by Jan Morris
Random House; 359 pages; $19.95
Not wanting to miss a historic bash, Jan Morris has already booked a room in Hong Kong for July 1, 1997. That is the day when Britain's 99-year lease on the crown colony runs out and the People's Republic of China moves in. Except for replacing the Union Jack with its red banner, Beijing does not now plan any major redecorating. The island and its adjacent territories are to be designated a Special Administrative Region with authority to continue practicing their unfettered style of economic individualism.
So much for the domino...