In the past sixty years, because of the growth upward, there isn't a lot of traditional Chinese or even 19th century colonial British buildings left. The Man Mo Temple, built in 1848 is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It's located on Hollywood Road in the neighborhood of Sheung Wan. (The names of neighborhoods, streets, and even buildings tell you a lot about Hong Kong. The next major thoroughfare down from Hollywood Road is Queens Road--both distinctly colonial English names, of course.)
Though Hong Kong citizens elect its own Chief Executive and a representative to the Chinese National People's Congress, the central government in Beijing must approve of the candidates. Last summer pro-democracy protesters made the news around the world by demanding full suffrage for Hong Kong voters in their choice of candidates. The legacy of the British colonial system mix with the current tenuous situation with the People's Republic of China create a complex political and economic reality for Hong Kong's 7.2 million residents.
Restaurants and cafes in the Sheung Wan and Central neighborhoods of Hong Kong were filled in the middle of the afternoon with Europeans and Americans of leisure--and they weren't all tourists on holiday. They were some of the many westerners on their down time from working in the still-thriving business community of Hong Kong. A Wall Street Journal blog detailed the rise of such establishments in a 2012 article called "Where Hong Kong's Hipsters Hang Out." Though, as one commenter to the blog noted, these people aren't hipsters, they're "pretentious types / dumb bankers."
The more I looked, the more Sheung Wan reminded me of the gentrification of the Lower East Side that's creeping into Chinatown. For example, this picture was not taken in Hong Kong, but it could have been. What once was a Chinese print shop is now a hipster coffee joint.