Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, which is where this photo was taken. To see more of our trip to Hong Kong - and to neighboring Macau, the "Asian Vegas" - click here. My visits to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are my only experiences "in" China. Since they're actually on the periphery of the country, I can't say I've gotten a true feeling for the real China, a country the size of the United States in land area, and with 4 x the population. It would be like visiting New York and Miami, and then saying I know the US. Hopefully one day I can explore mainland China! Here's a map.
For many years I was a "skyline person." Still am, I guess. Perhaps being from a tiny Alabama town, and taking those drives to Atlanta - and later, even living in a smaller "large" city, Birmingham - did this to me. My brother Mark had even more of this compulsion, so it's likely I also absorbed some of this vibe from him. Another thing: When I was young, I would go through some loose family pictures that were in an orange shoe box. In with the pictures was a postcard Uncle Roby and Aunt Frances had sent us from Chicago. The postcard was simply a picture of the iconic Sears Tower, then the tallest building in the world. Seeing something so mighty caught my attention!
From my own travels, I came up with my "top skylines list." And I have seen quite a number! I rank them on density, height, surrounding scenery and how modern they look. There's also the Wow Factor, which is more subjective, of course, but still is a powerful indicator. It would be like seeing Ava Gardner walking down the street or watching Michael Jordan play ball! They're standouts!
1. Hong Kong
2. New York