When I lived in Cebu one of my favourite weekend escapes was Hong Kong. I love the city for it’s vibrancy and electric mix of cultures – the British colonial legacies gave me a reminder of home when I needed it, while the Chinese aromas and hectic 24-7 buzz was an exciting change of pace compared to the relaxed lifestyle of the Philippines.
The water in Hong Kong is like the blood in the veins of the city; essential to every part of everyday life. On my visits I preferred to stay in the Wan Chai area on Hong Kong Island – and while the MTR connects it directly to Kowloon, taking the Star Ferry is just as convenient, affordable and thoroughly more enjoyable. During the day you are treated to expansive city vistas, while at night the skyscrapers are covered in beautiful lights which reflect across the bay.
The following photos were taken on my first trip on the ferries in February 2012. Everywhere I looked was picturesque, and while I’d been interested in it before this is the point I started thinking about photographing my travels more seriously. The day was cold and overcast, yet the city managed to stay atmospheric and full of character.
This second set is from my third trip in September 2012 while coming back from Lantau Island. The timing of this journey was perfect as the ferry glided into the bay as the sun was setting, turning the buildings into columns of gold.
While I did use the ferries on my 2nd trip, it was unfortunately too miserable and rainy to have enough visibility to capture anything other than fat raindrops on my camera.
Hong Kong is a city I could see myself spending more time in, there is always something to see and do, and retains a bit of character and a more ‘European’ edge than other major SE Asian cities. And while a city of it’s size can seem overwhelming at times, being able to spend time on the water with such beautiful surroundings maintains and sense of clarity for me while I’m in Hong Kong.