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Hong Kong : epilogue to an empire

Author: Jan Morris
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, ©1997.
Series: Vintage departures.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Vintage Departures edView all editions and formats
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On July 1, 1997, a world will come to an end, as one of the last outposts of the British empire returns to Chinese rule. No one has depicted that world - the dazzlingly modern, obdurately traditional Crown Colony of Hong Kong - more faithfully, shrewdly, or affectionately than Jan Morris, who in this contemporary classic of travel writing celebrates the city's charm and squalor, unravels the tangle of its history,
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morris, Jan, 1926-
Hong Kong.
New York : Vintage Books, ©1997
(OCoLC)606153925
Named Person: Jan Morris; Jan Morris
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Morris
ISBN: 0679776486 9780679776482
OCLC Number: 36470735
Notes: "Revised and updated"--Cover.
"Portions of this work have appeared in the New York times, Travel and leisure, and Vogue"--Title page verso.
Description: 320 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1. Prologue --
2. Chronology --
3. Impacts and Images --
4. 1840s: On the Foreshore --
5. Peoples --
6. 1880s: The Compleat Colony --
7. Means of Support --
8. 1920s: Dogdays --
9. Control Systems --
10. 1940s: War and Peace --
11. The Landlord --
12. The Final Edition --
13. Reading List.
Series Title: Vintage departures.
Responsibility: Jan Morris.

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On July 1, 1997, a world will come to an end, as one of the last outposts of the British empire returns to Chinese rule. No one has depicted that world - the dazzlingly modern, obdurately traditional Crown Colony of Hong Kong - more faithfully, shrewdly, or affectionately than Jan Morris, who in this contemporary classic of travel writing celebrates the city's charm and squalor, unravels the tangle of its history, and gives us an informed glimpse into its future.

Combining firsthand reportage with exemplary research, Morris takes us from Hong Kong's clamorous back alleys to the luxurious Happy Valley racecourse, where taipans place their bets between sips of champagne and bird's nest soup. Morris chronicles the exploits of opium traders and pirates, colonists and financiers, and shows how their descendants view the prospect of reunification with the Chinese mainland. What emerges is an epic tableau, vastly informed and pungently evocative.

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