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Notes on the Geography of China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak

The peak rises several hundred feet above the tram stop, and the very top is fenced off in a communications complex. Still, with a bit of fence-clinging monkey shines, you can get a huge panorama.

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China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 1

The first of three pictures panning right from the demure rooftop of the tram station. Kowloon in the distance; Central District at the foot of the slope.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 2

The air quality (January 2001) was wretched.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 3

It virtually obscured Wan Chai, the district to the east of Central.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 4

Taken while clinging to the fence around the considerably higher Victoria Peak summit: container terminals are in the center, with Kwai Chung New Town off to the left.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 5

Panning right, the port facilities of Yau Ma Tei come into view.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 6

Next, the ocean terminal flanking central Kowloon.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 7

Then, the Star Ferry pier and Victoria Harbour, fairly lost in the smog.  Photographs from the mid-1920s show nothing in Hong Kong higher than five stories.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 8

Looking up at the summit from which the previous pictures were taken. Despite stringent land-use controls, housing continues to march up the rugged slopes.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 9

Anyone fond of breathing can understand why.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 10

Alas, climbing the slopes doesn't guarantee decent air.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 11

The atmosphere is crystalline in this developer's sign for a property very close to the summit of Victoria Peak.

China: Hong Kong 2:From the Peak picture 12

And up top, across the street from the tram terminal, there is a shopping center. An odd location--at the end of a dead-end mountain road--but one indicating the proximity of a lot of affluent shoppers.


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