29 Things You Should Never Do In Hong Kong

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Don’t Greet People With Direct Eye Contact And A Firm Handshake

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While most of us are encouraged to show confidence and greet others with our head up, with direct eye contact, a smile, and a firm handshake, note that the Hongkongers tend to lower their gaze when greeting someone, and their handshake is less firm than what you might be used to. The locals lower their eyes as a sign of respect. In some cases, they will look you directly in the eye, but prolonged eye contact is considered rude. When conversing with an elder, the locals lower their head to lower their gaze. Hongkongers will shake hands with everyone upon meeting and leaving. They will welcome men, women, and children with a gentle handshake, and they will say farewell in the same manner. Though the locals will keep their handshake light and gentle, you’re not obliged to do the same. However, don’t stare at someone you just met. Also, don’t directly introduce yourself to new acquaintances, but wait for someone who knows you to make the introductions.