Everyday Life of Hong Kong in 1978 Through an American Traveler’s Lens

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Hong Kong is an autonomous territory on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in South China. It is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world.

Hong Kong in the 1970s underwent many changes that shaped its future, led for most of the decade by its longest-serving and reform-minded Governor, Murray MacLehose. Economically, it reinvented itself from a manufacturing base into a financial centre.

These color snapshots from David G. that documented everyday life of Hong Kong in 1978. “Although I was most excited during these trips to see the long-hidden Guangzhou, it turned out that Hong Kong was plenty interesting in and of itself.”

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