Practical yes....pretty, not so much
Hong Kong Travel Blog› entry 5 of 67 › view all entries
December 4th, 2007 – by: Connie
First of all, I donâ€™t speak the language. In Hong Kong everyone speaks (I mean, yells) Cantonese but I actually know more Mandarin than Cantonese. Most of all, the weirdest thing is that everyone looks like me. Iâ€™m average height here! No need to hem store bought pants here! Blending in does have its advantages while traveling though. I donâ€™t get targeted by vendors or pick-pockets as much as other tourists. Besides, Iâ€™m not a tourist in Hong Kong, more just a visitor.
I still have lots of family here, mostly from my Momâ€™s side of the family.
Some differences here compared to home though. The one that makes me smile the most is the practice of receiving a bowl and boiled water at your table once you sit down. This is for â€śdisinfectingâ€ť your dishes before eating. The idea being that you canâ€™t trust the restaurant to guarantee clean dishes. This process doesnâ€™t actually clean anything but I guess it makes us all feel better or something like that! Only higher end restaurants donâ€™t provide boiled water, basically saying that their dishes are clean. Nicer restaurants also provide customers with napkins.
Another thing that makes me smile is that things here revolve more around function than lovely dĂ©cor. The restaurants I go to often have elevators or escalators to additional floors but theyâ€™re not separated from the dining area. You can step off the elevator and be standing directly in front of a family eating dim sum! They like to use all the floor space to add more tables. The floors are ugly, the tables are ugly, the chairs are ugly, but there are flat screen tvs on every wall. Itâ€™s all about priorities people!
Well, right now Iâ€™m just hanging out at my auntâ€™s apartment in Kowloon. Iâ€™ve been visiting this apartment since I was 4 years old and I know my way around. Still, my mother insists on showing me the ropes and is always surprised that I can make it to the metro all on my own! Iâ€™m still a child in her eyes, never mind that last year I backpacked all through eastern Asia and made it back in one piece. Itâ€™s a Chinese thing I guess.
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