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Must Reads: Books about Hong Kong

If you find yourself any time away from your busy schedule in this city here’s half a dozen must-read books on Hong Kong – perfect for newly arrived expats – from the team at Bookazine.

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

ADULTS

Gweilo: Memories of a Hong Kong Childhood
Martin Booth

Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, Martin Booth, 7, has free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a gweilo, a “pale fellow” like him. Follow him in his journey into Chinese culture.

The Expatriates
Janice Y.K. Lee

Set in present-day Hong Kong, The Expatriates follows the lives of three American women: Mercy, Hilary and Margaret. The book explores their experiences with love, loss, uncertainty about the future and the unexpected way their lives intersect.

 

Tai-Pan
James Clavell

Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the story of Dirk Struan, ruler of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed masters of the Orient.

HK ABC by Diana Wu-David
HK ABC by Diana Wu-David 

CHILDREN

Lost in Hong Kong
Matthew Cooper and Fiona Lai

Lost in Hong Kong follows a young boy, Tim Chan, as he chases his mischievous dog across the city, from Hong Kong Park to Sai Kung. It’s a light-hearted celebration of Hong Kong’s diversity, its amazing transport system and the kindness of strangers.

Hong Kong ABC
Diana Wu-David

Twenty-six images of Hong Kong are brought to life in charming detail on the pages of this funky, chunky board book. It has been designed to appeal to babies learning ABCs as well as early learners and children interested in local culture.

My Hong Kong
Joanne O’Callaghan

This book shares special places and unique Hong Kong experiences for children, allowing them to explore the city in their own way. Delightful rhymes lead us on the journey, and are accompanied by striking and colourful woodblock print illustrations.

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