Hong Kong, China
香港

hong_kong/night_view

A Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong Island, — 20 October, 2004


hong_kong/hk_victoria_skyline

View of Victoria Harbour from The Peak, Hong Kong Island, — 20 October, 2004

Hong Kong has many things I love about Asian cities: excitement, fashion, chaos, beautiful people, extravagant skyscrapers that light the evening sky, gigantic advertising neon signs and never a dull moment. The green mountains and ocean bays that engulf Hong Kong contrast with the urban jungle to make this city one of the most beautiful in the world. Only San Fran, Cape Town, Sydney, Rio and Vancouver can compete. At the same time, Hong Kong lacks so much of what I cherish about Asia: There are no street vendors selling quick and steamy delights, many of the people are too busy making money to be nice, and it ain’t cheap. In fact, Hong Kong ranks the second most expensive city on Earth behind Tokyo (2004 ranking.) I wish you could have seen the size of my hotel room. You would not believe it. When I say small, I mean it. In fact, my door wouldn’t even open all the way because it hit the wall on the other side-- even a custodian would be disappointed had it been a broom closet. Still, I wouldn’t trade my two days here and 70 photos shot for anything. Hong Kong, by all means, is a world-class, must-see city and it only gets more grand (and taller) with time.


hong_kong/tallest_building

International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004

This building was the third tallest in the world at time of photo; it is now in the top ten.


hong_kong/buidlings_view

Expensive condos, Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/opera_hall

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/hk_international_finance_centre

International Finance Centre, Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/building_octagonal

Lippo Centre (564.3 ft), Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/bank_of_china

Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/hk_my_room

My room, Hong Kong Island, — 21 October, 2004

This was my room in the Dragon Hostel, somewhere in Mirador Mansions on Kowloon. I tried to tell people the room was small, that the front door hit the back wall when it was open, but nothing really can explain it better than this photo. Still, the room had everything, TV, A/C, a shower, toilet, sink, storage.


hong_kong/hk_skyline_1

View of Hong Kong Island at night from Kowloon, — 20 October, 2004


hong_kong/building_dots

Cheung Kong Center, Hong Kong, — 21 October, 2004


hong_kong/laser

Light show, Hong Kong — 20 October, 2004

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