DAY 6 /
This city contains 274.000 millionaires and 175.000 Phillipino's working as maids. 10 % of all Mercedes Benz500/600 series are sold in Hong Kong, altough there is very little space to drive.
To see the whole of one city.
Two hundred years ago it would still have been possible to see the whole of any city in the world with your own eyes. From a high point in the centre you���d see the roofs of houses, towers and churches. You���d be able to see behind the edges of the city trees, fields that surrounded the city and marked its borders.
A loose relationship with the original
At 36, I finally have my driving licence! OK, I admit that the plastic in which it���s sealed is already getting loose, and my own name is written in Chinese . But still, I have a driving licence at last.
PEARL RIVER DELTA
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.