Global City Review: Hong Kong as a Global City

9 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2008

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Keith P. Y. Lin

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: 2008


The study of world city has been well-established since 1995. In 1915 Patrick Geddes has first used the term world city to describe great cities in which a quite disproportionate part of the world's most important business is conducted (Hall, 1966). Friedmann, Sassen and others found that the world-wide networks of production, finance, trade, power and migration require nodal points (the world city) providing the infrastructure, information and financial resources that make the networks work (Breitung & G√ľnter, 2006). However, the concept of world city is not simply as the important business center or world-wide networks triggered by global economic change. This paper uses Hong Kong as a case to review the development of global city concept. The first section presents the development and the characteristic of global city. The second section we will discuss Hong Kong as a global city.

Keywords: Global City, World City, Hong Kong

JEL Classification: R50

Suggested Citation

Lin, Pui Yuen, Global City Review: Hong Kong as a Global City (2008). Available at SSRN: or

Pui Yuen Lin (Contact Author)

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