Parking With a View

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If you found yourself among the 17 percent of Hong Kongers who drive, and you were inclined to drive to such a centrally-located neighbourhood as Yau Ma Tei, you might find yourself parking in the large garage near the top end of Temple Street.

There are eight floors of parking, all in all, and the higher you go, the more impressive the view. To the southwest, the city’s foothills built up to the mountain of Union Square, a mega-project consisting of several very tall buildings. To the west, the cranes of fishing boats moored in the typhoon shelter are visible. To the north, towers march north to Mongkok along rigidly straight streets. To the south, the mountains and highrises of Hong Kong Island are visible above lower Kowloon’s jumbled mess of urbanity. If you look down from the west or east-facing sides of the garage, you’ll notice that a highway passes straight through the building.

Most of those who park their cars in this garage value convenience over scenery, though, and the eighth floor was entirely empty, save for a few other men who, lurking around with camera bags around their shoulders, seemed to be doing exactly the same thing as me.

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Friday May 30 2008at 04:05 pm , filed under Asia Pacific, Interior Space, Transportation and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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