On November 6, 1872, Phileas Fogg arrived in Hong Kong aboard the steamship Rangoon. The English gentleman’s stay was a brief one, however, as he was hurrying to Yokohama, San Francisco, New York and, finally, London.Jules Verne’s Victorian page turner, Around the World in 80 Days, begins in London’s Reform Club, where Fogg accepts a bet to circumnavigate the globe in “80 days or less”. Although Fogg was fictional, there had never been a better time to take on such a challenge. Had Verne…
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