Hong Kong

Hong Kong

One of my favorite novelists is James Clavell perhaps most famous as the author of Shogun. But he also wrote two of my favorite novels each set in Hong Kong. The first was Tai Pan, set in 1841, with one of my favorite heroes of all time and the second was Noble House set in the modern era. These novels left me with powerful images of Hong Kong, including the landslides and typhoons which can affect the island as well as the highly competitive economic markets. So it was with great pleasure that I revisited Hong Kong in this blog. 

This 7-minute video gives a wonderful overview of Hong Kong. This fun, 4-minute video done in ‘hyperlapse’ gives a different view of Hong Kong. Alert: the images move quickly. This 6-minute video gives yet another view of Hong Kong, this time featuring a more balanced look at the territory which includes gardens, Buddhist temples, and some of the local islands in addition to the city. 

FunFacts about Hong Kong: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in South China. Along with Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and several other major cities in Guangdong, the territory forms a core part of the Pearl River Delta metropolitan region, the most populated area in the world. With over 7.4 million Hongkongers of various nationalities in a territory of 1,104 square kilometres (426 sq mi), Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world. (Source)
  • Hong Kong was at one time a colony of the British Empire.
  • In 2017, the population was estimated at 7,400,000.
  • The area of Hong Kong shows human habitation 39,000 years ago.
  • In the 1500s, Portuguese merchants traded here.
  • During the ‘Opium Wars of 1841 and 1842’, the clash between China and British forces resulted in Hong Kong Island being ceded in perpetuity to the United Kingdom. At that time, Hong Kong was a fishing village and had a population of around 7400 people.
  • In 1849, Hong Kong became a stopping point for migrant workers who hoped to benefit from the California Gold Rush.
  • The British colony of Hong Kong was expanded in 1899 with a 100-year lease that added more territory, including over 200 islands.
  • In 1941, during World War II, Japan gained control of Hong Kong. The same day as the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan invaded Hong Kong. The battle for occupation took 17 days. Britain resumed control in 1945.
  • The end of British Colonial rule, quote: On 1 July 1997, sovereignty over Hong Kong was officially transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China, marking the end of 156 years of colonial rule. As Britain’s last major and most economically successful colony, the handover effectively represented the end of the British Empire. (Source)
  • Hong Kong is located at the mouth of the Pearl River on the southern coast of China not far from Macao.
  • Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly-to-mountainous. The highest point in the region is at 3100 feet (957 meters).
  • Hong Kong has a sub-tropical climate.
  • At over 1200 in number, Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world.
  • Freedom of religion is part of Hong Kong’s Basic Law.
  • Hong Kong is a strong economic force and has the 35th largest economy in the world. Given its size and population, this is an amazing statistic. It is the world’s 7th largest importer/exporter.
  • Hong Kong is considered a true hybrid of East and West, quote: …reflecting the cultural blend of traditional Chinese values emphasizing family and education with progressive Western ideals, including economic liberty and the rule of law. (Source)

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30 thoughts on “Hong Kong

  1. I’ve been wanting to visit Hong Kong ever since my friend told me we should go there for vacation. The food pictures she shows me always look so good, and there are lots of great places for shopping.

  2. I have read James Clavell. My father’s favourites actually. I’d love to visit Hong Kong for the shopping.

  3. Although the pictures are wonderful, especially the skyline at night, there are too many large buildings to cause me to cringe. Too crowded, Thank you for sharing all the facts about this small territory.

  4. Hong Kong is a beautiful place but I wouldn’t want to visit. Too many people and buildings. Enjoyed the info and photos.

  5. Hi Caris. Lovely pictures. So very crowded. My son-in-law is in the Navy and in March 2019 he and my daughter and grandsons are moving to Japan. I may not t get to China but I do hope to get to Japan at least once while they are there. I have heard a lot about the area and they are not going into one of the larger cities but to a smaller area of only about 39,000 people. I have always imagined what it would be like to go to Asia. I’ve been to Europe as I was in the Army and was in Germany for 3yrs and I travelled to Switzerland, the outer edges of France and Italy, and the Bavarian mountains. It was gorgeous and I’ve always wanted to go back. See you stirred up a lot of fun memories. I think I’ve told you before that I live in Mesa Arizona not too far away. These blogs are always nice to see and I’m glad you talked me into checking them out. Thank you so very much for all of your wisdom shared. Jules

  6. I have never visited Hong Kong but the pictures you shared are gorgeous. I’m taken with how clean everything is.

  7. I too would love to see Hong Kong in both the morning afternoon and then the night. What a sensational city it must be. The pictures are beautiful but I guess its etterin real time!

  8. I loved James Clavell’s books Shugun, Tai Pan and Nobel House myself, read them when I was young. Highly Recommended books!!

  9. I have been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong twice, once in 1992 and again in 2007. I am glad I was able to go before it reverted to China in 1997. It is still a fascinating place to visit and I was able to take my kids to Disneyland while we were there too. Very different from Disneyland and Disneyworld but still worth a visit.

  10. Hong Kong is a very interesting place. I was lucky enough to spend a weekend there as a stop over in my travels once and I have always wanted to go back. I have a whole list of places I’d like to explore if I ever go back.

  11. Very pretty photos. The night scape is really cool. But I like the flower photos best. I don’t think I could handle all the people crammed into the city though.

  12. As usual enjoyed all the photos, my favorite was #26-the shot with the open gates going to the temple. I suppose it’s a nice place to visit but just too many people! AZ

  13. What a fascinating place. My brother’s mother-in-law and her family emigrated from Hong Kong to the US 40 years ago and still have family over there. I would love to visit there one day, especially since I’m a Disney girl and Hong Kong Disney is located near the airport, I’m told.

  14. You mentioned Shogun and James Clavell. One of my favorite authors (besides you) and story. Read many of his books. Thanks for the memory.

  15. Impressive buildings but I wouldn’t want to be there during an earthquake.

    I have friends that have been there and they said the air pollution was awful.

    I love Asian food so that’s a plus.

  16. I think that the nightlife is absolutely beautiful with all of the colors from the different signs and buildings! I would never want to live there though. It’s way too busy for my taste.

  17. Liked all the photos. I would like there but they say it is very crowded. It would be interesting to enjoy all the cuisine.

  18. To me its like the rhino. Beautiful to look at and appreciate, but I wouldn’t want to get too close. Always interesting facts and I learn new things. Thanks.

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