Chaotic and beautiful, Hong Kong is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Asia—a melting pot where old meets new and East meets West. With many of us spending our waking hours in MTR tunnels and office cubicles every day, it’s easy to get lost in Hong Kong’s busy lifestyle and forget about how gorgeous our city is. After all, where else can you find a breathtaking mix of cityscapes and natural wonders, or streets and alleyways that lined with ubiquitous neon signs?
Here, we present seven simple yet extraordinary sceneries that can be only admired in this city that we are proud to call home. We heart you, Hong Kong.
1. Densely packed buildings
With an estimated population of over 7.5 million people in a 1,106-square-kilometre territory (according to government statistics), Hong Kong is world-famous as a concrete jungle where has been synonymous with sky-high property prices and small living spaces.
Despite being one of the most crowded places in the world, Hong Kong holds its own charm with a bristling cityscape that boasts unique juxtapositions of old residential buildings side by side with modern structures. Such dramatic scenery has been even used as the backdrop for a slew of famous films, including Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express (1994) and Rupert Sanders' Ghost In The Shell (2017).
From old-style buildings, such as tong laus and composite buildings that feature retail space on the ground and living space overhead, to modern skyscrapers and revitalised historic sites, these structures are not only meant for your camera lens. They also serve as visual reminders of the city’s history and Hongkongers’ collective memories.