Hong Kong is a province in the southern part of China. It includes the New Territories, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and Hong Kong Island. Most of us are refering to Hong Kong Island when we speak of Hong Kong. Within these pages, you will have a chance to glimpse other parts of Hong Kong as well.
Hong Kong province is unlike any other province in china. For the past 99 years, it was under the rule of the British Empire, infusing western and eastern culture. Now back under Chinese rule, the province has seen little change. Its open markets, and financial institutions make it a viable bridge between the Peoples Republic and the west.
Hong Kong is often seen as a shoppers paradise. You can buy just about anything in Hong Kong. Consequently, one must always be aware of the number of "knock-offs" there are. If you are purchasing something you feel is underpriced, the odds are you are buying a fake. Not all fakes are bad. If you can cross the border into Shenzhen, you will find many of the same items at a lower cost. Much of Hong Kong's commerical products are either from or pass through Shenzhen. The quanities and availability of products appears to be far better in Hong Kong.
One of the downsides to Hong Kong is that it too is a growing concrete jungle. Land is at a premium. In fact, parts of Hong Kong used to be the most expensive property, per squre foot, in all the world. They have recently lost that title. There are more and more apartment buildings and offices going up all the time. This creates a closed in feeling when walking through the streets. Something I personally dislike. I just never expected to feel so confined.
While in Hong Kong I was able to visit the following:
Links of interest: