The iconic Victoria harbor skyline glistening in the dark sky,
Hong Kong’s junk can only steal the show.
Tall building, proud brands always propped up
Ready to mesmerize the curious and the bold!
Obvious streaks of Asian culture and life
speaks well of the world’s other side,
truly proclaiming Hong Kong as Asia’s world city
— the past, the present, and the future.
That brief stopover in Moscow was a canapé from big mother Russia for me, but on this flight, I more likely look forward to our layover in Hong Kong. A full-day layover, I’d get to have my very first glimpse of this fascinating city before we reach Manila en route to Boracay Island for our New Year celebration.
Located in the southern part of China, Hong Kong is used to be a colony of the British Empire from 1842 until before the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. The British resumed its control after 1945 until the territory was returned to China in 1997, under the Sino-British joint declaration. Under the “one country, two systems” principle, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The country retains independent executive, legislative, and judiciary powers, except foreign relations and military defense.