Hong Kong has been one of the fastest developing metropolis in China. When I was young, my impression of Hong Kong came with the Hong Kong TV shows. Hongkongers were so good at joking and acting that their movies and TV shows have had significant influences on me, especially with the fact that I can understand Cantonese :-). Not only me but also Chinese people in the 1980s and 1990s were greatly influenced by Hong Kong cultures.

Hong Kong is famous for its fast-developing metropolitan scenery, with a local nickname as “Forest of Steel/Urban Forest” (Chinese: 钢铁森林). Personally I think the nickname really describes the essence of Hong Kong — a place full of so many skyscrapers that almost covers the sky!

Hong Kong is also extremely crowded and busy. It is a tiny piece of land filled with millions of people. As a matter of fact, Hongkongers are experts in fully utilizing vertical spaces in every corner of the city.

Hong Kong, in the Urban Forest

A typical Hong Kong street view near Nathan Rd (Chinese: 佐敦道).

Temple Street (Chinese: 庙街). Temple Street is famous for its crowded stalls, selling all kinds of food, clothes and handicrafts. Although it might not be a famous tourism spot, it is perfect to get all kinds of delicious street food.

A Tsui Wah Restaurant near Temple Street. Tsui Wah Restaurant is a famous Hong Kong traditional restaurant with a long history. Staring from 1960s, Tsui Wah Restaurant made their way to success by making exquisite Cantonese cuisine.

Hong Kong red taxi. Just as the famous yellow taxis in New York City, red taxi has also become a representation of Hong Kong.

A big Chinese character “Eat” near Nathan Rd. Cantonese food has been famous all around China as well as the world, and the spirit of “eat” has become a typical aspect of Cantonese daily life.

Hong Kong, Behind the Urban Forest

Every metropolis has its dark side. Behind the crowd and business, a small alley in Hong Kong was filled with all kinds of trash. Besides the dirtiness, a big banner of “Welcome” hanging across the alley seems to have some kind of deep meaning behind the words.