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Is Hong Kong So Special?

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I was recently in Hong Kong for 3 weeks. I'd heard about Hong Kong all of my life. This was my third trip there, but, all of the other trips were very short. This time I had the opportunity to discover this mystical, historic place.

As a writer for several different publications, I can usually get access to people and places that most people can't get access to. This trip was no different. So, I took my credentials and set out to find out all I could about this place. 

Some people simply opt for the local tours that are offered. I'm a little different. I like to talk to the people. I like to ask the deeper questions about what life is really like. So, I took my liberty and even got into to the boardroom with a director of the local social services administration. I also visited schools, civic groups, churches and educational administrative offices.

Here are three things that I found are different about Hong Kong compared to the mainland. In fact, there really isn't as much difference between them (from what I found).

1. Hong Kong people know how to queue up - I noticed at the bus stop, at the restaurants, at the local bakery, in the movie theater and at the musuem, Hong Kong people will form a line (queue up) like Westerners do. Each person patiently and politely wait their turn. There is no pushing or shoving like I've seen on the mainland. 

2. Hong Kong drivers don't constantly blast their car horns - Living on the mainland, I wake up every morning to people blasting their horns. It seems that a driver is able to show their power by constantly blowing their car horns. Even though Hong Konger drivers drive like they're going to a fire (extremely fast), I rarely heard one of them sounding their car horn. If you live on the mainland, well, you understand the comparison. I was with a driver once who would blast his horn where there were almost no other cars in sight. Hong Kongers don't do this (from what I observed.)

3. Hong Kong people don't clear their throat (disgustingly) and spit in public - I noticed this right away. Of course, Hong Kong also has a lot of visitors who are obvious not Chinese. In most Western countries, making such disgusting sounds and spitting wherever you are, is not a common practice. It is considered rude.

I'm sure that there are some things that I didn't notice about Hong Kong people, but, these three things are what I noticed the most. I found that in the restaurants and the hotel I stayed in for 3 weeks, the attitudes of the employees were not very positive (certainly, not very Western). I met with some rudeness and indifference even in an upscale restaurant that I visited. Not a big deal, but, a little disappointing. Another thing I expected was that it would be clean. It wasn't. Early in the morning, the streets and sidewalks were trashed. I expected better.

Is Hong Kong so special? 

Well, I'd have to say that it didn't meet my expectations of what I've heard. On the other hand, it is a beautiful place when you go to Victoria Bay and look out over the water. I went there several times in the morning and at night and enjoyed the view.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report kevinruud 2019-7-3 11:27
HK is special because it was ruled by British gov for a very long time, and even without this, it is  part of  Guangdong province, where the local open cultures are much different from other parts of the country and in a dominating position, the bad practices of Chinese people you observed or heard are more often than not done by those living in the northern or northeastern part due to climatic and lifestyle and other reasons. If you had  traveled to HK before 97, the comparison would have been more strikingly.
Reply Report MichaelM 2019-7-3 13:11
kevinruud: HK is special because it was ruled by British gov for a very long time, and even without this, it is  part of  Guangdong province, where the local ope ...
O.k. Thanks.
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MichaelM

Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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