Disappointed Mainland Chinese tourist highlights three major issues in Hong Kong and vows not to return, resonates with netizens comparing it to Shenzhen

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4th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) A recent post on the popular Chinese social media platform Xiaohongshu has attracted attention as a mainland Chinese woman shared her disappointment after traveling to Hong Kong, pointing out three major issues that made her declare, “I won’t come to Hong Kong again.” The 24-year-old traveller recounted her experience in a post titled “Won’t Visit Hong Kong Again” on Xiaohongshu. She mentioned that she and her companion arrived in Hong Kong without proper travel plans and casually spent around HK$200 on shopping, saying, “We just went wherever we felt like it, and it took us a long time to figure out where to go.”

From the uploaded photos, it can be seen that she visited popular city spots such as Mong Kok, the Observation Wheel in Central, and Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier to capture the experience. However, the author listed three disappointing aspects, stating that the Observation Wheel had a long queue and didn’t live up to the one in Happy Harbor Ferris Wheel, Shenzhen. She also mentioned that the food didn’t suit her taste and that the overall cost of living was high.

The post has sparked discussions among mainland Chinese netizens, with some expressing their agreement with the author’s views. Comments such as “Hong Kong is a food desert… and everything is ridiculously expensive… I can understand why Hong Kong people go to Shenzhen for shopping” and “I went there today, and it really doesn’t compare to Shenzhen” reflect the sentiment shared by many. Others, however, have enjoyed their trips to Hong Kong and highlighted the differences between Hong Kong and mainland China. One netizen shared, “During my two-day visit to Hong Kong, I felt a significant difference from mainland China. People on the subway don’t play loud music or eat, and no one stares or judges you based on what you wear. It seems like the young people in Hong Kong are hardworking, and I really liked that! I’ve always admired Hong Kong since I was young, thanks to the television dramas and movies. I love the cityscape, but it’s just lacking in places to sit, and that’s the only downside.”

Some netizens offered suggestions to the original poster, recommending that she explore distinctive locations such as Stanley, Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, and Lantau Island on her next visit, believing that she would have a better experience. One netizen advised, “If you only go to crowded areas like Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay, apart from shopping, there’s not much else to do. Try visiting places like Stanley, Sai Kung, Cheung Chau, and Lantau Island for a more unique experience.”