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This is Hong Kong Hardcover – February 13, 2007
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Those who are more nostalgic about old HK will surely enjoy the illustrations of squatters' huts along hillsides, the old look of Central HK and the harbour, and the utter peace and serenity of New Territories' farmlands.
2007's Universe Publishing (Rizzolli) has an update at the end of the book, noting changes such as the ethnic hats (only the Hakka wear them now) and end of the ivory carving industry.
Nice keepsake, possibly the best of Sasek's books. Would make a great gift for a friend who is raising little children there.
Everyone will like this book because it is funny, it uses simple words, and there is even a list of differences between now and the 70s. Today, some of the old things are still around such as bamboo and fried hot chestnuts.
However, I think that the government of Hong Kong should have protected landmarks such as Queen's Pier. Also, I would have liked to go to Tiger Balm Gardens even though the new library is great. This book may make grownups sad to see how many landmarks have been lost.
and as with all the updated printings of sasek's books, there is a welcome list of "this is the country...today!" at the end of the book with changes listed since the original printing. it is great to see both the way the country WAS as well as the present day differences.
i highly recommend this book if you are interested in either hong kong, or simply in wonderful illustration.
I recommend them for 4+ years old, a wonderful storytime book.
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Fun illustrations and a great read to get the feel of Hong Kong. We used this book to read to our son so he could get a feeling of Hong Kong. It makes us miss Hong Kong!Published 3 months ago by Kat
The illustrations are great, but I do feel the books could have more verbiage and information to impart more knowledge.Published on November 18, 2013 by Mary Kay Finnigan
This book is one of the best choices for people who have never been to Hong Kong because this is a very good introductory book for beginners.Published on March 15, 2012 by cici