For the GLS, hands down the best way to engage with Hong Kong is by taking a deep dive into local culture, be it ticking off sights like the divine Wong Tai Sin Temple and the former police HQ turned heritage-arts compound Tai Kwun or exploring everyday activities that reflect Hong Kong’s living history and culture. The guys channelled their inner Bruce Lee with a kung fu lesson from a master si fu and spent a focused few hours learning calligraphy with Wah Gor, whose elegant brushwork has adorned street signs, books and movie posters for more than 30 years.
But it was the quirkier custom of ‘petty person beating’ that stood out most for the duo. The age-old practice of dispelling evil by hitting a paper cut-out that represents a ‘petty’ person in your life, “was wild!” say GLS. “We’ve never experienced anything quite like it. We didn’t really understand what was going on, but we sat down and enjoyed the ride. It’s a fun experience that’s truly unique to Hong Kong.”
Wah Gor Society
Petty Person Beating
English is so widely spoken in Hong Kong that there are many expats who speak zero Cantonese, apart from a friendly “jo sun”. Not so for the GLS. Before arriving in the city, Travis and Ban Chai took a 12-week language course to learn the fundamentals, but they really honed their skills by speaking Cantonese daily in Hong Kong. “Our Cantonese still isn’t perfect, and we still have a lot to learn, but it really helped connect with people, and engage with the city on another level – and it’s fun to learn,” the guys say. Their tips for aspiring Cantonese speakers? “The best way to learn is to listen how people talk and imitate them – try to sound the same. Sometimes we wouldn’t speak English all day, which helped us to memorise the language.”
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