Hong Kong

Urban Hong Kong photo roundup

Urban Hong Kong might be crowded, cramped and noisy but it still makes for interesting sights. It is probably the most built-up urban environment in the world, especially on Hong Kong Island, which is very hilly but apartment towers line the slopes of upper Central, Sheung Wan and Mid-Levels all the way up to just below the Peak. It is an impressive sight but on the other hand, the actual living spaces in a lot of the buildings (not Mid-Levels) are not, such as older towers, especially in Kowloon but even in supposedly trendier neighborhoods like Sheung Wan. It would be nice if the authorities spent more time, effort and funds on renovating existing buildings and neighborhoods, especially historical ones.


Probably Hong Kong’s most well-known mural, located in Central


Kowloon, above and below

Tram with retro advertising

I usually don’t go to these kinds of street markets as they are too crowded for me.

Wetmarket in Central – a non-touristy aspect of an increasingly touristy part of town
“Little Indonesia” – side street in Causeway Bay

Above photo and the following two are from the inner courtyard of Yick Fat Building, a public housing estate in Quarry Bay. A scene from Transformers 4 (the one with scenes in Hong Kong and China) was shot here.

The next four photos are of Central and Sheung Wan.

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6 thoughts on “Urban Hong Kong photo roundup

  1. Your photos are amazing! You really captured the crowdedness of the city. Especially in those shots of the apartments stacked around a courtyard? I loved that. I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but would love to see it for myself.

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    1. Thanks. I’ve been in East Asia for many years but Hong Kong is probably the most crowded and cramped city I’ve been to. The apartments surrounding the narrow courtyard are crazy. I actually feel like I want to go back there a second time.
      I hope you get a chance to visit Hong Kong sometime.

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