|Beijing Lags Far Behind Hong Kong as Global City|
|by Tom McGregor||Fri, Jan 18, 2013, 02:41 AM|
BEIJING: As Beijing emerges more as a dominant international metropolis with each passing day, it’s still important to take note of the advantages and disadvantages of China’s capital city, as well as compare it to Hong Kong. That’s because Beijing intends to be recognized as one of the premier cities in the world in order to boost its regional economy, tourism and attract world-class talent to live and work here.
I recently visited Honk Kong for a few days and noticed some similarities and major differences between the two powerhouse cities. Beijing still has a long way to go before it can surpass Hong Kong for recognition as a financial and entertainment hub.
Upon arrival, the first noticeable difference between Hong Kongers and Beijingers would be their fashion on a work day. Many businessmen wore suits and ties, while business women wore dark black executive suits. Meanwhile, I rarely see any man wear even a tie in their offices in Beijing.
Wearing business-like attire exudes more professionalism, gives the impression that office employees are serious about their work, and inspires people to avoid acting too casual.
In the daytime, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the talk of the town. You can see investors discussing their trading activities everywhere, and when the trading floor is open, the TV media keeps local residents updated on business TV channels. Many shops, including convenience stores, display computer screens showing up-to-the-minute performance of the HKSE, with corresponding charts and stock ticker tapes.
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