Other Hong Kong attractions

Hong Kong has one of the highest population densities in the world. One would expect an apocalyptic congestion at street level doubled by strong pollution. However, this was not the case. How does that work? Urban planning experts could say. One thing I know is it was very relaxing to be some 300 meters above everything and just enjoy the views. So we went to all observation platforms available, on Hong Kong and Kowloon.

This is the Ocean Park. Nice rides, nice aquariums and nice setting.

Being away the focal point, Lantau island is even more relaxing. There is a very long and spectacular gondola ride. Magnificent views!

Not too many fishermen are left in today’s Hong Kong. Some of them are crowded inside 2 fishing villages on the Lantau island.

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Peak tram

Earlier transport methods up the Victoria Peak (such as humans or animals hauling cargo or passengers up the hill) proved unfeasible so in 1888 this funicular railway was inaugurated, opening the area for development. Today it is an important tourist attraction, allowing unobstructed and spectacular views of the surroundings.

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Hong Kong

Such a big surprise was Hong Kong for us! One of the few cities we visited so far where, after being there for 6 days, we had to leave without having covered everything we wanted to! First thing to notice was that, despite being one of the most densely populated places in the world, it was way more relaxing than other areas in China. Factors contributing to this might be better air quality, good balance between green and developed areas, good citizen manners, state of the art public transport as well as the numerous attractions.
The business signing hanging above the streets is for sure a Hong Kong trademark. But the buildings themselves are unique too. From the bottom climbing up the stairs, one could find a fine Swiss watch store, few restaurants, a hotel, a small manufacturing business, another hotel, some residential floors, a backpacker’s hostel, few offices and so on. A small city within 4 walls!
This is the famous Hong Kong race course situated in the Happy Valley district of the Hong Kong island, surrounded by high rise apartment buildings.
This is the Hong Kong island as seen from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade in Kowloon (on the continent side). The far plane behind the illuminated buildings is the famous Victoria Peak, the prime real estate area of the region.
A special feat is the historic double decked trams. Never seen such thing before. The 2 axle vehicles have no bogies causing lots of rumbling and shaking!

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