Local traditions and culture in Hong Kong

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    Travel Agent

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 28, 2002

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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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    There are many old chinese...

    by ardon107 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    There are many old chinese temple in hong kong and i'm sure that tourist will be interested in them!But it's better for all tourist to worship(fold up your hands and shake) the god that was worshipped inside the temple no matter what religion u belong to!bcz it's a kind of respect and politeness!
    Also, in Hongkong ,there are a wide range of cultural activities, Cantonese Opera was the most popular one in hongkong!Most of the elderly in hong kong like to watch Cantonese Opera,it's suitable for tourist too!It's easy to find the show in the Cultural Centre ^-^

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    Though things have been...

    by VTShounen Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Though things have been changing, HK for the most part is still not a very friendly city. In fact, people are down right rude. This I've noticed is true for most major metropolis whose citizens are fiercely proud of their cities. Sales clerks are now donning smiles, but street merchants are as no-nonsense as ever. In general people are very cold and even hostile to strangers, but once that wall has been broken through, they are extremely hospitable. So take heart, if you've been yelled at, for it was simply a form of endearment. Unless of course you were being a jerk, in which case, a 'diu nei lou mou' to you too! ^o^

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    At night of 4 June every year,...

    by daniellau Written Aug 26, 2002

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    At night of 4 June every year, Hong Kong people will commemorate of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in Victoria Park. This 2001 year is 12th anniversary and over 48,000 people gather here (8:00pm - 10:00pm). People will hold a light and sing during the two hours.

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    Ah yes, the world of squat...

    by Kindra Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Ah yes, the world of squat toilets. I imagine they are way more prevalent in most other countries in Asia but you will find them in Hong Kong as well. Generally nice bathrooms in shopping centres were of the western persuasion while I found public toilets had an option of squats or western. There were a few times when there wasn't an option. Personally I would rather have a western toilet without a seat than a narrow hole in the ground that does not look too sanitary to me: squatting anywhere near that hole felt pretty gross... and dispose of your tissue in the baskets provided. However this is the way it is, so just be prepared.

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    If you follow the path to the...

    by Kindra Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you follow the path to the location of the old airport in HK, Kai Tak, you may notice that all the buildings are significantly lower in order to make way for the flight path. We can now only imagine what it would be like to make such a landing!

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    Do as the locals do - get up...

    by gabriellefox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Do as the locals do - get up early and watch the sun rise as they go about their daily routines. Rest in the shade in the heat of the midday sun. Eat in the popular local cafes and restaurants, try the local delicacies and see some of the culture such as dances, theatre or sport.

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    Be a responsible traveller -...

    by gabriellefox Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Be a responsible traveller - respect cultural differences and local dress standards, moral codes, religions, habits and day to day ways of life. These are part of what makes Asia such a wonderful place to visit.

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    HK people are cool but nice....

    by nicole8 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    HK people are cool but nice. They generally can speak well English, specially in central area, so ask directions.. but the best way to travel around HK is to know the bus road, HK is small, with a map, it's not difficult at all. But the buses with no show of the name of stop, you have to know some symbols of that area to know to get off the bus. Or ask the bus driver. Or simply jump off the bus when you find something interesting through the bus window.

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  • For some strange reasons, I...

    by london.gal Written Aug 24, 2002

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    For some strange reasons, I CAN'T understand why these Hong Kongers speak SO LOUDLY to one another (even though they are seated SIDE BY SIDE) as if they were involved in some heated argument!! When I was walking along Mongkok district, I thought I had stumbled upon an entire group of people in the midst of a heated argument until someone enlightened me that this is how the Hong Kongers (those of a certain income level) speak! Does that mean I have to scream at the top of my voice too????? No way, José!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyways, Mongkok can be real shocking to the uninitiated. So, be prepared. And just to drive the point home - here's a photo of it. But there is a great night (flea) market here so it's worth paying a visit to this area.

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    Be warned, they spit, pick...

    by Angel_Dust Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Be warned, they spit, pick their noses, slam doors in your faces etc...and it's normal...Hong Kong is one of those places where if you smile, they think you're up to something sketchy...taking the MTR is an adventure in itself. Thank you doesn't seem to be in their vocabulary either! This is not everyone of course...but in general...

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    Some people told me that Hong...

    by Gnome Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Some people told me that Hong Kongers are rude, but generally they are no worse than people in any big fast city. Despite their reputation, they can be very very helpful if you get lost. In fact, if yuo just have a puzzled look on your face, people will often come up and ask if they can help you. You have to remember that many of them do not speak english very well, especially since the 97 handover - so they are not being rude, because they may not be very confident when they are speaking in english.

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    The Hong Kong Chinese are very...

    by PCK Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Hong Kong Chinese are very modern. Unlike the Mainland Chinese, we are quite sophisticated. We wear branded clothes and like fine dinning. Do not expect to see very ignorant people in Hong Kong. I do not want to be rude about this but many foreigners thought that we are very ignorant.

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    Bank of China lions

    by IreneMcKay Written May 28, 2013

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    Just for conrast with Stephen and Stitt the HSBC lions, next door the Bank of China lions are very Chinese in character. They remind me of the lion costumes used in the lion dance.

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    Tai Chai

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2009

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    A lot of Chinese practice Tai Chai in the mornings. Here is a Tai Chai Class that is offered in Kowloon outside of the HK Cultural Center every Monday and Wednesday mornings.

    Tai Chai

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