Local traditions and culture in Hong Kong

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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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    All together now!!!

    by tvdm Written Jan 2, 2005

    As you can see from the picture, Hong Kong is a busy place where space is at a premium. Houses and hotel rooms are small and streets are crowded. However, for all its hustle and bustle, Hong Kong has a wonderfully organised feel to it!

    High rise en route to Chek Lap Kok

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    Piles of People

    by Gage17 Updated Apr 25, 2005

    Hong Kong is an incredibly crowded place. I could not get over how many people packed the sidewalks at all hours of the day. It was not oppressive (like the heat), but it was something I was conscious of daily.

    The masses at midnight in Mongkok

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    About Yum Cha

    by mashimashi Written Jul 27, 2005

    You might come across "Yum Cha" this term in many books or foreign visitors.

    Yum = Drink
    Cha = Tea

    In the place where we Yum Cha, they have dim sum provided. I will recommend you try once at least in Hong Kong, at resturant like Maxim.

    But it is not true that we have to Yum Cha everyday as breakfast. Those who can afford to Yum Cha daily are elderly people or retired people. And most Hong Kong (younger generation) will prefer sleep till noon on weekends, then the Yum Cha time will pass.

    I think I only Yum Cha once per month or two months. I don't like line up for table for 45 minutes.

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    Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy

    by bryINpoland Written Sep 30, 2005

    The Kuan Yin statue at Repulse Bay, has to be one of the most photographed statues of all the statues at Repulse Bay. Kuan Yin is most widely known as the Goddess of Mercy in China, and ussually depicted as a beautiful white robed woman. You can find her statue at many harbours throughout China, for fisherman often pray to her.

    My Goddess of Love, Nadine infront of Kuan Yin
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    A Hong Kong wedding!

    by idy Updated Dec 1, 2005

    We chanced upon a wedding couple while we were having a go at the swings in a quiet neighbourhood playground in Tai O village on Lantau Island.

    As is typical of a Chinese wedding, the bride is dressed a in bright red gown (red is an auspicious colour to bring good fortune and happiness), while the groom is wearing a western-style suit. One of the bridesmaids carry a red umbrella with which to shield the bride.

    The wedding party arrives at the groom's parent's home in a procession of bridal cars (decorated with ribbons) carrying the bridesmaids, the groomsmen and the photographer and videographer. In certain cases, the bride's parents come along too. They bear a variety of gifts, most likely including a fruit basket and a roasted piglet.

    A wedding couple at Tai O village, Lantau Island

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    Alias for Hong Kong Currency

    by tangymp Updated Dec 13, 2003

    Impress your Hong Kong friends by knowing these money terms in Cantonese!

    $1000 note: Gold Cow (Gum Au)
    $ 500 note: Big Cow (Tai Au)
    $ 100 note: Red Snapper (Hung Sam)
    $ 10 note: Flower Crab (Fa Hai)
    $ 10 coin: Rolex (Gum Ngan Yun)
    $ 1 coin: Big Cake (Tai Pang)

    A Fa Hai
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    Hong Kong's version on the "7-11"

    by RoseAmano Written May 9, 2004

    The characters pretty much read "Seven-Eleven Convenience Store"..
    I have this strange fascination of visiting and purchasing snacks and things from the convenience stores, supermarkets and drugstores of my visiting country - which gives a lot of insight into the trends of the high-selling everyday items locally.

    7-11 Hong-Kong Style
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    The Chinese Zodiac (continued)

    by Sharrie Written Nov 25, 2002

    Just as signs in the Western zodiac carry different personality traits, so do the signs of the Chinese system. There is, of course, disagreement as to the precise character of each of the signs, but their general traits are as follows:THE SNAKE (1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001):
    The snake is thought to be the most intellectual & tenacious of all the signs. He enjoys the finer things in life & tends to be deeply religious & psychic on one hand, & hedonistic & superstitious on the other.
    THE HORSE (1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002):
    A person of great charm, wit & sexual appeal. The horse tends to be very sentimental, quickly falling in & out of love. He is also quick-tempered, self-indulgent, self-reliant, astute in monetary affairs, & somewhat unpredictable.
    THE SHEEP or RAM (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003):
    The most gentle of the signs, the sheep tends to be righteous, mild-mannered, artistic, creative & even clairvoyant. He's also rather fussy & is seldom happy with those around him. Well-mannered, the sheep tends to be religious.
    THE MONKEY (1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004):
    The closest in character to man himself - thus endowed with both intelligence & a capacity to deceive - the monkey is a born opportunist. Positive qualities are affability, cleverness, good sense of humor, articulateness & strong self-confidence. The negative aspects include selfishness, vanity, deceitfulness & a streak of jealousy.

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    The Chinese Zodiac (Continued)

    by Sharrie Written Nov 25, 2002

    Just as signs in the Western zodiac carry different personality traits, so do the signs of the Chinese system. There is, of course, disagreement as to the precise character of each of the signs, but their general traits are as follows:

    THE ROOSTER (1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005):
    Like its namesake, the rooster likes (& deserves) to be noticed, & speaks his opinion regardless of who's listening. Despite his obvious pride, the rooster is perhaps a little insecure. Excellent with finances.
    THE DOG (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006):
    A champion of justice, the dog is loyal, honest, intelligent, courageous & sexy but also enjoys keeping his own company. While he cares little for money - & might even be considered a bit lazy - he's very good at finding it when he needs it.
    THE PIG (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007):
    Like the dog, the pig also has high ideals & little concern for money making. However, the pig can be rather stubborn & takes forever to make a decision. Not as flashy as some of the other signs, the pig is nevertheless one of the most popular animals of the zodiac.

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  • Bamboo Scaffolding

    by lachydragon Written Feb 18, 2003

    I found it fascinating to see the widespread use of Bamboo in all the building works through Hong Kong. Coming from Australia where all out building sites are an ugly tangle of steel scaffolds it was quite nice to see the softer lines and colours of Bamboo adorning building sites.

    The use was widespread and the scaffolding could eually be seen on a flashy expensive department store in the Wan Chai district to a ramshackle housing development in the poorer districts.

    The building workers were also very agile in manouvering around their scaffolds.

    Bamboo was also widely used for washing with poles strung out of most windows covered in small items drying.

    Bamboo acaffolding on a CBD building

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    Hong Kong Movies-two great ones to check out

    by Smruti Updated Apr 28, 2003

    I feel that one of the best ways to learn abot a country's culture is to watch the type of entertainment they produce. Lately, I've gotten into watching Hong Kong movies. Two which I higly recommend are "Fulltime Killer" (2002) and 'Infernal Affairs' (2003), which swept the Hong Kong movie awards last year. I saw both at the San Francisco International Film Festival and loved them. Both movies are set in the world oif Hong Kong police and triad showdowns. HK heartthrob Andy Lau plays pivotal roles in both movies. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai(the one from In the Mood for Love) is wonderful in Infernal Affairs.

    by the way, I heard Hollywood is optioning Infernal Affairs with Brad Pitt in the starring role?? say it isn't so!!!

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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.

    Bank of China lion
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    That duck again

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 4, 2013

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    On a rare clear day in Central looking towards TST could not resist taking a picture of that duck again.

    That duck again. And again.
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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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