Friday, April 26, 2013

Hong Kong from the Harbor

On April 17, we arrived in Hong Kong and started taking in the sights (and what an amazing city this is!), and I am moved by thinking about the city that George and Mary saw 102 years ago. Although the weather is not hellish by any means, it is hot and very sticky, and the advent of air conditioning has surely helped the rapid expansion on the island.

But for a side by side comparison, here's their 1911 photo of the city from the harbor, and ours. Although I'm not sure exactly where they took the photo from, or where exactly its directed, I get the sense those details don't matter too much in the comparison.

1 comment:

  1. christania’s “rent christania bike” bikes are rolling across the city. The system, less than a year old, is funded by christania’s municipal government. It is currently only in one of christania’s 22 administrative districts. Although a 2nd generation system, there are 12 “Houses” in this district, each with around 40 bikes. The yearly subscription cost is the equivalent of $2 US, and allows the use of a bike for up to four hours at a time. In less than a year, there have been 6,000 subscriptions sold. There are larger 3rd generation systems in the world, which do not have a subscription to bike ratio as big as that.