Hong Kong, China

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  Crossing Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry is irresistibly romantic.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    Crossing Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry is irresistibly romantic.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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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.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    The view from the peak’s 1,810-foot high point is equally spectacular in every direction, assuming the day is smog-free.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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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.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    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.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  Workers survey the harbor-reclamation efforts.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    Workers survey the harbor-reclamation efforts.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  I. M. Pei’s 1990 Bank of China tower is an immediately recognizable element of the Hong Kong skyline.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    I. M. Pei’s 1990 Bank of China tower is an immediately recognizable element of the Hong Kong skyline.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  Of the many street markets, the Ladies’ Market on Kowloon’s Tung Choi Street is perhaps the liveliest.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    Of the many street markets, the Ladies’ Market on Kowloon’s Tung Choi Street is perhaps the liveliest.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  In operation since 1888, the Peak Tram conveys visitors to Victoria Peak, atop Hong Kong Island, in about ten minutes.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    In operation since 1888, the Peak Tram conveys visitors to Victoria Peak, atop Hong Kong Island, in about ten minutes.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  Luk Yu Tea House, on Stanley Street in Central, has been serving incomparable dim sum since 1933.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    Luk Yu Tea House, on Stanley Street in Central, has been serving incomparable dim sum since 1933.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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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.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    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.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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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.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    Originally the Supreme Court, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Building, completed in 1912, remains a high-water mark of Colonial-era architecture.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  The New Territories’ Botanic Gardens offer a soothing break from Hong Kong’s occasionally stifling urbanity.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    The New Territories’ Botanic Gardens offer a soothing break from Hong Kong’s occasionally stifling urbanity.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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  As the city’s many food stalls attest, Hong Kong is a gourmand’s paradise.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    As the city’s many food stalls attest, Hong Kong is a gourmand’s paradise.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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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.  Photo by: Andrew Rowat
    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.

    Photo by: Andrew Rowat

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