0 Likes

Central Pier(中環碼頭.8號碼頭), Central, HK
Hong Kong
Copyright: Wongchichuen
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11974x5987
Uploaded: 27/04/2013
Updated: 12/08/2014
Zobrazení:

...


Tags: landscape; harbourfront; pier; hong kong night scene
comments powered by Disqus

wongchichuen
Sunset & Super Moon In HK(日月爭輝)
wongchichuen
Star Ferry(中環天星小輪碼頭), Central
wongchichuen
Ferris Wheel Opens For Business(中環摩天輪開業3), Central, HK.
wongchichuen
Central Ferry Pier(中環渡輪碼頭), Centrail
wongchichuen
Ferris Wheel Opens For Business(中環摩天輪開業2), Central, HK.
wongchichuen
Central Ferris Wheel(中環新地標-----摩天輪), HK New Landmark.
wongchichuen
Ifc2012countdown (國金中心2012新年倒數) Central, HK
wongchichuen
Ferris Wheel Opens For Business(中環摩天輪開業), Central, HK.
Jacky Lo
Four Seasons Hotel
Jacky Lo
International Finance Centre
Fat Chai
Hong Kong IFC and new star ferry terminal
njohn
Apple Retail Store - ifc mall - in the dark
Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov
Graffiti in the abandoned pavilion of the exhibition of achievements of national economy. September, 2009. Barnaul, Russia.
Jürgen Schrader
Schachenhaus
Willy Kaemena
Grand Canyon South Rim
Leif Nygaard Eilertsen
Dragoer Amagermuseum Courtyard Autumn
Vasily Kumaev & Andrew Mishin
Pond in Hordovo (2009)
Шубкин Сергей
звонница Спасо-Преображенского монастыря
Шубкин Сергей
Свято-Введенский Толгский женский монастырь.
Anton van Tetering
Dom Tower Utrecht the Netherlands
Simona Bartolomei
Andrea Salvetti espone in Piazza Anfiteatro
Rust 360
Birkenhead Docks - 03
Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com
Kappadokien1 goereme turkey
dieter kik
Chapelle Saint Philibert Ploneour Lanvern
wongchichuen
Wah Fu Estate(港島南區華富邨6), Southern, Hong Kong Island.
wongchichuen
Tens Of Thousands Of HK People To Commemorate June 4(18萬港人悼六四25周年3)
wongchichuen
Yuen Kong Tsuen Lychee farm(元崗村荔枝園2), Shek Kong, NT
wongchichuen
Banteay Srei2 (暹粒女王廟), Siem Reap, Cambodia
wongchichuen
Lan Kwai Fong Carnival(蘭桂坊嘉年華.2), Central
wongchichuen
HK People Disputed The Development Northeast New Territories(新界東北發展計畫受爭議.3)
wongchichuen
YHA Mei Ho House(石硤尾美荷樓1), Shek Kip Mei, HK
wongchichuen
Kowloon Peak (飛鵝山) Kowloon HK
wongchichuen
Fogang Zhenxing Bei Rd(廣東佛岡縣振興北路----夜景), GD, CN
wongchichuen
The First Bend Of Yellow River(唐克九曲黃河), Tangkexiang Sichuan CN
wongchichuen
Dali Ancient City.2(雲南大理古城----玉洱路), Yunnan, CN
wongchichuen
The world's busiest street(世界最繁忙街道 西洋菜街.1)
More About Hong Kong

