Shanghai for the last four years. Although Shanghai is his home away from home, Hong Kong is his muse. The shots in this post are very interesting B&W images of Hong Kong life... slightly distorted... dreamy and surreal, like the feeling a lot of us get standing in the middle of Hong Kong >>>
Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Skyscrapers, mountains, islands and beaches act as a backdrop to one of Asia's most vibrant cities. If I didn’t live in Shanghai (also an impressive place) Hong Kong would be high on my list of places to go.
As it is, it offers a break from the hmadness that is modern China (charming, interesting, beautiful and yes a little crazy). The mountains and the sea break Hong Kong up into bite size chunks, it is a big city but it never quite feels like it.
Its easy sometimes to talk about some Asian places or cities as "westernised" but it's a little lazy. True, the British have influenced Hong Kong (the Hong Kong version of the British breakfast is a heart attack inducing calorie fest right there on the plate, quite literally not for the faint-hearted), but so have the myriad others that have come through or stayed. Filipinos, Indonesians, Africans and Indians (with their tailor shops and curries) all have made their mark, but Hong Kong remains thoroughly rooted in Cantonese culture.
Like many of the world's great cities, the people remain culturally independent: Chinese certainly but proudly different. As somebody who loves living in Shanghai and mainland China, once or twice a year Hong Kong seems to be calling and I really have no choice but to go.
Graham Street Market, west of the mid-level escalators is one of the most fascinating areas in central Hong Kong with food markets and shops selling the type of things that only the Chinese buy. This is beside Soho and its chic restaurants and noisy bars but it remains dominated by real Hongkongers and their shops.
It can be very hot in Hong Kong: Kids playing in a water fountain in Tung Chung, Lantau Island.
For some real chill factor take the tram to Shau Kei Wan and then the bus to Shek O, probably the best beach on Hong Kong Island. Another thing some Hongkongers got from the British: sun worship.
For more of Tony's work check out his personal site Wooden Chicken, or head to Ctrip's Flickr Photostream to check out great China travel images from Tony and many more China photographers.