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    Question Not foreign enough to be a foreign tourist and yet not local enough to be a local...

    Whenever I go to HK, I don't consider myself a foreign tourist and yet I don't consider myself a local. I feel kind of stuck in between the two. I was born in HK but moved to US when I was 12. I've lost most of my Chinese reading skills except when I'm in a restaurant. I rock at reading the food menu! Well kind of, I could always make out the main words haha. I can still speak Cantonese but not as well as English though. I've been to most of the tourist spots more than once but missed out on the local fun/experience due to the lack of friends in HK. I am curious if anyone else has ever felt the same way? I'm planning a trip to HK in mid Dec - mid Jan. Any tips on how to make this trip a little different? Maybe have the kind of fun and experience a typical late 20s early 30s local would experience.

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    we are in the some boat.

    get urself a nice fishing rod/reel and enjoy the breeze, sunset of hong kong

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    different but the same, so people assimulate, others differentiate, IMO, best to just be yourself


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    Pack your bags and get a job here.


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    There are whole clubs/groups for people like you - check out meetup.com, I think they have one on there.

    There you go: http://www.brochk.com/

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    Why worry about it? You aren't a local, you haven't lived here since you were 12, nobody would feel like a local anywhere in the same situation. Just enjoy your same same but different style.

    You can't force a feeling of belonging.


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    Not sure about the fishing rod, but I'll definitely enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset.

    Working HK? Are you crazy? I probably would walk out by lunch time haha. Working in NYC is stressful, but I'm sure HK is probably this times 2. But hey, there is 3:15 tea time! (unless that's a myth in which case would make me really sad haha).

    Thanks for the meetup group link! I will totally check it out when I'm in town! I didn't know such a group existed.


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    All myths. Working in hk is not more stressful than in any big city outside of socialist europe. No tea time unfortunately any more though!


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    Really? No tea time? I honestly thought it a Hong Kong thing...Wow, I feel kind of stupid now haha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Char Siu King:
    All myths. Working in hk is not more stressful than in any big city outside of socialist europe. No tea time unfortunately any more though!
    well, not exactly, i strictly do 9-5.30 mon - fri, rarely do overtime, depending on which industry, i know people who commonly work until 7pm as well as some/every sat morning, this would be compulsury

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