HONG KONG — The “China Dream” — a term that has dominated Chinese media and politicians’ thinking for years — was an attempt to portray the Chinese Communist Party as a benevolent and enlightened power that would lead a prosperous, peaceful and democratic society.
It was a dream that was shared by the Chinese government, which used the phrase for years to promote its image as a progressive force, and it is now fading as the Communist Party’s influence wanes.
But the “China dream” is still alive in the minds of some people in Hong Kong, where the city has been in a state of limbo for decades because of its status as a British colony.
For decades, the city was seen as a hub of international business, attracting billions of dollars in trade, tourism and investment.
The Communist Party, however, in the 1980s banned all foreign investment in Hong and imposed a severe tax on Chinese nationals.
As a result, the Hong Kong government has struggled to rebuild its economy, with many of its main industries shuttered, including the steel and auto industries, as well as some of the most iconic landmarks like the Forbidden City, the former headquarters of the Kuomintang Party.
In the face of the restrictions, the government set up an “international tourism” bureau in 1989, but the bureau has not kept pace with the city’s economic slowdown, as the number of foreigners visiting has fallen dramatically.
Hong Kong’s population of around 7 million now ranks third behind Singapore and Taiwan.
In recent years, many businesses and local residents have started to open their doors to foreign visitors, but many residents have been wary about doing so.
The crackdown on foreign businesses has also made it harder for Hong Kongers to get visas, which can cost upwards of HK$3,000.
Many local businesses have closed down, with some leaving their employees with little income.
Tourism has remained an important part of the city, but now that Hong Kong has officially returned to Chinese rule, many residents say they have lost faith in the city and are worried about the impact it will have on their livelihoods.
“It’s not really going to help us, we can’t afford to lose our jobs, we just don’t know how much we can survive,” said Wong Yip, a 32-year-old taxi driver.
Wong said that the recent increase in foreign tourists is worrying him.
“The more Chinese people come here, the more people there are who hate us,” he said.
“They are not Chinese people, they are Chinese.
They hate us.
We are all Chinese.”
But the rise in foreign visitors is not only affecting the local economy.
The city’s tourism bureau says that foreign visitors are the largest group of visitors to the city.
And the bureau says it has no plans to shut down.
According to a recent report by the Hongkong Tourism Bureau, foreign visitors accounted for about 13 percent of total visits to Hong Kong in 2017.
It said that number will increase to 22 percent by 2023.
The bureau has also warned that foreign tourists may not come to Hong kong if they feel that the city is not safe, which is a concern for many Hong Kong residents who have lived there for decades.
“They come here and they are here for a holiday.
They have no intention of staying there for the long term,” said one local resident.
Hong Kong has long been seen as the “Chinese Dream” city, where a benevolent government would lead the city into prosperity.
But the “dream” has become a nightmare that has taken its toll on the city as it struggles to recover from the economic downturn.
Last month, the Communist party formally ended the “special relationship” with Britain, which has ruled Hong Kong since 1997, citing the recent crackdown on international trade and business.