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Travel to China and discover the city of Hong Kong, where the old lives side by side with the new.
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For many, particularly those who have either traveled to Hong Kong and/or James Clavell’s dramatic portrayal of Hong Kong’s history. This remarkable South China Sea piece of real estate is the fiddle of romance, adventure, intrigue and high finance. It is all that in very, very much more.
Hong Kong is in southeast China about 1,250 miles south of Beijing. Hong Kong has 7 million residents live on 1,100 square kilometers of land, that’s 6,400 people for per square kilometers who lived in the most unique political and economic environment. Under Chinese control since 1997, Hong Kong is treated by China as a relatively independent unit. A special administrative region that continues business pretty much as it has since the early 1800’s.
One of the most significant changes in Hong Kong, Chinese may and have risen above the relatively insignificant government positions available for them under British rule. Now Chinese parents can have the dream of their child that some day became Hong Kong’s chief executive. Hong Kong continuous to be the financial capital of South East Asia with unprecedented growth and construction.
More and more land is being reclaimed from the harbor presumably more sky scrapers. The urgency new buildable land downtown and so great, work goes on well into the night. Mass public transit form the venerable star ferry, a fleet of double decker buses from street carts and a subway system of remarkable proportions. Move a staggering number of commuters over 5 million to in from work each day.
A unique system of mass transit, the longest open air escalator in the world is here. Rising 135 vertical feet up beside the Victoria Mountain, there are 20 escalators and three moving sidewalks. In the mornings until 10:00 AM, it goes downhill. The remainder of the day until midnight, up over 25 thousand residents uses the escalator each day.
Commerce in Hong Kong at street level is king. Markets for locals flourished in the alleys adjacent to the giant people mover. Even the daily mundane of Hong Kong life is new and exciting for visitors. Everything from fruits and vegetables, a grass, bells and of course umbrellas are for sale.
There are of course many markets and bazaars that are basically designed for tourist. With the opening of mainland China, the value parks in Hong Kong scene and are considerably less in they were in the late 20th century. Hong Kong at night is a spectacle to behold.
At 8:00 PM in each evening, a laser light and music show the temple street night market is one of the most exciting shopping venues in the city. Located across the harbor form Hong Kong in Kowloon, there are hundreds of stalls on multiple blocks filled with tourist.
The temple street is also a local hangout with all the shopping punctuated by clusters of sea food restaurants in every size and description. Early morning at about 2 AM or so, the Hong Kong fish market begins a long day of fish brokery. Just little later, the Kowloon far market comes to life taking in deliveries in addition to conserving hostel climb.
A few hours later, they open to the public with a business brisk even on rainy days at the end of flower market road, the bird market. And a few blocks away the gold fish market area all part of the everyday Hong Kong life.
In historic landmark on Hong Kong’s waterfront the Star Ferry that runs between Kowloon and Hong Kong has been in continuous operation since the 1870’s. Li Fu Chi has been a photographer since the early 1950’s as a young man he photograph all the poplar sites on this island.
Now in his later years to stay active and engaged the photographer visits Victoria Peak almost daily to share his remarkable photograph of Hong Kong. His remarkable image is form the early 50’s along with those who has taken recently illustrate how much Hong Kong has changed.