Hong Kong, China

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January 21, 2009
Originally published in Growing Up Green
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  Nestled amidst the high-rises and road-ways of Hong Kong Island’s Causeway Bay 
district, the Happy Valley Racecourse is one of two tracks that see billions of dollars 
wagered each season. Hong Kong’s first official horse race was held on this site in 1846.
    Nestled amidst the high-rises and road-ways of Hong Kong Island’s Causeway Bay district, the Happy Valley Racecourse is one of two tracks that see billions of dollars wagered each season. Hong Kong’s first official horse race was held on this site in 1846.
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  Of the many street markets, the Ladies’ Market on Kowloon’s Tung Choi Street is perhaps the liveliest.
    Of the many street markets, the Ladies’ Market on Kowloon’s Tung Choi Street is perhaps the liveliest.
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  Crossing Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry is irresistibly romantic.
    Crossing Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry is irresistibly romantic.
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  The New Territories’ Botanic Gardens offer a soothing break from Hong Kong’s occasionally stifling urbanity.
    The New Territories’ Botanic Gardens offer a soothing break from Hong Kong’s occasionally stifling urbanity.
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  I. M. Pei’s 1990 Bank of China tower is an immediately recognizable element of the Hong Kong skyline.
    I. M. Pei’s 1990 Bank of China tower is an immediately recognizable element of the Hong Kong skyline.
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  The 2,600-foot-long escalator from the lower Central district to Hong Kong Island’s mid-levels spares the legs but hasn’t eased traffic.
    The 2,600-foot-long escalator from the lower Central district to Hong Kong Island’s mid-levels spares the legs but hasn’t eased traffic.
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  Originally the Supreme Court, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Building, completed in 1912, remains a high-water mark of Colonial-era architecture.
    Originally the Supreme Court, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Building, completed in 1912, remains a high-water mark of Colonial-era architecture.
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  Workers survey the harbor-reclamation efforts.
    Workers survey the harbor-reclamation efforts.
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  Luk Yu Tea House, on Stanley Street in Central, has been serving incomparable dim sum since 1933.
    Luk Yu Tea House, on Stanley Street in Central, has been serving incomparable dim sum since 1933.
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  British architect Norman Foster sited the banking hall on the HSBC building’s first level, rather than the customary ground floor, to create an open-air plaza at street level. Architecture aficionados can explore the structure freely. As is the case in most 
of Hong Kong’s major buildings, access is largely unrestricted.
    British architect Norman Foster sited the banking hall on the HSBC building’s first level, rather than the customary ground floor, to create an open-air plaza at street level. Architecture aficionados can explore the structure freely. As is the case in most of Hong Kong’s major buildings, access is largely unrestricted.
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  In operation since 1888, the Peak Tram conveys visitors to Victoria Peak, atop Hong Kong Island, in about ten minutes.
    In operation since 1888, the Peak Tram conveys visitors to Victoria Peak, atop Hong Kong Island, in about ten minutes.
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  The view from the peak’s 1,810-foot high point is equally spectacular in every direction, assuming the day is smog-free.
    The view from the peak’s 1,810-foot high point is equally spectacular in every direction, assuming the day is smog-free.
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  As the city’s many food stalls attest, Hong Kong is a gourmand’s paradise.
    As the city’s many food stalls attest, Hong Kong is a gourmand’s paradise.
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