DA MAN - - Down Town -

1. Get an Oc­to­pus card for MTR trips and small pur­chases at con­ve­nience stores, re­gard­less of how long your stay in Hong Kong will be.

2. Tip­ping is not a must, as many restau­rants al­ready add a ser­vice charge to the bill. If not, HK$20 is usu­ally more than enough.

3. Small talk is not re­ally part of the lo­cal cul­ture. So, don’t take it per­son­ally when your “hel­los” don’t get a re­ply.

4. Gifts are im­por­tant. Al­ways hand them over de­spite po­lite refusals in the be­gin­ning, and never un­wrap in front of the giver.

5. Smok­ing in pub­lic is not al­ways al­lowed. Much in the same vein, pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion are cer­tainly not en­cour­aged.

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