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Hong Kong
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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the best version of China and, being part of it, has a high degree of autonomy with very unusual conditions. China takes over foreign policy and defense issues with its army, but Hong Kong reserves legislative, financial, tax, immigration, and generally domestic policy. And, by the way, Hong Kong with low tax rates and zero VAT is considered an offshore economic zone. Surprisingly, after reading my other publications, you can find a connection indicating that all offshore countries have the highest standard of living.

Since Hong Kong was under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom until 1997, English is the second official language after Chinese. There are many dialects in Chinese in different provinces and the Chinese themselves may not understand each other, as a result, it is easier for everyone to speak English, especially since literate speech is considered a symbol of high social status.

Hong Kong has a high standard of living and, consequently, prices for everything from real estate to food. A square meter for building is so expensive that the construction of buildings of less than 30 floors is prohibited on the site of regularly demolished old low-rise buildings. The mixture of towers and dilapidated buildings next to each other looks somewhat wild, although perhaps the local eye does not notice this. Thus, by contrast, I prefer Singapore, in which the architectural style is simply perfect and unified in its concept.

So, there is a daily laser light show in Hong Kong. It's fun, especially to watch for the first time. Of the main attractions in Hong Kong, there is a long cable car to Lantau, where a 250-ton metal statue of the Great Buddha is located. The cable car has a length of over five kilometers and for especially brave tourists there is an option to pre-order a cabin with a transparent bottom.

Overall, Hong Kong is not bad. But there is no obvious desire to return there urgently or to do it ahead of other places that I miss.