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Welcome to Hong Kong: One of the World's Fastest Growing Cities

For a city practically bursting at the seams with a steady influx of people, Hong Kong manages to handle its population boom with class and poise. The old airport was replaced with an efficient new one, Hong Kong International Airport, which makes it easy for visitors from all over the world to arrive in Hong Kong. The public transportation in place rivals that of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, with plastic cards riders can simply wave in front of readers when entering the trams, subway cars or double-decker buses. Hong Kong is also looking to the future. Most of the signage is in more than one language, including the signs on subway cars and buses. The growing skyline consists of some truly garish skyscrapers, but it's comforting to know that most are built in accordance to the traditions of feng shui. Ancient temples are lovingly preserved, and a number of religious communities are still active. But it's not just about a delicate balance between the past and the present. Take a look at any number of the designer shops in the city center's bustling shopping district, or the forward-thinking teenagers dressed in the latest and hottest fashions from urban Japanese culture, and realize that the here and the now is very much ingrained in culture here in Hong Kong, and that it's been that way for long enough that it's not a shock to anyone who's a local. Travelers who love to shop 'til they drop, however, will greet the sight of this shopper's paradise with wide eyes. While the nightlife might not be as bustling as Tokyo and the confidence level might not be as high as Bangkok, Hong Kong is holding its own in the brave new world of Asian metropolitan boomtowns. As a city used to handling its own affairs, it offers travelers an incredible opportunity to experience a world so much unlike, and yet remarkably similar, to his or her own.

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