Even though this visit was somewhat work related, since GV came to China for a short visit, we decided to spend a long weekend in the city with robotic efficiency.
This time arriving to Hong Gong was from Hongqiao, Shanghai’s other airport, a little further from Zhaigjiagang than Wuxi, not as far as Pudong, yet with a few more options. Hongqiao is a large hub connecting a massive train station and an airport with two terminals eight kilometers apart. One air terminal is domestic only, the other international, domestic, and Hong Kong/Macau. Strangely, neither Hong Kong nor Macau are considered domestic or international.
Owned by China, Hong Kong still runs itself, sort of, with a different set of laws, currency, language, and customs than its (very) big brother. More than likely, that will change over the next few generations as China slowly absorbs Hong Kong like a long, slow digestion process.
Interestingly, Hong Kong nationals can travel to China with just their identity card, but Chinese need visas to enter Hong Kong. Hong Kong, already one of the densest cities in the world, must control how many of the 1.3 million, in the country who owns them, come to visit.
It’s a quite sensitive topic, but many young Hong Kongese are not so crazy with the amount of Chinese visitors already, who tend to roam the sidewalks and malls with rolling suitcases, loading up with purchases like cosmetics to transport back to the mainland. And, there is no question that residents of HKG are (highly?) concerned about the impending digestion process.
Only time will tell, as they say. In the meantime, if you have a chance to visit Hong Kong, you’ll be hard pressed to complain of boredom.