BLOG – Taiwan vs. Hong Kong: In Comics 9


HK-based Taiwanese artist JIEJIEHK has created a series of comics depicting the differences between HK and Taiwan. Below are some highlights translated by Kevin Tang. See also: East vs. West.

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  • smog

    Well yes, and no.

    I don’t know why this myth persists that people walk quickly in Hong Kong. It simply isn’t true – people walk FAR more slowly and aimlessly on the street in HK than in any other city I’ve lived in (which includes Taipei, London, Moscow, Brussels, Stockholm, Essen, Cambridge). HK is a nightmare if you’re trying to walk quickly through the streets.

    And traffic really doesn’t get out of the way well for ambulances in Hong Kong either. Certainly not in the way that everyone does in the UK, for example.

  • smog

    Well yes, and no.

    I don’t know why this myth persists that people walk quickly in Hong Kong. It simply isn’t true – people walk FAR more slowly and aimlessly on the street in HK than in any other city I’ve lived in (which includes Taipei, London, Moscow, Brussels, Stockholm, Essen, Cambridge). HK is a nightmare if you’re trying to walk quickly through the streets.

    And traffic really doesn’t get out of the way well for ambulances in Hong Kong either. Certainly not in the way that everyone does in the UK, for example.

    • sinosoul

      The stereotype comes from the daily rush trying to catch the MRT. It’s no myth.

    • Andreas

      I think HK has a split personality when it comes to walking. On the sidewalk, pedestrian traffic seems to advance at a glacial pace; never mind the wandering, the lack of situational awareness, the sudden stops to check Facebook status. All in all, much simpler to walk on the street in crowded areas.

      In the MTR, however, people walk much faster.

  • smog

    Well yes, and no.

    I don’t know why this myth persists that people walk quickly in Hong Kong. It simply isn’t true – people walk FAR more slowly and aimlessly on the street in HK than in any other city I’ve lived in (which includes Taipei, London, Moscow, Brussels, Stockholm, Essen, Cambridge). HK is a nightmare if you’re trying to walk quickly through the streets.

    And traffic really doesn’t get out of the way well for ambulances in Hong Kong either. Certainly not in the way that everyone does in the UK, for example.

    • sinosoul

      The stereotype comes from the daily rush trying to catch the MRT. It’s no myth.

    • Andreas

      I think HK has a split personality when it comes to walking. On the sidewalk, pedestrian traffic seems to advance at a glacial pace; never mind the wandering, the lack of situational awareness, the sudden stops to check Facebook status. All in all, much simpler to walk on the street in crowded areas.

      In the MTR, however, people walk much faster.

  • sinosoul

    So this is why my mother didn’t want me to marry a Hong Konger…

  • sinosoul

    So this is why my mother didn’t want me to marry a Hong Konger…