Nostalgic 852

As many of you know, I love Hong Kong. For me, nothing beats the energy and life of this amazing city. The dynamic landscape (that changes by the minute), the convenience, the hecticness and the diversity of cultures is what sets this city apart from the rest of the world.

Being born and bred here, I have seen Hong Kong through its times. I still remember days when the only way to get across the harbour was the Star Ferry. I remember when Jardine House was the tallest, most famous building in Hong Kong, and City Hall across the street was considered an architectural masterpiece.

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Jardine House in the 1970s

Not to mention, having been in the Hong Kong real estate business for quite some time now, I have seen the harbour shrink and hundreds of buildings disappear, but I have also witnessed modern day landmarks being born. For example, my apartment now on, on the dark side, was very much part of the harbour just 10 years ago. Today, it is home to thousands, with residential skyscrapers such as The Cullian, The Harbourview Place, The Arch standing tall by the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront. I still remember when Kowloon homes were entirely low rise due to the low flying airplane landing into Kai Tai Airport. But once the airport found a new home in Lantau in 1998, buildings on the Kowloon side shot up to the sky. And today, our beloved Kai Tai is being developed into a luxury urban living hub.

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Planes flying over Kowloon City and landing into Kai Tak Airport in the 1990s
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Jordan Road Car Ferry Pier in the 1950s (where Elements is now!!)

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Beautiful Hong Kong Then
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Even more beautiful Hong Kong Now

What are some of the things you miss most about old Hong Kong? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Picture sources
-http://hongwrong.com/old-hong-kong-photos/
-https://gwulo.com/node/4307/photos

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