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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is #1 on The 2014 GOOD City Index.

Formerly a British colony and now part of China, Hong Kong has never had full autonomy. Earlier this year, an extraordinary protest united students and citizens in the fight against China’s One Country, Two Systems policy and in support of universal suffrage and democracy. The hundreds of thousands who clogged the city’s main financial and retail hubs—areas that were once the pride and glory of the tiny fishing village that grew into Asia’s bridge to the West—not only rerouted the political consciousness of Hong Kong, but also showed the world that impassioned protests could be conducted with the utmost civility. Symbolized by the creativity and ingenuity of the “Umbrella Movement,” the protest has been rooted in a strong yearning for mutual respect, freedom of expression, and an abiding belief in possibility.

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