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Remembering Hong Kong

by Natalia Echeverri

Hong Kong 68, a short video by Impactist gives us a quick trip into Hong Kong during 1968. Through the sequence we see the city from the air, the harbor and the streets - a constantly changing landscape and yet it maintains the same feel as it does today.

The airplane shots are different since the plane departs and lands from Kai Tak, an airport famous for its proximity to the city and its acrobatic approach. (The airport was moved 30 km west to Chek Lap Kok in 1998 and now the Kai Tak site is becoming a park and cruise terminal.) The skyline of the city has changed as the city expands through land reclamation and new iconic buildings have pushed further into the harbor. Same streets, though. Same buses, same taxis, same noodles, same density of signage and people.