Overview and HistoryHong Kong sits on the south coast of China, on the Pearl River Delta. It's got a population of more than seven million people and is one of the most densely populated places on earth. It also appears to be putting into place the template for population management, which cities around the world will be implementing as soon as they can afford it. More on that later.Archaeological evidence dates human activity beneath present-day Hong Kong back to the stone age. The area was first settled by people from the mainland during the Han dynasty, around the beginning of the common era (the P.C. term for when B.C. changed to A.D. Whoa!)For hundreds of years, Hong Kong was a small fishing community and haven for travelers, with a few pirates here and there. Then whitey showed up.Western influence reached China at the beginning of the 15th century, when all those great explorers in boats were cruising for loot in strange and mysterious places. Tea and silk were the commodities connecting eastern Europe to China, and Hong Kong was known as a safe harbor through which to pass. When you're carrying the Queen's tea, it's especially important to avoid ARRRRRRguments with pirates. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.Seriously folks -- in the eighteenth century Britain was doing a booming business with China, offering Indian opium to balance their extensive purchases of fine porcelains and everything else. The opium was ordained to be for medicinal purposes only, of course.Well, as you may imagine, the Chinese got sick of opium fiends junking up the place, so they attempted to stop the British suppliers, to no avail. The Opium Wars resulted and ended with China ceding Hong Kong to the British, in fear of their massive naval power. This took place in the year 1841.Colonization soon followed, Hong Kong shot up in value as an international port, and its population increased dramatically. In 1898 Britain acquired additional territories on a 99 year lease -- expiring in 1997. Does that year sound familiar? Read on.In the 20th century Hong Kong changed hands several times. The British surrendered it to Japan during World War Two, then took it back after Japan's defeat, then gave it to China later. Immediately following the war, Hong Kong served as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees, while the Chinese National Government was losing its civil war against communist leadership.The population of Hong Kong exploded as corporations seeking to escape Chinese isolationism arrived and set up shop. Cheap labor in the textile and manufacturing industries steadily built up the economy and ensured foreign investment. By the end of the 20th century Hong Kong had become a financial mammoth offering banking services to the world.In 1997 Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with a few stipulations in place to guarantee its economic autonomy, as much as possible. The phrase "one country, two systems" was coined by the Chinese to describe the relationship between the mainland and Hong Kong.Getting ThereWell, where do you want to get to from the Hong Kong International Airport? There are ferries servicing six mainland ports in the Pearl River Delta Region. Airport Express Railway connects directly to downtown Hong Kong, and it has been rated the best airport in the world multiple times.The Airport Express Railway will get you into Hong Kong in about an hour, for $100. Public buses cost $10 and take a little longer. For direct service to your hotel you can take one of the hotel's private buses ($120+) or a taxi ($300+). As you can see, waiting time is optional for those who can afford it.Here's a little blurb on travel times, with further information for access to nearby cities (cross-boundary transport).TransportationGrab an Octopus card when you arrive. Octopus is the world's first electronic ticket-fare card system and the Hong Kong public transportation system is the world leader in people-moving. 90% of Hong Kongers get around on public transportation.Octopus covers the Airport Rail line, buses, ferries, the rapid-transit MTR network, supermarkets, fast food outlets, phone booths... It's how to get around the cashless economy.Nevermind the microchip built into it, you'll get used to having one of those on you at all times -- and soon they'll be internal! What do I mean? Many schools in Hong Kong even use the Octopus card to check attendance, because you read the card's data with an external scanner from a distance. This will the global norm soon. What if that chip is installed in your body? It's in the works baby!The hilly Hong Kong terrain also demands some special modes of transportation. If you've been to Pittsburgh, you may have some idea of how cool it is to ride a cable car up the side of a mountain, overlooking a majestic harbor and city. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you've got Hong Kong: vertical-travel trams, moving sidewalks, and the world's longest outdoor escalator system.People and CultureThe local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) which is pegged to the U.S. dollar. Official languages are Chinese and English.  You're on your own, baby!  Dive into the swarming, throbbing, pulsing, crawling and teeming mix!Things to do & RecommendationsThe Peak Tower and its shopping Galleria are the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong so don't miss it.Cool off in the Kowloon Park public indoor swimming pool!After that, go see what's happening at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, a non-profit organisation which puts together exhibitions for international artists and performers.Organize sports fans flock to the Hong Kong Stadium, but there's good news for disorganized sportistas too -- Mountain biking is now legal in the parks! Have at it, baby!All this excitement is going to make you hungry. Springtime is traditionally the time to celebrate seafood, summer is for fruits, and winter steams with hot pot soups to keep you warm.The best thing to do is go and find some dim sum. Dozens of plates of tasty small items, sort of like sushi but it's cooked, and the varieties are endless.Since you won't be able to walk down the street without complete and total sensory overload, I'll just whap in the Hong Kong tourist board's guide to dining and leave you to your intuition.Good luck, take it slow and above all -- DON'T SPIT OUT YOUR CHEWING GUM ON THE SIDEWALK. Gum is legal but there's a $500 fine for intentional littering. Enjoy!Text by Steve Smith.