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Beginnings and Endings

Caroline Knowles and Douglas Harper

in Hong Kong

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226448565
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226448589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226448589.003.0001
Beginnings and Endings

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This chapter discusses migration and arrival in Hong Kong. Reaching Hong Kong involves descending into Chek Lap Kok International Airport on the western island of Lantau in the South China Sea. Walking through connecting tubes, the new arrivee will enter a magnificent vaulted cathedral of white tubular steel, designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster. Hong Kong's beautiful new airport signaled more than a change of regime. A fast train from the air terminal building transports arriving passengers through city fractals of high-rise buildings. These form vertical cities in which lives unfurl in multiple sky capsules. In thirty minutes the new arrival would standing at the tip of the Kowloon Peninsula—geographically part of mainland China—dazzled by the jumble of neon lights in Cantonese and English: the mix of imposing department stores and tiny market stalls selling food and other small items around Nathan Road.

Keywords: migration; Hong Kong; international airport; fast trains; high-rise buildings; Kowloon Peninsula; transport

Chapter.  9475 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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