Now it’s been a while since I last blogged and for that I apologise sincerely, I’m sure none of you noticed anyway, so as an apology instead of going into some rant about how I went the park today, or about how I took these courses blah blah blah, I’ve decided to help educate you, as much as my little intellect lets me, about Hong Kong, well the word decided may be somewhat misinterpreted, let’s say I was influenced. As a blogger, man of the world, and overall good guy (aren’t I just), I am influenced by things around me. I must add in at this point that I really do appreciate individuality and thinking for oneself, but in reality everyone and everything is open to external influence. Be it the media, religion or just friends and family, people are very open to be influenced, and these external influences have led me to create this here post. Now if you are reading this, chances are you are reading it on the fancy new Edinburgh Exchanges blog, again chances are you have clicked on the little links on the side saying my current location, previously entitled China, now sub sectioned Hong Kong. This leads me to the question how accurate is this subsection, with all the other countries on the list the subsections involve other cities in the particular country, i.e. France – Paris, it would lead one to believe Hong Kong is in China, but is it, and how much do you know about Hong Kong?
Now let me start of by defining Hong Kong (thanks Wikipedia) “Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and a former British Crown Colony. According to the “one country two systems” policy and the Basic Law, Hong Kong has a high degree of autonomy in all areas except foreign affairs and defence”. I can appreciate that some people will find this confusing, I really can. As a British citizen I’m used to confusion with countries, but it was only the other day talking to a good Korean friend of mine when I realized the extent of this confusion. Just like Hong Kong, for many people the idea of the UK is a little confusing, but to think that Austria and Australia are part of the UK is downright crazy, and for me just mind-blowing. To note, her stup…. Wait no lets be nice, her lack of insight was another influence on my choice of blog post.
So to put my mind at ease I’m going to tell you a little bit about Hong Kong, which will hopefully help you to avoid any embarrassing encounters. Now officially Hong Kong is a SAR of China, hence in some sense of the word part of China, in reality it’s a very independent place. For a start people in HK speak Cantonese, whereas the majority of Mainland China speaks only Putonghua, hence communication between the two isn’t as easy as you would expect. Secondly public holidays are totally different here, we the us merry British packed our bags and left back in 1997 there was a bit of confusion as to what to do with public holidays, so nowadays HK citizens have some of each. For example not only do they celebrate the queen’s birthday, but they also have a day off for national day, cool ey? (to note: My 3rd influence was my friend complaining about how they only get 1 day of holiday for Chinese national day, whereas in mainland you get over a week!).And to be fair, the British influence in Hong Kong is still noticeable, but only just. So let’s just say for example you get your limbs severed by a man with a chainsaw running past you in Hong Kong, have no fear, just dial the emergency services on 999, let’s just hope at least one arm is still attached. What I’m really trying to say here is that Hong Kong in many ways completely different to Mainland China, and while officially it’s a SAR, you can really treat it as a separate country, a bit like Ireland (hope I’ve just in some way offended someone). BYE!