBC.

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 28, 2015

    Apparently HSBC opened its first branch in Hong Kong in March 1865, so 2015 is its 150th anniversary in Hong Kong. To commemorate this it is bringing out a special 150 HK$ note.

    It also put up a great advert in the MTR showing some of the changes that have taken place in Hong Kong during that time. The adverts show pictures of the same thing in the past and present such as the harbour, industry, schools, housing. I loved these adverts and was sorry to see them coming down. Very clever.

    Street Scene The Harbour Housing Industry Schools
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    Hong Kong's National Flower

    by IreneMcKay Written Mar 22, 2015

    The national flower of Hong Kong is the bauhinia. It is also known as the Hong Kong tree orchid. It is a large purple flower which grows on trees. It blossoms from around early November to around the end of March. The bauhinia is depicted on the Hong Kong flag and on several Hong Kong coins.

    View through the bauhinias. Bauhinias
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    Smoking

    by ant1606 Written Feb 5, 2015

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    Smoking is not allowed in several outdoors areas in Hong Kong. Within these areas thogh, there might be specific smoking areas. Look for ban signs before getting fined up to HK$ 5,000.
    Where not otherwise posted, smoking seems allowed in the vicinity of large orange color trash bins.

    Smoking areas

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    chinese lighters

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 24, 2014

    where can you buy the cheapest made lighters around the world?

    where else but in china and it's territories of Macau and Hong Kong as most of the large scale manufacturing is located at the Southern China Region in the Pearl River Delta of Guangzhou Province which is just beside the two terrritories. Hence you can buy chinese made lighters as low as 2 Hong Kong Dollars at the souvenir shops all around Hong Kong (but if you want the durable ones, they cost HKD 6 or more).

    very cheap and also disposable

    colorful
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    Chinese Sweets

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 24, 2014

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    yummmy!

    there are a variety of cantonese baked goodies that you can find at local bakeshops and the many convenience stores lining Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories and Outlying Islands and these baked goodies are tasty, sweet and budget friendly and is available in many configurations like baked bread with mongo beans, baked bread with milk or cream, baked bread with sweet roast pork fillings and more and prices range from HKD 6 to HKD 15 a pack, depending on the quantity of these goodies. you should try these wonderful baked delights.

    a caveat: some might have MSG Added as Asians are fond of MSG in their food.

    deelicious!
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    Nescafe Coffee

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 24, 2014

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    caffeine fix with local nescafe. There are lots of instant coffee mixes in aluminum cans that you can find in the various convenience stores around Hong Kong and they range from regular coffee, iced latte, mochachino, cappucino, strong coffee and hazelnut flavors and then some. There are many local and international companies sell these coffees but the most popular is the Nestle' brand of Nescafe' which they have many variations of cold coffees and they come in 200 ml and 330 ml aluminum containers and they cost from HKD 5 to HKD 9 per piece, depending on the coffee style and brand.

    caffeine fix ok
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    Ocean Park Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 24, 2014

    like what I've said, I also collect various fridge magnets of the various amusement parks that I've been too and off course, when on a revisit at the Ocean Park in Hong Kong Island, I have to buy one and they have many kinds of fridge magnets are some are made from a plastic magnetic light material or pewter or iron or porcelain and they come in different designs and are available at the various souvenir shops along the different theme areas of ocean park at between HKD 20 to 25 per piece (no haggling as this is a theme park.

    cute
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    Shot Glass Ngong Ping

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 24, 2014

    another collectors item and although I have the generic hong kong *** glass in my collection, I also bought a ngong ping 360 shot glass while at the Ngong Ping 360 Attraction in Lantau Island as I love collecting more fridge magnets.

    .you can buy these Ngong Ping 360 shot glasses in the many Souvenir Stands and shops in Ngong Ping 360 Attraction in Lantau Island. they come in all lengths and materials like the usual glass or frosted glass or tempered glass or aluminum or pewter and most are either made in hong kong are in mainland china (as most shot glasses sold in the world) the prices vary from HKD 15 to 25 per piece of my favorite shot glasses, depending on your haggling skills.

    i love shot glasses
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    Horse Statue.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 6, 2014

    The podium in the centre of a pond in Central near the cenotaph and statue square houses different sculptures at different times.

