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Old 09-23-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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I spent an afternoon at Hong Kong international airport, before taking the long flight back to my home country. I walked around the airport, and got a good look at the city's interesting scenery, through the airport windows. If I tell people that I've been to Hong Kong, is that lying or being disingenuous?
I personally wouldn't count it. That said, there are some pretty amazing airports out there that are really interesting in their own right. Not all airports are equal. Some are sterile environments that feel nothing like the rest of the country. Some airports are designed to be an extension of their country showing off their food or culture. Most airports all feel the same. Hong Kong airport is an exception and is quite unique, but it's still not the same as being in the country.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:16 AM
 
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Is that a joke?

You spend two weeks in Rome but say you've never been to Italy?

Or any other city you may have visited?

LOL I guess you think people should deny visiting New York if they spend all their time in NYC?

You don't know people who have never left their own city? I guess they should say they live....WHERE?
OK, I visited Paris, Toronto, and Seoul. Now I claim I have visited Europe, the Americas and Asia.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:18 AM
 
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I saw a busy highway, a cluster of very modern-styled buildings, and a sea with several hills outside of the window (it all reminded me of the 2015 movie Blackhat, which took place in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia). Not at all like Narita airport in rural Chiba, maybe more like Haneda airport in a lesser populated area of Tokyo (I lived all over Japan for more than a decade). But point taken that I've never "actually" been to Hong Kong.
It doesn't matter how populated the area is around the airport. Seeing highways and buildings and hills is no different than seeing nothing but countryside. In both cases, you're seeing what the area has to offer. But seeing the area through a window isn't the same as actually experiencing the area (which can't be done without even exiting the building)
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:11 AM
 
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OK, I visited Paris, Toronto, and Seoul. Now I claim I have visited Europe, the Americas and Asia.
How about you visited France, Canada, and S Korea...
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:19 AM
 
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OK, I visited Paris, Toronto, and Seoul. Now I claim I have visited Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Yep. That's correct.

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Old 09-23-2017, 10:32 AM
 
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It doesn't matter how populated the area is around the airport. Seeing highways and buildings and hills is no different than seeing nothing but countryside. In both cases, you're seeing what the area has to offer. But seeing the area through a window isn't the same as actually experiencing the area (which can't be done without even exiting the building)
Although it's a little different than watching the Travel Channel at home.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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OK, I visited Paris, Toronto, and Seoul. Now I claim I have visited Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Yes. And if I were interested in talking to you about it I would ask you which areas. If all you could tell me about Asia was Seoul, I would think you were a bit of an idiot for equating the two.

For myself, I have been to Istanbul and Antalya. Yes, I have been to Turkey, but I wouldn't try to claim extensive knowledge and experience of the country.

Similarly, I have been to Italy many times, but my experience is limited to Rome and a number of cities in Tuscany. If I talk to somebody about Italy, I will quickly admit my limited experience.

How is this tough to understand? If you brag about your travels by exaggerating your experience, you look stupid. If you can intelligently talk about the places you have been, it doesn't matter that it is limited to certain cities, states, provinces or regions.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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If someone asks you, "Have you been to Hong Kong?" and your answer begins with "Well, technically ..." then no, you haven't been to Hong Kong.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Sure do!

Not much of a traveler now, but I could say Colombia's been a place I've been or Spain......been in their territorial waters. If that's good enough for them to shoot at me if they wanted to, it is good enough for me to say I've been there.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: State of Denial
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OK, I visited Paris, Toronto, and Seoul. Now I claim I have visited Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Yes, you can. It's really hard to take you seriously most of the time. I'm assuming you just like to stir the pot, rather than actually give advice.
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