Etiquette

Though informal in their day-to-day dealings, Hong Kong people do observe certain rules of etiquette.

  • Greetings Just wave and say 'Hi' and 'Bye' when meeting for the first time and when saying goodbye.
  • Dining At budget places, people think nothing of sticking their chopsticks into a communal dish. More high-end restaurants provide separate serving spoons with each dish; if they're provided, use them. Don't be afraid to ask for a fork if you can't manage chopsticks.
  • Queues Hong Kongers line up for everything. Attempts to 'jump the queue' are frowned upon.
  • Bargaining Haggling over the price of goods is not expected in shops. Do bargain when buying from street vendors (but not in food markets).