Gateway to china

 
“Who said Hong Kong is too small? In size perhaps but not in it’s soul and personality. Every corner in this city giving you full of surprises, if not every hour but at least every day…”
— Baris Gencel

This Laissez-faire financial powerhouse has seen days of even greater glory. Once the seat of the British empire in Asia, its handover back to China marked the end of the empire in Asia. It remains the entrepôt into china for the rest of the world, an enviable position it has held since the day of the opium wars. 

This sprawling city is an eclectic mix of old and new. Vestiges of its former colonial past evident in institutions such as the Peninsula Hotel, to the new tower buildings rising everywhere; international and global in appearance, just like the companies inside. The enormity of the metropolis can be appreciated from the escapes of Victoria Peak.

Amid this immaculate urban paradise once existed the legendary Kowloon Walled City. Perhaps the only vertical slum the world has ever known. The hundreds of buildings could be navigated without ever setting foot on ground. An otherworldly place where amid the chaos and frenzy, most people led lives of normalcy. A place just like the rest of Hong Kong.