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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2011 HONG KONG Photo Collection

1. Traditional villages still exist and many of them are in the New Territories.











6. There are numerous food festivals these days. Crowds would gather trying to find a good deal and there is a huge variety of items on sale - from fish balls to dried fish.

















14. This food festival was a bit different from the others. Part of the exhibit included organic farming.







17. Staying on the topic of food, dim sum is a southern Chinese cuisine, and it's a popular activity for lunch among blue and white-collars alike.















24. The weather during this past winter was quite decent, with lots of sunny and dry days.







27. A bit of urban greenery in the concrete jungle.



28. Across town, the new high-speed railway to China is under construction.





































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Great pictures and yummy food! What's dim sum?
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Old May 11th, 2011, 05:09 AM   #3
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Great pictures and yummy food! What's dim sum?
Dim sum is a general term referring to small bits of foods in dishes or bamboo containers. For example, beef balls is 1 type of dim sum, and the octopus tentacles in one of the pictures is another type of dim sum.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 11:51 AM   #4
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47. The Jade Market is a tourist attraction selling perhaps both fake and real speciments.

















55. Meanwhile, local residents shopped for their daily groceries in the street market nearby.

















63. Hong Kong Tramways has designed and built a new tram model. Although the exterior looks like the older trams, the interiors have been revamped completely.











68. Causeway Bay is experiencing a lot of change as redevelopments create more retail space. However, there are still older buildings in the back side streets that might be left untouched.



























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Old May 20th, 2011, 08:52 AM   #5
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82. Hong Kong's older areas are slowly being redeveloped as shorter buildings make way for new giants.













88. However, with some investment in maintenance, old buildings can still serve their purpose effectively.









92. Sometimes, maintenance can be as simple as a new coat of paint.





94. The growing rich-poor divide has become a hot social topic lately as property prices skyrocket thanks to American money-printing. Studies have noted rents in these older quarters are more expensive on a per square foot basis than luxury homes on the other side of town. However, since the units here are very small, the total rent amount is still low on absolute terms. Nevertheless, affordability is rapidly eroding.









98. Illegal structural additions are also a hot topic this week as several politicians have been found to have built such structures at their homes. It appears 2 stories of illegal additions have been added to these buildings pictured.















105. This one even got rid of the external wall to make a huge balcony. Wonder if it will impact the whole building's structural integrity?















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113. Reclamation in Victoria Harbour continues ...





















123. This recent addition appears to be a temporary structure but with a green roof.















130. It looked a bit strange that the ferry would back into the pier.





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133. Plane spotting @ HKG





135. Bus spotting @ Central





137. Skyscraper spotting







140. Older buildings are being revitalized with a new coat of paint.











145. Causeway Bay is emerging as an alternative for offices trying to leave expensive Central.











150. Are you a small potato?





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So far great and very nice photos from Hong Kong, hkskyline
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Old July 1st, 2011, 09:12 PM   #9
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153. Tsang Tsou-choi spent some 50 years scribbling calligraphy on street furniture, including lamp-posts, phone boxes, pedestrian underpasses, and electrical boxes, throughout the city. Dubbed the "king of Kowloon", he passed away at the age of 86 in 2007. A special exhibition about his life and works was held in Island East in 2011.





155. At the entrance, visitors get an overview of where his works were located throughout the city.





















165. Artefacts - from clothes with his style of graffiti to ink bottles he used.























176. Following his rise to fame, many artists have paid tribute to Tsang while others have adopted his calligraphy in their designs.









180. When Tsang died in 2007, it was front page news across Hong Kong's major newspapers and editorials.



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Love your photos from the exhibit!
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Does Hong Kong Authority have rules and regulations for old residential buildings (and commercial as well) to be (at least) regularly re-painted??

Since, last time I visited Hong Kong (Mar'11)... I found many old buildings which seriously needs repainting, especially in between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. It was an eyesore to me.

During my visit to Hong Kong, I visited Macau as well. The residential and commercial building looked old as well (except for Taipa and Coloane district). But, I believe the regular repainting is much more seriously regulated in Macau, I've seen old buildings with almost fresh color paint.
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Does Hong Kong Authority have rules and regulations for old residential buildings (and commercial as well) to be (at least) regularly re-painted??

Since, last time I visited Hong Kong (Mar'11)... I found many old buildings which seriously needs repainting, especially in between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai. It was an eyesore to me.

During my visit to Hong Kong, I visited Macau as well. The residential and commercial building looked old as well (except for Taipa and Coloane district). But, I believe the regular repainting is much more seriously regulated in Macau, I've seen old buildings with almost fresh color paint.
Don't think there's anything specific on repainting, but buildings are subject to safety and maintenance works and government authorities inspect buildings are properly maintained.
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Interesting graffiti. What type of things did he write about?
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Interesting graffiti. What type of things did he write about?
Well, the guy probably had mental illness as his works talked about him being king, the rest of his "royal" family, and miscellaneous gibberish.
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182. Around Quarry Bay, the emerging alternative financial district for non-essential functions :





























196. Kwun Tong, another emerging financial district, sits across the harbour.





















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207. Office rents have skyrocketed in the past year thanks to America's currency manipulation scheme. Large companies are moving across the harbour or east, and Causeway Bay is building up to cater for the boom.





209. Will these traditional streets disappear amidst the reconstruction?







212. The downside to the clear skies is unbearable heat.







215. A new tram rolls into the Happy Valley terminus.





217. These residents get a view of the racecourse and the skyline, but also a nearby cemetery.



218. This new Best Western hotel popped up quite quickly. The exterior colour is horrendous and to make things worse its signage is in simplified Chinese.







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222. Tourists tend to walk the promenade along Tsim Sha Tsui, but another promenade emerges to the east in more residential areas.







225. Kowloon Bay and Kwun Tong are emerging as an alternative location for less important people in the corporate hierarchy who don't otherwise need to sit in the city centre districts.







228. The Kai Tak cruise terminal is under construction!



229. On the other side of the water is Hong Kong Island.



















238. The neighbouring areas are a mix of old industrial and residential buildings.



















































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264. Tsing Yi is a working class neighbourhood in between Kowloon and the airport. This part of the island is dominated by public housing.





266. Public housing tends to be less densely-packed, offering some breathing room in an otherwise intense urban environment.

















274. This section of Tsing Yi is hilly and above everyone else, so the views are actually quite good.







277. Public housing with a view :





279. Dryers are not popular in Hong Kong at all, despite the hot and humid climate. Natural drying is preferred even for those who don't have balconies.



280. Students get special discounts for afternoon tea.



281. These public housing blocks are built around the hilly slopes, with reinforcements to prevent landslides during the rainy season.





283. Notice the private housing block looks a little different from the mass of public housing around it.





285. Nina Tower is visible on this clear autumn day.











290. These public housing estates are well-connected by public transport, albeit not a rail connection.



291. Traffic is light on the weekend.





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294. Wah Fu Estate is a public housing complex along the southern coast of Hong Kong Island. It is one of Hong Kong's oldest public housing estates, dating from 1967, with 4,796 flats.

















































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