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Urban life in Hong Kong and Tibet.

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Hong Kong and Tibet Where they live In Tibet, people in more urban areas live in houses made of either wood or stones depending on what materials are more easily available in a particular area. The roof is made of tree trunks which is then covered in a thick layer of clay like the house shown below. There are usually three or four floors with stairs made of tree trunks on the outside. The ground floor is usually for the animals, the second where most of the bedrooms are and the highest floor is for the toilet so it doesn't stink the rest of the house. The furniture is painted with bright colours and wood and waste from animals and humans is the main source of fuel. The people living in the more rural areas of Tibet live in tents. There are two types of tents; black yak wool tents and white cloth tents. To make black yak wool tents people use yak wool and tie it into ropes and then tie the ropes together and about 200 lb of wool is required to make a tent for a family of 5. ...read more.


Culture Nearly everyone in Tibet is a Buddhist and they take religion a lot more seriously than in Hong Kong. There are many spectacular temples and nearly every house or tent has some sort of shrine to the Buddah. There are many colourful Tibetan festivals. Some are traditional, as New Year's Day, Lingka festival, Bath day, Field day etc., some are religious, as the 'Great Prayer's Festival (smon lam)', Buddha's birthday (the 8th of the 4th month), Buddha's nirvana day (the 15th of the 4th month), the Buddha's return to the world of the gods (22nd of the 9th month), Tsongkha-pa's passage (the 25th of the 10th month), etc. Most people in Hong Kong practice a mix of local religion (90%). Most of the Hong Kong Chinese are either Buddhists or Taoists, but 10% are Christians. There are more than 600 temples outside Hong Kong. The Chinese like to have their fortune told at some of these temples, and worshippers light joss sticks to ward off evil spirits during festivities. Opera is an important part of Chinese culture for hundreds of years. ...read more.


All of these are homemade by the Tibetans. In Hong Kong there are many traditional dishes but due to the fast pace of life nowadays many only eat sandwiches and fast food. Some traditional dishes are: Dim Sum - A variety of dumplings, buns, pastries are served as breakfast at about 11(brunch) Peking Duck - Savoury slices of meat and crispy skin are wrapped in a thin pancake with minced spring onions and plum sauce. Noodles - As a filling alternative to rice, noodles are often served, flavoured by various other ingredients which impart a brown colour. Noodles in broth with meat/fowl/seafood morsels. Century Old Eggs - Duck Eggs which have been soaked in tea/lime/alum/ye/soda/salt for several days which turn the white to translucent green and the yoke to greenish-black. A delicious traditional dish in Hong Kong. Served with ginger as appetisers. Landscape In Tibet there are many mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, valleys and exotic wildlife and plants. Hong Kong, however, is a very modern city crowded with very tall skyscrapers. The city areas are extremely built-up but there are a few rural areas with farm lands, some hilly areas and some mountainous areas with steep slopes. ...read more.

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