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Hong Kong's latest international airport opened in the late 1990s to replace the staggeringly overcrowded Kai Tak airport. Kai Tak reputedly had the shortest runway of any international commercial passenger airport in the world. Landing at the old airport one came so close to nearby apartments that it was literally possible to see what people were watching on television in the moments before touchdown. The new airport at a cost US$20 billion and designed by world famous English architect Norman Foster is built in the shape of a plane with extended "wings" stretching out from a central axis. In itself the building is a remarkable testament to the internationalisation of transport and people; tourists, business men and women, migrant workers and sundry others from across the world mingle at this nexus point of global capitalism. Rich people buy silk scarfs at Hermes while round the corner a migrant worker drags on a cigarette. Shoulder to shoulder the world is revealed.

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