Hong Kong
My third visit to Hong Kong, which always aspired to be New
York it seemed.  Incredible high rise density in the downtown
section.  Hong Kong proper is an island, but larger sections
are on the mainland, not that this distinction matters now.
In Hong Kong both commercial and residential buildings
share the same general high rise approach.  Most of urban
China will end up looking like this, as I believe Hong Kong
architecture will conquer the mainland in years to come.
The view of downtown Hong Kong from Victoria Peak,
highest point on the island.  It's still not very attractive.
To serve its residents, Hong Kong has a marvelous mass
transit system, including a subway, double-decker
trams, streetcars, and modern ferries.  But the old
fashioned Star Ferry above continues to cross between
Kowloon (part of the mainland) and the Island of Hong
Kong.  A short, scenic, inexpensive ride across Victoria
Harbor.  My video features both the Star Ferry and the
trams, which are decorated with creative
When I took these pictures in 1996, Hong Kong was
already preparing for Chinese sovereignty as the
British left.  I could not help noticing a Hong Kong
attempt to adapt by offering images of Mao for sale.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the Intrepid
Berkeley Explorer's free film of this trip by clicking on:
The Last Emperor's Home Video