People's Republic of China - Hong Kong
An early morning commuter travels down the escalators from Mid Levels to Central.
A series of escalators run from the top of the Mid Levels high above the city centre all the way down to the harbor side in Hong Kong Central in the morning bringing thousands of commuters to work. The escaltors change directions at ten am to bring people back up the steep hill the rest ofthe day and night.
Hong Kong (香港; "Fragrant Harbour"), officially known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China since the hand-over from the United Kingdom in 1997 under the principle of "one country, two systsems". 7 million people live on 1,104km square, making it the most vertivcal city in the world. Hong Kong is one of the world's leading financial centres along side London and New York, it has one of the highest income per capita in the world as well the moste severe income inequality amongst advanced economies. The Hong Kong civil society is highly regulated but has at the same time one of the most lassiez-faire economies with low taxation and free trade. Civil unrest and political dissent is unusual but in 2014 the Umbrella Movenment took to the streets of Hong Kong demanding democracy and universal suffrage. 93 % are ethnic Chinese, mostly Cantonese speaking.