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From Wikimania 2013 • Hong Kong
Latest comment: 11 years ago by 石 in topic Gouache

Currency in Hong Kong

Since HK is formally part of the PRC, it would be nice to be explicit about whether Chinese RMB are accepted or whether it's just HK$. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 04:47, 2 November 2012 (UTC)Reply

In Hong Kong the currency is Hong Kong Dollar. Certain shops in Hong Kong accept RMB but you should not expect every shop in Hong Kong accepting RMB.--Simon Shek/石 (talk) 08:12, 2 November 2012 (UTC)Reply
HK isn't part of China for the purpose of financial systems , WTO, international trade, and many others. 08:10, 2 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
We should perhaps add this piece of information to the article as a reminder. The Renminbi yuan isn't legal tender and isn't accepted everywhere. 15:15, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Edit request

To replace "city" with "territory", "British law" to "English law", and "a fishing village" with "a collection of villages" or "dozens of villages". The rationale is that the word "city" may potentially be ambiguous. In many cases the word "city" may refer to a downtown or a contiguous built-up area, while for this article the subject matter is the entirety of the territory of Hong Kong, which includes many rural areas, country parks, natural reserves, and uninhabited islands. English law specifically, and not other British legal traditions, such as Welsh law, Scots law or Irish law, is practised. The modern extent of HK composed of many villages at the time of British colonisation. There were more than just one village, and many of these villages weren't even coastal. 15:12, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Changed a few things, not exactly as you suggested, but hopefully this will reduce ambiguity. The use of "city" to refer to all of Hong Kong post-1898 and "a fishing village" are necessary simplifications to avoid overloading the uninitiated audience with excess subtlety. Also please register an account if you want to continue in discussion. Using an IP for extensive discussions compromises both the coherence of the discussion and your privacy. Deryck Chan (talk) 15:40, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
RTHK still use "the territory" consistently to refer to Hong Kong as a whole[1] (and occasionally "the special administrative region"). The Hong Kong Government also use phrases like "territory-wide" in their press releases.[2] There's nothing ambiguous or subtle with the word "territory" given HK's political and international status. As for "fishing village", it's difficult to agree to compromise accuracy, especially when "dozens of villages" carries nothing complicated or difficult to understand. 17:05, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
"Hong Kong" referred to what is now Aberdeen only, before the British colonists arrived. "City" is used to refer to all of Hong Kong by most English-language publications when referring to Hong Kong without any political connotations. Deryck Chan (talk) 23:21, 11 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
That paragraph is referring to the modern territoral extent of Hong Kong, since it isn't correct to interpret modern HK as something evolved from that original Hong Kong Village. The word "city" may be appropriate in some publications according to contexts. But since Wikimania and Wikimedia are targeted at an international audience, "territory" would be more accurate and carries no political connotation. 13:27, 12 February 2013 (UTC)Reply
Further investigation has demonstrated that sources like the BBC and The New York Times use "the territory" too to refer to Hong Kong. 21:57, 12 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

Cantonese version

Where isn't there a Cantonese version? 22:02, 12 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

You're welcome to translate it yourself. All translations other than English and (standard) Chinese are produced by volunteers outside the local organising team. Deryck Chan (talk) 12:11, 14 February 2013 (UTC)Reply


File:City of Victoria.jpg was not made "by Gouache". Gouache is a technique, not its author. — mantis [religiosa] — 15:16, 8 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Fixed.--Simon Shek/石 (talk) 16:17, 8 March 2013 (UTC)Reply