Hong Kong

Why Hong Kongers Are Toppling Lampposts

For protesters, claims of Chinese surveillance are politically useful, even when they can’t be proved.

Pressed for Space, Hong Kong Will Create New Land

The ‘Lantau Tomorrow’ plan would expand small islands for much-needed new housing, but not without risks to the environment.  

How I. M. Pei Shaped the Modern City

The architect, who died yesterday at the age of 102, designed iconic modern buildings on prominent sites around the world. Here are some that delight and confound CityLab.

A golfer swings during a tournament as a crowd looks on.

Why Hong Kong Is Claiming Golf Greens for New Housing

In a controversial decision, the government has announced it will take part of a golf club and redevelop it as housing, much of it public.

A series of white, three-story apartment buildings surrounded by palm trees and a gate.

Build New Housing in Hong Kong Using This One Weird Trick

Developers are profiting off of illegal land rights sales through the Small House Policy, a 1970s rule that lets villagers build small houses with few restrictions.

Three images of built and unbuilt work by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph for Hong Kong.

Revisiting Architect Paul Rudolph’s Hong Kong Years

A new exhibit highlights the Modernist architect’s little-known designs made while working in Asia.

An Impressive, Unnecessary, Multi-City Bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is little more than propaganda announcing the unity of China and her former colonies, despite their very different historic, legal, and even transportation backgrounds.

The High-Speed Train at the Heart of Hong Kong's Political Future

China is building a new train to cut travel time significantly between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. But pro-democracy activists are uneasy about mainland’s intentions.

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The Mall Isn't Dead, It's Just Changing

Hong Kong figured out how to make shopping malls a sensible part of the urban fabric. Can this model go global?

Hong Kong's First Bunny Cafe Comes With a Note of Caution

It takes a lot of work—and a good amount of space—to own a rabbit in one of the world’s densest cities, but this pseudo-petting-zoo fills the void.

The Beauty of Urban Basketball Courts

The photographer Ward Roberts captures the patterns and colors of Hong Kong’s playgrounds.

The Seas Around Hong Kong Are Teeming With Nasty 'Trash Flows'

Currents of garbage, probably from the Chinese mainland, are befouling beaches and clogging propellers.

Photographing China, Without the Crowds

A photographer’s solo journey leads to an uniquely beautiful take on the country’s landscapes.

The Keys to Designing Cities With Fewer Traffic Fatalities

Reduce urban sprawl, for one thing.

These Bird-Shaped Recycling Bins Just Beg to Be Fed

The gaping-mouthed receptacles are meant to awaken one's inner parent.

A Precarious Bus Sculpture Inspired by 'The Italian Job'

It's both an unsettling illusion and massive movie spoiler.

Adventure Climbers Conquer Hong Kong's Sky-High Towers

The result: footage so arresting it should be prescribed as a diuretic.

Hong Kong’s Occupy Central Now Has its Own Video Game

A Hong Kong developer wants to offer the world a "firsthand" experience of the protests.

Hong Kong Protesters Finally Sit Down With Government Reps—and Nobody Is Satisfied

Political leaders seemed to admit that they are relatively powerless.

Advice for Hong Kong's Protesters From a Tiananmen Activist

"To have everything or nothing is not the goal. It’s whether we can make a step forward."