Xiaohongshu user unveils Hong Kong’s 6 peculiar phenomena

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Chow Yun-fat

20th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A mainland Chinese woman recently took to the popular social media platform, Xiaohongshu, to share her observations on Hong Kong’s peculiarities. In her post, she highlighted six distinct phenomena that caught her attention. One of these phenomena revolves around the practice of being asked to present identification by police officers. This is due to a local ordinance that mandates citizens to carry their identification at all times. The author also noted the prevalence of elderly individuals across various industries, dispelling the misconception that being a “celebrity” in Hong Kong equates to extraordinary status. Furthermore, she commented on the directness of Hong Kongers’ speech, noting their propensity to express discontent openly.

The post further elaborated on the concept of “celebrity” in Hong Kong, emphasising that it is merely an ordinary profession. To illustrate this point, a photograph of international superstar Chow Yun-fat dining at a local eatery was shared by netizens. The author also highlighted the strong sense of personal space among Hong Kong residents, emphasising the importance of seeking permission before entering someone’s home unannounced. Additionally, the author mentioned the common occurrence of being stopped by police officers for identity checks on the streets, as failing to carry identification can result in fines, in compliance with local regulations.

Lastly, the author mentioned Hong Kong’s fast-paced driving culture, where slow-speed travel is discouraged to ensure smooth traffic flow. However, some netizens disagreed with the notion that Hong Kong celebrities are “ordinary” in nature.