A Sight Worth Seeing

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Not once have I ever looked at a postcard showing an aerial view of Hong Kong and not wished I’d been there. The magnificent beauty that is Hong Kong’s skyline has always tickled my fancy. This postcard comes from Kun Hu, who is from this stunning place. I have blogged quite a number of times about Hong Kong, so for now, I will not add to those previous posts and just let you enjoy the beauty of this postcard. I can never have enough postcards of the great cities of the world!

Great City View

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Another great city-view from Pam in Hong Kong. The achievement of the human being in being able to build such a city is what makes these kinds of postcards my favourite. Hong Kong is home to about 7.1 million people and is 1104 square kilometers. The GDP of Hong Kong is $243 billion, which makes it about half the size of my city, Ekurhuleni, but with almost 5 times its economy. With a population density of 6480 people per square kilometer, it is no wonder at all that this city has gone on a path of vertical building instead of horizontal building. Hong Kong is a place that will always impress me. Thank you for the great postcard Pam!

A Brilliant Building

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong

This stunning postcard of the sunset over the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong comes to me all the way from Pam. The International Commerce Centre is the tallest building in Hong Kong, standing at 484 meters and 118 storeys. That makes it the fifth tallest building by height in the world and the third tallest building by floors. Pam tells me that she worked on this project, which I think is pretty cool. Pam tells me that the residential property to its right can fetch between 20 000 and 30 000 Hong Kong Dollars per square foot. The building was completed in 2010 and is used as both a hotel and for its office space. Every postcard I receive from Hong Kong is just one more reason for me to travel there. Thank you Pam!

Fragrant Harbour

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Angus from Hong Kong sent me this stunning skyline of his great region. The name comes from the Cantonese words for Fragrant Harbour. This region is of course world famous and is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. The region is one of the main financial centres of the world and boasts having the freest capitalist economy of any place in the world according to the Index of Economic Freedom since 1995. While under British control, the region’s GDP increased a staggering 180 times over from 1961 and 1997. Clearly something has been done correctly here and few cities in the world can boast such an excellent skyline. Love it, thanks Angus!

1377 Meters of Beauty

Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong

Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong

Those of you who have read my blog know how much I like me a nice city-view postcard. This stunning postcard of the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong comes from Pam. The Tsing Ma Bridge is now the ninth longest suspension bridge in the world but when it was completed in 1997 and opened by my beloved Margaret Thatcher, it was only the second longest one in the world. As the title of the post suggests, it is 1377 meters long, 41 meters wide and an impressive 201 meters high. That would make it only a few meters shorter than the Carlton Centre, the tallest building in Africa. At the current exchange rate, this bridge cost nearly $930 million to build. That is quite a cost. Utility aside, from the look of this postcard, I think it’s money well spent! Thank you Pam!

A Stunning Skyline

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

From Nicole in Hong Kong I received this awesome view of Hong Kong. A city that I’ve always been interested in as I quite enjoy the look and feel of such great urban spaces. On this postcard one can see the Bank of China and Cheung Kong Centre. The Bank of China is 70 storeys high and was completed in 1987 but it looks as modern as any building being designed today but before I hurt myself, I won’t act as though I know anything about architecture. The Cheung Kong Centre which is next to it is considered the most hi-tech building in the city. Love the postcard, thanks Nicole!