On the face of it these stacked apartments are just part of yet another high-rise building in a densely populated region. However, there’s something fascinating, and indeed beautiful about their style and imperfection. Such sights are probably oblivious to many of the seven million people who live in Hong Kong but they have become very popular stops for tourists hoping to capture an arty picture for social media. I have no real photographic talent but tried my best to capture some interesting shots of this place which is known as the Yick Cheong Building. It is located near the junction of King’s Road and Westlands Road just five minutes walk from Tai Koo MRT station (Island Line) in the north-east of Hong Kong Island.
I didn’t realise it at the time but it actually featured in ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction‘ (2014) so that was a nice bonus for a locales geek like myself.
As one of the most heavily populated places in the world, Hong Kong has had little choice but to build high into the sky and these domestic spaces offer an intriguing glimpse into the everyday lives of its occupants. The inner court of this building is quite a popular photo spot but one should obviously respect the residents of this huge high-rise building. During my ten minutes in the vicinity there was usually at least one other person also snapping pictures.
Back in the Central and Sheung Wan area’s of Hong Kong there are some fairly famous street art murals or graffiti as I always used to call it. I guess that word has more negative connotations regarding vandalism though! On our entry into Hong Kong we picked up a free little booklet detailing the Soho area of Hong Kong island. Inside there was a double page spread on street art along the alleys and streets which intersect the historic neighbourhood of Hollywood Road.
The first two pictures below can be found at 29 Staunton Street and 46 Graham Street respectively. The former is a vibrant mural of Brooklyn and the latter is of old townhouses which is a popular spot for visitors. I have to admit that when I first saw it that I thought they were crates of drinks stacked up outside the building!! Just me??
The next one (below) was done by Thai graffiti artist Rukkit, famed for his freehand and stencilling techniques, and appears to be a fox but previous evidence shows that my eyes often deceive me for such images!
The legendary and iconic Bruce Lee is the featured art on the staircase between Hollywood Road and Square Street. A mosaic technique was used on this mural by Korean graffiti artist Xeva. Three very recognisable faces don the side of a building just round the corner from Graham Street if my memory serves me correctly!
The staircase between Square Street and Hollywood Road is the location for one of my favourite murals (below) which was curated by local graffiti group HKwalls. The green metal stall of Yuk Yip Desserts at 2 Elgin Street forms an interesting contrast with the murals of the urban pubs behind it.
Two mildly funny ones next and the teeth brushing window one at 8 Tai On Terrace in Sheung Wan is up a few flights of stairs but worth it in my humble opinion. I like such art which blend the natural surroundings in with their murals. The other picture was taken outside Little Bao restaurant where Staunton Street and Chung Wo Lane intersect.
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