One of the many reasons that HK is home to alot of exparts is because its a place where you can quickly adjust to and figure out.
The MTR system is solid and simple (no strikes or issues), 7/11s and restaurants everywhere, taxis eager to take you anywhere and the best tool any HKer has; the Octopus Card.
The Octopus Card is a precharged card that is used as transportation pass and payment method. Really, it is damn convenient!! It became popular because the Octopus Card is untraceable which is something Chinese people like. You buy it without giving your name, load any amount you want on it and use it almost anywhere from convenient stores, supermarket, Mcdonalds, MTR, parking garages, ferries, buses, tram, vending machines (they even have vending machines for printer ink!), and so many other merchants! At boot.hk, its even used as keycard to open the door and comes in many sizes!
The Octopus Card uses RFID technology as a “touch and go” system, which makes it seamless and simple. I wonder why we do not use this back in the states, although we do have a clipper card for VTA Transit in the Bay Area, its not quite as useful as the Octopus Card.
There is also a difference of time perspective here, which is given with their efficient public transit. If it takes 30+ mins to get somewhere, most people think its too far or long already but that’s very normal in the Bay. Driving from San Jose to Palo Alto takes about 30 mins already.
Beerfest was this weekend and boy…it puts Octoberfest to shame! It gets super crowded and crazy!
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