January 28, 2013 00:00 By Manote Tripathi The Nation
Hong Kong will make you nostalgic about the past but excited for the future, writes Simon Ostheimer, the author of "Hong Kong: Your Guide to Hong Kong's Best Sights For Every Budget"
The author may be British, but he’s lived here long enough to notice Hong Kong’s transformation before and after the handover in 1997. Hong Kong in the 1980s was very different, he writes. The MTR had yet to cross the harbour and Chek Lap Kok was still a small, uninhabited island. There were many colonial buildings. Now Mandarin has taken over Cantonese in Tsim Sha Tsui, as people are kowtowing to Mainland Chinese. This compact guide is packed with useful basic information about the main attractions in Hong Kong, “a city in flux”. The book is divided into three chapters in 96 pages. The first chapter covers must-see sights numbering about a dozen. These include the Star Ferry, the Peak Tram, the Lantau Big Buddha, Lamma Island and afternoon tea at the Peninsula. The second chapter introduces Hong Kong’s worth-visiting areas in Central, Kowloon, the New Territories, Macau and the Hong Kong Island, to name just a few. The third chapter compiles the range of hotels and lodgings, restaurants, shopping centres, night spots, museums, galleries and nature walks. The easy-to-use guide is illustrated with beautiful photos and useful detailed maps. But every copy is accompanied with a large foldable pull-out map.
Hong Kong: Your Guide to Hong Kong’s Best Sights For Every Budget