November 5th through 19th. That's why I'm making this. There will be many, many photographs I took, plus my notes and comments, mainly for my family and friends, although you don't have to go away if you're not in one of those groups. I'll be posting pretty regularly and should have everything that's at all interesting posted
by the end of December January February March May whenever I get around to it.
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ORIENTATION (get it?)
A map, courtesy of Travel China Guide:
The main urban area consists of the north shore of Hong Kong Island, where the British first settled, and Kowloon across the narrow harbor to the north. The New Territories and the Outlying Islands have suburban towns, huge country parks, the occasional theme park and a dwindling number of old rural villages. The dark green at the top is the People's Republic of China proper, or "the Mainland."
My hotel was on Hong Kong Island in the Mid-Levels, the mostly residential area a little to the south of Central district, halfway up Victoria Peak, the mountain that dominates the western end of the island.
THE BASICS, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THEM (you're allowed to skip this part if you just wanna look at pictures)
Hong Kong is a tiny Chinese territory on the southeast coast of the country consisting of a bunch of little islands and an itty-bitty sliver of the mainland. It was a British colony starting in the mid-19th century, due to white devil-ish behavior on the part of the Brits involving large ships and cannons and a hella lotta opium. Over the past forty years or so it became a major international industrial and business center and a bustling modern city. Then it was abruptly returned to China in 1997, and it's now a "Special Administrative Region," a semi-autonomous territory that retains its own currency and more or less independent internal governance (that "more or less" contains a lot of complications and contradictions). If this all sounds strange and confusing, it is, and it makes Hong Kong a Very Interesting Place.
Of course, the most important side effect of all this interestingness is that Hong Kong for decades had one of the most amazing film industries ever, the third most prolific on the planet (after #1 India and #2 USA), churning out between 200 and 300 movies a year and producing names like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, etc. etc. The whole industry went into a seemingly irreversible decline starting in the late '90s, but for a while there... amazingness. Which is the principal reason I know anything at all about Hong Kong, and eventually decided to visit.
Here are pictures of this now-sort-of-vanished amazingness, just so you know:
|Source: 10K Bullets|
|Source: DVD Active|
|Source: So Good Reviews|
Source: Tars Tarkas
CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE
Much of the knowledge I'll be spewing comes from these books:
-City Between Worlds: My Hong Kong by Leo Ou-fan Lee
-Hong Kong: A Cultural History by Michael Ingham
-Insight City Guide: Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou
-The Rough Guide to Hong Kong and Macau (my constant, beloved and dog-eared companion through the trip)
"WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE? I CAME TO SEE PICTURES OF YOUR TRIP."
We'll get started shortly.