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Hong Kong Brief Introduction


Hong Kong Brief IntroductionThe first thing that strikes most visitors to Hong Kong are the very different cultures and societies at work here.

It would be easy to dismiss Hong Kong simply as a fascinating combination of East and West but it is much, much more than this with a unique and distinctive culture of its own.

Over the years, Hong Kong has maintained and established a fascinating and intriguing Chinese culture. Traditional food, clothing, ceremonies and values existing here are an almost idealized version of Chinese culture as it is seen in the west. From the active little Temples such as the Man Mo on Hong Kong's winding streets, to the bustling alleys in Mongkok, the existence of a very genuine and real Chinese way of life is evident here.

Sitting side by side with this traditional culture, is a vibrant, efficient and modern side to the city. Hong Kong is incredibly productive and advanced. The economy here, (while no longer booming as it was in the 1980s) is still remarkably buoyant despite the threat from Shanghai on the mainland. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange is the center of financial power in East Asia and the thousands of well dressed workers who pour in and out of Central's office buildings and banks every day are a living symbol of the wealth at work in the city. 

In terms of commerce, the selection of shops and the range of goods and clothing available here is among the best in the world. The subway, trams, train system and business centers are remarkably efficient and among the best in the world. Hong Kong's new architecture too is a fabulous example of the fashionable and contemporary importance of this territory. The Bank of China and the Hong Kong Shanghai Bank are design masterpieces recognized throughout the world. The people living this modern way of life are a unique bunch too.

Hong Kong Brief IntroductionAnd yet there is still room for another unique side to Hong Kong. Local Hong Kong people are wrongly perceived as unfriendly and lacking in culture and identity. In fact, the Hong Kongers have established a very individual culture of their own which contributes to the wealth of arts, food, fashion and sophistication already existing here. 

Hong Kong is most famous for its film. There is also some great film and art here and the Hong Kong Cultural Center and Art Museum is a great place to experience some of this wealth.

The hand-over in 1997 brought about some changes in Hong Kong. The colonial influence is still obvious in the architecture and the investment in the city, but the emphasis is gradually being changed. Cantonese is the official language of Hong Kong although many people also speak English. Mandarin is now being encouraged by the Chinese government and Hong Kong has been renamed as a "Special Administrative Region" run under Deng Xiaoping's "One country, two systems" policy. For the time being however, Beijing seems to realize the economic might and the international pull that this tiny area exerts and is prepared to leave most aspects of society relatively unchanged.

 

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