Hong Kong isn't only ambiguous politically, a place where there are two social systems under the control of one country. It is also ambiguous on its surface.
The centre is swarming with young urban professionals. Well-groomed men impeccably dressed. They lunch, go to the gym and visit the Irish, Scottish, German and Australian pubs after work to laugh loudly over big pints of beer.
Just after I arrived in Hong Kong I am in a bar surrounded by men dressed in short leather jackets and striped shirts and wearing big silver watches and moulded hairstyles. After China, it's very strange to see something I know so well so far away.
Hong Kong was always a safe haven for ships. Steep mountains lean over the narrow strip of land known as Hong Kong central. Although Hong Kong has all the vital qualifications of a big city, it feels like a retreat. I need more time and will be back to find out what is beyond its shield.