Hong Kong: Markets


  1. Nicely done, I hope you’re enjoy­ing the time with your fam­i­ly and friends there. Your grand­moth­er sounds like such an awe­some strong per­son.. all the best to her :)

    I remem­ber how clean the HK sub­ways are. TTC is decades behind and not even com­pa­ra­ble

    • No friends here, only fam­i­ly. And yeah, one of the things that stood out to me about the sub­ways in Hong Kong is that the tracks are pro­tect­ed by glass. Makes a lot of sense when you read about the sub­way push­ings in Toronto last year.

  2. i love octo­pus card. appar­ent­ly an aus­tralian engi­neer was behind it, yet the sys­tem in aus­tralia is total­ly incom­pa­ra­ble to MTR’s. sad.

    HK is an amaz­ing place, would love to go back some time soon.

    best wish­es to your fam­i­ly, jeff.

    • One thing I love about the sub­way sys­tem here is that it’s not a flat rate, so if you’re just trav­el­ing one stop, you only get charged for that dis­tance. And the fact that you don’t need to drop coins or bills or tick­ets any­where; just a tap of your wal­let and you’re off.

      There seems to be a lot of trav­el to Australia from here. I’m won­der­ing if it’s because the air fares are cheap. I know some fam­i­ly friends who emi­grat­ed to Australia too.

  3. that tap-your-wal­let fea­ture is cool! (i thought you were just rest­ing it on the turn­stile while you fid­dled with your sub­way card.)

    the main thing i am struck by in your video is that every­one is very lean — or did all the chunki­er peo­ple stay home that day? ;-) i also was­n’t expect­ing the casu­al dress: what looked like lots of jeans, com­fort­able jack­ets and prac­ti­cal totes or mes­sen­ger-type bags. for some rea­son i imag­ined hong kong res­i­dents would all be fash­ion­istas.
    appar­ent­ly the only expec­ta­tion i had right was that most every­one would have black hair. lol!

    thanks for shar­ing your trip; i hope it con­tin­ues to go well for you.

    • It’s pret­ty much all lean peo­ple here. I’m not pos­i­tive, but I believe the casu­al dress is still high-end fash­ion and brand name. A nice pair of jeans can still cost a few hun­dred US dol­lars. It seems like every purse I see is either Luis Vuitton or Coach or Gucci. They’re cer­tain­ly fash­ion­istas, but it seems to be more about hav­ing the brand label some­where than the actu­al style of dress­ing.

      • Like any US or Canadian city, there are the rich, the mid­dle class, and the grass roots in Hong Kong, and they dress accord­ing­ly.

        You can find lots of cus­tomers in Luis Vuitton or Coach or Gucci stores, but most of them are the nou­veau­riche vis­i­tors from main­land China, they shop in HK for the low tax rate, and for the prod­uct authenic­i­ty. Some main­land vis­i­tors con­cerned with food safe­ty buy milk pow­der, food, and yes, even soya sauce.

      • I had no idea! I’m going to have to keep my eye out for these peo­ple in the high-end stores and see if I can dis­tin­guish them. How have the nou­veriche been get­ting their mon­ey? Is it from a boom­ing main­land econ­o­my?

  4. It’s some­times not easy to dis­tin­guish them visu­al­ly, because some of them dress real­ly well. But in the high-end shop­ping areas, you’ll hear lots of the shop­pers speak in Mandarin. Yep, they get their mon­ey from a boom­ing econ­o­my in the coastal region.

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