Panorama of Hong Kong viewed from the Hong Kong Museum of Art in Kowloon with the Convention and Expo Center on the left and the IFC (International Finance Center) office buildings, IFC Mall and the Four Seasons Hotel on the right, behind the Star Ferry boat
Hong Kong, officially the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China on the Pearl River Delt, with a population over 7 million people of various nationalities. Its vibrant, densely populated urban center is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.
Note that the air quality varied considerably over the few days we were in Hong Kong. Some of the photographs on the day we sailed in appear a little sepia (a brown tint), due to the heavy smog that day.
Sailing into Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China, from the south, following our stop in Shanghai, China, we passed by the old shanties in Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island – in sharp contrast with the hundreds of high rise apartment buildings constructed over the past few decades
Sailboats were out in Hong Kong Harbor, a nice welcome to Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China
The tugboat helped guide us into our pier at the Ocean Terminal, Kowloon, Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China – across from the Convention and Expo Center and skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island
Our pier at Ocean Terminal, just west of the Kowloon side Star Ferry Terminal, was close to the new International Commerce Center (completed in 2011), the tallest building in Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China, with the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong Hotel on the upper floors and Sky100’s wrap-around, 360-degree view observation deck
A panorama of our ship docked at Ocean Terminal in Kowloon, with the new International Commerce Center towering over us on the left and the Star (Ferry) House office building (with some great restaurants!) on the right (“Weather Forecast” is advertised on top at that moment), Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China
The Kowloon Skyline with the Star House (center) in front of One Peking (also full of great restaurants!) and the Clock Tower and Hong Kong Art Museum (right front), Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China
A Star Ferry boat docking in the Kowloon ferry terminal, with the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Clock Tower in the background, Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China; the ferries cost US$0.15 per ride, making the crossing of Hong Kong Harbor between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island quick and affordable
A filtered view of the high rise apartment buildings surrounding Kowloon Park where, as we took a morning hike, we forgot that we were in a giant city (except for the occasional partial view of the skyline), Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China
The new Ferris wheel (installed after the London Eye), the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (quite interesting!) in the left-most pier, the Star Ferry terminals, the IFC office buildings, IFC Mall and the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong (Island), S.A.R., People’s Republic of China
The Hong Kong, S.A.R., People’s Republic of China, skyline at night, viewed from Kowloon