every major country has little countries running around looking for autonomy.
Hong Kong wasn't looking for autonomy from China, it was annected by the British Empire in mid-19th century and thus became a crown colony which in the end had a huge cultural impact.
not classifying hong kong as chinese is completely pointless.
No it's not. It depends on what you want to point out. The majority of people in Hong Kong are of ethnic Chinese descent, that's right, but culture in Hong Kong developped different from mainland China over 150 years. It has become an Eastern-Western mix due to the British influence. During that time the political system was also different (British administration) and even after 1997 when Hong Kong was transferred to China it got a different system ("one country, two systems"-policy). So classifying Hong Kong purely as Chinese would be narrow-minded.
i was a huge fan of Bruce Lee and Chinese movies (except Crouching Tiger where they fly and shit) but it seems to me that Bruce Lee's conditioning and martial arts knowledge is the exception rather then the norm in China.
Well, that shouldn't be a surprise really. First of all, China is not Kung Fu movies (I guess the average US-American usually also doesn't spend his daily life in the way as in Hollywood action movies). Then, with a little glimpse on Chinese history one would know that during the period of the Chinese Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong practicing martial arts was quite restricted and martial arts masters were suspected to be subversive against the government.
Also, telling to be (or have been) a huge
fan of Bruce Lee you should know that he was that exceptional as a martial artist, because
he went new ways and had different approaches than the traditional martial artists.