Monday 25 July 2011

Hong Kong great city, shame about the locals

For all friendly Aussie readers of this blog! A down-to-Earth and truthful letter from one of your own (see below), particularly considering whenever I am Down Under I usually experience the friendliness of locals.

Reference (SCMP; paywall)
Great city, shame about the locals
Jul 20, 2011

I recently returned to Australia from a week-long holiday in Hong Kong and found the city to be an eye-opener - full of life, excitement and colour.

The streets were bustling, the food was amazing, and the shopping was great. But I am sad to say that the locals were very rude.

I have never come across so many rude people. No one held the door open for another person to walk through. No one offered their seat to a pregnant woman or elderly person. No one said please, thank you or excuse me. Yet there are plenty of signs asking everyone to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough.

I would not recommend Hong Kong as a tourist destination, purely because of the rudeness of a large number of local residents I encountered during my week-long stay.

Steve Stefanopoulos, Melbourne, Australia


  1. aimlesswanderer28 July 2011 at 22:50

    My experience is that they are varied in their politeness and manners. They can be a little abrupt as they are so "busy" however. And best not to mess with them when they're shopping!

    Most people here are friendly, though that can vary with ones appearance and the area you're in.

  2. Fair comment, and diplomatic. Thanks AW. A person's travel experience, work experience, education experience and life experience all help to shape their perceptions. A person's worldview is extremely important and can be very revealing.