THE OTHER SIDE OF HONG KONG

The Pullman Magazine - - Contents - 22

HONG KONG, A MYTH­I­CAL CITY THAT WE IN­STANTLY AS­SO­CI­ATE WITH NEON-TOPPED SKY­SCRAPERS LIN­ING THE BANKS OF A BUSTLING BAY, IT­SELF TEEM­ING WITH AN INCESSANT STREAM OF OVER­LOADED CARGO BOATS AND CON­TAINER SHIPS BE­NEATH SUPERJUMBO-FILLED SKIES. IM­AGES EM­BED­DED IN THE COL­LEC­TIVE SUB­CON­SCIOUS THAT AC­TU­ALLY OF­FER A RATHER SIM­PLIS­TIC VIEW OF THIS EX­TREMELY COM­PLEX CITY. THE SPE­CIAL AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE RE­GION OF HONG KONG STRETCHES ACROSS 1102 KM2 AND CON­SISTS OF 236 IS­LANDS, THE MA­JOR­ITY OF WHICH ARE UN­IN­HAB­ITED. THE IS­LANDS OF LANTAU, CHEUNG CHAU, PENG CHAU AND LAMMA, HOW­EVER, EACH HAVE THEIR OWN IDEN­TITY AND ARE AN UN­EX­PECTED TREA­SURE TROVE JUST WAIT­ING TO BE DIS­COV­ERED.

TEXT PHILIPPE DOVA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PAUL MAU­RER

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