About Hong Kong

Like anything that’s exceptionally beautiful, Hong Kong  is both highly desirable and fearsome, to a certain degree. Hong Kong does not lack for admirers, and David Garcia counts himself as one of those fortunate enough to have established a professional and personal foothold in the former Crown Colony.

Breathtaking: Victoria Harbor as seen from Victoria Peak in Hong Kong (Photo: Creative Commons in Viator)

The desirability of what has been long known as the Fragrant Harbour is a no-brainer. Millions of people over the years  have embraced the Hong Kong shopping lifestyle. Unarguably, it is a major shopping paradise in the Far East, with it’s wide range of available consumer goods, ranging from delicate knick-knacks and other accessories to huge-ticket items such as fabulous jewelry and designer fashions.

Admittedly, there’s also a market for the less-discriminating shoppers. David Garcia says that in Hong Kong, there’s really something for every kind of shopper. True. Hong Kong is also known for spin-offs and other kinds of of non-original items with sellers who always try to stay under the radar.

But that’s still part of the attractiveness of Hong Kong — something quaint and  unusual, acting as a counterpoint to its glamor as a city embraced by the global community.

More than the shopping, however, Hong Kong is also famous for its impressive tourist attractions, such as Victoria Peak, the Giant Buddha and Victoria Harbor.

Those who are inclined to reflect on life’s meaning along with its quiet little secrets would no doubt be pleased with the abundance of ancient Chinese temples in Hong Kong.

Shatin Sai Lam Temple (Photo: Chong Fat - Creative Commons)

These temples are clear indicators of the  prevalence of Buddhist and Taoist beliefs, and are highly-regarded by locals, expatriates, and tourists alike.

David Garcia’s fascination with Hong Kong extends to its culture. The mixture of both Occidental and Oriental Influences in Hong Kong is firmly rooted in its history.

Wikipedia’s entry in Hong Kong identifies it as “one of two special administrative regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Hong Kong’s population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.

“Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War (1839–42). Originally confined to Hong Kong Island, the colony’s boundaries were extended in stages to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 and then the New Territories in 1898. It was occupied by Japan during the Pacific War, after which the British resumed control until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty. The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era. The time period greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as “East meets West”, and the educational system, which used to loosely follow the system in England until reforms implemented in 2009.

No wonder that Hong Kong’s culture, while distinctly Chinese, also has strong elements leftover from the former British rule. Capitalism thrives in Hong Kong, making it a preferred destination for many pillars of global economies.

Yet, for many businessmen, like David Garcia, Hong Kong is much more than just another busy international hub, notwithstanding the fact that the Hong Kong dollar is one of the most traded currencies in the global market.

To these businessmen who have learned to love the place, its culture and its people, Hong Kong is home.