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No challenge will defeat Hong Kong’s prosperity and the Special Administrative Region’s ability to turn moments of sadness into a “golden age” – even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilience is a word that comes up over and over again in conversations about Hong Kong, which in recent times has seen many twists and turns as well as major defining moments. With the pandemic gradually being brought under control, the question is: what surprises is the region hiding for the post-coronavirus era?

In this episode of “The Chat Room”, young people from mainland China and Hong Kong talk about what they think of the city and share their vision of what the future holds.

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Impressions of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a place of contradictions, where classical ideology merges with modern culture, ancient alleys coexist with skyscrapers, and traditional Chinese heritage merges with futuristic neon signs.

Hosts and guests of CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” in Beijing, China on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Hosts and guests of CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” in Beijing, China on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

For CGTN reporter Tang Bo, Hong Kong is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with over 60 hiking routes and the spectacular Victoria Harbor that never lets visitors down.

His point of view echoes the point of view of Dominic Lam, a Beijing-based undergraduate student from Hong Kong, who thinks Victoria Harbor is one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong SAR, South China. / VCG

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong SAR, South China. / VCG

Fireworks light up the Hong Kong night sky to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to the homeland on July 1, 2017. / VCG

Fireworks light up the Hong Kong night sky to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to the homeland on July 1, 2017. / VCG

Hong Kong is also one of the top destinations for shoppers, said Zhu Dan, a Hong Kong-based CGTN reporter, and Cherry Chan, a Hong Kong-based content creator. The two shared that they liked to splurge in Hong Kong due to the ubiquity of novelty items.

Noel Shih, chairman of the Young Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, also highlighted the city’s place on the culinary map, sharing the bustling restaurant scene where street food stalls and Michelin-starred restaurants merge eastern and western flavors to attract tourists with the promise of finger-licking experiences.

One of the unique aspects of Hong Kong is the marriage of traditional Chinese ideology and Western culture, according to Tang Bo. Li Jingjing, multimedia reporter at CGTN Digital, also said that despite Hong Kong’s reputation as a cosmopolitan city and a hub for foreigners, traditional cultural treasures are highly visible everywhere.

CGTN reporter Tang Bo speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” in Beijing, China on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

CGTN reporter Tang Bo speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” in Beijing, China on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Dilemmas and challenges

For young people, life in Hong Kong can be stressful due to high prices and fierce competition, according to Chen Zijin, who works at an insurance company in Hong Kong. Zhu Dan also agrees, saying living expenses are higher in Hong Kong than elsewhere and young people can feel the pressure when their wages are not enough to buy a well-furnished apartment.

Another challenge that many young people in Hong Kong face, according to Zhu, is the limited or outdated knowledge of mainland China that they acquire in school, which leads to bigotry or misunderstanding of mainlanders. The CGTN reporter said that young people should have more opportunities to see the real mainland China to break stereotypes and embrace a new objective understanding.

CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Li Jingjing added that the misunderstanding is mutual, noting that mainland youth also have many misconceptions about Hong Kong. She said favorable policies in the Grande Baie region offer young people on both sides the opportunity to start their business or invest in their development with less risk, offering them new channels to get to know each other better.

To overcome difficulties, communication is key, Cherry Chan noted, saying she was taking her status as a social media influencer to help present Hong Kong from different angles and build understanding among young people.

Hong Kong content creator Cherry Chan speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Hong Kong content creator Cherry Chan speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Noel Shih said one of his favorite moments came during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, when everyone came together to let the world know about the real real China and how the country s ‘is developed. For him, people must “come here and experience it” if they are to jump over the obstacles that stand in the face of mutual understanding.

Noel Shih, President of the Young Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Noel Shih, President of the Young Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, speaks during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room” on March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Spirit of the Lion Rock

The words solidarity and resilience always come to mind when the people of Hong Kong mention “the spirit of the lion rock”. The terms come from the theme song for a 1970s television series, “Below the Lion Rock,” which portrayed life in Hong Kong at the time.

However, different people interpret the concept differently.

For Chen Zijin, the spirit means, “If you work hard now, you will see a better future. Noel Shih agrees that he represents the resilience of the last generation in this specific historical context.

The older generation sees “Spirit of the Lion Rock” as the proud spiritual foundation of Hong Kong’s socio-economic development over the past decades and the idea that locals can always turn obstacles into opportunities.

Hosts and guests during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Hosts and guests during CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Tang Bo noted that “resilience is evident when we see that the market is dynamic and the international financial center remains strong with expectations of a brighter future in the post-COVID era.”

“Hong Kong’s brighter future is yet to come with the rise of mainland China,” Noel Shih said.

Hosts and guests of CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

Hosts and guests of CGTN’s live broadcast program “The Chat Room”, March 4, 2021. / CGTN

“The city is strong, don’t worry about it,” Tang Bo continued.

The “Lion Rock Spirit” is spiritual support for residents of all ages in Hong Kong and a sign of openness to mutual understanding, respect for the rule of law and continued resilience – elements necessary for the “Pearl of the Orient” continues to shine. brilliant.

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