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HONG KONG  42 Photo Summary
Another 8 parts have gone by and here is another recap thread. Most of the photos are taken from what I have previously shown but now has more commentary. I also have a few new photos in here that were not posted before.
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1. Welcome home!
2. I really like riding the bus. There are a lot of weird vantage points that nobody has taken before, like this one. However, 9 out of 10 photos taken on buses need a lot of work or be scrapped. That's why I maxed out my 1 gig card in a day.
3. After dinner one night, I walked around The Centre to scout a good location to take pictures. I took a seat along the fountain at the front entrance and tried to get my tripod to take this picture as a warm-up.
4. I liked this close-up a lot more though.
5. Redevelopment sometimes just cannot wait.
6. The old Hong Kong has virtually disappeared.
7. Wah Fu Estate is now located next to an upper class residential and high-tech office district. I wonder when will these brightly-painted buildings be torn down and the poor people inside move to a less beautiful setting.
8. Darn ... a United jet in the way of my perfect shot, but at least it's still in the old livery! Plane spotting in Europe is a lot more fun though. There is more variety with the airlines. However, Hong Kong does offer a huge assortment of Asian airliners.
9. I was trying to capture that Dragonair special livery jet earlier. I was snapping pictures on the north side of the terminal and at the time that jet was parked on the south side. Once I saw it moving I rushed back and luckily caught it. By the way, I think I flew on that Air Canada Star Alliance livery jet to Korea the month before. It looked really familiar.
10. I wonder what the view is like from the higher floors. There are very few tall buildings and a lot of ugly dark lowrises in the area.
11. I walked uphill along the Midlevels Escalator in search of a good unexplored vantage point ...
12. ... but couldn't find a good vantage point to see the other skyscrapers. In the end, I weaved down a few roads and found an opening.
13. I wasn't too sure where my bus would go, since my 1998 map was extremely outdated and this whole area is new. Eventually the bus stopped near Nam Cheong Station, which wasn't even on my map. As I walked back to the older areas, I can't help but snap a few shots, like this one. I was being steam cooked under the hot summer sun in the fall.
14. The BoC's new neon tubes finally puts it on par with the light shows of the other brightly-lit skyscrapers.
15. With smog getting worse and worse every time I go back, I have to resort to less panoramic photos and more close-ups. While my photos of buildings revealed a decent blue sky, this wide shot showed the real pollution problem Hong Kong is now facing.
16. Tseung Kwan O is one of my least desired districts to live in Hong Kong. A decade ago, some of the first skyscrapers in the area saw buckled walls and cracked pavements because the reclaimed land was settling. There was a huge scandal and people were afraid these buildings were no longer structually safe. It turned out that everything was still OK. Now that the MTR has a new subway line into this district, it's no longer as remote as it once was.
17. Air Mauritius flies to Hong Kong regularly. It's one of the more exotic jets you'll see at HKG. Did you know there is a significant Chinese population on that island?
18. Too bad the photo is blurry, but the bus was moving quite quickly and it was hard to keep my hands steady on the railing. Here's an interesting contrast between the old and the new.
19. Surprisingly, this close-up of 2 IFC came out quite well. The tripod has done wonders! Now I need not fear the night!
20. Like much of Hong Kong, hills dominate the landscape. However, that doesn't mean there can't be developments. The connection between Wah Fu and the Wah Kwai estates is made via this long staircase. There is an elevator along the shaft. Don't worry. But for the oversized and the obese, going up and down these steps a few times a day will definitely destroy those hated pounds.
21. Chungking Mansion is one of the most famous buildings in Kowloon. It has got everything - food, cheap hotels, and crime. Redevelopment schemes have surfaced and disappeared for this building, but there have been some sucess within the area, such as thew new Sheraton and Hanoi Road.
22. I took a lot of photos that night of October 7th. I lost count but it probably was in the range of a few hundred. Unlike my other night shots before, at least these are now somewhat presentable!
23. Pedestrian bridges are everywhere in downtown Hong Kong. Imagine all the people crowding to the street and crossing those intersections.
