Some Photos From Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is unlike any city in China. This is because it’s closer to a Western city than a China one. For 100 years, Hong Kong was ruled by the British Empire but reverted back to Chinese rule in 1997. Since then, China has chosen to re-assimilate Hong Kong over a 50 year time line. Mainland Chinese citizens still need a visitor’s permit/visa to visit Hong Kong and the colony still uses its own currency and drives on the wrong side of the road.

Even after more than ten years under the Chinese government, the British influenced on Hong Kong can still be felt. While the rest of Asia doesn’t know what tipping is, Hong Kong has so adapted that stupid European tradition, they now built tip into the bill. This has more to do with the fact that Chinese citizens visiting Hong Kong wouldn’t tip. Now they have no choice.

Hong Kong has the highest percentage of English speaking citizens among Chinese cities. Again, this had a lot to do with the UK ruling Hong Kong for 100 years. A Westerner wouldn’t have much trouble communicating with the locals, especially in the service industry.

If you want to get a taste of Hong Kong without traveling there, then take a take a trip to Vancouver and check out the suburb of Richmond (where I live). If you’ve ever wondered why Vancouver was nicknamed “Hongcover” by 60 Minutes, you’ll have your answer when you visit Richmond.

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The girl above just came up to Carl Nelson for no reason and asked to take a picture with him. She claims she was doing it for a project. What kind of project, I’m not sure.

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70 thoughts on “Some Photos From Hong Kong”

  1. Who is the guy on the photos?

    1. Carl Nelson says:

      That’s me – the Capable Minority! I moved to Hong Kong 3 years ago. I’ve known John for 10 years, and have been trying to get him to visit me for a long time. Glad he finally did!

      I just have to clarify that the British did not give Hong Kong “back” to China in 1997. Since the current communist regime in China had not conquered the China by the time the colony was formed in 1842, I don’t consider it giving “back”. They inherited Hong Kong.

      Also, Hong Kong will remain autonomous for 50 years past 1997, not 20.

      To me, it’s not the east-west culture that is most appealing to Hong Kong, it’s that it is one part of china that didn’t have its culture stripped away by the communists in the last 60 years. Hong Kong is much more interesting than China, because it’s not just a stripped down communist idea of what a city should be, but an actual organic city with non-brainwashed citizens.

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      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        Hey Carl, nice to meet you! Btw, I’m curious how you communicate with people in HK. All of them speak English?

        Regards,
        Lee

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        1. Carl Nelson says:

          Yeah almost everyone speaks a little bit of English, communication isn’t a huge problem here. It’s a lot harder in other places I’ve been to!

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          1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

            That’s great! I have yet to travel there, as what I saw in the HK Drama, most of them can’t speak English well, but English is International Languege, so everyone should know at least a little bit (Me too). lol!
            Carl, how long you’ve been staing in HK? Seems that you know a lot of their history? 😛
            Any other places that you’ve been travelling before and found difficulty to communicate? China?

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      2. Jake Stone says:

        I have to agree with you. Mainland China is not as interesting as “satellite” Chinese communities. Big cities in China are almost absurd in their grandness and the countryside is big too alien for a Westerner like me.

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    2. Gary says:

      That guy was John’s tour guide in Hong Kong. He takes you to all the hot places to buy knock off LV bags and bootleg DVDs! 😉

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      1. fas says:

        Oh, I was also wondering who he is. John you should have introduced him, LOL.

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        1. Carl Nelson says:

          Yeah no kidding! Follow me on twitter http://twitter.com/hardcoreware

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  2. Amazon Fan says:

    Hongkong is a amazing city combined with east and west culture. I love it.

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  3. Great pics John! When do you get back?

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    1. John Chow says:

      A few days ago. And I am loving the blue sky! Asia has no blue sky. Just a thick smog!

      1. Carl Nelson says:

        As soon as you left, the skies were blue and beautiful!

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        Also, Canon released the video camera you were looking for the day after you left! lol

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        1. Jonk says:

          I found blue skies for my whole time in Hong Kong. Far worse in Beijing…

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        2. John Chow says:

          Well, at least I came home to blue sky. What would be worst is coming home to dark sky while Hong Kong cleared up! LOL.

      2. griswold says:

        I’m lived in TianJin, the air quality and environment has been improve In recent years.

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        1. Jake Stone says:

          Good to hear that things are going to a better direction.

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  4. shun2u says:

    i like hong kong very much! there was really awesome! Nice city!

  5. arnold says:

    Had a chance to go there October last year. Loved the place. And looking forward to going back there this year to check out other places and to cross-over to Macau.

  6. Philip Nowak says:

    John,

    Hong Kong looks amazing. I hope that I can take a trip out there sometime in the next 5 years or so. My girlfriend actually has a friend who moved from Chicago to Hong Kong. She is currently doing marketing for a Russian company that specializes in the import/export of diamonds into Hong Kong. She is having the time of her life out there.

    It is great to see that you are enjoying life to the fullest. Keep doing what you are doing and don’t let any critics bring you down.

