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In 2006 and 2008, I travelled to Hong Kong to visit daughter number 2.

The name "Hong Kong" is an approximate phonetic rendering of the pronunciation of the spoken Cantonese or Hakka name meaning "fragrant harbour". On 1 July 1997, the transfer of sovereignty from United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China occurred, officially ending 156 years of British colonial rule, and Hong Kong became China's first special administrative region.

Hong Kong is frequently described as a place where "East meets West", reflecting the culture's mix of the territory's Chinese roots with influences from its time as a British colony.

The oldest remaining historic structures including the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Central Police Station, and the remains of Kowloon Walled City which were constructed during the 1800s and early 1900s.

Daughter 2 has now moved to Ha Noi in Vietnam. Ha Noi was named in 1831 by the Nguyen emperor Minh Mang, and means “Between Rivers”.