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Hong Kong welcomes mainland tourists, but worries about loss of local culture

Excerpt from CNN Travel

May 28, 2013 1:40 am

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Hong Kong may be gaining economically from the tourism boom, but residents want to ensure they don’t lose themselves in the process. While visitors from the mainland are increasing, tourism from the rest of the world is declining.

— Dennis Schaal

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We Hong Kongers also have no shortage of jewelry stores, shops selling monogrammed purses and pharmacies stocking milk powder. These businesses have been thriving thanks to a heavy influx of tourists in recent years.

But as Hong Kong celebrates its “tourism success,” its residents are at the same time mourning the loss of their local culture and beloved restaurants. Is it possible to enjoy the benefits of the former without suffering the drawbacks of the latter?

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