After leaving my stuff in the hotel and taking a shower I head out to town. Tsim Sha Tsui is disappointing, the famous shopping district seems to be little more than a gigantic tourist trap. Store owners are unfriendly and prices not particularly cheap. I buy nothing, though I have a great Chinese meal in one of the malls!
I then take a ferry to Hong Kong island, and stroll around the insanely dense concrete jungle for a while. Countless new flags of Hong Kong flutter in the light wind, it's been only three months since the the last British governor left and the old flag was lowered for the last time after 150 years of colonial rule.
Just a glimpse of a bustling city that has now been granted fifty years of autonomous rule (the Basic Law agreed upon by London and Beijing envisages "one country, two systems"). We'll see if in fifty years Hong Kong will have to change to accomodate China or, perhaps, China will have changed and resemble Hong Kong.