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This is Hong Kong [Hardcover]

Miroslav Sasek
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Jun 1965
Like the other Sasek classics, this is a facsimile edition of the original book. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later. Facts have been updated for the 21st-century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of the book. These charming illustrations, coupled with Sasek's witty, playful narrative, make for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the series from their own childhoods. This is Hong Kong, first published in 1965, captures the enchantment and the contrasts of Hong Kong in the sixties. Roaring jets bring in the tourists; bamboo rickshaws taxi them through exotic streets fragrant with incense, roasting chestnuts, and honey-glazed Peking duck. Sasek shows you the sweeping panorama of gleaming Kowloon Bay framed by misty mountain ridges, then moves in for close-ups of laborers and hawkers, refugees from the mainland, and sailors of flame-red junks, and the strange "water people" who, it is said, never set foot on dry land.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: W.H. Allen / Virgin Books (Jun 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0491000340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0491000345
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome return of a classic 5 May 2007
Format:Hardcover
As a Hong Kong resident for the past thirteen years I was delighted to see this beautiful book re-released. Hong Kong has changed greatly since it was first published and yet there are so many wonderful features of Hong Kong life depicted beautifully in the book which still exist. There is an update at the back of the book to show how Hong Kong has changed but in essence it is a celebration of this wonderful, vibrant territory and a great meditation on the fusion of old and new; east and west.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely reissue of a 1965 book (with amendments 19 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is a delight. the illustrations are lovely. The Hong Kong is portrays is that of 1965 I guess and so it is different from the HOng Kong of today...but...places are recognisable..and it does convey very well the wonderful mix that is Hong Kong. All places change and geography books are always out of date...but this is not a geography book - it's a book telling a story of a place..and so...though some things are different - like the airport and skyscrapers etc that just adds to the interest. But then...I grew up in the 1960's. Maybe that has something to do with why I like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous book 16 July 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
being chinese and in my 40's, this book brought back a lot of memories of visiting hong kong in my youth. there is even mention of my people - the hakkas which was very gratifying. it includes some unexpected images like ancestral tombs and coffin shops! but all the better for it. the pictures are beautifully painted and many little details of hong kong life are depicted. the book authentically conveys the feel of hong kong - the juxtaposition of the old world and the new, and of eastern and western cultures. it's a poignant momento of a hong kong that has changed considerably since the book was published. i also have 'this is london', which i also love. if i had more money i would buy the whole series.
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4 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Update needed! 14 Mar 2007
Format:Hardcover
Despite the title, this is really no longer Hong Kong. Though there is nothing on the Amazon site to indicate it, the book is a re-issue of a 1965 text. Perhaps nowhere in the world has changed as much since 1965 as Hong Kong, so the title is utterly misleading. Caveat emptor!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good book (a student's review) 23 Jan 2009
By Edward G. Nilges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is about old Hong Kong in the Seventies with great illustrations. It talks about many things that you could see back then and some things you can see today! It describes trams, rickshaws, street restaurants and also the newspapers. There are a lot of things in the book that I did not know, so the book was very exciting for me. For example, I did not know that there were 32 different newspapers in Hong Kong.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull Reprint 9 Jun 2009
By Hiker Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The drab and fuzzy color photo copies of this recent reprint mute the charm of Miroslav Sasek's original bright and detailed paintings. While it's wonderful that all of the "This is. . ." books are now easily available, it's too bad they're redone in a manner that dulls Miroslav Sasek's artistic magic - and the reader's delight.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful travel book for kids, a true classic 14 July 2014
By urbankitchen - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my 2yo son's first travel to Hong Kong. Though it may be meant for older kids, I thoroughly enjoy the colorful illustrations, definitely a keeper in our library!
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely edition 8 Jan 2014
By santiago - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a wonderful childrens book, interesting to adults as well, its fun to read and identify all the sites. The quality of the paper is nice, similar to the original one. I own a couple of the books from the first edition and the new edition is quite good, the hong kong now page, mentions some the changes since the book was written and is a nice addition. Good Quality, glad they decided to re-edit them. looking forward to completing my collection

I recommend them for 4+ years old, a wonderful storytime book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a collection for kids 5 Dec 2013
By TiredMama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The entire series is so nice and antiquated, done in the 60's style (when he wrote them) it really does allow kids to feel they have stepped back in time. I love all his books and gift them regularly to kids.
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