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nick-taylor
May 7th, 2009, 03:46 PM
HONG KONG - Part IV of IV



Part IV - Happy Valley, Korean, New Years, Drive to Shenzhen (<shiver>), Bus Jam, Exclusive Drinks, Airport Express



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Tokyo photo threads next!

brianac
May 7th, 2009, 05:51 PM
Thanks for all of the HK photo's Nick.

ablarc
May 9th, 2009, 08:00 AM
So much new construction … so many new buildings … so dynamic.

Yet the population seems to hover statically at around 7 million. Does that just mean each family is taking up more square footage as prosperity increases, or are some folks not being counted?

Gregory Tenenbaum
June 11th, 2009, 04:16 AM
Having spent a lot of time in Hong Kong I was there when they hoisted the Flag 9 for TC Nuri in August.

The city was shut down for the day, no work, no ferries, no double decker trams, but still some subway services running under the Harbor between Kowloon and the Island. Even the Starbucks at LKF closed early. It was erie and very hard to get a taxi so I walked up the hill (near the Gardens) where I lived.

Great city.

And the HK airport makes Heathrow look like Mogadishu.

futurecity
September 5th, 2009, 03:03 PM
Never been. Looks exciting, but cluttered and rather grimy and overly dense. Reminds me of parts of Manhattan but without the mix of old and new. I much prefer the clean lines and modernity of Tokyo's streets to the narrow canyons of HK with all those horizontal neon signs which appear to form canopies. Also, the average architecture of the HK street leaves something to be desired though I'm sure ithe general vibe and buzz overrides any architectural faults to a point. Living there however, I would probably tire of the look of the place although I admit the suroundings are incredible. I think Shanghai offers more in the beauty department outside of a handful of brilliant scrapers that we see in HK today. Nanjing road is very beautiful compared to nathan road and causeway bay and HK offres nothing compred to the Bund. Also, visibility seems a problem in a couple of your pics of the harbor.

People say Tokyo is an ugly city, but even with HK's harbor and hills, the streets of Ginza for example blow much of HK's shopping districts away in terms of general architectural continuity and materials, etc..

OmegaNYC
September 5th, 2009, 09:17 PM
Nice pictures! I swear, everytime I see this thread, I feel like plugging up my old Xbox, and play Shenmue II.

nick-taylor
September 8th, 2009, 06:21 AM
The biggest problem with Hong Kong is the 'wall issue', ie the copy and paste of the same height/colour/appearance tower blocks that dot the skyline. There are some beautiful British colonial buildings, but most of the good scrapers are snuffed out by mediocrity.

Architecturally Tokyo is far more diverse, expressive, and interesting. Most importantly you don't tend to get the 'wall issue'. In some ways I prefer Tokyo simply because it shares the same vast network of hidden treats that you find in the alleys and streets of London; that give the impression of being disconnected from the urban mess that radiates all around them.


I got back from Phnom Penh this morning after my 3 week trip in SE Asia, so will get started on some more photo threads (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Siem Reap, Mekong Cruise, Phnom Penh and others) shortly.