I’ve had the fortune to live in the largest mega city in the world, Tokyo, Japan. It’s population bursting at the seams with a total population of over 35 million people in it’s metropolitan area and the greatest spending power for any metropolitan area in the world. Tokyo I thought was the be all end all of cites, everything one could ever hope for right there. That is until I finally went to New York. New York, specifically Manhattan may be less populated, but it’s skyscrapers and people are clustered even tighter than in Tokyo. Along the streets of Manhattan, visitors strain their necks to peer at all the towering skyscrapers. It’s inhabitants featuring every color of the rainbow. I was utterly amazed at how diverse the city was, where as in Tokyo or any other major city visitors will usually only hear one primary language spoken, in Manhattan, I could here anything and everything spoken through out the world. One minute I would pass by a group of people speaking Japanese, the next Spanish, and then the next English. The stores, restaurants, and various street food vendors also show this diversity. On any given block you can find multiple eateries catering to what ever end of the Earth you’re craving. While I may have only had 36 hours in this amazing city, I loved every moment of it and cannon wait to visit the city that never sleeps again.
With one of the most impressive skylines in the world, Hong Kong is truly a visual play ground for the eyes. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on earth and with it’s skyscrapers tower above your head, neon lights, and the sound of managed chaos everywhere, it is a completely disorientation and amazing city. I can see why Christopher Nolan choose Hong Kong and Two IFC for one of the key action scenes in The Dark Knight. Even after having lived in one of the worlds megacities, Tokyo and seen pictures of Dubai, I still firmly believe that Hong Kong possesses one of the most amazing and beautiful, skylines of the world. It may not have any record holders in terms of skyscraper heights but that doesn’t matter in the sheer amount of creatively designed skyscrapers in such a small and dense place.