This is Hong Kong | Miroslav Šašek

Let’s take a virtual travel around the world through time and place with this magnificent “This is…” series by author and illustrator Miroslav Šašek (1916-1980). A children’s classic that will also fascinate adults with Mr. Šašek’s illuminating observations expressed in simple yet insightful text with delightfully warm and detailed illustration that have won not just many awards, but also hearts around the globe for decades.

Originally trained as architect in Prague, Šašek studied art at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris when he moved there in 1947. He was also a presenter, actor and singer with Radio Free Europe in 1951. If you have yet venture into Šašek’s world of travel, you are in for a splendid experience!


Like the other Šašek classics, this is a facsimile edition of the original book. The brilliant, vibrant illustrations have been meticulously preserved, remaining true to his vision more than 40 years later. Facts have been updated for the 21st-century, appearing on a "This is . . . Today" page at the back of the book.


These charming illustrations, coupled with Šašek's witty, playful narrative, make for a perfect souvenir that will delight both children and their parents, many of whom will remember the series from their own childhoods. This is Hong Kong, first published in 1965, captures the enchantment and the contrasts of Hong Kong in the sixties. Roaring jets bring in the tourists; bamboo rickshaws taxi them through exotic streets fragrant with incense, roasting chestnuts, and honey-glazed Peking duck. Šašek shows you the sweeping panorama of gleaming Kowloon Bay framed by misty mountain ridges, then moves in for close-ups of laborers and hawkers, refugees from the mainland, and sailors of flame-red junks, and the strange "water people" who, it is said, never set foot on dry land.



This is Hong Kong | Miroslav Šašek