Saturday, June 2, 2012

Taste and Bridges (This week's Photo Hunt themes)


You'd may not think it since it's a territory with few major and/or long rivers but Hong Kong does boast its fair share of major as well as minor bridges; with this especially being so if one counts overhead bridges over roads as well as the more conventional bridges over bodies of water.  And although there aren't any bridges over Victoria Harbour, there are bridges that connect a few islands to the Kowloon Peninsula (and, in the case of the Tsing Ma and  Kap Shui Mun bridges that are part of the Lantau Link, connect one island to another).

Although it's not considered a major landmark (unlike the much more heralded Tsing Ma Bridge), I find the bridge that I pass over on bus trips from Hong Kong Island to the northwestern parts of Hong Kong proper (whose attractions include the Hong Kong Wetland Park) pretty impressive.  And while the Ting Kau Bridge may be considered by most to mainly be a utilitarian structure, I have found it to be a cool photography subject -- one whose considerable length as well as interesting forms allows me to exercise some amount of creativity when taking shots of it (three of which can be seen at the top of this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts)!   

If truth be told, my taste in bridges and architecture usually tends more to the old than new.  But I'll happily make exceptions for such as this 1998 structure which is the world's first major 4-span cabled bridge (and is the one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in the world).  And for those who are wondering: the opportunities they offer of catching clear sights of this eye-catching structure is indeed one of the reasons why I like sitting on one of the front seats of the upper deck of the double-decker buses whose route take them across this bridge! ;b

16 comments:

Luna Miranda said...

for a first time visitor, these bridges would really impress...of course, after the super-efficient airport.:p

i also lean towards the older bridges, but the contemporary ones are are awe-inspiring, too.

if you like bacon and chocolate--you'd loveeee the chocolate bar i posted.:p

shooting star said...

my taste in bridges tends to hover on old really ones!!

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Gattina said...

Very modern bridges !

YTSL said...

Hi Luna Miranda --

The Lantau Link bridges -- yes. And I think you would be able to see the Ting Kau Bridge from the airport buses too... (See how bad I am about noticing it unless I'm actually crossing it? ;b)

Hi shooting star --

Me too generally... but there are some pretty visually impressive new ones too! :b

Hi Gattina --

Yes, indeedy! :)

Carver said...

That is an impressive bridge. Great take on the themes and happy weekend!

Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, a wonderful double theme post. I have to agree that the front seat of a double decker bus provides an excellent view and prospective. I enjoyed reading about the different bridges to see in Honk Kong. The Ting Kau Bridge is pretty impressive.

Have a great weekend.

Sue St Clair said...

My taste is similar to yours I prefer the older architecture too!

LifeRamblings said...

that's a lovely bridge and i love the composition of your first photo.

Annie said...

I tend to prefer old too but some of the modern structures like this one are very nice and artistic. Great photos!

YTSL said...

Hi Carver --

I'm glad you agree that the bridge is impressive. :)

Hi Trekcapri --

Here in Hong Kong, there are some people who don't dare to sit right at the front of the upper deck of double-deckers, thinking they are suicide seats. To which I say, "Yay, more chances for me to get those upper deck front seats then!" ;b

Hi Sue --

But you still can get impressed by some of the modern structures, right? ;b

Hi LifeRamblings --

My personal favorite is the photo in the middle... ;)

Hi Annie --

I think we are of like mind with regards to structures. :)

peppylady (Dora) said...

Are bridges are pretty simple around here.
But at time one has to get on the other side of something....to get some good tasting food...Coffee is on and mine is up

ewok1993 said...

i must say i tend to favor victorian architecture, but cannot really say which way i sway old or new when it comes to bridges.

CherryPie said...

That is a fascinating bridge.

YTSL said...

Hi peppylady --

Some bridges can be really beautiful but yeah, at the end of the day, their main reason for being is a practical one. :)

Hi ewok1993 --

Re Victorian: it can be considered old or new depending on the country... ;b

Hi CherryPie --

I'm glad you find that to be so. :)

Suzy said...

Nice pics. Reminds me of the sea link in Mumbai.
Suzy Bridge

YTSL said...

Hi Suzy --

Am somewhat amused to learn that my photos remind you of a structure/place in India as in my imagination, India and Hong Kong are so very far apart... ;b