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While this question is answered (in short: English is probably your best bet), as a native, I'd like to provide a more complete explanation. First of all, the first part of Mark's accepted answer is highly misleading (even if we ignore the fact Wikitravel's Quick Facts now contain data that is 13 years old). The two major flaws in that logic are: The ...
I was there from 19th to 23rd, and most people of working age and of the white-collar occupations speak English. However, you might want to have an extra patience on listening and understanding them as their Chinese accent indeed has bearing on their pronunciation. Locals farther away from Central (e.g. Shau Kei Wan) tend to be less knowledgeable in ...
I do not read Chinese very well and speak only at a conversational level, but I have never had problems in Hong Kong, even ignoring my ability to speak some Cantonese. Perhaps you already know this, but many public spaces (street signs, the bus or the metro, etc.) are bilingual. So are many "menus" at many "fast-food" chains I have seen. (To boot, I ...
I spent my semester abroad in Hong Kong (at HKUST) last year. Basically everybody speaks English, from taxi drivers to cashiers. Also road signs etc. are all in English as well. The students at HKUST did understand Mandarin, but were quite reluctant to speak with you in Mandarin, they definitely prefer English.
As a foreigner residing in Hong Kong, I would actually advise you not to worry about the language since majority of the people speak English. You will not have any communication problems unless you visit a few remote areas or when you deal with Mainland Chinese tourists and a few locals who do not speak English (Some of them speak English too).
I would suggest you taking the advices from Wikitravel. Nevertheless, most locals under the age of 40 (and many over that as well) know enough English for basic communication. To improve your chances of being understood, speak slowly, stick to basic words and sentences, and avoid using slang. You may also speak Mandarin, which is also widely understood ...
Regarding to my search on google: In Hong Kong there are forty six point zero seven (46.07%) peoples are English speakers. The amount of English speakers are (3,136,784) And forty eight percent (48%) peoples in Hong Kong speaks Mandarin Mandarin overtakes English as Hong Kong's second language
Gazole and Diesel are synonyms - end of story. Regarding the confusion over brand names like "diesel blah" (supra! ultra! etc), for example Totale has "Total Excellium" ! http://www.total.fr/mes-deplacements/tout-savoir-sur-les-carburants-total.html which is nothing more than a registered product name (like "Big Mac" or "Toyota Corolla"). BP has ...
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