There are many great views of the cosmopolis of Hong Kong: looking down on it as it spreads out before you as you stand at the top of Victoria Peak, peering over the edge as you sip a cocktail on one of the ultra-modern high-rise terraces, or watching from a boat at sunset as the endless, state-of-the-art towers rise to touch the sky and plunge, reflected in the waters of Victoria Harbour. These dizzying skyscrapers are the best-known image of Hong Kong and the city's Central District, symbol of its status as a world financial centre. They stand in stark contrast to the traditional food stalls, the street markets, the temples with their statues of Buddha and the ever present principles of feng shui. These are the strands of the net that is woven through this city, which, over a decade ago gave up its status as a British colony to join China. Whether it's the west caught in a web of the east, or the oriental web that is pulled by its occidental catch, depends on how you look at it. Either way, the two are inseparable.
Hong Kong Touristm Board
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