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Winter is on it’s way here in Hong Kong. It was a chilly 19 degrees celsius today! It’s coat and scarf time!
Perhaps that’s why I saw extra steam coming out of a bloke’s head as he was getting blocked left and right on his morning commute. This guy was choked! After finally busting through the wall, he quickly shot his body back around gave them the ‘Why-are-you-alive?’ stare.
They, of course, didn’t notice and continued on their merry way.
I’ve heard this complaint so many times during my time in HK.
At the same time, I’ve never heard anyone boast about how amazing the pedestrians are back in their home countries.
“Everyone back in Seattle walks with such grace and consideration!” said no one.
Until now, I’ve never thought about whether pedestrians back in Vancouver are better than here in Hong Kong. First of all, it’s impossible to fairly compare the two locations. Hong Kong’s density is practically unmatched. Walking in some places in Hong Kong at the wrong time makes you as slow as the slowest commuter. Not because of inconsideration but just because of lack of space. If you were to take the average person from Vancouver and throw them into the pedestrian mix here, would they be any better?
“Hmm, that’s a good question!” you say.
Actually, it’s not. It’s a ridiculous question!
To be honest, I’m really not here to chat about walking. I’ve tricked you! Obviously coming to a sudden stop to tie your laces in the middle of the path, or walking in slow zig-zags while checking your phone isn’t good. Or my personal favourite how some people just come darting out of shops without thinking about what’s on the other side of the door.
I’m really here to talk about why you let such ignorance or mistakes affect you so much?
I could understand anger over this if someone were intentionally going out of their way to step in front of you. Or if they wanted to hit you with their umbrella instead of raising it. But, I can’t recall seeing such nastiness.
So, this level of inconsideration basically boils down to mere ignorance. I’m not saying ignorace should be accepted. But who’s worse, the ignorant pedestrian or the person who completely loses the plot over these mistakes?
I must admit, I do enjoy watching some people completely snap over situations on the MTR or on the escalator. So, in giving this tip, I am risking a loss of entertainment, but here goes…
Take a deep breath! Sometimes people around you are going to do strange things and with such a high population in Hong Kong those strange things will occur more often. Sure it may take seconds off of your life. Smile and shrug it off. Have a laugh! Life’s too short to get upset at such hiccups.
When did turning around and giving the awful pedestrian your best ‘Evil-eye’ ever change anything? And I have seen some great ‘Death-looks’ in Hong Kong during my time here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on street life in Hong Kong . Do you agree or disagree?
Also, if you have any topics you’d like me to discuss about life in H.K. please let me know.