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Are mainland Chinese ruining Hong Kong or propping it up?

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I had a bit of an epiphany recently while trying to catch a cross-harbour bus to Hong Kong Island at the Hung Hom terminus – how easy it is to buy into the negative local narrative about mainland Chinese visitors, and how wrong that can be.

It was like a mini-haj had descended upon my bus stop, which was inundated with hordes of suitcase-wheeling mainlanders. These particular pilgrims appeared to hail from the same battalion, as men and women alike were sporting identical camouflage tops, suggesting some kind of team-building company event, and were being herded along by a few supervisors on chaperon duty.

My instinctive reaction was one of irritation and hostility at the prospect of having to wait for several buses before getting a chance to board one. I found myself readily embracing the eye-rolling, tongue-clicking persona that Hongkongers present whenever they find the way blocked or space taken up by their compatriots from across the border.

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Any friction in the air quickly dissipated when one of their minders approached and invited me to jump the queue, as “locals should have priority” in using........

© South China Morning Post