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Hong Kong and Mainland China People’s Characteristic

August 9, 2007

There are certain different characteristic between Hong Kong and Mainland China people. Mainland China/PRC (People’s Republic of China)has taken back Hong Kong for 10 years (from 1st July 1997). Many things have changed. In the past, Hong Kong was governed by the British. Therefore, we, Hong Kong Chinese, were under the western education. Hong Kong is an opened market. Hong Kong people have to fight for themselves in order to survive. Whereas in mainland China, government has to take care all, just like a whole family.

We, Hong Kong Chinese, are more lucky than those Mainland China people. Our economy and culture are much more westernized, more systematic and advance, especially in mind-set and integrity awareness. China is just the beginning that Hong Kong has gone through. Hong Kong is 21th Century whereas Mainland China is in the 60s and 70s. Though China’s hardwares (buildings, decoration etc.) are chasing very fast but the softwares (thinking, mind-set and attitude) and people’s mind-set have at least 10 to 15 years difference.

However, China will be the focal points in the coming years in terms of economy. Hong Kong S.A.R. will soon merge into China. I mean the system.

Before 1st July 1997, foreigners will have to stop in Hong Kong first then apply the China visa. That’s why Hong Kong’s economy was much much better. When China opened the market, foreigners can go to China directly. There are a big different living standard between Hong Kong and mainland China. Living cost in China is almost one third of Hong Kong. If you live in China rural cities, the living cost is even only one fifth of Hong Kong.

Following is the different characteristic between Hong Kong Chinese and Mainland China People:

Hong Kong Chinese Mainland China Chinese
Chinese writing Traditional Simplified
Dialects Cantonese, many people understand and speak English Mandarin & local dialects. In Southern part of China, some people speak Cantonese. Most of the people do not understand and speak English.
Speaking tune Small speaking voice tune under any circumstances Very loud voice without concerning others around
Dressing Light in summer and medium clothing in winter Light in summer and medium heavy in winter. Use to wear long under pants
Smoking Not many Almost 70% people smoking
Drinking Beer Must be very cold and icy Not refrigerated. Add ice cubes
Drinking western white wine Icy and drink slowly Seldom drink
Drinking western red wine Drink slowly without adding With sprite or 7-up and with ice cubes and drink fast
Drinking Brandy and Whisky Straight or with ice With green tea and ice cubes
Drinking Chinese white wine with high alcohol Not use to and mostly seldom drink Men and women can drink a bottle of half tale easily. Popular and drink very fast. There are 21 degree alcohol  (as low alcohol) and 45 degree alcohol (as high alcohol)  There are even 75 and 85 degree alcohol white wine that you can burn with a match
Food Light and spicy Very oily and spicy. In western and southern China, people even add heavy sodium glutamate and very hot chili.
Eating Mcdonald burger set Eat burger then fries then ice-cream Fries with ice-cream then burger
Air Conditioning Get use to all year round at lower temperature Not use to, especially Northern part of China
Self discipline Very Not use to
Standing in line Use to Not use to
Splitting No, normally use napkin Anytime anywhere
Crossing road Follow the traffic light Free to walk anytime
Zebra crossing Cars will stop when people walk within the zebra line Useless and cars do not care
Mobile car Driving on right side of the road. Cars are Right wheel Driving on left side of the road. Cars are Left Wheel
Red Traffic Light Cars must stop Left turn rule
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