History UsefulNotes / HongKong

4th Apr '17 3:00:00 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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A notable area of the city was the Kowloon Walled City, which can be described as an anarchic city. The City was technically under Chinese control (in 1898, the UK took over everything south of the Sham Chun River--forming the New Territories--with the ''exception'' of the City), but being in the middle of British land made it rather difficult for the Chinese to govern, so they simple did not bother and left the City to its own devices. Even in the colonial days, it became notorious as a den of lawlessness, with brothels, {{Opium Den}}s, [[BackAlleyDoctor unlicensed abortionists]], and bad dentists (as in seriously unhygenic). Violent crime, on the other hand, was surprisingly low as the Triads effectively took over the City to be their base of operations and they did not take kindly to hooliganism on their front porch. Eventually the PRC and Britain decided they'd had enough and demolished the whole rotten place in 1993. The site is now a nice public park, but if you want to see the Walled City in all its hideousness, catch the movie ''Bloodsport'' starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. At its height, the City was the most densely populated area on Earth.

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A notable area of the city was the Kowloon Walled City, which can be described as an anarchic city. The City was technically under Chinese control (in 1898, the UK took over everything south of the Sham Chun River--forming the New Territories--with the ''exception'' of the City), but being in the middle of British land made it rather difficult for the Chinese to govern, so they simple simply did not bother and left the City to its own devices. Even in the colonial days, it became notorious as a den of lawlessness, with brothels, {{Opium Den}}s, [[BackAlleyDoctor unlicensed abortionists]], and bad dentists (as in seriously unhygenic). Violent crime, on the other hand, was surprisingly low as the Triads effectively took over the City to be their base of operations and they did not take kindly to hooliganism on their front porch. Eventually the PRC and Britain decided they'd had enough and demolished the whole rotten place in 1993. The site is now a nice public park, but if you want to see the Walled City in all its hideousness, catch the movie ''Bloodsport'' starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. At its height, the City was the most densely populated area on Earth.
25th Jan '17 11:29:49 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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A notable area of the city was the Kowloon Walled City, which can be described as an anarchic city. The City was technically under Chinese control (in 1898, the UK took over everything south of the Sham Chun River--forming the New Territories--with the ''exception'' of the City), but being in the middle of British land made it rather difficult for the Chinese to govern, so they simple did not bother and left the City to its own devices. Even in the colonial days, it became notorious as a den of lawlessness, with brothels, {{Opium Den}}s, unlicensed [[BackAlleyDoctor doctors]] (read "back alley abortionists"), and bad dentists (as in seriously unhygenic). Violent crime, on the other hand, was surprisingly low as the Triads effectively took over the City to be their base of operations and they did not take kindly to hooliganism on their front porch. Eventually the PRC and Britain decided they'd had enough and demolished the whole rotten place in 1993. The site is now a nice public park, but if you want to see the Walled City in all its hideousness, catch the movie ''Bloodsport'' starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. At its height, the City was the most densely populated area on Earth.

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A notable area of the city was the Kowloon Walled City, which can be described as an anarchic city. The City was technically under Chinese control (in 1898, the UK took over everything south of the Sham Chun River--forming the New Territories--with the ''exception'' of the City), but being in the middle of British land made it rather difficult for the Chinese to govern, so they simple did not bother and left the City to its own devices. Even in the colonial days, it became notorious as a den of lawlessness, with brothels, {{Opium Den}}s, unlicensed [[BackAlleyDoctor doctors]] (read "back alley abortionists"), unlicensed abortionists]], and bad dentists (as in seriously unhygenic). Violent crime, on the other hand, was surprisingly low as the Triads effectively took over the City to be their base of operations and they did not take kindly to hooliganism on their front porch. Eventually the PRC and Britain decided they'd had enough and demolished the whole rotten place in 1993. The site is now a nice public park, but if you want to see the Walled City in all its hideousness, catch the movie ''Bloodsport'' starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. At its height, the City was the most densely populated area on Earth.
7th Jan '17 9:11:22 AM nombretomado
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The city is highly notable for its film industry, especially in the martial arts area; giving us Creator/BruceLee, Creator/ChowYunFat, Creator/DonnieYen, and Creator/JackieChan, among many others. For example, the film ''Film/TheDeparted'' is directly inspired by the ''Film/InfernalAffairs'' trilogy. HeroicBloodshed films (especially those made by JohnWoo) also heavily influenced worldwide action cinema.

