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    Hong Kong is the world’s most exciting city, at once fascinating and exasperating, a tangle of contradictions. It is a dazzling amalgam of conspicuous consumption and primitive poverty, the most architecturally incongruous yet undeniably beautiful urban panorama of all.

    Through firsthand reportage, world-renowned travel writer Jan Morris takes us through the crowded streets of this enigmatic city, offering the most insightful and comprehensive study of Hong Kong thus far. She reviews Hong Kong’s early days as a British opium port controlled by pirates, cutthroats, and scoundrel tycoons, and looks ahead to the city’s future as part of the People’s Republic of China.

    ©1985 1987, 1988, 1989 by Jan Morris (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Worthwhile!

    With her usual energy, Jan Morris addresses here the city of Hong Kong, all at once from a historical and geographical perspective, with much space given to the city’s inhabitants.

    It must be underscored that the book was written just a few years before the 1997 retrocession to China and reflects the angst that was then prevailing. This does not reduce the book’s interest as the reader may now compare what was feared with what happened.

    It certainly provides a good introduction to the territory though it must be completed with other sources by anyone planning to visit the city for the first time with any seriousness.

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    • Jeanette Finan
    • 11/06/2014

    An interesting but mild disappointment

    I am a big fan of travel books and if this were 1995 and if I was planning to travel to Hong Kong I would have found this book invaluable. It's an interesting and well written snap shot of Hong Kong during the 1980's with a brief mentions here and there of what happened in the past as background information for what is happening at the present. All from a British POV. But as a reader looking for a comprehensive picture of Hong Kong this book falls short.

    What this book does is give the reader is a sense of what colonial Hong Kong was like for the British which is almost exactly what it was like for the British in India. They created their own self absorbed little bubble and life outside that bubble only existed as it related to them. Interesting but no surprises for the reader there.

    Where this book falls sadly short is the part the Chinese played. The Chinese made up 96% of the population, but are described repeatedly as a mysterious, superstitious mass. Energetic and hard working but whose motives and culture were unfathomable to the westerner.

    When I finished this book I had more questions than I had when I began and I'm off to find a real picture of Hong Kong. One that includes the years after 1997 to now.

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    • T. Rayan
    • 13/10/2020

    Most accurate and insightful book on Hong Kong

    This is the most accurate and interesting book on HK I have ever read and I live here.

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    • Darlene Vile
    • 15/05/2021

    Lovely narrator; superbly entertaining history

    I'm extremely fond of the this wonderful collaboration of author and narrator. Wanda McCaddon has an amazing pitch perfect delivery, and a warmly comforting tone. It makes Jan Morris's entertaining study of Hong Kong a nice and cozy experience.

    I'd also like to say that I'm grateful it was written so long ago, as I have no doubt this book would've been bogged down with politics if written today, leaving the interesting folksy side of history and the quirkier characters and anecdotes neglected by the wayside. They are what make a history lesson truly enjoyable, after all.

    Unlike other reviewers, I don't have any qualms with the narrator's Chinese and Cantonese pronunciations, yet I acknowledge that classic westerner mistakes are made. Some vowels were constantly mispronounced, emphasis was put on the wrong syllables, etc. But the narrator's charm easily wins out over these errors. I highly recommend this book in any form, but especially the audio format. I was a great listen without a doubt!

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    • David Lee
    • 03/07/2020

    Overly flowery and orientalist

    Narrator makes me wince with her awful pronunciation. She doesn’t have to be a native speaker, but even by English standards, pronounce basic words like Guangzhou and “feng shui” correctly, please. No one would stand for such horrible anglicized French or Spanish. Why should we stand for it in Chinese?

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    • BJJ Beginner
    • 19/02/2018

    Am interesting read

    It's an interesting read giving some historical information and insight into the story of Hong Kong. The narrator needs to learn how to pronounce the names of Hong Kong locations as her pronunciation is bad at best.

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    • Marcus Ronaldi
    • 09/10/2016

    great history of hong kong

    got a good perspective on the history of Hong Kong. good sense of History dogs

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