Uniquely Hong Kong

Uniquely Hong Kong is a series focusing on the things that set the city apart from the rest of the world. From its oldest families to its fascinating trades, South China Morning Post gets to the heart of what makes Hong Kong tick. 

A woman serves up milk tea at a cha chaan teng in Happy Valley. Photo: Nora Tam

What makes a true Hongkonger?

A Hongkonger overseas, when asked where they’re from, will invariably answer, “Hong Kong” rather than “China”. I was born in Toowoomba in the Australian state of Queensland, but do not reply “Toowoomba” or “Queensland” when posed that question; the answer is always “Australia”.