    On my previous visit it had an elephant standing on a man's back. Now it has a horse sculpture.

    This sculpture is known as 'Monument for a Horse' which is part of Le French May. The horse was sculpted by Jean-Marie Fiori. It depicts a horse but it is riderless with no king or hero on its back unlike traditional equestrian statues.

    Jean Marie Fiori was born in France in 1952 and now lives and works in Paris. He is a graduate of the Beaux-Arts and holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts form Paris Vincennes VII. A lot of his work focuses on animals.

    Monument for a horse. Monument for a horse.
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    Gambling Passion

    by Assenczo Updated Mar 4, 2014

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    The Lamma island ferries are not just a deal financially, they are a window into the Chinese psyche. Here one can grasp the fact that locals are passionate about making money any possible way (the easier the better). It also becomes clear why the casino monstrosities of Macao were possible to conceive, build and saturate with customers. The favourite pastime of the ferry passengers (in this case) is not contemplating the sunset over the South China Sea, it is making money on the go, quite literally, from their fellow travelers and receiving a kick (and a buck) of it. As always there are winners and losers, both parties very visible despite the language barrier. They part amicably after the ferry docks most probably because there are no big sums involved. There is no time for many transactions; Lamma Island is not that far away for the hit of the century but surely far enough for satisfying the gambling itch.

    Sunset transaction Gambling lantern
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    All that glitters is not gold

    by Assenczo Updated Feb 25, 2014

    Hong Kong, the leading urban conglomerate of South Asia, busy financial center and bustling business hub has some uglier sides to consider. In general, the space available for dwellings is very limited due to the mountainous nature of the island. The buildings are forced into tiny sea-front areas and deep crevasses in the mountains. In these conditions the natural move is upwards. As a result, the apartment dwellings are shooting up almost as high as the business towers of transnational companies. The small lots are restrictive too and the apartments in high-rises end up being akin to cubicles. The wrong move in the bathroom could inflict you a serious injury due to a hit into the bathroom fixtures – so minute the space is. Bedrooms and kitchens are not of the giant variety either. While these problems might look like deficiencies, they are certainly not the worst of the bunch. Some people are stuffed into containers which could never be regarded as an asset unless they want to be shipped somewhere else quickly without having to move their furniture. The lowest of the low live in an open air setting with the only privilege of adhering to the best Feng Shui practices – facing the sea and backed up by the mountain.

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    Free Wifi in Hong Kong

    by cal6060 Written Nov 6, 2013

    Thanks to the Government of Hong Kong. Everyone can access the Free WI-Fi services in public areas. You don't need to register at the Tourism Board Counter, you can log-in right away with your smart phone or tablet.

    Check out the hotspot locations by clicking here!

    Don't play your phone or tablet while walking. It is dangerous ! Check out the lady in my photo!

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    Horse Racing

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 29, 2013

    Most Chinese people believe in luck. They love to gamble. The only legal gambling in Hong Kong is on horse racing. For casinos you would need to go to Macau. There are two race courses here: one in Sha Tin, the other in Happy Valley. Both are run by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Both are very popular.

    Sha Tin Race Course.
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    Handover to China 1997

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 29, 2013

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    The handover to China took place on 1st July 1997. This is marked by a public holiday on July first each year - SAR Day - Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Day.

    These old photos show the royal yacht Britannia waiting to take the last British govenor - Chris Patten and his family back to the UK and HMS Chatham waiting to take back some of the army.

    The royal yacht. Brithish navy vessel.
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    Chinese New Year

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 29, 2013

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    This is the biggest festival here. It takes place in January or February on a different date each year. Each year is called after a different animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit,dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, pig.

    In preparation people clean out their homes and decorate them. During the festival red packets containing money are given to children and unmarried adults. Families get together for special meals. Children wear traditional Chinese clothes.

    Dressed up for Chinese New year.
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