to Hong Kong
Kong is often an intermediary stop for families adopting children from
China, Vietnam or other Asian countries. You can enhance your journey
and appreciation of Asian culture if you spend a few hours in Hong Kong
and the vicinity.
English is spoken
in the hotels and in many restaurants and shops making Hong Kong a perfect
city to start the acclimatization process for a trip to Asia. While it
is a Chinese city, many of the signs, guidebooks and brochures are also
The area we think of as Hong Kong
is actually a set of islands and a peninsula from the mainland of China.
Formerly a British Territory, it recently (June,1997) became part of the
People's Republic of China.
Kong Island is located just south of Guangdong province in
China. Kowoon, Lantau Island, and the New Territories are
part of the same area as the city of Hong Kong.
Kong is separated from the rest of the People's Republic of
China by mountains and by 100 years of British rule. A very
industrialized and energetic city, goods from Hong Kong are
sent throughout the world. The language and culture are similar
although not identical to those of the Guangdong province
it as been separate from the mainland of China for so many
years, culture and speech are in some aspects similar to the
older Chinese ways than the mainland. In addition, British
culture and language seems to overlay these more ancient traditions.
way that this vigorous juxtaposition of the old and the new
in Hong Kong is demonstrated in Hong Kong is the abundance
of unusual bamboo scaffolding. This scaffolding encases so
many of the tall skyscrapers - as new buildings rise up and
old buildings are revitalized. It is awe inspiring to watch
the skilled workers climb twenty or more stories high as they
work on the buildings using this ancient and renewable resource.
Bamboo scaffolding is everywhere you go - a constant reminder
of the expansion and energy of Hong Kong.
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