Hong Kong (香港 Heūng góng in Cantonese, meaning fragrant harbour) is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a long-time British influence. Today, the former British colony is a major tourism destination for China’s increasingly affluent population. It is also an important hub in East Asia with global connections to many of the world’s cities. Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Administratively, most of Lantau Island is in the Islands District of Hong Kong.
This is a very special time and place for me as I was meant to be laying on the beaches in Thailand during this winter holiday (boxing day 2004). Instead of being under a tsunami, I was wandering these streets.