Cities are one of my favourite photographic subjects. Getting to view points or lookout points isn’t always easy. In Hong Kong it’s generally pretty simple to find high up lookouts. Walking through Hong Kong Park I saw a vantage point tower. It was a great surprise that not only was it open to the public but it was free to walk up the stairs to the top. This was the view looking across the park to the surround skyscrapers. The Lippo Centre is a twin tower complex completed in 1988. It’s one of the more unique pieces of architecture in the city. The octagonal buildings are clad with a dark blue refractive glass curtain wall. The tower on the left has 44 floors with 48 floors in tower 2 on the right.
Waiting for the star ferry in the rain. I noticed this Junk boat heading out into Victoria Harbour. Junk is a type of ancient Chinese sailing ship developed during the Han Dynasty (220 BC – 200 AD). This one is DUK LING built about 60 years ago in Macau and served as a fishing boat until 1985. Restored to her original glory and now takes locals and tourists across the harbour in style. Sailing from Pier number 9 Central Hong Kong Island to Pier 3 Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon.
Travelling back from Ngong Ping on the gondola lift gave awesome views. In particular Hong Kong International Airport on the island of Chek Lap Kok. This reclaimed land is the world’s busiest airport. With flights from over 180 cities around the world. It employees approximately 65,000 people. Looking to the right of the main airport there is construction. This will be third runway to expand the airports capacity. It should be finished in 2030.
Commonly known as the Big Buddha in Hong Kong. This huge bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni was completed in 1993. Capturing this photograph was one of the main reasons I took the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The statue is 34 metres tall and weighs over 250 tons. If you visit I recommend buying a bottle of water from the vendors before walking up the 268 steps. After paying my respects to the Buddha I also visited the Po Lin Monastery. Here I had a nice vegetarian lunch with a couple of local monks.