I was fortunate that I worked in HK and stayed with a local so I learned more about the culture and local habits than any of my other travels. That being the case, I found that it was good to share with other visitors some of the habits. I think eating at the monastery was a good example. First off- when you go up to the person to get your number, make sure they really see you because you likely won't understand them when they call for you. Keep an eye on the people who arrived before you so you can figure out when you're getting close. Its ok to hover- I stood close enough to read the page of names/numbers so I knew for sure when it was my turn. Keep your number out so the hostess can see it too. When you get inside to eat, just look around and do what the locals do. You're not fooling anyone- they know you're a tourist.
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