In April 2008 and from February to March 2009 we traveled to this former British colony to witness how it had changed after a decade of independence. Since 1997, when Britain’s 99-year lease of the New Territories (north of Hong Kong Island) expired, the country has become a special administrative region of China.
Once home to fishermen and farmers, modern Hong Kong has today one of the highest population density and the most millionaires in the world, but amid the urban hustle & bustle there are pristine national parks where one can hike for hours, green spaces that regulate the flow of chi and unspoiled beaches where sharks, whales and dolphins find sanctuary in mating season.
The vibrant metropolis and foodie paradise has emerged as a leading contemporary architecture hot-spot. In high-rise Hong Kong Chinese and Western influences fuse, and pioneering skyscrapers and ancient temples, shopping malls and traditional markets, sci-phi infrastructure and narrow steep alleys sit cheek-by-jowl. It’s one of our favorite places in Asia!