Originally Posted by stevegmu
I try to avoid 3rd world countries; even ones with nice cities. The smell and threat of disease just don't do it for me anymore.
LMFAO. Astounding ignorance.
Hong Kong is part of a "Third world country!" OMG I'd better get out quick!
Um... Steve. Hong Kong is not a "nice city" in China. Hong Kong is run as a completely separate entity. Separate government (representative democracy just like the US, and gaining full democracy soon -- though not soon enough), separate economics, separate border. You really don't know much, do you?
We've got clean, fully regulated supermarkets, 7-11s and McDonalds on every street corner, virtually no homelessness (every city in the US), almost no rats (NYC), relatively inexpensive housing (though tiny flats I do admit) and very low cost of living if you know how to live in that way. We've got FTA HDTV in English, 100M broadband services for most areas, five internationally acclaimed universities. Great infrastructure. Disneyland. World renowned Ocean Park theme park, public and private housing, public and private hospitals, almost all physicians trained in the US or UK, no crime, no guns, no burglaries, no car-jackings, no knife muggings, no car break-ins for the radio, almost no panhandling (a few buskers and crippled panhandlers).
It's a great place. Like I said, you should visit.
And it's the world's freest economy
for you Friedman lovers out there.