Gordon Wu’s 1972 visit to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair, the mainland’s largest trade show, left a deep impression and it was not good. Photo: Edward Wong

Why initially sceptical Hong Kong property tycoon Gordon Wu put his faith and money in Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s vision of reform

  • Hong Kong entrepreneurs were among the first to head for mainland China after paramount leader announced country was on path of reform and opening up
  • They started factories for everything from toys to textiles, built hotels and motorways, and played a crucial role in the tremendous changes to unfold over the next 40 years
Topic |   40 years of reform and opening up

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Gordon Wu’s 1972 visit to Guangzhou for the Canton Fair, the mainland’s largest trade show, left a deep impression and it was not good. Photo: Edward Wong
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