Friday Lens Affair #155

Yick Cheong Building, Hong Kong

Today I’m featuring a great image of Yick Cheong Building taken by Sarah Attaway from Global Gal Blog. I have chosen it because I’m 100% sure that I will make the same trip once in Hong Kong as well. It makes for a great photograph.

Sarah, a 24-year old expat. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She is enjoying the last few days of her time living in Hanoi, Vietnam before travelling through Southeast Asia for a few months and then heading stateside.

She is a huge foodie. A coffee addict and a sucker for a good hotel and love finding something new around every corner. Solo travel, adventure travel or luxury travel…She loves it all! Do follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo Story: Yick Cheong Building

I’d seen images of the Yick Cheong Building in Hong Kong when I was doing research about the city before my trip and really wanted to see it in person.

As a newbie photographer, I’m always searching for new angles, good lighting, and interesting compositions, which was what drew me to these buildings in the first place. In order to get this shot, I was crouched down and back bending to ensure I got a big chunk of the buildings in.

I would have lain down on the ground except that the courtyard was wet from being previously washed down that morning!

Hong Kong has a large population; however, it is not a very large city-state so it needs to make use of all of its space in order to accommodate its residents.

This building is a public housing development in Quarry Bay, an area that visitors rarely ever visit. Built with a small courtyard in the middle, these buildings offer little in the way of privacy as you can easily look into your neighbour’s window across the way.

I really loved the buildings because there’s so much life here. Each small patio is dotted with wet laundry hanging to dry, lounge chairs for sunning, and flowerpots. Small local businesses line the edge of the courtyard. I imagine some of the residents work here.

The facade of the building is rainbow coloured, which also make this development more vibrant and lively. However, this is a common characteristic of local housing throughout Hong Kong.

I think I would choose a blue apartment. You made it to Hong Kong and want to see the Yick Cheong Building? Take the MRT to the Tai Koo Station and walk west down King’s Road for about 5 minutes.

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9 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #155

  1. Gina Gomez

    Yick Cheong Building is not that popular but it’s really interesting. I wonder how vibrant it’s rainbow color facade is?

  2. Nika Jane

    Thanks for the post, I wonder why a lot of travellers wants to take the picture of Yick Cheong Building. Now I know it has rainbow colour on its facade if I’m not mistaken. But what’s that color coding meant for?

  3. Yes, indeed…this is a most interesting building! It makes me think of the harbors crowded with all manner of little boats and teeming with life. BTW…what is a sweetheart?
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    • You do not know what sweetheart means? and why this question here?
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      • Hi Marysia, Well, I certainly know what ‘sweetheart’ means in general, but the context did not seem to fit; ie. usually one sees ‘Confirm that you are not a robot’. OK, I think I get
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        • Oh you mean the comment stuff, ha ha ha sorry it was confusing, yeah exactly that you are not a robot but a nice and genuine commenter :)
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