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The city is highly notable for its film industry, especially in the martial arts area; giving us Creator/BruceLee, Creator/ChowYunFat, Creator/DonnieYen, and Creator/JackieChan, among many others. For example, the film ''Film/TheDeparted'' is directly inspired by the ''Film/InfernalAffairs'' trilogy. HeroicBloodshed films (especially those made by JohnWoo) Creator/JohnWoo) also heavily influenced worldwide action cinema.
20th Sep '16 6:15:46 AM fearlessnikki
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In non-Hong Kong fiction, the place features in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''[[note]]The original plot was supposed to center around the handover, but changed in case it became HarsherInHindsight; this original plot instead formed the basis of the 007 novel ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen''[[/note]], the novel of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and quite a few other works.

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In non-Hong Kong fiction, the place features in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''[[note]]The original plot was supposed to center around the handover, but changed in case it became HarsherInHindsight; this original plot instead formed the basis of the 007 novel ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen''[[/note]], the novel of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and quite a few other works. \n The films ''Film/ChungkingExpress'' and ''Film/AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong'' have been said to feature the city as [[SceneryPorn practically a supporting character]].
4th Apr '16 6:37:33 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* The Outlying Islands. A cluster of various islands of various sizes. The largest is Lantau. It is home to various beaches, a number of small towns, Hong Kong's small Disney theme-park and a giant statue of the Buddha. There are a number of monasteries, mostly Chinese or Tibetan Buddhist, but one Trappist (you don't hear a lot from them for obvious reasons). The famous Shaolin monks have a Kung Fu school but no monastery to current knowledge. Off the coasts of this island, one may see the Chinese White Dolphin, a species that has almost no skin pigmentation as an adult and as a result always looks white or pink. They are lively and will jump high, so tourists enjoy watching them. Also home of the Hong Kong International Airport.

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* The Outlying Islands. A cluster of various islands of various sizes. The largest is Lantau. It is home to various beaches, a number of small towns, Hong Kong's small Disney theme-park [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland park]] and a giant statue of the Buddha. There are a number of monasteries, mostly Chinese or Tibetan Buddhist, but one Trappist (you don't hear a lot from them for obvious reasons). The famous Shaolin monks have a Kung Fu school but no monastery to current knowledge. Off the coasts of this island, one may see the Chinese White Dolphin, a species that has almost no skin pigmentation as an adult and as a result always looks white or pink. They are lively and will jump high, so tourists enjoy watching them. Also home of the Hong Kong International Airport.
3rd Mar '16 2:14:33 PM BreadBull
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* Culture: A lot of people still hold a variety of traditional Chinese religious and mystical beliefs loosely linked to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, so one may regularly see people burning incense, paper effigies of luxury goods and bundles of "Hell Money" for their departed relatives, shrines to various local gods are often in evidence (Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy and Kuan-Ti god of war and upholder of justice are popular, so is the sea goddess A-Ma in fishing villages). Many people worry about the Feng Shui (pronounced "Fung Shoy", not "Fung Shway", by the way; Hong Kong is one of the two places in the world--Macau being the other--where [[UsefulNotes/ChineseDialectsAndAccents Cantonese]] is the official language) of their buildings etc. Politically, Hong Kong is often characterized as being relatively classical liberal or libertarian (i.e. small and non-interventionist government), and this is true for the international sectors of the economy. The domestic economy, however, is quite heavily cartelized by a small number of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]] government-favored [[MegaCorp corporations]] (see Joe Studwell's ''Asian Godfathers'' for more), thus making Hong Kong a ''mixed economy'' with significant levels of mercantilist/corporatist statism. Rallies and demonstrations are pretty rare nowadays, riots rarer still. Most people speak Guongdungwa (Cantonese), although more and more are learning the official Putonghua (Mandarin), including the entire younger generation. You can generally get by in English, anyhow, but don't expect to hear clearly through the accent and the infamously atrocious grammar.

