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Brand Hong Kong (or BrandHK) was launched in 2001 as a government programme designed to promote Hong Kong as "Asia’s World City". The purpose of this concept is to create a reputation of Hong Kong as a top international city.[1] This idea was formed after the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, the event that made Hong Kong a special administrative region of China.[2] The branding features Hong Kong as a place where "creativity, entrepreneurship, global connectivity, security and rich diversity".

In 2010, following a major review and public engagement exercise, BrandHK was updated, incorporating changes to its visual identity, core values, attributes and brand platform.[3]

Visual design

The original image design incorporated the Chinese characters of Hong Kong (香港) a

BrandHK printed on a Hong Kong Airlines A330

Visual design

The original image design incorporated the Chinese characters of Hong Kong (香港) as well as the city's initial 'HK'.[4]

In 2010, following a Government review, the dragon logo was updated, making the dragon head smaller and incorporating three streak of ribbons behind the dragon's head. It also brought a more colourful design, refer

The original image design incorporated the Chinese characters of Hong Kong (香港) as well as the city's initial 'HK'.[4]

In 2010, following a Government review, the dragon logo was updated, making the dragon head smaller and incorporating three streak of ribbons behind the dragon's head. It also brought a more colourful design, referring to Hong Kong's "diversity and dynamism". The blue and green ribbons symbolise the nature and sustainable environment of Hong Kong

In 2010, following a Government review, the dragon logo was updated, making the dragon head smaller and incorporating three streak of ribbons behind the dragon's head. It also brought a more colourful design, referring to Hong Kong's "diversity and dynamism". The blue and green ribbons symbolise the nature and sustainable environment of Hong Kong, while the red ribbon symbolises Lion Rock, indicating the spirit of the Hong Kong people.[5]

Upon unveiling of the new-style "ribbon" logo in 2010, it was criticized that the fees paid to the branding company could not be justified by the limited updates to the logo. The article also included interview quotations from the designer of the previous brand image, who disliked the removal of the 'HK' and '香港' characters from the dragon 'flames', suggesting that the change reduced the meaning of the brand.

Branding

Despite the promotion from the government to build such image to the city, criticism has raised throughout the years. Incidents such as racist acts to ethnics minorities from police,[6] news about Hong Kong's low city c

Despite the promotion from the government to build such image to the city, criticism has raised throughout the years. Incidents such as racist acts to ethnics minorities from police,[6] news about Hong Kong's low city competitiveness rankings and low liveability rankings,[7] and the intense conflicts between Hong Kong people and the Chinese government has raised doubt to such branding to the city.[8][9][10][11]

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