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Lifeguard Tower No.2

Lifeguard Tower No.2 - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

While traveling, I’m always in search of visual cues particular to the location I’m visiting. As we completed our hike of the Dragon’s Back, we spent the remainder of our afternoon enjoying the beaches of Big Wave Bay and Shek O. Anchoring both were a series of towers serving as posts for the lifeguards to overlook the beaches. Their presence helping define the visual identity of this area of Hong Kong.

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Shek O from Above

Shek O from Above - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

Our final destination for the day came into view long before we reached it. From the high points of the Dragon’s Back Hike we looked down upon Shek O. Its beaches and a few beers would be a reward for a day of hiking.

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Dragon’s Back Wayfinding

Dragon’s Back Wayfinding - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

Big Wave Bay represents a starting or ending point to the trail. For us it meant an opportunity for rest, some snacks, and a cold beverage prior to continuing on to Shek O.

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Dragon’s Back Hike Sign

Dragon’s Back Hike Sign - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

As populated as Hong Kong is, we were rather surprised to encounter only a handful of people while on this hike. After leaving the bus and prior to descending into Big Wave Bay we only crossed paths with one other person.

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Dragon’s Back Hike

Dragon’s Back Hike - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

The entirety of Hong Kong is not a concrete jungle and the complex of islands is not packed to the brim with buildings. An easier than anticipated journey consisting of metro and bus rides transports one from city center to this enjoyable hike that follows the crest of the hills of Shek O Pennisula.

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Mong Kok Signage II

Mong Kok Signage II - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

From this corner of Mong Kok, the gamut of signage options on display. A cluster of led, neon, florescent, and other artificial lights illuminates the night. The glow of which reaches out for blocks.

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Mong Kok Signage I

Mong Kok Signage I - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

I wish I was able to experience Hong Kong much sooner in life. One reason being to experience the city’s plethora of blade signs at its peak. While there is presently no shortage of advertisements, signs, and displays the current situation seems tempered in comparison to what it was like in years past. The evolution of Hong Kong has imposed some restraint on a visual system that at one point seemingly lacked any control or regulation. Technology has altered the methodology for display, neon no longer the standard, sadly replaced by less demanding methods like LED lights and backlit displays. The government reining in the process in the name of safety and presumably to also de-clutter the concrete landscape.

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Sheung Wan Ambient Light

Sheung Wan Ambient Light - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

Darkness never completely arrives in certain parts of Hong Kong. Daylight gives way to the ambient light created by the city’s plethora of illuminated signs and building fixtures. Under a glow created by the mingling of various temperatures of light, a man utilizes the opportunity to assist with his reading.

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Des Voeux Road Central

Des Voeux Road Central - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

Many streets on Hong Kong Island take on British names coined during its time as a colony. Des Voeux Road, named after a British colonial governor, is a main artery running through Sheung Wan and Central. A variety of transit ranging from bus to tramway utilize the thoroughfare encased in a jungle of skyscrapers.

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Contrasting Storefronts

Contrasting Storefronts - Hong Kong - Fuji X100F

Pedestrian stroll past two unrelated storefronts. The optimization of space in Hong Kong in certain instances creates blocks of vendors selling related products. However in others, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find a lantern and novelty store directly next to a hardware shop.