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* Culture: A lot of people still hold a variety of traditional Chinese religious and mystical beliefs loosely linked to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, so one may regularly see people burning incense, paper effigies of luxury goods and bundles of "Hell Money" for their departed relatives, shrines to various local gods are often in evidence (Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy and Kuan-Ti god of war and upholder of justice are popular, so is the sea goddess A-Ma in fishing villages). Many people worry about the Feng Shui (pronounced "Fung Shoy", not "Fung Shway", by the way; Hong Kong is one of the two places in the world--Macau being the other--where [[UsefulNotes/ChineseDialectsAndAccents Cantonese]] is the official language) of their buildings etc. Politically, Hong Kong is often characterized as being relatively classical liberal or libertarian (i.e. small and non-interventionist government), and this is true for the international sectors of the economy. The domestic economy, however, is quite heavily cartelized by a small number of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]] government-favored [[MegaCorp corporations]] (see Joe Studwell's ''Asian Godfathers'' for more), thus making Hong Kong a ''mixed economy'' with significant levels of mercantilist/corporatist statism. Rallies and demonstrations are pretty rare nowadays, riots rarer still. Hong Kong has three official languages: Guangdonghua (Cantonese), Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese) and English. Most people speak Guongdungwa (Cantonese), Cantonese, although more and more people are also learning the official language language of China, Putonghua (Mandarin), including the entire younger generation. (Mandarin). You can generally get by in English, anyhow, but don't expect to hear clearly through the accent and the infamously atrocious grammar.
3rd Mar '16 2:05:06 PM BreadBull
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* The New Territories: These are the areas north of Kowloon which the British leased from China for 99 years. The lease ran out in 1997, at which point it would not have been practical to hang on to Hong Kong and Kowloon, so the Chinese got the whole lot back. This is a marked contrast to the Iron Lady's attitude to British Sovereignty elsewhere, hence the famous rhyming couplet: "You fought a war in the Falklands, in that you were so strong. On the other hand, how kind of you to give away Hong Kong". The New Territories include the various New Towns built to relieve urban congestion downtown. They also include much of the "wild" part of the SAR, infested with: poisonous snakes, pythons, harmless snakes, huge but harmless spiders, semi-wild cattle and water buffalo, semi-wild monkeys and wild boar, which allow for "wilderness" scenes even in such a small and urbanized country. Also present are many scattered villages, some still retaining old-fashioned tribal features such as village walls and most looking surprisingly poor.

