Giving birth in Hong Kong – private or public hospital?

The longer I live in Hong Kong the more I realise what a strange place it is.  People in Hong Kong adore brands and everything that claims to be Italian or French and are willing to spend shitloads of money on those products.

And, everything that claims to be “private” instead of “public” is better. Always! At least so people think. And giving birth is no exception. Or is it?

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Culture Shock China! So what are the differences?

Noise level in a restaurant
Noise level in a restaurant

I recently came across some brilliant illustrations by designer Yang Liu. She has been living in Germany since 1990. When she moved over to Germany she was just 12 years. Old enough to have grown up with Chinese culture and young enough to absorb a new culture. So what are the differences between a Western and Eastern culture?

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Shenzhen in 1980

Few people outside China have heard of Shenzhen. And since Shenzhen, as we know it, is just 30 years old it might not be surprising. Still, Shenzhen is a city unique city in this world. I believe no other city other than Shenzhen has experienced such a rapid development! If you want to appreciate it, you need to compare photos of 1980 and today. 

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Hong Kong’s dark skies….

Dark clouds over Hong Kong

Without a doubt, right now is not the right time to visit Hong Kong. From May all the way to July/August you’ll experience the infamous subtropical “rain season”. That means, the thermostat is going up towards 30C and stays between 28C and 34C – day and night. Throw in a bit of humidity (80% to 99%) and you end up with a “real feel” temperature of more than 40C. The moment you leave your hotel you’ll start sweating. And you start freezing once you enter one of the hundreds of shopping malls here – they cool is down to what must be 18C….

However, the rain season allows you to take some staggering photos of Hong Kong. Last Saturday, after my Chinese class, I walked around Tsim Sha Tsui, the southern Tip of the Kownloon peninsula that allows stunning views on Hong Kong’s business districts – Central, Admiralty and Wanchai.

The clouds were spectacular. Unfortunately I only had my iPhone with me to take photos. Nevertheless, they turned out pretty good….

 

 

 

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