Hong Kong

Once a nondescript fishing village on the edge of the South China Sea, Hong Kong has risen like a glittering jewel at the very tip of the Chinese Mainland. more...
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong


Hong Kong Island

Once a nondescript fishing village on the edge of the South China Sea, Hong Kong has risen like a glittering jewel at the very tip of the Chinese Mainland. Powered by trade, and some of the world’s leading banks, financial services and investment banking firms, this former British colony raised a skyline to rival the cityscapes of New York, Chicago, Shanghai, Tokyo and Dubai. You couldn’t have a more dramatic calling card than the sexy, jewel-studded skyline around Hong Kong’s stunning Victoria Harbour. But if the harbour, Victorial Peak and Hong Kong Central are Hong Kong’s show-stoppers, there’s a lot more than her showy, steel-and-glass centerpieces and mind-boggling moving pavements.

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Kowloon

Over the years, Kowloon has earned many monikers – ‘ugly sister’ to the shimmering, world-class Hong Kong Island; ‘gritty’ as opposed to her genteel neighbor on the other side of the harbour; the ‘dark side’ of Honk Kong, for her unsavoury, criminal side; and ‘unseemly’ and ‘raw’ for her squatter colonies, refugee shelters and residential blocks for blue-collar Hong Kongers. Perhaps nothing typified Kowloon more than the infamous but now demolished Kowloon Walled City, a den of vice, gambling and prostitution.

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