Hong Kong Island and Kowloon: This was photographed in December 2012 by
Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D.,PhD.
Hong Kong consists of a peninsula and 236 islands on China's south coast
and enclosed by
Peal River Delta and South China Sea. Hong Kong has developed into one
of the world's top
financial centers. It has highly developed capitalist economy, and has
the high degree of
autonomy in all areas except foreign affairs and defence. Renowned for
its expansive skyline
and deep natural harbour, its identity as a cosmopolitan center where east
meets west is
reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions.
(L) Location of Hong Kong (R) Satellete photo of Hong Kong
A panoramic view of Hong Kong Island and International finance Centre,'ifc':
This was photographed in December 2012. This skyscraper is the second largest,
behind in International Commerce Centre,
ICC Tower, on Kowloon. Hong Kong Station of the Airpoirt Express is directly
beneath the tower building.
High-rise condominiums in Kowloon:
This picture was photographed from the 100th floor of the International
Commerce Centre, ICC Tower, in December 2012.
(L) This 484-m high skyscraper was completed in 2010 at Kowloon. It is
currently the world's fifth tallest building,
and third by floor basis. The observation floor, 'Sky100', is located on
the 100th floor of the 118-storey ICC Tower.
(R) The left-side building is the ICC Tower.
According to Emporis, there are 1,223 skyscrapers in Hong Kong, which puts
the city at the
top of world rankings. It has more buildings higher than150m than any other
city. The high
density and tall skyline of Hong Kong's urban area are due to a lack of
available sprawl space,
with the average distance from the harbour front to the steep hills of
Hong Kong Island is 1.3 km.
Much of it is a reclaimed land. This lack of space causes demands for dense,
and housing. Thirty-six of the world's 100 tallest residential buildings
are in Hong Kong.
More people in Hong Kong live or work above the 14th floor than anywhere
else on Earth,
making it the world's most vertical city.
Hong Kong's skyscrapers and a congested container-port
A high density of building and a new land development at HongKong 2012
Condominium sale price index: Photo source: NHK BS1 TV, February 17, 2013
Hong Kong's property market faced the risk of a sharp correction as prices
had tripled from the time through
in 2003, at which, an investment visa to Hong Kong has introduced. Many
Chinese people bought a condominium
with the beneficiary of new rule. However, IMF warns Hong Kong property
market at moderate risk of fall.
Hong Kong's transportation network
A traffic jam at Cross Harbour Tunnel in Kowloon: It links the main financial
and commercial districts on both sides of Victoria Habour.
This tunnel was constructed in 1972.
(L) The Western Habour Tunnel is crossing Victoria Harbour, which connects
the newly reclaimed land of west Koeloon with Sai Ying Pun.
This tunnel was constructed in1997. (R) So many boats in Victoria Bay,
Hong Kong's transportation network is highly developed. Over 90% of 11
million daily travels are on
public transport, the highest percentage in the world. Payment can be made
using the Octopus card,
a stored value system introduced by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which
is a comprehensive
rail network for the whole territory. This MTR rapid transit system has
152 stations, which serve
3.4 million people a day. Hong Kong Tramways, which has served the territory
since 1904, covers
the northern parts of Hong Kong Island.
A tourist Day Pass is convenient for a frequent ride of MTR.
It is good for 24 consecutive hours from the recorded entry time of the
first journey on the MTR.
Airport Express Airport Station
(L) A sign plate to guide the express train (M) Kowloon Airport Express
Station (R) Station-guidance electric board
(L) Interior of the Airport Express train (R) A sign plate to show the
Airport Express shuttle bus
Airport Express Hong Kong Station
(L) A sign board about the In-town Check-in (M) A bus-stop for a free shuttle
bus (R) An airport shuttle bus
(L) The information chart of train tickets (R) A sign plate for using the
airport express train
The Airport Express is one of the lines of the MTR serving Hong Kong. It
links the principal urban
areas of Hong Kong to Hong Kong International Airport. Airport Express
is not primarily a rapid
transit, although, a premium fare express service to and from the airport,
every 10 minutes during
daytime, and every 12 minutes at midnight, intended to provide similar
levels of comfort to that
found on an airliner. The average maximum speed between stations is 130
kms per hour.
The Airport Express Shuttle-bus is a complimentary add-on service provided
Airport Express passengers traveling between Hong Kong or Kowloon station
and major hotels.
Four bus routes and five bus routes are provided from Hong Kong and Kowloon
respectively. Before boarding, it is needed to show the Airport Express
Airport Express from Hong Kong International Airport ( 10.59 min.)
Airport Express to Hong Kong International Airport ( 13:15 min )
A beautiful suspension bridge over Rambler Channel, Ting Kau
The bridge is a 1,177 meter long cable-stayed bridge, that is next to Tsing
which is partly seen in the right bottom of this picture.
It serves highway and railroad of the Airport Express railway linking the
airport and kowloon or Hong Kong.
This photography was taken from an aircraft by Dr.Miyamoto, in December
(L) The underground passageway to the MTR Kowloon station (L) MTR Central
A MTR system map
(L) Interior of MTR train (R) MTR Mong Kok station
(L) A video surveillance system is used by MTR. (R) Interior of MTR train
and a priority seat:
Most of Hong Kong's MTR passengers often make mutual concessions to an
elderly person, at any train seats.
(L) Interior of MTR train and a priority seat (R) MTR Sunny Bay station
(L) Pasengers were excited to ride a special train veicle for Disneyland.
(R) MTR Disneyland station
A train specic for the Disneyland MTR line
(L) MTR Sunny Bay station plateform for Hong Kong Station
(M) Lai King Station (R) All undergroung MTR halls are very spacious.
An automated MRT train runs from Disneyland to Sunny Bay station.
Hong Kong Tramways is one of the earliest forms of public transport in
Hong Kong. The tramway runs
on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town. Trams in Hong
Kong have not only
been a form of transport for over 100 years, but also a major tourist attraction
and traveling tool in
Hong Kong. It is the only exclusively double-deck operated tram system
in the world.
(L) A double-deck tram, the oldest transportation on the Hong Kong Island
(R) A tram runs on the Queensway and DesVoeux Road.
(L) A double-deck tram at Hong Kong Island (R) A view from the tram of
the Central, Hong Kong Island
A double-deck tram in Hong Kong Island
MTR train stations provide a fast-operating escalator to promote many passengers
quickly. At first, we are perplexed for the speed of the escalator. However,
it began to feel us
rather vitalize. The MTR operates trains at a frequent interval, and it
is very convenient.
I was very impressed many passengers are heart-warming and instantly give
a seat to an elderly
person in a train. This phenomenon is not so common in a Tokyo's train
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A photograph was taken in December 2012, and article was written in January,
information was added in February 2013, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.
Hong Kong 2007