You would be shocked by how lazy Chinese retail is.
For example walk into store, all 8 employees are playing on their phone or watching a Chinese sopa opera.
Go to Tourism Information in a tourist place, in a 1st tier city, all playing on the their phones.
Chinglist told me English was finished, I told her come on we got a good few years left, joge was not accepted, I re-worded this into they had no English language information and why would the Chinese go to a Tourism office.
They are usually herded in big tour groups, which force them into bus trips, where they have to stay 3-4 hours in certain malls to buy stuff or visit certain restaurants.
Meanwhile 200k people(made up figure), cross the border into Hong Kong to buy ......
Cosmetics, shampoo, babby milk, chocolate, clothes, every day.
The lack of a sales tax is not the reason, the reason is there is no trust in Chinese products and branded products in China have a high chance to be counterfeit.
Go to certain areas, you will see the traders or tourists pack a suitcase on the floor, throw rubbish on the ground and fill case with skin whitening products, shampoo, obligatory 4 cases of babby milk powder and other mundane shit.
You have to stop and ask why have they travelled at least two hours to buy shampoo, answer because they will sell fake shit which will kill you in China.
Told not to buy milk while in China because you will at best get kidney stones, worst die.
Young boys especially just get taught to pee in public, a busy side walk, anywhere, just pee straight on the ground no modesty.
Did see a pro-dad, use his daughter as a kind of squirt gun to pee in the men's urinal in HK, that was a first and generally impressed.
Toilets in China are hell, not really.
Squat toilets, shit everywhere, no toilet paper because you might steal it.
Finding a toilet and have paper and handwash is literally my biggest brolem in China, apart fom outside major areas where they only sell 3-4% beer.
Everything is ali-pay, you pay with your phone which needs wi-fi, even for a 2$ hotdog.
Shanghai at least has some beautiful women, HK's average must be 40+ and the women are terrible, ugliest schoolgirls by a country mile, hairy legs, picking nose on the metro, I think the lesbian population is quite high as well because they are all gold diggers.