The iMedia video team at work in the Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is definitely Asia’s World City. I’ve been to China several times, and I’ve seen a few large cities. But Hong Kong is probably the most unique. There’s a definite Westernization that comes from it being a former British colony. For example, the people of Hong Kong drive on the opposite side of the road than mainland China does. It’s much like how one would drive in the UK or in the Bahamas or any place that still holds tight to its British roots. But that’s not to say that Hong Kong isn’t Chinese, because it definitely is. Yet there’s a certain Freedom in Hong Kong that is lacking in mainland China. You can check your Facebook and Twitter there without hindrance, unlike in the mainland. Hong Kong has special freedoms as it is a special administrative region of China. Many of the people speak English, too. So if you’re afraid to venture into the mainland right away, Hong Kong is a good, safe place to start. And, you only need a passport to go to Hong Kong (if you’re American, at least) while if you go to the mainland you must have a visa.
The Face-Changing dance at the Jumbo Floating Deck Restaurant.
Here we were greeted with some 11 courses of the best of Hong Kong’s food.
Julian Assange of WikiLeaks made a Skype call to us.
Rialda Zukic (Bowling Green Daily News), me, Laura Haggard (WWHR-FM) and Alexis Gonzalez-Lopez (Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer) on our last day working at the GEN summit.