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Old January 18th, 2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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hkskyline's HONG KONG 2010 Photo Collection

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1. As another year begins, I'll be showcasing Hong Kong from many points of view in a new 2010 thread.



2. Waiting for the bus ...



3. A new hotel is born. This is a rejuvenation project, as the neighbourhood is full of garages and appears a bit dirty for an upclass facility.



4. Meanwhile, across the street, a debate rages over what to do with this disused site. More skyscrapers along the water's edge?



5. The views would be quite nice though, albeit blocking the residents further inland. Development needs to be more balanced these days.



6. Hong Kong is a very hilly city. Somehow, the skyscrapers know their place and scream to be seen.



7. Traditional markets are still alive and well. Although a bit chaotic, they are still cheaper than the supermarket.











12. The public's growing appetite for nostalgia continues. In this exhibition, visitors find menus and memorabilia from a recently-closed traditional Chinese restaurant.



13. For aviation fans, some old plane tickets ...



14. Watson's is still around today!



15. What is this British red double decker doing on our streets?



16. Our homes are getting taller and taller. Each new tower seems to be outdoing the previous one. Do we need to live so high up? Soon 60/F would offer no views.



17. Hong Kong's urban planners need to revisit the importance of maintaining proper density and lively streets. The older communities tend to do a much better job, albeit still dense but lower.





19. There is a constant call to redevelop seemingly young buildings. 40 years is not exactly a very old building if maintained properly. This one would look quite nice if it had a wash or a fresh coat of paint.



20. The older parts of town are slowly being torn down for more tall residential blocks. How do they fit into the established urban fabric?





22. Chinese New Year is fast approaching. Time to stock up on red pockets!



23. Being a valued Cathay Pacific customer over the years, spending tens of thousands of US dollars on their flights, I don't recall ever seeing this type of baggage box before!



24. Dryers are not common in Hong Kong. The most environmental way is to hang your laundry out to dry by sunlight.





26. Hong Kong now has a sizeable Thai community, and Thai helpers are valid options for the busy family.







29. Eating out is not so expensive if you know the right places. A rice dish with some meat costs only about USD 4. Why bother cooking?





31. You can also pick up a dessert along the way home!



32. Today's local markets have realized the competitive threat of supermarkets. So they have prettied up their wares to give more aesthetic appeal.



33. Recycling definitely needs to get more popular as we tackle the pollution problem. Here is a price list by material type for the old ladies who collect garbage for re-sale.



34. Although the boat people community is getting smaller and smaller, typhoon shelters still exist, and offer a parking spot for those who are not on duty. These don't look anything like the family sampan fishing for a living.







37. Throughout 2010, I will bring more nostalgia, modernity, and contrast.







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Old February 21st, 2010, 07:39 PM   #2
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40. Fotanian is an open-studio art exhibition that forms part of a series of separate cultural events to kick-start 2010.



41. To make a garbage station look good, the front was decorated with a forest scene so it doesn't look anything like its function. This photo depicts the arrangement.









45. Industrial buildings in the vicinity are increasingly becoming home to artists. Here's a converted studio :













51. Hong Kong is a very safe city. To be more safe, many older buildings and government housing are equipped with these metal gates in addition to the main door.















58. There are quite a lot of photo-taking opportunities with the art displays. The open house was immensely popular and I purposedly didn't want to capture the crowds too much. You have to think about the setting on the back of your heads.

















66. War-time bombs are dug up every now and then with so much construction happening in the city. Workers are evacuated and the bomb is set off in a controlled explosion. Work then continues ... very routine.









70. This is not a TV capture. It's an actual painting!







73. Unleash your imagination. These hangars are quite creative.













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Old February 22nd, 2010, 08:33 AM   #3
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Great thread!!! I like the approach you have taken with the detailed commentary giving us a great insight into the city (even for those who live here).
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 07:36 PM   #4
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The new double decker busses of Hong Kong are really nice:
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 02:11 AM   #5
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i don't know..many scrapers look like they were so old!
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Old March 1st, 2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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Heritage Preservation
80. With an ever-growing movement to preserve what is left of our historic buildings, even dilapidated ones, an award at the Berlin Film Festival prompted huge turnout at Wing Lee Street, where Echoes of the Rainbow was filmed.



81. These are still living neighbourhoods.







84. Even stray cats get a meal.





86. This game is a historic relic from our childhoods.







89. But development is approaching their doors.



90. Wing Lee Street is a mix of retail on ground floors and residences on top. But the shops seem to be gone now, while clothes still hang on the floors above. This street is slated for redevelopment. With the outcry to preserve the old buildings, perhaps the government will do a re-think on how to proceed?



91. It doesn't take too much to restore the exterior to something presentable and safe.













97. But this street is quite dilapidated. Many buildings have gone for years without proper maintenance.



























110. Look at all the photographers.



















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120. These new seats with neck support make taking a nap so much easier.



121. Vitasoy is a major soy drink brand in Hong Kong. To celebrate its 70th anniversary, they've produced a series of new packagings, and a tram ad.







124. A taste of Italy in Hong Kong.



125. The traditional tram out in action.



126. Old tram meets new tram.



127. We've had a few days of intense fog, so photo-taking has been restricted to more close-ups than scenery. You can't even make out the top floors of Kowloon Station's towers.



128. The new Austin station is quite deserted, but once the new high-speed train station to China finishes next door, this should be the new business district.



129. Eirgh ... the foggy and moist spring season has arrived.



130. These buildings were the original inhabitants of the area before reclamation forced them inland.



131. With the new high-speed rail station U/C, the bus station was moved here.






















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Kadoorie Farm is a valley showcasing nature's abundance, and teaches us the importance of conservation and environmentalism.







Tomatoes are quite easy to grow, and are not prone to insects / pests.





Green onions are also easy to grow. Just stick an onion into the ground and wait.









Rat's eyes view.









A greenhouse made of empty bottles - lets the light through quite well.





This place is not just about plants though. There are also a few animals, although it's not meant to be a zoo.



















Did a bit too much in Photoshop ...

















Yuen Long and the Yoho Midtown development is clearly seen in the distance.




























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Continued in Part 2 : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1107533
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