This time around for work, it instead provided very stark contrast. The streets are narrower, and the pace of the locals is so much faster. Yet it begs the question: are they more efficient?
I got the feeling that HK is dying a slow death. Too much red tape, too much China involvement (and getting more and more by the day), too much "Gateway to China" feels rather than "Global Financial Centre" feels now.
There is a brain drain and it is very real. Local Hong Kong millenials want to get out and fast.
Let's see how things go in the next five years.