25. Poor people live in concrete, and rich people get some glass!
26. Good old green scaffolding ... always reliable and visible in Hong Kong!
27. Nina Tower has taken forever to rise! Finally it's topped out and maybe will be finished soon? Maybe the tower is built according to how Nina Wang's lawsuit progresses.
28. Poor people can easily find a place to jump and end their misery. Their apartments are open-style with plenty of spaces to leap off and even this path is high above the rest of the city below. Suicide is a problem in Hong Kong, although it has improved these days after the Asian financial crisis.
29. For example, leaping off this place will not only yield a nice view with mountains and water, but will ensure a splattery end to poverty.
30. Leaping off the pier is also regularly featured in sitcoms. But it's a much harder way to die. You'll struggle a bit and then go under. I prefer standing by the pierside to take pictures of skyscrapers.
31. Some Hong Kong photos can be very deceptive. This one seems like a concrete jungle of insane density.
32. But this wider shot shows a much more spacious atmosphere and even some urban greenery. The previous picture shows the buildings on the left.
33. Adding colours to these otherwise dreary residential skyscrapers may be a good thing after all. Well, at least it's much better than seeing the tiles or concrete peel off. Good to see they are maintaining these buildings well. I went inside a few of them to see the corridors for myself and they are clean and well taken care of.
34. That brown building on the right is going to look so ugly in a few more years. I can see spots already. Why do they tile these buildings?
35. Memories of colonialism at the Hong Kong Museum of History :
36. Memories of modernism in Central :
37. I wandered into this area with the hope of doing a hike back to Central as the sun set. Well, I was a bit late, and it got quite dark already. What a waste of HK$10 in round trip bus fare.
38. Cross Harbour Tunnel is the first and busiest harbour crossing. I personally prefer the ferry ride, and the cross harbour bus is in 2nd place.
39. This picture is obviously outdated. Cheung Kong is not even there! Hence it must've been made before 1999.
40. Can you see better now?
41. Goodbye Union Jack!
42. Welcome to the new Hong Kong!
I still have a lot of Hong Kong photos to go through, but I also have other photos from China and South Korea that I want to share with everyone. Hence for now I'll focus more on the other areas, but I will continue bringing Hong Kong content to the forum, including my day at Disneyland, and riding the new rail lines. Thanks for all your support!
I'm beginning to post my new Hong Kong photo collection to my website. Check it out (see below for link)!
Other Hong Kong Series Threads
Part 1 : Central | Part 2 : Tsing Yi Island
Part 3 : Aberdeen | Part 4 : Bank of China Observation Deck
Part 5 : Kwun Tong Grit | Part 6 : Kwun Tong Grit Continued
Part 7 : Langham Place & Olympian City | Part 8 : Sham Shui Po Grit
Part 9 : Fun & Sun in Stanley | Part 10 : Cruise to Lamma Island
Part 11 : Downtown @ Night | Part 12 : Tai Hang Road - Rich & Poor
Part 13 : Hiking Lamma Island | Part 14 : Exploring Mongkok's Streets
Part 15 : A Bus Ride Through Kowloon | Part 16 : Repulse Bay - Beachside Living
Part 17 : Night-Time Bonanza | Part 18 : Hopewell Centre Top Floor
Part 19 : Wan Chai's Redevelopment Woes | Part 20 : A City of Contrasts
Part 21 : Streets on the Island | Part 22 : Sham Shui Po Ghetto & Street Life
Part 23 : Po Toi O Fishing Village | Part 24 : Skyline During Sunset
Part 25 : The Other Victoria Harbour | Part 26 : Cruising the Harbour
Part 27 : Sai Kung Seafood | Part 28 : Rich People's Views, Congested City
Part 29 : apm & Hillside Public Housing | Part 30 : Cheung Chau
Part 31 : The Peak | Part 32 : Beaches, Alleys, and Olympic Pride
Part 33 : 40 Photos, A Million Stories | Part 34 : All the Colours of the Rainbow
Part 35 : A Zillion Observation Decks | Part 36 : Tseung Kwan O
Part 37 : A Mixed Bag of Photos | Part 38: Dim Lights, Bright City
Part 39 : History Museum | Part 40 : Night Time Extravaganza
Part 41 : Old Grit & New Highrise Monsters