Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odour, 14 million elbows and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient, hushed and peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the shopping centres are sublime, and the temples and quiet corners of parks are contemplative oases. The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting flummoxed and fired by the confluences ...


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Media Overview

Some 53 daily newspapers and more than 700 periodicals are published in the well-read territory of Hong Kong. Naturally, the vast majority of the publications are in Chinese, with the two largest-selling dailies being the Oriental Daily News and the government's gadfly, the Apple Daily. There are two major English-language newspapers, the South China Morning Post and the Hong Kong Standard.

Hong Kong also has its share of English-language periodicals, including the Far Eastern Economic Review and a slew of Asian-focused business magazines. Hong Kong Tatler and Home Journal are for those interested in local lifestyle articles.

Hong Kong's four free terrestrial TV stations are run by two companies: Television Broadcasts (TVB) and Asia Television (ATV). Each company operates a Cantonese-language channel and an English one (TVB Pearl and ATV World). There are some 30 pay cable channels and a variety of satellite channels.

Hong Kong radio is mostly conservative, offering a diet of news, MOR music and entertainment.


South China Morning Post (newspaper)

A daily broadsheet that generally toes the government line and is known as the 'Pro China Morning Post'; it is read by more Hong Kong Chinese than expatriates.