Hong Kong Culture

Hong Kong culture was born in a sophisticated fusion of East and West. It not only kept many Chinese traditions, but also experienced a baptism of western culture. This situation led to the diversity of its culture and the people there are open-minded to accept variety. To have a better understanding of this cultural phenomenon, you can give a research on the following aspects.

 

People in Hong Kong

People in Hong Kong
People in Hong Kong

The population of Hong Kong is formed by Cantonese, Shanghainese, British, Indians and Jews mainly. Cantonese is the majority and Cantonese culture is the mainstream there. Thus, many Chinese concepts like 'family solidarity', 'family glory', 'saving face' and 'modesty' carry significant weight in Hong Kong's culture. On the other hand, many locals adopted western ways of life.

 

Language

Cantonese is used most widely. Since the city's reversion to China in 1997, local government has adopted the 'biliterate and trilingual' policy. That's to say, Chinese and English are regarded as the official languages; Cantonese, Chinese mandarin and English are spoken languages.
 

Food

As a culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts various delicacies in the local or from overseas. The city is influenced by western countries and some of the foods there combine the flavors of Chinese cuisine and western cuisine.
 

Lan Kwai Fong on Christmas Day
Lan Kwai Fong on Christmas Day

In the city, people celebrate the Chinese traditional holidays, such as Chinese Lunar New Year, Ching Ming Festival (Qing Ming Festival) and Mid-Autumn Festival. And also they have a holiday on Good Friday, Eastern Monday, Christmas Day and other western festivals.

 

Kung Fu is accepted as a form of entertainment and exercise. Tai Chi, sometimes referred to as Shadow Boxing, was developed many years ago. There are groups of people practicing Tai Chi in the park at dawn. Kung Fu movie of HK is also well-known.
 

Gambling

Founded in 1844 by British, Jockey Club in the city provides an avenue for horse racing and gambling. The club was closed for several years during the World War Two. In 1975, the lottery Marks Six was introduced into the club. In 2002, the club started to offer wagering for football world champion games.
 

Cantonese Opera

Cantonese opera is a highly respected art form that blends Chinese legends, music and drama into an exciting performance. The city values Cantonese opera very much and it provides various trainings of Cantonese opera to its people. For instance, the Chinese University of Hong Kong offers the course of Cantonese opera. Additionally, in recent years, the English version of Cantonese opera came into being, which is very popular with foreigners. 
 

Religious Beliefs

Taoism, Buddhism, Christianism, Islam and other religious beliefs exit in the region. Especially, Buddhism and Taoist temples are very common there. The Taoist concept of Fung Shui, or 'Wind and Water', is believed by many locals. It is a 3,000 years old system of geomantic divination teaching humans how to achieve harmony with the forces of nature and change, thereby gaining well-being and prosperity.

- Last modified on Dec. 02, 2017 -
Questions & Answers on Culture of Hong Kong
Asked by kirah from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 26, 2014 17:36Reply
what is the best place in hong kong?
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Answered by holly from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 26, 2014 17:36
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disneyland
Answered by stella white from HONDURAS | Jun. 26, 2014 17:38
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i think ocean park it looks so cool i will love to go there
Answered by elizabeth from HONG KONG | Oct. 14, 2014 08:18
179Reply


traditional cultural places like north point (there's a lot of food), causeway bay, the outlying islands, mong koi (tourist trap)
Answered by max yau from HONG KONG | Dec. 10, 2015 08:10
166Reply


the Peak,it is famous!
Answered by Adrian from HONG KONG | Jun. 04, 2016 10:01
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Disneyland is good.
Answered by christian from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 23, 2017 07:12
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i think Disneyland but its too expensive I suggest ocean park
Answered by Emma from USA | Oct. 16, 2017 11:17
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My favorite place is Ocean Park
Answered by Ryan from HONG KONG | Nov. 14, 2017 07:05
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Do you know there is a wetland park in HK?
Answered by Julie from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 14, 2017 19:17
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Yes, I know it, it’s also great! By the way, it only charges 30HKD for an adult.
Answered by Grace from HONGKONG | Dec. 02, 2017 05:54
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You should go to the markets.... they have a lot of traditional snacks and food there, such as siu mai, curry fishballs, and egg waffles. They are really yummy, and I recommend you going there!
Asked by melvette leocario from PHILLIPINES | Jul. 22, 2013 00:45Reply
what is the most beautiful place in hongkong ?
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Answered by Karen from USA | Jul. 23, 2013 02:57
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I think the Lantau Island and the Victoria Bay are the beautiful places in HK.
Answered by Gerald from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 08, 2014 08:19
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Would you say Bun Festival is a religious festival?
Answered by Mindy from RUSSIA | Apr. 09, 2014 02:22
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No, I don't think so!
Answered by Donald Trump from USA | Oct. 19, 2017 13:53
61Reply


That McDonalds on main street is very nice. :)
Answered by Grace from HONG KONG | Dec. 02, 2017 05:57
12Reply


The Peak has a wonderful view of Hong Kong Island!
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