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I was living and working in a small city in mainland China, my visa issues required a trip to Hong Kong. While there I stayed with the brother of an acquaintance of mine. He showed me much that is off the tourist path, however all those pictures are just landscapes and there is enough of those on TE. I searched out the places where the poor locals ate, and I ate with them. I looked for the little things that most others miss.

I saw this sign and thought about it, laughed then cried. This sign tells you everything you can't do on the beach, everything fun and active is off limits. To me this illustrates Hong Kong, and the contrast of mainland China.

Hong Kong is one of the cleanest places I have seen, heavy fines for spitting, littering and every other rude thing. People wearing masks in the transit system to avoid getting other people sick. It was so systematic and sterile, it lost its heart and community. The protection of people was almost too much. To not be able to play games on the beach, to only be allowed to sit or walk. To feel like I am in a tourist trap.

If you want to experience China without loosing the western feel. Hong Kong is great. If you are tired of the western way, I don't recommend it.

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