See Hong Kong Before Its Expiration Date

Despite China's promises, tourists are flocking--just in case

See it before it's too late. So think the hordes of tourists descending on Hong Kong before the British crown colony reverts to Chinese control on July 1, 1997. Not that the city will be visibly different on that date. It's just that people want to see the freewheeling territory--just in case China does something drastic to it. "There are lots of places in the world we want to visit," says Judith Asghar, a 33-year-old doctor from Glasgow, Scotland. "We felt this was the only place that couldn't wait."

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