Life in a megacity comes at a high premium. In Hong Kong, the costs of living have exploded in recent years, making life almost unlivable for 1 in 6.
Hundreds of protesters have marched in Hong Kong against the banning of six candidates from upcoming elections. So-called "localists" are worried about China's creeping interference in the city's affairs.
Three leaders of Hong Kong's "Umbrella Revolution" have escaped jail sentences over their role in 2014 pro-democracy protests. Tensions have remained high since the rallies ended without concessions from Beijing.
Andy Chan, from the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, has been disqualified from September's legislative polls. Beijing and Hong Kong officials say his views go against the city's Basic Law.
Typhoon Nida has made landfall in Southern China. The city of Guangzhou issued its first-ever red storm alert in advance, while more than 150 flights were cancelled out of Hong Kong.
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