Date
17 November 2017
Wary of attacks on mainland tourists, some would-be cross border visitors are seeking advice on how to pass for Hongkongers. Photo: Reuters
Wary of attacks on mainland tourists, some would-be cross border visitors are seeking advice on how to pass for Hongkongers. Photo: Reuters

Why mainlanders want to learn how to look like locals in HK

Users of mainland social media sites planning a trip to Hong Kong are seeking tips on how to dress or behave like locals, so as to avoid being attacked as mainland shoppers, Sky Post reported Monday.

Some netizens responded that perhaps they should walk arrogantly like triad members in Hong Kong movies, swear in Cantonese or speak Putonghua with a put-on Taiwanese accent.

One internet user suggested that a traveler to Hong Kong tell people he knows President Xi Jinping in person.

Another advised against going to districts, such as Tuen Mun and Tsim Sha Tsui, where anti-mainlander protests have occurred.

One netizen suggested speaking a mix of Cantonese and English to sound like a local.

Another said a mainlander could pass for a Hongkonger by criticizing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Others, however, said the hostility toward mainlanders in Hong Kong is exaggerated.

Some netizens, in fact, praised Hongkongers for their friendliness, saying most are willing to help tourists.

Dixon Ming Sing, an associate professor in the division of social science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said there is a limit to the number of mainland tourists Hong Kong can handle.

Should policies remain unchanged, the negative sentiment against the mainlanders and the resulting confrontations may worsen, Sing said.

Professor Eric Chui Wing-hong, a criminologist at the City University of Hong Kong, said trading in parallel goods has gone on for a long time and Hongkongers coped well with it.

However, Chui said, recent disputes in some districts were a sign that their threshold of tolerance might have been crossed, and it is high time that the government re-evaluate the relevant policies.

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