Hong Kong

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Surveys the geography, history, government, economy, and culture of this territory on China's southeastern coast, made up of a section of the mainland and 235 islands of various sizes.

Surveys the geography, history, government, economy, and culture of this territory on China's southeastern coast, made up of a section of the mainland and 235 islands of various sizes.

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Overview

Surveys the geography, history, government, economy, and culture of this territory on China's southeastern coast, made up of a section of the mainland and 235 islands of various sizes.

Surveys the geography, history, government, economy, and culture of this territory on China's southeastern coast, made up of a section of the mainland and 235 islands of various sizes.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Each of the books in Cavendish's "Cultures of the World" series offers substantial coverage of multiple topics along with attractive color photos and several maps. Especially interesting in this series are the environmental chapters and others on language, lifestyles, festivals, and the arts. In Hong Kong, readers will learn about the city's colonial past and return to China (1997), its predominant position in Asia's financial world, and the many ethnic groups in the city; most Hong Kongers work hard and long in the pursuit of money. Environmental problems explored include air and water pollution (red tide outbreaks) and soil erosion. The authors find that good education and health care are provided by the government, though the contrast between rich and poor is stark, especially in housing. (A telling photo shows a wealthy Chinese man at the races with his blonde companion dripping pearls and gold.) Since Hong Kong is a center for Asian arts, residents and tourists can visit art galleries and antique shops, attend the Chinese Opera, ballet, Chinese action movies, the Hong Kong Symphony, and performances of Cantonese pop music. Cantonese dominates Hong Kong's sophisticated cuisine, relying heavily on fresh seafood, vegetables, and popular dim sum; recipes are offered for fish congee and egg foo yung. Overall, the authors present an upbeat picture of the territory, with hope for a prosperous future (before the present financial meltdown). Maps, a timeline, and fact pages provide helpful information in this well-produced series. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Hong Kong is an immensely populated territory that has undergone enormous changes in its physical and social elements as well as its political status, as we have recently seen. This mesh of history, people, and culture is detailed with a mixture of text and photographs. A great reference tool for writing reports for school or for fun. Part of the "Cultures of the World" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8This series title includes chapters on Hong Kong's geography, history, government, economy, people, religions, language, arts and leisure, and festivals and food. Clearly written and interesting as well as informative, the up-to-date text includes material on what the reversion to Chinese control will mean to the region. Sidebars expand upon various topics; but problems such as crime, overcrowding, and pollution receive little attention. The inviting layout has abundant white space and a good-quality full-color photograph on each page; the pictures are relevant, well composed, and attractive. A fine map, a "Quick Notes" reference page, a nicely done glossary, and a very short bibliography are appended. An appealing resource for reports and one that may lure browsers as well.Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761430346
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Cavendish Cultures of the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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