Category Archives: Hong Kong

Hong Kong architecture photography

Incredible Hong Kong photography that makes the Hong Kong architecture look surreal

Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captured Hong Kong’s architecture  in his Vertical Horizon photography project. He’s made it into an 80-page book of photos from his 2012. The 26-year-old French photographer captures the city’s skyscrapers from vertical angles – all looking up. So cool!

Hong Kong photography by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Quarry bay - Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures Hong Kong’s soaring heights in his new book, Vertical Horizon. It's a Hong Kong photography project featuring Hong Kong architecture
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These vertical angles were captured through a wide-angle Sigma lens with a 10 mm focal length. Unlike a fisheye lenses, he says a sigma lens avoids distorting the urban landscape’s straight lines.

This photo reminds me of the Guggenheim museum in NYC, but it's actually in Hong Kong. The photo is part of the Vertical Horizon photography project, a Hong Kong photography collection featuring Hong Kong architecture
This photo reminds me of the Guggenheim museum in NYC, but it’s actually Tai Hang.
Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture
love the brilliant colors

Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture

French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze shot these in 2011 and 2012 for this Hong Kong photography project
French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze shot these in 2011 and 2012
Wan Chai, an area known for nightlife. It's part of a Hong Kong photography collection featuring Hong Kong architecture facing up
Wan Chai
Hong Kong photography of Tsim Sha Tsui, an urban area in south Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui, an urban area in south Kowloon

Check out the full 80-page book of photos at the link below –
Vertical Horizon (English and Chinese Edition)

Book - Vertical Horizon photography project, featuring Hong Kong architecture facing up

The Vertical Horizon project is a similar style to the awesome architectural photography of Peter Stewart.

To see more posts on Hong Kong, including some of the best Hong Kong architecture.


New Year’s Eve: Sydney, Hong Kong, Taiwan

The New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration in Sydney (see below video) might just as impressive than my last two years of New Year’s.  Last year I kicked off my 5-month trip in Hong Kong for New Year’s Eve, and the year before I was in Taiwan. Both of their fireworks celebrations were impressive!  After being out of the country the past two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ll be back in New York City! Videos for all 3 are below

That might even be more impressive than my past two years – check out the videos, with fireworks coming from the sides of a building, I was just across the harbor – aka Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. The Hong Kong skyline is one of the world’s best. I highlighted some of the Hong Kong architecture here. Happy New Year!

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2009-2010 at “Tapei 101” – the largest building in Taiwan. At the time it was the largest in the world, but that lasted less than a month. Check it:

Hong Kong - International Commerce Center on New Year's Eve 2010-2011

NYE at the International Commerce Center in Hong Kong. Such a cool fireworks display!


Happy New Year from Hong Kong! 2010-2011
Hong King New Year’s Eve 2010-2011, from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade.


New Year's Eve in Sydney - firewords out of the Opera house and Syndey Bridge
New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia

Travel Trivia Challenge – how many world landmarks can you name from this photo?

Below is the view from my hotel room – or at least that’s the view I’d want.  You’ll notice that there’s a series of monuments, landmarks, and icons from countries around the world. How many can you name?

Let’s make it a travel contest to see who can come up with the most – the Travel Trivia Challenge. Try to name every world landmark you see. For each one you correctly identify, you get one point for the landmark name and one point for the city or country where it’s from. For example, if you can identify the Sydney Opera House in the front of the image, and know it’s from Sydney, Australia, you get two points.

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How many world landmarks can you name from this image?
How many world landmarks can you name from this image?

Click the image to see a larger version, then right-click it to save as your new desktop image.

Ask me if you need hints for naming any of the buildings, landmarks, or monuments.

Hint: I saw two of these landmarks in the first half of my recent Asia trip – I wrote about both experiences and posted the photos. Which ones?

Post your totals in the comments or on our Visit50 Facebook page and afterward we’ll crown the winner of the 2011 Travel Trivia Challenge.

Photo/Art credit: I can’t remember where I received this image from, and would like to provide the appropriate credit. I’ve had it on my computer for a few years now – great desktop background!

Video: Hong Kong’s NYE countdown to 2011

Hong Kong – Here’s the video clip I took from my New Year’s Eve celebration in Hong Kong -51 seconds. Watch fireworks come from the sides of a building – I’m not typically wowed by fireworks displays, but this was impressive. I shot this video from the Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. httpv://

Hong Kong New Year's Fireworks
Hong Kong New Year's Eve 2010/2011, Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade, from the lens of Todd Cohen


Hong Kong architecture: Bank of China Tower photos

People rave about the International Financial Centre (IFC), but the skyscraper that stands out the most for me is the Bank of China Tower (78 stories), an architectural wonder.

The Bank of China Tower was designed by American-born Chinese architect Ieoh Ming Pei (aka IM Pei, or Bei Yuming), who’s best known for the modernization of the Louvre museum in Paris, France. He also did the John F. Kennedy Library and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In NYC, he did the Jacob Javits Center.

The Bank of China Tower skyscraper might be the most recognisable skyscraper in Central, Hong Kong. When it was completed, the Bank of China Tower was the tallest building in Hong Kong, the tallest in Asia, and the tallest outside the United States. It was the first building outside the United States to break the 1,000 foot mark. The BOC also has two masts reaching 1,200 feet high.

I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower on the left | Hong Kong skyline & architecture
I.M. Pei's Bank of China Tower on the left

The Bank of China Tower (BOC) is now the fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong, after International Commerce CentreTwo International Finance Centre and Central Plaza.

It’s 72 stories high and the design is supposed to resemble growing bamboo shoots, supposedly symbolizing livelihood and prosperity.

Video gamers – you may recognize it from Sim City 3000 and Sim City 4.

Hong Kong skyline on New Year's Eve

Best New Year’s Eve photos from around the world

Goodbye HK, Hello Bali!

In HK I was up nearly 22 hours for 3 days in a row, staying out late, then taking a nap, and exploring the city. It’s caught up to me.  I flew into DPS and just crashed at my hotel.  My first day in Bali was nearly a lost day – – lots of sleep.  While typically try to see and experience as much as possible in a short 5-9 day vacay, this trip is set up to allow a much slower pace.

Hong Kong was tons of fun, but it’s a modern city, and I’m looking forward to getting to the beach and going diving.

So I had my first massage – 1 hour for less than $5!  I could get used to this…

Traveling solo

I was a little nervous about traveling on my own, but everyone I speak with that’s done it has had such wonderful things to say about that aspect so I’m ready to go.  To ease the transition I’m staying in a hostel in Hong Kong and I’ve met such wonderful people at every turn.

Update: That experience in Hong Kong turned out to be the rule, not the exception. I quickly learned how easy it is to make friends when you’re traveling -shared experiences, cultural interests, intellectual curiosity, diverse perspectives from around the world. Sign me up!

Victoria Peak – view of the HK skyline

Victoria Peak, (traditional Chinese: 太平山), which locals just refer to as The Peak, is a mountain in Hong Kong with outstanding views of the Hong Kong skyline.

View from Victoria Peak
View from Victoria Peak


The view from 1800 feet above sea level at Victoria Peak, the highest point in Hong Kong.

To get to Victoria Peak, most tourists take the Peak Tram, a scenic ride in a 100 year old train as they ascend up the mountain. At the top is a building that looks like a ship with all kinds of tourist traps – Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Odditorium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the Peak Explorer Motion Simulator. I’d head straight to the many viewing areas – they’re spectacular!

The Lion Pavilion offers a panoramic vista of the Hong Kong skyline, which was really impressive at night.