Hong Kong: City of a Thousand Skycrapers! Posted on July 24, 2015June 7, 2019 All arrivals must pass an infrared thermal scan…and may be quarantined if fever is indicated.Hong Kong has its own legal and financial system, a carryover from British colonial rule which ended in 1997. For example, HK has its own currency, the Honk Kong Dollar, quite separate from the Renminbi of the mainland.Another holdover from British colonial rule.View from Victoria Peak.A hyper-modern, super-clean, bi-lingual, easy to navigate metro system zipped me from the airport to downtown HK in about fifteen minutes.Recycling is taken quite seriously.Hong Kong is the most vertical city I have ever seen! high-spirited, but peaceful anti-Japanese demonstration, demanding the return of the disputed Senkaku Islands (Diaoyu Islands in Chinese).I asked for, and was allowed to take, the torn rising sun flag as a souvenir!Just a small sample of the sometimes nauseating consumerism to be found in HK…Street Scenes…How tidy and convenient can you get?A delightful mix of the modern and traditional.Zipping under the harbor from Kowloon to the Island.An open discussion of the Occupy Movement and the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 on HK television. Such freedom of expression is absolutely unheard of on the mainland.