Travelers' Tales Hong Kong: True Stories of Life on the Road

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"Travelers' Tales Hong Kong is the passing on, from one traveler to another, what is to be seen and learned, and at this it succeeds admirably. It will delight the senses, and heighten the sensibilities."- Profiles, Continental Airlines inflight magazine Notable authors include: Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Suzy Gershman, and Simon Winchester.
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Overview

"Travelers' Tales Hong Kong is the passing on, from one traveler to another, what is to be seen and learned, and at this it succeeds admirably. It will delight the senses, and heighten the sensibilities."- Profiles, Continental Airlines inflight magazine Notable authors include: Paul Theroux, Jan Morris, Suzy Gershman, and Simon Winchester.
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Both works offer tremendous amounts of information on Hong Kong and lesser information on Portuguese Macao and the Guangdong province of China, of increasing interest as the Chinese takeover of 1997 approaches. The Kranniches concentrate on Hong Kong as a perfect "shop till you drop" destination. Their guide explains how travelers can make the most of their expeditions, whether of the do-it-yourself variety or via inexpensive tours. The authors discuss pretrip planning, arrival formalities, accommodations, restaurants, sightseeing information, the art of bargaining, wares, shipping, and myriad other details. Lengthy appendixes cover tailoring tips and recommended shops by type of product handled and location. The new Travelers' Tales volume joins a series that already has covered Thailand (1993) and France (1995), with "tales" meant for those interested in discovering the character of a place, not the details necessary for enjoying it. The Hong Kong volume includes 52 tales, mostly written in the 1990s by writers ranging from Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux to an ex-British magistrate, a Chinese American visiting Canton, and an Indian tourist who could not wait to escape the place. This is a book best sampled in small doses, as the breadth of coverage is broad indeed, from cuisine to superstition, from racism to horse races, and everything in between. Both works are highly recommended for public libraries and travel collections.William R. Smith, Johns Hopkins Univ. Lib., Baltimore
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885211033
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Guides Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Regional Map
Introduction
Approaching Planet Hong Kong 3
A Perfect Pig 7
City of the Main Chance 15
Towards Fragrant Harbor 25
My Hong Kong Neighborhood 33
A Leg up on Fate 37
The Dragon-Lines 45
Dim Sum Et Cetera 51
Love Will Find a Way 61
The Food Doctor 69
On the Offensive 73
Shadow of the Manchus 77
The Bones of Saint Francis 81
Way Out Among the Islands 91
Learning to Love Canton 101
Paper Patterns 111
Perfect Pleasures 115
Loving the Alien 119
Our Hong Kong Mother 123
Time and Again 135
Land of Pearls 145
A Bottle a Day Keeps the Chinese Doctor Away 151
Shop! In the Name of Love 155
Hiking Hong Kong 159
Tao of the Racetrack 165
Hong Kong's Stanley 169
Archipelago 177
Our Feathered Friends 185
While It Lasts 191
Heavenly Wardrobe 197
Honk Honk 201
A Return Home 217
Professor Tea 223
The Baghdad Connection 235
If You Knew Suzie 241
Mr. Leung 249
Man-Made Uppers 255
Chungking and Other Horrors 263
Lucky Money and Blood on the Pavement 269
Shipping Out 275
Hong Kong Pedigree 289
Suitable Advice 299
Going to See the Dragon 305
The Red Pole 329
In a Hong Kong Prison 341
Wind and Water 349
Mad Dogs and Chinamen 353
Shopping with the Pirates 357
Last Gasp in Guangzhou 365
The Rotting State 373
Victoria Peak 381
Books for Futher Reading 383
Glossary 387
Index 389
Index of Contributors 391
Acknowledgements 395
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