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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.

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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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    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)

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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.

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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.

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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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    Making friends

    by Sharrie Updated Nov 25, 2002

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    Make friends with the HK people. Some of the most interesting & best friends I have (be it in reality or virtual) are from HK! May be I'm a very lucky person afterall :)))
    Thanks, Heidi!

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    Riding the Escalators

    by keeweechic Written Dec 9, 2002

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    When riding the escalators especially in the MTR stations, always stand on the right. The left is for anyone wishing to walk up or down and keep the flow of people moving.

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    My family reunion in Hong Kong

    by sunnywong Written Aug 25, 2002

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    There is an important role for close family relationship. I enjoyed my family reunion parties each time during my stay in Hong Kong.

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    Old residential Housing

    by vigi Updated May 11, 2003

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    Typical old residential housing in Hong Kong, so small and crowded that you can even climb over to other's sitting room.

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    Mahjong

    by vigi Updated May 11, 2003

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    Playing Mahjong is favourite activity for most Hong Kong people. In the picture, my collegues are playing mahjong in a private club after our month-end dinner.

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    near Hong Kong u can find the...

    by jacq4u2 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    near Hong Kong u can find the island of Macau
    who was in Portugues hands , till not so long ago
    only casino's are on that island

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    Newspaper Stand

    by Sambawalk Written Jan 21, 2006

    In addition to 7-11, there are many newspaper stands in the city where you can pick up magazines, newspapers or whatever.

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