Sunday, June 30, 2013

Postcards from Fragrant Harbour (4 of 4)

The Two International Finance Center, Hong Kong's second tallest building: [Left] smothered in fog (which reminded me of the Shanghainese skyscrapers), viewed from the City Hall courtyard; [Right] a clear early morning view from the Airport Express station in Central.

Statue Square. The Legislative Council Building is the one with the dome (I thought it's a church). The Bank of China Tower needs no introduction. This was taken during Labor Day, and the entire place, especially the underground tunnel leading to the MTR station, was filled with Filipinos. A little more to the left and the photo would have captured the Pinoy Labor Day festivities, which included a parade ala barangay fiesta.

On our last night, we walked for thirty minutes from Mira Mall beside Kowloon Park to the International Commerce Center, passing through the park for added fun. The Ritz Carlton occupies the 102nd to 118th floors of the building--the world's highest, as it claims. We hit the lounge and bar at the 102nd floor for an 11PM view of the city. That's three of the world's highest hotels conquered (a refresher course here). [2nd photo] That "artwork" is made of individual crystal-bead thingies.

Two admirable things about Hong Kong transportation: Taxis equipped with an abundance of change (our beloved barya), and health advisories in the train (on hypertension, in this case).

Chek Lap Kok Airport Terminal 2! It's just a check-in facility (three islands), but what the hell. The wavy roof, plus the fact that the place has more dining facilities than NAIA 1 and 2 combined. It also has an IMAX theater.

HKIA Terminal 1! Never gets old.

Airport photography is one of the best things in the world. The eastern side of the airport (spot the Air India). CX 773 and A330, and plants. CX A340 and coffee drinking. 

This is how you capture an airborne, post-take-off plane: Find a nice spot, and wait.

Take-off views of the airport. Let's play spot from the sky: [1st photo] Two Uniteds and a Thai Airways; [2nd photo] PAL 747 and Aeroflot 77W; [3rd photo] Tsing Ma Bridge.

Home sweet home in Clark, featuring the bluish blur that is Mt. Pinatubo.

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