Originally Posted by apropos
IME, Hongkongers are by far the most egregious offenders I have come across in the 'conspicuous consumption' department.
True. Although slowly but surely, Shanghainese are starting to give HKers a run for their money in this regard. I was at one of the upscale malls in TST a month or two ago and was trying to ask a saleswoman a few questions, but she spoke no English (and I don't speak Cantonese). But we ended up chatting in Mandarin, and she said all the salespeople in TST are learning Mandarin to accommodate the Mainlanders who come to shop at the big name designer boutiques. She even said I could pay in RMB instead of HKD.
Sure enough, walk around certain boutiques and more and more Mainlanders are there, dropping huge sums of money (in cash, naturally), buying--shall we say--less than tasteful items.
Originally Posted by whoopee
FWIW, I find the most satisfying Cantonese meals in HK are to be had in more traditional restaurants. The service and presentation are quite different.
Agreed. I find Guangzhou-style Cantonese a bit more down-to-earth and homely than HK-style, even at the top restaurants in GZ. That being said, Cantonese street food (noodles, siu mei, etc) tends to be much better in HK, mostly because there are actual health standards in HK.
Anyway....anyone have a (Chinese) restaurant choice in Greater China worthy or 3 Michelin Stars? I'm going to give it some thought but nothing comes to mind.