I spent a few days in Hong Kong at the end of March and had a great time. I was struck by how different Hong Kong is from mainland China. Of course I was expecting some differences due to Hong Kong's roughly 100 years under British rule. Hong Kong on the whole seemed much wealthier and more modern, but also dirtier and with a better-preserved sense of history than Shanghai. It is more modern in that the transportation system is better, there is an incredibly dense collection of high rise buildings and a downtown that is more compact and more uniformly modern. But it also seemed dirtier and older than Shanghai in many places. There were more old buildings and much less new construction. The subway stations were old and had some character unlike those in Shanghai which all look the same, brand new. It was also interesting how much English is spoken there. I speak not a word of Cantonese, so my first approach would be to use Mandarin, but whenever that failed (about 50% of the time), I would revert to English and usually people understood. From my casual observation, it seems like there's a much greater percentage of foreigners living in HK versus Shanghai, and the city reflects that; it feels more cosmopolitan and global than Shanghai.
The weekend I went was the annual Hong Kong Sevens, a big rugby tournament. I didn't actually see any rugby, but the city had a carnival like (read: drunken) atmosphere once nighttime fell. It was a fun weekend and I found myself thinking that maybe I could spend a year or two in Hong Kong. There seem to be lots of job opportunities, so it's something I'll consider once I decide to make my next move.
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