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View Poll Results: Which is HK more of?
More "Chinese" 26 89.66%
More "British" 3 10.34%
Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:26 PM
 
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Culturally, do you think Hong Kong is closer to China or the British?
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Old 12-09-2018, 08:10 AM
 
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This poll is dumb. Answer is so obvious and no need to poll.
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Old 12-09-2018, 09:02 AM
 
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As a whole, China. But there are certainly areas you can go to that will feel more British.
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:18 PM
 
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China for sure. The local language, food, customs and so on all originated from Mainland China, esp Guangdong. However, they've had influence by the Brits which is why the education system, healthcare and many many ways of thought and life are not the same as in Mainland China.


This could be a huge topic for discussion, which I'm not getting into myself...ha.
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Is Texas more American or Mexican? lol
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Old 12-10-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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Is Texas more American or Mexican? lol
Unlike Arizona and New Mexico..it is more American....but you might need to remind the folks around El Paso.

The PRC has managed to take a lot of the luster off HK.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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if you say some systems,the political system, the police systems are learned from britain .but if you are saying about lifestyle,hongkonger just way more traditional than mainlander .because not sufferd the cr, their festival customs are preserved very well .if you go to kowloon, you will find a stunning scene full of traditional chinese medicine shops, traditional markets...

I found that some people say Beijing is very "Chinese" ----this is a joke .maybe some ancient buildings are .but beijingers are the most non-traditional people .
MOST local beijingers are from other parts based on national department and universities during communism time.and then during 2000s 8 million people move from other cities in every province in china .
no one really celebrate any festival !! except central part, no local old shops ,people only go to the mall because lack of street shops,everybrands are just same as any mall in US.

even Shanghai people know more about tradition ..they celebrate the qinging festival in a grand way.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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There is nothing really British about Hong Kong
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Old 12-10-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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There is nothing really British about Hong Kong
That's not really true. HK is much more Chinese and I would never say it is British, but there is a significant British influence there. From the obvious like the government and legal system, most people have English first names, Christian influence, and some cultural traditions that are unknown in the mainland. Culturally, HK is significantly different then the mainland, but that doesn't make it not Chinese.
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Old 12-10-2018, 07:18 PM
 
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Central does kind of feel a bit like London with all its Western pubs and the cobblestone streets. There is definitely quite some British influence on Hong Kong culture. For example, what Americans call the "pound sign" (#) is called a hedge key, English words like program are spelled "programme", and if I am correct, secondary school is still broken into "forms" with Upper Sixth as the final level before university. Then of course there are the double decker buses, the British style mailboxes, etc. Yes, Hong Kong is far more Chinese than British but no one can say that there is nothing British about Hong Kong.

Another interesting trivia fact a lot of people might not know: the "New Towns" in the New Territories such as Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin, Fanling, Ma On Shan, etc were originally designed according to British urban planner Ebeneezer Howard's Garden Cities concept. They were supposed to be tightly dense developments with schools, grocery stores, and other basic services all together within walking distance and surrounded by farms and greenery. How do I know this? The Hong Kong Museum of Culture in Sha Tin had an exhibit about this when I was last in HK in 2011. I haven't been back since so things may have changed in the N.T. but that is another story.
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