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Old 10-01-2012, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Just curious, what culture do the majority of citizens from Shenzhen and Guangzhou most identify with: Mainland Chinese culture or Hong Kong culture?
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:44 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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China is a diverse country with many regional cultures. Most Chinese people, whatever the region, whatever the ethnic group, can speak Mandarin because they are taught this. In Guangdong and Hong Kong Cantonese is the lingua franca of the common person on the street. Chinese from Guangdong can almost all speak Mandarin but often speak Cantonese and share some cultural similarities with those from Hong Kong such as cuisine. Hong Kong is getting more Mandarin influenced though but it still seems pretty Cantonese through and through.

You probably know that 'Canton' was the old name for Guangzhou.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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From what I have heard, the southern regions of China are the more economically liberal, and exert the most autonomy from the central gov't in the North. Also most of the people in Hong Kong came from Guangdong province and most likely have relatives still there, at least during the dark days. They all speak the same dialect.

I have been to Hong Kong, but not shenzhen or Canton, but I am going to go with my gut instinct, and say that they look more to Hong Kong. Afterall, the Cantonese have to stick together.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Southern China is very close language wise to HK and Macau. The culture is a little close, but HK people are a lot more Westernized (because of the previous British rule and colonization). Native HK'ers are usually fashion conscious and hip.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:38 PM
 
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Shenzhen and Guangzhou mainly speak cantonese like Hong Kong. Shenzhen and Guangzhou have many different mirgrant chineses from many regions of China, so you should expect people may speak languages and have cultures that even some Chinese don't understand.

The city is similar to HK because they both big cities and expensive. people who have money in Shenzhen and Guangzhou are westernized too. HK people act differently because of what they learn in school in different than China.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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I thought Mandarin was dominant in Shenzhen.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I thought Mandarin was dominant in Shenzhen.
Cantonese is the traditional language of Guangdong, but most people can speak Mandarin.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:37 AM
 
Location: New York
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While the majority of the people in Guangzhou and Shenzhen speak Cantonese, I feel like they identify more with mainland culture. There are still A LOT of Mandarin speakers there and I'd like to say they've been "influenced" by Hong Kong a bit, just because they are right there, and that's the only reason people can speak Cantonese.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Cantonese is the traditional language of Guangdong, but most people can speak Mandarin.
I thought most people of Shenzhen were migrants from inland.
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:33 AM
 
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While the majority of the people in Guangzhou and Shenzhen speak Cantonese, I feel like they identify more with mainland culture. There are still A LOT of Mandarin speakers there and I'd like to say they've been "influenced" by Hong Kong a bit, just because they are right there, and that's the only reason people can speak Cantonese.

No, the reason people speak Cantonese in Shenzhen and Guangzhou because that's their main language. HK people are from canton(Guangzhou) province.

people who speak Mandarin in Shenzhen are mostly migrants. locals and older generation don't speak Mandarin at home.
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