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Old April 28th, 2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2013 HONG KONG Photo Collection

Hong Kong is constantly being redeveloped, and Kowloon City district is under major transformation. Formerly subject to height controls when the airport was nearby, pencil towers started appearing when the airport closed.





A large percentage of the population lives in public housing. These older blocks are not too tall, and have some retail at street level to service the residents. However, this estate will soon be torn down and redeveloped.



















Construction is everywhere.



Apple has invested in full-body bus ads. Everyone in town should be well aware of their products.











Hong Kong has a shortage of prime location Grade A office space.



Kowloon Bay and its glassy office buildings are seen in the distance. Many companies have moved their support staff to this area and away from Central district, saving a lot on rent.









Kwun Tong is another district where redevelopment has come in a big way. The town centre will be razed, and part of the project has begun.









If planes take off towards the east, left window passengers will get to see Kowloon and northwards, while right window passengers will see Hong Kong Island. The weather wasn't too good today, but I was able to get a shot of the island of Ap Lei Chau just off Hong Kong Island.



Reclamation works around Victoria Harbour are almost done. What has been reclaimed in Central district is slowly turning green.













Traditional market streets such as this one are getting rarer and rarer. Notice the redevelopment in this picture.



Apparently, Star Ferry is free to ride one day a year.



Some people are lucky to live in lowrises. The villagers here in Pok Fu Lam on Hong Kong Island can enjoy shopping at the highrise development next door but they don't need to cope with the density.







Expensive homes line the slopes below, fighting amongst each other for ocean views.



This is the Bethanie campus of the Academy for Performing Arts. Built by the French in 1875, the building was originally a sanatorium.









Air Seychelles recently launched a new service to their African paradise via Abu Dhabi. They will probably unnerve the Maldives a bit.



More photos : hkskyline's 2012 HONG KONG Photo Collection
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Old April 28th, 2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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Fabulous images and commentary.
Thank goodness for Hong Kong's setting - without that it would be far too claustrophobic. High rise may be 'sexy', but living in such a high-rise city cannot be conducive to feelings of well being - certainly without such a splendid physical location.
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Old May 1st, 2013, 03:22 PM   #3
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Similar to Kowloon City, Sham Shui Po district was under height restrictions when Kai Tak Airport was still running. Taller redevelopments have since occurred.







The area around Nam Cheong MTR station is busy with construction activity. The new high-speed link with Guangzhou is taking place underground, shared with foundation works of new residentials that will rise on top of the station.













Nam Cheong is only 3 stations away from Central district, but this prime location is affordable to the masses.





Welcome to Sham Shui Po district.
































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Old May 2nd, 2013, 06:18 AM   #4
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it's a great thing that Kowloon is fast changing for the better.
Hongkong, in general, has one of the most beautiful skylines worldwide.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 07:25 PM   #5
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A contemporary art exhibition has turned Hong Kong's skyscrapers into people!





A myopic view of the world.



Swipe your Octopus card to get in, or out.



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Fabulous images and commentary.
Thank goodness for Hong Kong's setting - without that it would be far too claustrophobic. High rise may be 'sexy', but living in such a high-rise city cannot be conducive to feelings of well being - certainly without such a splendid physical location.
I think Hong Kong is almost perfect in this regard.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #7
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Your photos from Hong Kong are always very nice
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Can't wait to go back this summer.
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Old June 6th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #10
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The high-speed rail station in West Kowloon is taking shape, although the structure is not clear at this stage.
















































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Old June 24th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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Tai Kok Tsui is an old district that has seen redevelopments lately due to its great location in Kowloon. Several banks have relocated support staff here and it is only 1 metro stop from the gleaming offices at ICC.





















This duck caused quite a stir in town for a month. The sculpture by Florentijn Hofman wanted to spread joy around the world through this duck.





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Yuen Long is a new town in the northwest New Territories that was first settled in the Song Dynasty. In 1972, the government decided to build a new suburb here and the district now has some 580,000 people.

























































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Thanks a lot for your excellent walkthrough off all the areas that make up hong kong and the current developments that are going up in those areas
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Really nice, as always, and very informative! You gave us some really nice views from known places and not so well known places of HK!
alsmost 10 years (2004) allready when I was there, I wonder if some areas I would recognize??
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Thanks for all your support. Here are a few more recent sunset photos :





















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Thanks for showing us the rugged gritty urban side of Hong Kong, got sick of the typical skyline tourist lover photos of HK.
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Central District is seeing a few redevelopments to add office space. Vacancy rates here are very low.



Tung Chung is a new town about 40 minutes from Central. It's not so dense, but in the middle of nowhere. At least the views are decent and unlikely to be blocked out.



Sham Shui Po is one of the city's poorest districts, and home to many cage homes for the poor. Redevelopments are rife here as well.











Wan Chai used to be a red light district for American sailors to seek fun whilst on port call.





Lego exhibitions seem fairly popular lately. Here is one featuring various international attractions.

















































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Land is a valuable commodity in Hong Kong, and there will be a flurry of construction activity over the next few years as the government pushes for more residentials to be built and quell a housing price bubble.

















Old and new co-exist in these neighbourhoods.



























Non air-conditioned buses were retired last year. I was happy to see this one parked at the depot and available for viewing through the fence.

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Quarry Bay is a mix of new posh homes for the lite and traditional lowrises for the poor.











Pedestrian bridges take people off the streets to criss-cross the city from above.











The eastern stretches of Hong Kong Island are developed and the waterfront promenade is quite nice.













The fishermen were a bit annoying though.

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