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Post time 2014-4-24 11:35:16 |Display all floors
This whole issue is being blown way out of proportion. It shouldn't even be news. It's a child pissing in public, for god's sake. Sure it's wrong, dirty, etc. but it seems this poor family is being used as a scapegoat for Hongkongers to vent their built-up anger, and there's a lot of anger. I saw an African lady let her child defecate in a sewer grate in my country not long back. It's disgusting and drew many comments from passers-by, but it's definitely not newsworthy.

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Post time 2014-4-24 18:19:16 |Display all floors
Small problem creates big issues! First, Hong Kong has not been able to cope with increase number of visitors. Poor planning leads to this kind of problems. Do not blame anyone but yourselves.

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Post time 2014-4-24 19:06:30 |Display all floors
It should be noted that the mother was arrested for theft. She stole the young man's mobile phone, the one that he used to take the photos. Taking photos isn't illegal theft is.
When you consider that the number of foreign visitors to Hong Kong is 45 million including 38 million Chinese and that tourism only makes up 4.5% of Hong Kong's economy, it isn't hard to see why so many Hong Kong people feel frustrated by the crowds. Especially since tourism made up 3.6% of Hong Kong's economy before 2003 when the Chinese from certain cities were granted individual traveler status.

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Post time 2014-4-24 22:48:26 |Display all floors
Inbound (HK$79,100 million) and outbound (HK$15,400 million) tourism accounts for 4.7% of Hong Kong's GDP (2011: 4.5%).  (Source - http://www.statistics.gov.hk/pub/B71404FB2014XXXXB0100.pdf). The above inbound tourism figure does not include tourists' spending in retail shops, restaurants, etc.

That HK inbound tourism is a vital part of the territory's economy is evident in the following extract of Wall Street Journal report -

"Hong Kong GDP out today is likely to have grown above 3% on year and more than 0.2% on a seasonally-adjusted basis from the previous quarter, according to a person familiar with the matter. (The data is out officially at 4.30 pm local time.)

The number was helped by solid domestic demand, which contributes over two-thirds of Hong Kong’s GDP, the person said.

The Chinese territory of 7 million people has benefited from a wave of spending from mainland Chinese who come to Hong Kong on vacation and to shop.

About a third of all retail spending, a major contributor to local demand, comes from visitors. Last year, mainland Chinese made HK$119 billion (US$15.2 billion) of retail purchases, up from HK$43 billion in 2008, according to data from the census department. In 2012, local residents spent HK$287 billion, the data showed." http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2013/08/16/mainlanders-buoy-hong-kong-gdp/

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Post time 2014-4-25 06:44:19 |Display all floors
I have to HK several times on business ,but talk about a fifty city HK would be #1,Behind the big flashlights and glitter HK is one big slum the locals pissing and craping everywhere ,the people are rude  the taxi drives rip you off,and the polluted harbour , I don't know why any tourist would want visit this pollutted and rude  place, Give me Japan anyday,

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Post time 2014-4-25 09:19:38 |Display all floors
Think choosing a place for a child to relief a nature's call no matter how urgent requires IQ. Otherwise that poor kid won't have one. Its the Chinese's choice - choosing a qualitative behavior or quantitative one or having both. Qualitatively in this case can be referred to the parents considering the child's learning process in solving a problem. Quantitatively as usual the Chinese "TURNS A BLIND EYE TO QUALITATIVE FACTORS" just settle the quantitative discharge regardless of situation. Of course we sympathize with the child with nature calling but as one has pointed, there are McDonalds, KFCs, shops, shopping complexes, even office complexes or bus stations etc. Then again perhaps not all the fault lies with the Chinese tourist. Hong Kong is pretty well known for being impolite, unfriendly and impatient too. In restaurants, the locals can simply just sit down on the table you are dinning without any courtesy of asking beforehand if it is occupied first or is welcomed or not. In some instances the shop attendants are not exactly cordial if you aren't buying anything. Hence it is quite normal for non-locals to feel that they won't get any help when needed as in this case. Looks like whether it is Hong Kong or China, both are the same - absence of social EQ, quality, etiquette and graciousness.

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Post time 2014-4-25 10:10:03 |Display all floors
You can take the people out of the country - but you cant take the country out of the people.

A farmer will take his farmer habits no matter where he goes!.

Well done HK -- I wouldnt put up with that either.

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