A Local Photographer’s Guide to Hong Kong, China

Follow a National Geographic Your Shot member as he shows us the best of his city.

River Dance

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One thing you’ll notice immediately in Hong Kong is that people rush about everywhere. Over 10 years ago, I moved to Hong Kong.

Pottinger Street

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This woman who sells ribbons can be found on the historic stone steps of Pottinger Street in Central.

Causeway Bay

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Every 30 seconds or so during peak hours at Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, hundreds of people squeeze across the crosswalk, shoulder to shoulder. Causeway Bay is the busiest shopping district on Hong Kong Island, from tiny local boutiques to famous global brands. There is also a nice concentration of eateries, from Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant to Hong Kong’s favorite street food–curry fish balls.

Waterfront

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If your jet lag is keeping you awake all night, you might as well take a walk along the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront at dawn. Not only will you get a fresh view of the city, you’ll probably run into this guy.

Fortune-Telling

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Hong Kong is a notoriously superstitious place.

Ocean Park

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Ocean Park is the SeaWorld of East Asia.

Bazaar

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Most people in Hong Kong live in tiny, pigeonhole-size apartments.

Cemetery

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The Pok Fu Lam Cemetery offers an awesome ocean view.

Lamma Island

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Despite its resemblance to District 12, Lamma Island is actually very pleasant. Located a short boat ride from Central, the island has a nice hiking trail that connects the north and south. I would recommend arriving in late morning at the northern village of Yung Shue Wan, having a picnic on the beach, then hiking to the southern port village of Sok Kwu Wan by sundown. Savor some of the freshest seafood in Hong Kong, then take a ferry back to civilization.

Chinese Opera

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The Hungry Ghost Festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. Ghosts in Hong Kong seem to prefer Cantonese cuisine and very loud Chinese operas.

Good Fortune

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Once a year on the 26th day of the first lunar month, the goddess Guan Yin opens her purse strings and lends out good fortune to those in need. The most popular Guan Yin temple in Hong Kong is this one in Hung Hom.

Dragon Boat Race

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In Hong Kong, the Dragon Boat Carnival is three intense days of international rivalry among thousands of peddlers fueled by millions of liters of beer.

MTR

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The best way to get around Hong Kong is the subway system, locally called the MTR

Tram

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Hong Kong’s unique double-decker tram was founded in 1904. It’s one of Hong Kong’s best known icons.

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