After lusting over Hong Kong for years, I finally made the trip there last summer. It was everything I thought it would be and more. For me, Hong Kong was such a livable city and offered so many options for dining, entertainment, and scenery. I was still thinking about Hong Kong when I reached out to Tracy Wong, my namesake and a photographer who's returned to Hong Kong after over a decade spent away, for a feature on her beautiful hometown. I absolutely love these images that Tracy's send to me for the feature. I hope these inspire you as much as it did me.
Hong Kong is a city with many paradoxes. It is one of the densest urban areas in the world, yet one can find lovely pieces of nature minutes from city center. Its past as a British colony brings western influences to its traditional Chinese culture. And have you seen another concrete jungle with so many vibrant colors?
Having left Hong Kong for over 14 years to study and work in California, I’ve rediscovered my home city when I moved back in 2014. Before, as a child and as a visitor, I had my routine places to visit for shopping, food, and entertainment, but now I appreciate seeking the extraordinary, even in familiar areas. Of course it’s part of my job too, as a lifestyle photographer I am on the constant lookout for new locations for my photoshoots.
These days my daily routine brings me through the smells of dried seafood in Sheung Wan, and the mix of industrial and glassy office buildings in Quarry Bay. But on my free time it’s great to explore one of the many outlying islands, sit above the noise on the roof of a skyscraper, or relax on a pier to watch the sun go down.
If you’re making a visit to Hong Kong, I’d suggest that you check out any neighborhood outdoor market to experience the chaos, get on a tram to take in the city on a slower pace (we locals call it the “ding-ding”), remember to look up when walking amongst skyscrapers, and take a hike on a mountain for some great views. The density in this city can be overwhelming, but when you know where to look, there are so many gems to appreciate.