|Voyeur (Virgin Blue) inflight magazine, Dec 2011|
Hong Kong’s pulse races at fever pitch. There’s nothing staid about this
waterfront jewel of Asia; it balances its past as a British colony with its present
as Asia’s hippest leader of the pack.
an island with Disneyworld, stately homes bunker down with Chinese chophouses,
and streets named after old Scottish towns and even older Chinese geographic
features. Old-world prestige and maintaining ‘face’ collide with killer cars
and killer heels: it’s old school versus 2 kool 4 skool.
longest covered escalator, most outrageous real estate prices, stupendous bonuses.
It’s got glitz and polish, where nightclubs are open till noon, yet you’ll
still find the locals poking through street markets or traditional Chinese medicine
shops and comparing bargains while queuing at their favourite noodle maker.