Hong Kong is one of the most, if not the most, enchanting locations to visit. But if you have the good fortune of living there then, you don’t need anyone to tell you how lucky you are. Hong Kong is the juxtaposition of a retail heaven and a gastronomical paradise.
In every country that one visits, there is sure to be a section of the city that is dubbed as “China Town.” Paris, London, New York, all have Chinatowns that cater to anything Chinese. Now can you imagine living in the ultimate Chinatown? That is what Hong Kong is. It is wall to wall, or should I say, coast to coast, Chinese food, shopping, clubbing, karaoke, entertainment, and everything the mind could probably want.
From the moment you land into Chek Lap Kok Airport and make your way into this metropolis, you will have to wonder about diversity that is woven into the very fabric of the Cantonese that dominate this island. Once, a British protectorate, it has now reverted to China and forms the crossroads of culture between a once-conservative east and a liberal west. Hong Kong is most notably known for its appeal to the rest of the world for its glamour and culinary delicacies, but also for its mystery.
From a business perspective, it is also a safe haven for offshore opportunities. Wealth creation and wealth protection are frequently related and associated with Hong Kong offshore corporations.
But putting politics, business and culture aside, Hong Kong’s appeal to the masses is its renowned stature as a shopping heaven. Shopping is taken to an entirely higher plateau here. From the most expensive designer labels, to the bargain items, there is something for everyone. All you need to bring with you is your credit card; even small merchants accept credit cards in this town, so it won’t be a problem.
One thing though, while bargaining is accepted, don’t ever walk away if they agree to your price. Most vendors consider that an insult and it infuriates them. Once you get the price you want, whip that credit card out and be on your way.
The culture in Hong Kong is a mix of many factors. Most of them are very polite, but all of them are very accommodating. They are very accepting of tourists regardless of where you originate. They will go out of their way to point out directions, sometimes even walking over with you till they hand you over to the place you intended to visit.