The Hong Kong Skyline: Then and Now

The Hong Kong skyline in the 1890s/1900s.

The Hong Kong skyline in the 1890s/1900s.

Hong Kong is the sister city to Singapore, and like its sibling, it presents a very stark illustration of how trade and commerce shapes a city.

Hong Kong’s skyline is one of the most iconic skylines in the world – this was true of the city in the early 1900s, as it is today. The following two shots provide a sense of how this skyline has changed, but still remains memorable.

What unfortunately has faded away are those sweeping vistas of Chinese junks sailing past Hong Kong Harbour – the very essence of Hong Kong itself.  Today, only one junk plies these waters, and even then, it is a pale shadow of those that came before it.

[The Romance of the Grand Tour – 100 Years of Travel in Southeast Asia is available now at all major bookstores in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. As of mid-June, it will also be available at Waterstones and Blackwells in London, on http://www.amazon.co.uk and http://www.bookdepository.com]

An iconic junk in Hong Kong Harbour, early 1900s.

An iconic junk in Hong Kong Harbour, early 1900s.

The Hong Kong skyline today, and the lone junk still plying the waters of the harbour.

The Hong Kong skyline today, and the lone junk still plying the waters of the harbour (at bottom left).

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