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Best Books About Hong Kong

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Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
Martin Booth - 2005-08-01 (first published in 2004)
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Explore the vibrant and fascinating world of colonial Hong Kong through the eyes of a curious seven-year-old. Befriend locals, sample exotic delicacies, and uncover hidden secrets in this beautifully written memoir. Despite the shadow of family unhappiness and cultural conflict, the author's infectious curiosity and humor radiate throughout the book, making it a captivating read for anyone interested in Chinese culture and history.
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A Many-Splendored Thing
Suyin Han - 1956-01-01 (first published in 1952)
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This captivating novel tells the story of a British correspondent who falls in love with a Eurasian doctor in Hong Kong, only to face prejudice from society and her family. The book delves into the historical perspectives of China and Hong Kong, including the aftermath of the Chinese Civil War and people escaping to Hong Kong. With its insight into class and race prejudices, this novel remains relevant today. Written by Han Suyin, the book is strongly autobiographical, offering a glimpse into the author's personal life and experiences.
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Noble House
James Clavell - 1986-09-01 (first published in 1981)
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Experience a week of high adventure in Hong Kong in this book, filled with kidnapping, murder, financial double-dealing, and natural disasters like fire, flood, and landslide. Discover the mystery and romance of Asia's heart, with its abundance of trade in money, flesh, opium, and power.
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Umbrellas in Bloom
Jason yNg - 2016-03-09
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Discover the history-making Umbrella Movement that put Hong Kong on the global stage and became a model for pro-democracy campaigns. Written by a bestselling columnist who was on the front lines, "Umbrellas in Bloom" takes a no-holds-barred approach to the 79-day struggle, from tear gas to last protester. Trace the city's sociopolitical developments with Ng's "Hong Kong Trilogy," including "Umbrellas in Bloom," "HONG KONG State of Mind," and "No City for Slow Men."
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Lonely Planet Hong Kong
Lonely Planet - 2017-05-01 (first published in 1985)
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Discover the heart of Hong Kong with Lonely Planet's travel guide. Uncover hidden gems, experience delicious food, and immerse yourself in the culture of the city. From riding the tram to Victoria Peak to hiking the Hong Kong Trail, this guide provides up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, insider tips to avoid crowds, and essential information at your fingertips. With in-depth cultural insights and over 35 color maps included, Lonely Planet Hong Kong is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.
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Hong Kong
Jan Morris - 1997-02-04 (first published in 1988)
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Discover the stunning city of Hong Kong through the eyes of one of the greatest travel writers of all time. With fascinating insights into its people, politics, and culture, this book offers a glimpse into both the city's rich history and its promising future. Includes 8 pages of photos and 2 maps to enhance your journey.
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Love in a Fallen City
Eileen Chang - 2006-10-10 (first published in 1943)
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Experience the stunning work of Eileen Chang, one of China's greatest writers of the twentieth century. Love, longing, and the complexities of family are at the heart of Chang's short fiction, which are a must-read for fans of Chinese literature. Written in her twenties, these stories combine contemporary themes with an intense lyricism that echoes classics of the genre. Love in a Fallen City is the perfect introduction to the work of this modern master, showcasing her dazzling literary talent.
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A Modern History of Hong Kong
Steve Tsang - 2007-08-15 (first published in 2003)
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Discover the captivating story of how a remote cluster of fishing villages became an emblem of capitalism in A Modern History of Hong Kong. From its founding as the Crown Colony after the First Anglo-Chinese war, to its transformation into a major naval station for the British Empire, this book explores how Hong Kong became a global powerhouse for investment, shipping, banking, and finance. But perhaps the most significant moment in its history was its return to China in 1997, marking a major shift and fascinating intersection between capitalism and communism.