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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Nationality has nothing to do with this issue, leave that at the door.
    Whilst the country people are from doesn't necessarily matter, the culture people are from does matter. Culture can explain a lot of the issues people face (e.g. in HK it is perfectly acceptable to burp or to clip toenails, in England it is disgusting).

    In my experience, and in the experience of many friends of mine, Chinese neighbours couldn't care less about the effect they have on their neighbours. Whilst I've been fairly lucky with noise, one Chinese neighbour upstairs did decide to pull his tiles down and ruined many thousands of dollars of my plants. I had to threaten him and his workers with violence (yes yes, not big, not clever) for him to compute that there might be a consequence to his actions. In the UK, living in flats, I simply don't recall having these types of issues.

    I've lived near Indians before and generally, they've been much more neighbourly (ie they actually acknowledge you, invite you round for dinner etc etc) and more considerate. I've never lived in India so I cannot comment on whether I've just been lucky, or whether being a good neighbour is ingrained in their culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketurtles:
    I've lived near Indians before and generally, they've been much more neighbourly (ie they actually acknowledge you, invite you round for dinner etc etc) and more considerate. I've never lived in India so I cannot comment on whether I've just been lucky, or whether being a good neighbour is ingrained in their culture.
    Yet you will find plenty of people who will disagree with you by saying that when indians cook it smells a lot for example and that having indians as neighboors ain't so good.

    The habits of some culture could as you stated (see there I agree with you) have an impact, but how is that gonna helpt the OP?

    Understand? right but that doesn't change her issue...so again, her options are it seems, sadly, limited.

    Oh and for the road :-):
    As for burping in public being disgusting to Brit, it's kinda funny when you know that vomitting at the exit of the pub is good fun so go figure...cultures are strange sometimes
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketurtles:
    In my experience, and in the experience of many friends of mine, Chinese neighbours couldn't care less about the effect they have on their neighbours.
    Agree - the problem here is much worse than other places I have lived. Partly I think it is the crap construction quality of buildings, but mostly the lack of giving a flying fuck from the neighbours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketurtles:
    Whilst the country people are from doesn't necessarily matter, the culture people are from does matter. Culture can explain a lot of the issues people face (e.g. in HK it is perfectly acceptable to burp or to clip toenails, in England it is disgusting).

    In my experience, and in the experience of many friends of mine, Chinese neighbours couldn't care less about the effect they have on their neighbours. Whilst I've been fairly lucky with noise, one Chinese neighbour upstairs did decide to pull his tiles down and ruined many thousands of dollars of my plants. I had to threaten him and his workers with violence (yes yes, not big, not clever) for him to compute that there might be a consequence to his actions. In the UK, living in flats, I simply don't recall having these types of issues.

    I've lived near Indians before and generally, they've been much more neighbourly (ie they actually acknowledge you, invite you round for dinner etc etc) and more considerate. I've never lived in India so I cannot comment on whether I've just been lucky, or whether being a good neighbour is ingrained in their culture.
    u lucky you don't live next to mainlanders, my relative stated that they chuck babies piss from their windows from their rented rural house as there was a light shower, still smelled like piss for the next few weeks and also leave them in bags of babies piss on trains ( I seen it with my own eyes, then realize it's the wrong train as it's going to lok ma chau and leave the train with bag of piss even though there are bins on the platform)

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    Mat, the help it will give the OP is to reiterate that understanding a person's culture is a key component to understanding a person's behaviour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    Agree - the problem here is much worse than other places I have lived. Partly I think it is the crap construction quality of buildings, but mostly the lack of giving a flying fuck from the neighbours.
    Yup agreed.

    I live in a typical hk tower block, where every sound in the communal hallways echoes throughout the floor.

    They don't give a stuff when visitors shout at each other at 1am when they're leaving etc.
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    Surely, you guys realise that the probablility of having a bad chinese neighboor here in HK (96% of the pop is chinese) is much higher than having a bad brit (less than 0.5%) or american (less than 0.5%) or canadian (less than 0.5%) or indian neighboor (less than 0.5%).

    And before someone comes here and say I defend HK...NO I do not, I just point out the obious.

    The worst neighboor I had was in France (she was nuts)
    The worst shoddy contrauction I have found (in a developped country) was in HK (flats walls are made of paper)
    The worst landlord I have ever found was in here in HK too.

    So no I don't back up HK on that one and i truly belive the size and state of flats here in HK are appaling for the $ they cost.

    But it is obvious to me that the chances to have a bad chinese neighboor here in HK are much higher, regardless of nationality or cutlure....they are just so many of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    Yet you will find plenty of people who will disagree with you by saying that when indians cook it smells a lot for example and that having indians as neighboors ain't so good.

    The habits of some culture could as you stated (see there I agree with you) have an impact, but how is that gonna helpt the OP?

    Understand? right but that doesn't change her issue...so again, her options are it seems, sadly, limited.

    Oh and for the road :-):
    As for burping in public being disgusting to Brit, it's kinda funny when you know that vomitting at the exit of the pub is good fun so go figure...cultures are strange sometimes

    or pissing in an alley especially near nightclubs, even flashing of the dangly bits and fighting is common around pubs and nightclubs, or A & E overwhelmed by drunks (almost similar to mainlanders overwhelming the hospitals or even worse arriving in A & E whilst about to give birth at the very last minute )

    culture has differences, both for the better or worse

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    They don't give a stuff when visitors shout at each other at 1am when they're leaving etc.
    This was my biggest issue in my old apartment. The next, next door neighbours liked to Mahjong twice a week and their family/friends used to leave around midnight, or a bit after. Quite apart from the clacking was the noisy shouting and goodbyes in the lift lobby which woke my children up a number of times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat:
    But it is obvious to me that the chances to have a bad chinese neighboor here in HK are much higher, regardless of nationality or cutlure....they are just so many of them
    Stating the obvious Mat. But your point still misses the target as many of us have lived in other countries and got a far lower proportion of problem neighbours.
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