64 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban (1)

    • Hi Rusha, you may have a clue if you notice some branches at the bottom of my photo. The photo was taken during a walk around the Victoria Peak just up and behind the buildings. This photo is not the best photo taken in the walk but most illustrious of dense urban development. Thanks for the comment! Michael

    • Hi Rommel, you may have a clue if you notice some branches at the bottom of my photo. The photo was taken during a walk around the Victoria Peak just up and behind the buildings. This photo is not the best photo taken in the walk but most illustrious of dense urban development. Thanks for the comment! Michael

    • The escalators have changed the character of the place along them. There are now a lot of shops on either side of the escalators; antique shops along HollyWood Road, restaurant in Soho area etc. The escalators are now a “must see” for many tourists!

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  2. Great shot, Michael! I read the other comments so I know how you took it…the park must be great to walk in if you get to see those types of views…:-)

    • Hi Sued51, it is a great walk which I have been doing since I was a child, it only took 45 minutes to complete the walk round the Victoria Peak. Someday, I will write about it.
      Regards, Michael

  3. It’s good to know that HK proves it’s possible to have good life quality even with a huge pop density! Great! All we need to do is to build in smarter ways! Awesome shot Michael!

    • It comes as a bit of a shock to read in Triumph of the City, the latest book by America’s leading urban economist, Professor Edward Glaeser, of Harvard, that cities are a lot greener than the suburbs and countryside.
      As you said, cities have to be built in a smart and sustainable way. I am not saying that the HK urban areas are the model for the future; some of the new towns in HK are better than the older developed urban areas and still there is a lot of scope for improvement.
      As more people move to cities, there should be better solutions. Thanks for the useful comment! Michael

  4. I currently live downtown and do enjoy all the amenities and convienances it offers. The Light Rail system in Edmonton is evolving but we have a long ways to go before it serves all residents well. I enjoy a park that surrounds our complex. I really need the greenspace. Hong Kong would be way too busy for me, but I do admire what they’ve accomplished, plus it’s nice to live by the water like that.

    • It is true that uran HK may not be suitable for many people, especially those from abroad without the prior experience of living in a flat. However, you can have the best of both worlds by living outside the urban areas while still easily assessible to the amenities. Regards, Michael

  5. Love this photo, very brutal … and it looks just like I remember Hong Kong, even if it was so many years ago – but I prefer Hong Kong Island side from the Kowloon side .. at night time – the biggest and most beautiful diamond jewel in the world. There is a say at all cats are grey at night … but I would say Hong Kong is the grey cat during daytime.

  6. Hong Kong definitely blew me away with how vertical it was. Unfortunately, I was only there for a few hours on a long layover but maybe next time, I’ll spend more time to appreciate it. When I was there it was raining :-(.

  7. Interesting reading and a nice picture, Michael. It’s some 6-7 years ago I was in HK the last time, and maybe coming next spring again. Nighttime vitsit to Victoria Peak is a must!

    • Hi Olli, walking around the Victoria Peak (Lugard road etc) is my favourite walk. You can also take the tram up the peak. The night scene is just fantastic! Michael

  8. i also found Hong Kong really claustrophobic. People seemed to be out on the streets from the morning until the wee hours. I read that the apartments there are so tiny, that it’s just possible to find enough space to sleep in, but not live in.

  9. This is fantastic – 1840’s is such a long time ago and it just shows how development this part of the world has been. I imagine it has been a problem with many unanswered parts to it when it comes to managing this lack of land due to the river. Fantastic imaging!

    • Hi osciwosci1, HK always have a problem of coping with sudden influx of people. From 1974- 1990, we have created homes for 2 million people in our several “new towns” and that was in itself a big undertaking. Even today, we do not have sufficient flats that are good for quality living for many people. As you said, there are many problems that need to be resolved. You mentioned the river, in fact, it is the Victoria Harbor which we have reclaimed on both sides so much that we have to stop under a Harbor Protection Ordinance! Michael

  10. Thank you for all these data about HK. You have corrected some very sloppy assumptions on my part! I’m also interested in the observation about cities vs countryside for green space and nature. It is one of the themes in my own blog, and now I see it is a much larger theme than I had thought.

    • In urban areas we also need open spaces and public realms for the city to breath. The British who ruled HK from around 1840 to 1997 did leave behind a good legacy of gardens and parks. This idea is very much valued. Thanks for the comment! Michael

    • Hi Gretchen, it wasn’t the best picture taken on that day when I strolled around Victoria Peak but it was the most 3 dimensional and shows the dense development with a mix of commercial and residential buildings. Yes, with globilization, beauty is universal. Thanks for the comment! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Paul, HK is where capitalism and uranization have been put to extreme. Not everybody will like it but as you said, it certainly has a lot of energy! Thanks for perusing, Michael

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