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Must Reads: 6 books about Hong Kong

If you find yourself with any time away from your busy schedule in this city, here are half a dozen must-read books about Hong Kong – perfect for newly arrived expats – from the team at Bookazine.


The Expatriates

By Janice Y.K. Lee

The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee Hong Kong fiction
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee

Set in present-day Hong Kong, The Expatriates follows the lives of three American women: Mercy, Hilary and Margaret. This piece of Hong Kong fiction explores their experiences with love, loss, uncertainty about the future and the unexpected way their lives intersect.

Gweilo: A Memoir of a Hong Kong Childhood

By Martin Booth

Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, Martin Booth, 7, has free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a gweilo, a “pale fellow” like him. Follow him in his journey into Chinese culture.


By James Clavell

Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the story of Dirk Struan, ruler of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed masters of the Orient.


Lost in Hong Kong

By Matthew Cooper and Fiona Lai

Lost in Hong Kong follows a young boy, Tim Chan, as he chases his mischievous dog across the city, from Hong Kong Park to Sai Kung. It’s a light-hearted celebration of Hong Kong’s diversity, its amazing transport system and the kindness of strangers.

Hong Kong ABC

By Diana Wu-David

HK ABC by Diana Wu-David
HK ABC by Diana Wu-David

Twenty-six images of Hong Kong are brought to life in charming detail on the pages of this funky, chunky board book. It has been designed to appeal to babies learning ABCs as well as early learners and children interested in local culture.

My Hong Kong

By Joanne O’Callaghan

This book shares special places and unique Hong Kong experiences for children, allowing them to explore the city in their own way. Delightful rhymes lead us on the journey, and are accompanied by striking and colourful woodblock print illustrations.

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