Hong Kong Local Customs

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Hong Kong Local Customs

  • Do/Do Not!

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    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...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    the chinese version of the mexican chicharonnes, very crispy and salty but deelicious! The chinese style pork rinds are way different from the mexican and spanish ones, in that the pork rinds are made into really thin strips and are braised in a sweet and tangy flavor that still retains their crispiness. they are available in many variety and...

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  • Markets

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    you must haggle as price are not fixed! off course you can buy the cheapest T-Shirts in China and Macau and Hong Kong if you want to buy various cheap T-Shirts as souvenirs as these shirts are cheaply mass produced along the many Factories along the Pearl River Delta and you can buy assorted kinds of Hong Kong Souvenir T-Shirts at the various...

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  • Dress Code

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    Hong Kong is fairly fashion conscious especially for business. Hong Kong people are also very modest in their dress and you will attract some unwanted stares if you wear anything too revealing. Different colours have different means for instance, red is a happy colour except when writing. Red Ink symbolises Anger. White is the symbol of death and...

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  • Festivals

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    Time to say goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome in the Year of the Sheep. always noisy lion dancers scare away all the bad luck and hasten in the good luck. We had lion dancers at my school and our heads and directors painted the lion's eye for good luck. I have not seen this done before, but everyone else had.

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  • Language

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    Cantonese:The franca lingua in HK. Though it's said that everyone here can speak English and Mandarin , the language of familiarity is still Cantonese. It's different in Singapore where all of us are forced to speak English due to our diverse ethnicity. Anyway, I've encountered more than fair share of Lost in Translation moments in HK where...

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  • Temples

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    The Chinese use of burning incense in the temples, filling them with smoke that pushes Fernanda quickly out, is done in Man Mo temple in a special way, with dozens of spirals hanging over your head, and slowly releasing the smoke and smell from their extremities. “Arraial” is a Portuguese word without an exact translation that defines the festive...

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  • Chinese zodiac/Feng Shui and more

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    In the east asian countries and Teritories of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, these have the odd and peculiar urinals of which you would not see any toilet bowls or bidets, only open faced but ceramic pit privy of which you can take a dump of even pee and if you are not used to these urinals, don't despair as they...

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  • Climate

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    I hate dealing with umbrellas- mainly because I never know what to do with them once I get inside somewhere. Well, in Hong Kong it's a pleasure. When you get inside a building, there's a little stand with plastic umbrella wraps. Dip your umbrella inside, and it will be covered. No dripping water everywhere. Then most businesses have umbrella stands...

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  • Cantonese Opera

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    A great way to see and appreciate Chinese culture is to watch Cantonese Opera being performed but due to a declining audience there is not much opportunity to do so anymore. The Sunbeam Theatre in North Point had performed operas for the past forty years but the privately run theatre did not renew its latest lease and was advertised to close...

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  • Multicultural City

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    As HK is a fairly westernised city, there aren't many unfamiliar Asian gestures that you need to avoid (i.e. in Greece your palms shouldn't face others with your fingers spread out like showing a "five"). Handshakes and waves are good, though of course flicking the finger should be avoided. The victory sign (as formed with the middle and index...

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  • Business Cards

    Hong Kong Local Customs

    In Singapore as in Hong Kong, don't ever toss your business card nonchalently to your would-be client/customer/acquaintance. Hand over business cards with both hands, as though you are handing over your inheritance. Bear in mind that your card should have its typeface facing the recipient. Likewise, receive cards with both hands. Never, never,...

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  • 150 Years Of HSBC.

    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...

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  • That duck again

    On a rare clear day in Central looking towards TST I could not resist taking a picture of that duck again. Sadly the duck has sailed off into new waters now. Hopefully it will come back some day. It was quite a popular attraction.

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  • Chinese New Year Concert

    At school we always have a Chinese New Year Concert with singing and dancing. Chinese New Year is the most important of all the Chinese Festivals. 2015 is the year of the goat.

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  • Hong Kong's National Flower

    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.

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  • Chinese New Year Clothes

    One of the good things about Chinese New Year is that people, especially children, dress up in traditional Chinese clothes which are very colourful and attractive.

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  • Chinese New Year Time Again

    Time to say goodbye to the Year of the Horse and welcome in the Year of the Sheep. always noisy lion dancers scare away all the bad luck and hasten in the good luck. We had lion dancers at my school and our heads and directors painted the lion's eye for good luck. I have not seen this done before, but everyone else had.

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  • Smoking

    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.

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  • Hong Kong Souvenir T-Shirts

    you must haggle as price are not fixed!off course you can buy the cheapest T-Shirts in China and Macau and Hong Kong if you want to buy various cheap T-Shirts as souvenirs as these shirts are cheaply mass produced along the many Factories along the Pearl River Delta and you can buy assorted kinds of Hong Kong Souvenir T-Shirts at the various...

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  • Chinese Pork Rinds

    the chinese version of the mexican chicharonnes, very crispy and salty but deelicious!The chinese style pork rinds are way different from the mexican and spanish ones, in that the pork rinds are made into really thin strips and are braised in a sweet and tangy flavor that still retains their crispiness. they are available in many variety and degree...

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  • chinese lighters

    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...

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  • Chinese Sweets

    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...

