By Rosie Rice
Spending 12 days in Vietnam before arriving in Hong Kong was life changing. The operations, politics, and way of life are almost a 180 from life in the U.S. By the time I arrived in Hong Kong, it was a relief to get back to the way of life that I know and love. However, taking a closer look, there are still many nuances that I wasn’t expecting.
1) The types of people in Hong Kong are very diverse; I’ve seen many Australians, Irish, Spanish, French, Turkish, and of course Chinese.
2) Although many public signs are also posted in English, to find in the true authentic & tasty food joints, that solely speak Cantonese, it’s necessary to go with a native. Or another alternative that I’ve tried is to pick a random menu item and point and nod to the server; it hasn’t been bad yet!
3) Women hold a slightly lower social status in the business world. I have seen it be common for a male to speak over or immediately divert his attention from a conversation with a woman if another male beings talking.
4) The city subway system, call MTR, is extremely efficient in transporting the city’s 7 million people, even during rush hour. It has won world-class awards for being so clean, easy to use, and energy conscious.
5) The food is very lean, with smaller portions and less grease than U.S. foods. Though I found it interesting to learn many Hong Kong natives actually love American foods, especially hamburgers.
6) The city is not wheelchair accessible and restaurants/venues do not have handicap entrances. The streets, mostly on very steep hills, do have a ‘slope option’ for wheeling, though they seems too steep to navigate in a wheelchair. I have yet to see a disabled person out and about in Hong Kong.
Signing off to prepare for a day of fitting models and stuffing goody bags for S.Nine’s first fashion catwalk show this Wednesday night!