    -Philip Nowak

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  7. Melody says:

    I wish you could put on some type of magical glasses that, when their on–let you translate any sign in a different language to english..lol..do random, but I wish I knew what everything was..

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    1. Did you mean all the signs? I ca tell you about the Blue Sign, Should be English Town, lol.

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      1. Lee Ka Hoong says:

        lol..the chinese word under English Town signboard mean “Don’t stop, improve yourself non-stop!” something like this.
        I admit that HK is a great place for foreigners to visit, I love HK too even thought I never been there b4 because I watched dozens of HK dramas. 🙂

        Regards,
        Lee

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        1. Ben Pei says:

          Yeah for shopping and food, quite heavenly. Girls are hot there too … Pardon me!

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        2. Jake Stone says:

          Don’t they just kill people in HK dramas. Come to think of it, last time I was there there was a triad shootout just a block away from my hotel. Heck, night before, I dined on the street were it all came down.

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  8. Melody says:

    I wish you could put on some type of magical glasses that, when their on–let you translate any sign in a different language to english..lol..so random, but I wish I knew what everything was..

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  9. I have always wanted to go to japan but now I want to go to China too!

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    1. It does look darn smoggy though.. 🙂 I understand why you would wear a mask!

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  10. Hong Kong seems to be a beautiful city, but it seems lots of smog or is it fog?

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  11. Keith Macon says:

    Looks like a great experience.

  12. Michael Zhao says:

    I can’t imagine myself going to Europe and being treated the same like Karl…

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Yes, we Europeans are very much into this racism stuff… 🙁

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      1. Michael Zhao says:

        Indeed.

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  13. the last picture was too funny!!

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  14. Selebritiz says:

    what kind of project ?! LOL

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  15. Online TV says:

    Hong Kong is so beautiful. Buildings are very nice and full of ads on them.

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Travel my friend…travel.

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  16. I wish I could travel to Hongkong. The pictures in this blog are good. You can be a professional photographer.

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      That’s what I thought too!

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  17. Jesse says:

    Great pictures, I have wanted to travel to Hong Kong for a while but have not had the opportunity so far, it is definitely on my list of places to check out. I am not a fan of communism, so this would be a good way for me to see some culture that hasn’t been oppressed for thousands of years. Great post John

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    1. Jake Stone says:

      Dear Jesse, communism is a beautiful system without people inside the system, it would be perfect.

      When the true power is given to few enough people the result will always be far from functioning. Look what few badly behaving bankers did in the States.

      Soon the biggest capitalistic country in the world is going to own its banks and car makers. At that point it’s going to be very much like communism.

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    1. John Chow says:

      There are greenery places in Hong Kong? The place is just one big city!

      1. Jake Stone says:

        Lots of green stuff on a plate in many restaurants and some forests behind the Peak.

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  18. I love the skyline picture of all the BIG signs on the buildings, it’s almost cartoonish looking

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    1. John Chow says:

      Hong Kong doesn’t seem to have much in the way of Signage law. I guess as long as you can play, your sign can be as big as you want!

      1. Ben Pei says:

        Lol Speak English Town with chinese sublines..

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      2. Michael Zhao says:

        C.R.E.A.M. (cash rules ever-thing around me)

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  19. Cool pictures. I really want to go there one of these days.

    And I love that girl’s shirt.

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  20. Silvia says:

    Nice pictures! East or west ,home is the best!

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  21. @proson says:

    @Lee, No. They don’t speak English, Most residence in Hk speak Cantonese. Some do speak Mandarin and English the “mother” tongue is Cantonese as I am residence in HK : ).

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  22. Great pictures John, Hong Kong is amazing city indeed

  23. Ben Pei says:

    Awww Carl.. Such an envy!

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    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Haa! I was think the same thing! Imagine us going to Europe…I wonder…

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  24. HK is still as hazy as two years ago when I visited HK.

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    1. that could be a good thing! If its the same level, with all the development, it could be worse!

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  25. diabetic says:

    very busy town……hongkong grow very fast

  26. Free Movies says:

    Really nice and beautiful pictures and photos.i like hong-kong.i want to go there to see these great pics.

  27. DUDE, JOHN! Did you get skinny? A lot of exercise in Asia I see 😀

    -Mike

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      John has a fast metabolism. Better than a slow one…’cause other wise, you’ll start to gain weight!

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  28. Hafeez says:

    It’s all true, isn’t it?

  29. Silvia says:

    That chinese girl with Carl is a pretty one.

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  30. Nice pictures on Hong Kong. I’ve not visited it for at least 5 years so they do bring back some good memories.

    Peter Lee

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    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Same here. I got out of the service and miss the traveling experience. But I will yet to travel again…someday.

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  31. I was there in 93′ when the English still had control. It is a nice place to visit. Especially if you like to shop for gold. Did you get a chance to visit Victoria Peak? I believe that is the name.

  32. The photos are wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

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  33. Michael Zhao says:

    Great photos man!

  34. Hi John prince here. I love those photos and love to go to China. I’m following you on twitter and like you see some of the articles I wrote. I look forward to knowing you.

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