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  • Nescafe Coffee

    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...

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  • Ocean Park Refrigerator Magnets

    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...

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  • Refrigerator Magnets 1

    nice paper weights for the fridgea nice souvenir from Hong Kong as beside shot glasses, I also love to collect Refrigerator Magnets on all my travels and here in Hong Kong is no Different., I usually buy them as part of my souvenir collections of the local area that I've visited and here in Hong King, and you can find them everywhere especially at...

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  • Shot Glass Ngong Ping

    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...

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  • Hong Kong Shot Glass

    my favorite collectors item besides the fridge magnetsnot only do i collect assorted fridge magnets of my local and international travels but i also collect shot glasses which I sometimes use to take a shot of tequila, vodka, whisky and brandy and here in Hong Kong Territory is no different hehehe. you can buy these assorted shot glasses in the...

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  • Communist Caps

    a nice souveniryou can buy the ubiqitous mao communist caps even in capitalist hong kong as these are fast selling novelty items for collectors like me and you can find these mao communist caps at the various souvenir shops and stalls all around hong kong with different designs and colors and some even have tin pin up symbols around the caps and...

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  • Silk Wallets

    nice gifts for ladies!off course buying silk in Hong Kong and in Macau or Mainland China is the real mccoy! as this is the place who invented the silk fabric that they discovered from the goo of silkworms and buying in Hong Kong for Silk Products cannot be more original. but a caveat, there are inferior quality silk produced in hong kong too, so...

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  • Local Orange Juice

    refreshing!as hong kong has any farm land and orchards in it's small territory, they import most of the orange juice requirements from Mainland China and also other orange producing countries around the world and you can buy many kinds of orange juice drinks in a variety of packagings made by local hong kong companies or imported from famous brands...

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  • Chinese Buns

    whether steamed of fried, with or without fillings, it is very tasty. Chinese buns are called Mantou or Baozi and are made from regular yeast dough, water, leavening agentsand a little sugar and you can add a variety of fillings or you can eat it fried or steamed with or withour fillings and there are many kinds of chinese buns you can buy all...

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  • No Littering in Public Beaches

    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...

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  • No Smoking at Public Beaches

    again another hefty fine awaits youHong Kong as many outlying islands like Lantau, Lamma, Tsing Yi and Hong Kong Island and there are many public Beaches in the Territory but smoking is not allowed inside the beaches and anyone caught smoking at a public beach will be fined 1500 Hong Kong Dollars (about 200 US Dollars) per cigarette stick. but...

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  • Peculiar Urinals

    In the east asian countries and Teritories of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, these have the odd and peculiar urinals of which you would not see any toilet bowls or bidets, only open faced but ceramic pit privy of which you can take a dump of even pee and if you are not used to these urinals, don't despair as they...

    more
  • Always wrap chewing gum before disposal!

    Unlike the nation city of Singapore, where all kinds of chewing gum is banned, in Hong Kong, chewing gums are allowed and even enjoy brisk sales! but a caveat: do not throw chewing gum everywhere and even is you dispose the used chewing gum in the trash cans and trash bins, be sure to put them in the wrapper that you opened before you used them and...

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  • don't be a litter bug!

    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...

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  • No Smoking in Public Transports!

    Hong Kong, like in any country, forbids smoking cigarettes and cigars at Public Transports such as taxis, public buses, at the MTR, Star Ferry, Private Tour Vans and Buses and as you can see in the picture, a hefty fine await you if you even try and the fine is 5,000 Hong Kong Dollars (about 800 US Dollars) per lit cigarette! and theyn amended it...

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  • Local Coca-cola

    Being the Number One Soft Drink Beverage Maker in the World, The Coca Cola Company has practically branches all over the world and Hong Kong is included. Various Coca Cola Products are popular in the Territory but the number one will be the Original Coke Soda (softdrinks) and followed closely by the Coke Light Lemon Flavor. you can buy various Coca...

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  • Local Iced Tea

    more flavorful than Lipton or Nestea. Hong Kong, like the Rest of China, is a tea drinking country as Tea Leaves originated in China and was a closely guarded secret, punishable by death during the middle ages, and besides the hot tea which are more popular to the Chinese, there are many Iced Tea Brands that proliferate in Hong Kong of which you...

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  • San Miguel Beer

    No. 1 Beer in Hong Kong and locals often think that it originated in Hong kong as it was availalbe in Hong Kong since the 1950's and they have 2 large beer factories here and is a rival of Carlsberg to Beer Supremacy in Hong Kong. the Multinational beer, brewed by the San Miguel Brewing Group and is being gulped by 90% of Beer Drinkers in the...

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  • Bottled Water

    a must for travellers as hongkong has hardly any potable water as most potable water are imported from Mainland China. as in any major cities, people don't generally trust tap water and hence the water refilling stations and water bottling companies are making a killing selling various kinds of bottled water like distilled water, spring water,...

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  • Horse Statue.

    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...

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  • Another Dragon Boat Day

    June 1st 2014 was Dragon Boat Day. After the races in Discovery Bay there was entertainment from this group of Chinese drummers. Discovery Bay is one of several venues where you can watch the races. It has a carnival atmosphere with entertainment, food stalls and market stalls.

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  • Save your saliva

    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...

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