A mainland blogger is weighing in on Hong Kong’s unwelcoming attitude toward Chinese visitors, saying it’s not worth visiting in the first place.
Chinese tourists keen to come to Hong Kong are mostly poor people with little money to spend, Apple Daily reported Monday, quoting a lengthy post by the blogger which has been circulating on WeChat, a Chinese mobile messaging platform.
Hong Kong is better off without these budget travelers who spend less than 2,000 yuan (US$320) each, according to the writer with the blogger handle Liujishou.
They contribute nothing to the Hong Kong economy, the blog said.
In contrast, those who can afford expensive things will not bother coming to Hong Kong just to save on the exchange rate differential or sales tax in the mainland.
Chinese netizens praised the blog for being fair and unemotional, saying it was spot-on in describing the situation.
In less than 12 hours, the blog had drawn 15,000 likes and shares, with nearly 7,000 comments.
The blogger has a special connection to Hong Kong, having been a fan of Hong Kong movies and pop group Beyond from a young age.
But Hong Kong movies that show triad gangs running rampant in the streets are disappointing because the reality is that Hong Kong is full of elderly people in betting shops and outside store windows watching football on TV, the blog said.
Also, the blogger is not impressed with the fact that there are more drugstores in Hong Kong than it needs.
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