Things I learned while touring Hong Kong/China

20 01 2006

Things I learned during my 3 weeks in Hong Kong and China

  • Chinese people are very gracious hosts
  • Hong Kong residents must be buying a new cell phone about every other week from the volume of business in Mong Kok area
  • Wrist watches – knock offs, are so common that people must own about 4 or 5 each.
  • Always try everything that is served to you.  You might like it.  (Note – the roaches…not so much)
  • Always try to fight for the bill, but let the host win.
  • Public transit, if done right, can be pretty painless.
  • Not all taxi cab drivers are East Indian.
  • While traffic in Hong Kong is scary, there are some unwritten rules that keep everyone alive
  • Traffic in Hong Kong is sane in comparison to Guangzhou
  • Bargaining is an intricate part of buying in China
  • You can find a street vendor who will you ANYTHING in China, if you look enough.
  • Dust and haze make for great sunset pictures.
  • Dust and haze ruin good landscape pictures, ergo it’s hard to take good landscape pictures in Chinese cities.
  • Life is all about who you know, and whether you can get in contact with them when it’s time.
  • Big families mean lots of dinners out when you visit.
  • 5 star hotels in China have no apparent standard which determines that they are 5 star hotels.
  • Chinese tours are cheap because they take you to a store for every attraction – Commission
  • Hong Kong people don’t dance.  Try finding a good dance club.
  • In China, if you need to get rid of something: burn it.  If that doesn’t work: burn it again.
  • Cash rules.  Credit is for Westerners.
  • In Hong Kong, if land is available it will have a 50+ story appartment building on it within the next 2 years.
  • 10 HKD T-shirts are a prime example of “You get what you pay for”
  • Fresh air is a different standard in HK than it is in Vancouver.
  • If you need something before 10:00 am in Hong Kong – tough 😦
  • If you need something after midnight in Hong Kong – No problem 🙂
  • Hong Kong emergency shelters start opening when daytime highs dip to 14C
  • Hang drying clothing does no good when RH is 80%

Those, I think, cover the main aspects of what I learned in HK/China

Edit: One important one….

  • A Nightclub is where a gentleman would go for company, (if you get my drift).  A DISCO is where one would go to dance if you could actually find it.



One response

18 06 2008

Some of these made me chuckle. Mainly because they are so true!

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