Hong Kong Takes a Holiday Part 2

Museums were closed. So were all public buildings and a surprising number of shops. But Hong Kong was certainly not lacking in things to do. Best of all, most of them were free or very cheap.

We wandered through Hong Kong’s gorgeous park, an oasis of green plunked down in the midst of some of the world’s most expensive real estate. The towering buildings that surround it, including I. M. Pei’s Bank of China Building and Paul Rudolph’s Lippo Center, as well as the more anonymous but equally soaring high-rise apartment buildings, seem to eye the park covetously.
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Hong Kong Takes a Holiday

“I once went to Philadelphia and it was closed.” – W.C. Fields

How can you compare the Philadelphia of W.C. Field’s feverish imagination, a sleepy burg where nothing happened, to Hong Kong, that money-mad mecca of moguls and millionaires? And yet I was tempted.

The last time I had been in Hong Kong was just prior to “the handover” in 1997, when Britain ended 150 years of colonial rule by returning sovereignty to China – Red China. Of course Hong Kong isn’t quite a worker’s paradise just yet. Under the terms of the handover agreement, China agreed to treat Hong Kong differently for a period of 50 years, the so-called “one country, two systems” approach.
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