I forgot to mention that all the school children in Hong Kong who surveyed us spoke perfect English. At school they learn Chinese, English and often Mandarin as well. It’s shameful how Australian kids don’t learn a second language at school. We just head off around the world and expect everyone else to speak English. Not all of the older generations speak English though which is why you should pick up one of these handy little cards when you check into your Motel. That way when you jump in a taxi there’s no confusion about where you want to go. One night we didn’t have it with us and the taxi driver didn’t know where we wanted to go so he phoned a friend who spoke English and we told her where we wanted to go then she told the driver.
They certainly make it easy to get around though – every sign is written in English and everything is signed. It’s impossible to get lost or feign ignorance when caught doing the wrong thing – smoking, spitting, climbing or whatever. Well actually it is easy to get lost but it’s easy enough to find your way back as well. In regard to the spitting – no one spits on the street which is pleasant – if they do feel the need then they spit in a bin. Mind you it’s not like you saw that happening all the time though. I didn’t notice before on the Door temporarily closed sign that they disinfect the door handle 4 times a day.