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* The New Territories: These are the areas north of Kowloon which the British leased from China for 99 years. The lease ran out in 1997, at which point it would not have been practical to hang on to Hong Kong and Kowloon, so the Chinese got the whole lot back. This is a marked contrast to the Iron Lady's attitude to British Sovereignty elsewhere, hence the famous rhyming couplet: "You fought a war in the Falklands, in that you were so strong. On the other hand, how kind of you to give away Hong Kong". The New Territories include the various New Towns built to relieve urban congestion downtown. They also include much of the "wild" part of the SAR, infested with: poisonous snakes, pythons, harmless snakes, huge but harmless spiders, semi-wild cattle and water buffalo, semi-wild monkeys and wild boar, which allow for "wilderness" scenes even in such a small and urbanized country. (It should be noted that a significant portion of Hong Kong is protected nature preserve.) Also present are many scattered villages, some still retaining old-fashioned tribal features such as village walls and most looking surprisingly poor.
19th Aug '15 3:06:09 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Culture: A lot of people still hold a variety of traditional Chinese religious and mystical beliefs loosely linked to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, so one may regularly see people burning incense, paper effigies of luxury goods and bundles of "Hell Money" for their departed relatives, shrines to various local gods are often in evidence (Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy and Kuan-Ti god of war and upholder of justice are popular, so is the sea goddess A-Ma in fishing villages). Many people worry about the Feng Shui (pronounced "Fung Shoy", not "Fung Shway", by the way; Hong Kong is one of the two places in the world--Macau being the other--where [[ChineseDialectsAndAccents Cantonese]] is the official language) of their buildings etc. Politically, Hong Kong is often characterized as being relatively classical liberal or libertarian (i.e. small and non-interventionist government), and this is true for the international sectors of the economy. The domestic economy, however, is quite heavily cartelized by a small number of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]] government-favored [[MegaCorp corporations]] (see Joe Studwell's ''Asian Godfathers'' for more), thus making Hong Kong a ''mixed economy'' with significant levels of mercantilist/corporatist statism. Rallies and demonstrations are pretty rare nowadays, riots rarer still. Most people speak Guongdungwa (Cantonese), although more and more are learning the official Putonghua (Mandarin), including the entire younger generation. You can generally get by in English, anyhow, but don't expect to hear clearly through the accent and the infamously atrocious grammar.

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* Culture: A lot of people still hold a variety of traditional Chinese religious and mystical beliefs loosely linked to Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, so one may regularly see people burning incense, paper effigies of luxury goods and bundles of "Hell Money" for their departed relatives, shrines to various local gods are often in evidence (Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy and Kuan-Ti god of war and upholder of justice are popular, so is the sea goddess A-Ma in fishing villages). Many people worry about the Feng Shui (pronounced "Fung Shoy", not "Fung Shway", by the way; Hong Kong is one of the two places in the world--Macau being the other--where [[ChineseDialectsAndAccents [[UsefulNotes/ChineseDialectsAndAccents Cantonese]] is the official language) of their buildings etc. Politically, Hong Kong is often characterized as being relatively classical liberal or libertarian (i.e. small and non-interventionist government), and this is true for the international sectors of the economy. The domestic economy, however, is quite heavily cartelized by a small number of [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]] government-favored [[MegaCorp corporations]] (see Joe Studwell's ''Asian Godfathers'' for more), thus making Hong Kong a ''mixed economy'' with significant levels of mercantilist/corporatist statism. Rallies and demonstrations are pretty rare nowadays, riots rarer still. Most people speak Guongdungwa (Cantonese), although more and more are learning the official Putonghua (Mandarin), including the entire younger generation. You can generally get by in English, anyhow, but don't expect to hear clearly through the accent and the infamously atrocious grammar.
10th Apr '15 11:53:39 AM erforce
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[[caption-width-right:329:The place you shot up a good chunk of if you played SleepingDogs.]]

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[[caption-width-right:329:The place you shot up a good chunk of if you played SleepingDogs.''VideoGame/SleepingDogs''.]]
5th Sep '14 11:34:33 AM erforce
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In non-Hong Kong fiction, the place features in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''[[note]]The original plot was supposed to center around the handover, but changed in case it became HarsherInHindsight; this original plot instead formed the basis of the 007 novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Minus_Ten Zero Minus Ten]]''[[/note]], the novel of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and quite a few other works.

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In non-Hong Kong fiction, the place features in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' and ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''[[note]]The original plot was supposed to center around the handover, but changed in case it became HarsherInHindsight; this original plot instead formed the basis of the 007 novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero_Minus_Ten Zero Minus Ten]]''[[/note]], ''Literature/ZeroMinusTen''[[/note]], the novel of ''[[Literature/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Supremacy]]'' and quite a few other works.
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