"British success in Chinese hands" Hong Kong by Willettsworld

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The mere words Hong Kong conjure up images of money, success, densely and diverse population, multi-national capitalism and quirky colonialism. Nowhere in the world has such a large concentration of high-rise office and apartment blocks where the country (small as it is) is one of the world's leading financial capitals and a major business, cultural and transport hub. Its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, and although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society.

Even though Hong Kong has been a part of China since Britain handed it back in 1997, it still doesn't seem to me, speaking as a British citizen, to be Chinese. China is not allowed to change any of Hong Kong's social or legal systems until 2047 which means that it still issues its own money (the Hong Kong dollar) and stamps, drives on the left in right-hand drive vehicles, runs its own TV and radio stations and still uses British 3-pin plugs!

For the visitor, there's a lot to do in Hong Kong. Sightseeing includes the Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, reached by the Peak Tram; Tian Tan (Big) Buddha on Lantau Island; the old colonial buildings of Central mixed between the modern skyscrapers; museums such as the history, science, space and art; the densely populated areas of Kowloon and Mongkok; and the picturesque and more peaceful areas of Stanley and Aberdeen. Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise what with clothing, shoes, electronics, souvenirs, music and such like, you could spend all your time in huge shopping malls, department stores, roadside shops or street markets - Hong Kong, literally, has it all. And then there's the food - over 10,000 multi-national restaurants are on offer for you to sample just a few of whilst staying here.

  • Last visit to Hong Kong: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 7, 2008
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