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Top 10 Hong Kong by Liam Fitzpatrick, Jason Gagliardi, Andrew Stone

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Top 10Shenzhen

Within living memory, Shenzhen, just across the New Territories border, was a minor township in communist China, its communal fisheries set in extraordinary juxtaposition to capitalist Hong Kong. Yet Shenzhen (or “Shumchun”) has gone from gulag to Gotham City in the space of 20 years. The reason is its status as a free-trading Special Economic Zone, which has created wealth and allured schemers, tricksters and beggars from all over China. To them, Shenzhen is an ersatz Hong Kong; to the visitor, Shenzhen’s tawdry commercialism offers a glimpse of the brave new China. Enjoyable, assuming you maintain a stiff sense of irony. ...

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