A VIEW OF EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES IN A BUSY METROPOLIS
Visitors to The Peak on Hong Kong island look out over Victoria Harbor, beyond which lies the Kowloon dis- trict and the border with the main- land. The urban space below, once known as Victoria after the British queen, formed the core of the British settlement after Hong Kong island was handed over as a colony by the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in 1842 following the First Opium War (1840-42). Today as Hong Kong just had the 20th anni- versary of its return to China, the waterfront remains a bustling com- mercial and financial center as well as the location of the city legislature and other main government offices. How- ever, along the streets that angle sharply up to Victoria Peak above, a more relaxed pace of life endures, with bars, restaurants, boutiques and more traditional shops lining the narrow lanes. Street art brightens many of the exterior walls with a whimsical feel.
From left: A man walks down the slope in Central district, Hong Kong; a man inside a bar looks toward a woman; pigeons walk on the slope; a woman stands in front of a mural on the slope.