The old Hong Kong is more Hong Kong to me, maybe also to those who have lived under the British rule. It could be the effect of nostalgia but at least during the modern colonial days no journalist would be removed for shouting an embarrassing question to the political bigwig.
The endearing quality of the old Hong Kong is, for one thing, one could smell "This is Hong Kong" in the streets as in today's shot. I mean, look around, the city has been increasingly colonised by Mainland travellers and shops to their taste bourgeoning across the territory. There are goldsmiths, haute couture flagship stores and, interestingly, Chinese medicine dispensaries galore. It is likely that any typical Hongkongers would tell you how alienated to them it has become by just walking on the street.
The older Hong Kong scene can still be tasted by making a trip to the old areas like Sheung Wan, Yau Ma Tei and Shum Shui Po.