Blend of Time
Fragrant Harbour - Victoria Harbour Hong Kong
Trams - Ding Ding
Before the union flag was raised over Possession Point on 26 January 1841 Hong Kong was very much a trading post and not much more.  When China first ceded Hong Kong to the British after the Opium war they did not see it as much more as a malaria infected port with little inhabitable land due to it’s mountainous terrain.  150 years of rule as a separate British colony, as well as political separation from the rest of mainland China have resulted in a unique local identity.  Even the Chinese mainlanders will refer to people from Hong Kong as Hong Kong People or Hong Kongese.  Elements of Traditional Chinese culture combining British western influences have shaped Hong Kong in every facet of the city spanning from law, politics, religion, education, language, food, and the way of thought. The establishment of the free port made Hong Kong a major entrepôt from the start, attracting people from China and Europe alike. It is for this reason that many people in Hong Kong are proud of their culture and generally refer themselves as “Hong Kongers” or “Hong Kong Chinese”, to distinguish themselves from the Chinese in mainland China.

As the city changes one can’t take culture out of the people.  With an ever increasing population as illustrated from the census of 1865, Hong Kong had a population of 125,504,  In 1914 despite an exodus of 60,000 Chinese fearing an attack on the colony during World War I, Hong Kong’s population continued to increase from 530,000 in 1916 to 725,000 in 1925 and 1.6 million by 1941.  Today it sits over 7 million and growing rapidly even though birth rates are the lowest of all developed cities in the world.  This rapid shift of population from the mainland is causing great concern to the local customs.  There are many pockets of indigenous people in Hong Kong who do have areas that are committed to their heritage.

The Hong Kong Culture can be divided even more if one looks at all the outlying islands that bring their own unique flavour such as Chung Chau.

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