Transformational Cities: Then and Now
Heung Gong – the Cantonese translation of Hong Kong means “Fragrant Harbor,” a name inspired by the city’s past as an incense trading port. Singapore earned the moniker “The Garden City” when, in 1967, the country’s Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, declared that the local government would transform the city-state into a lush green-and-clean oasis for its residents.
Bustling port cities and former British colonies, Hong Kong and Singapore have long competed for the title of Asia’s most successful and vibrant economic hub. But, these days, the scales are tipping in favor of Singapore.