A high-rise is defined as building that is at least 35m or 12 stories high. With 7440, Hong Kong has the second highest number of high rises in the world; Moscow leads with over 3000 more – who would have thoughts?! To be considered a skyscaper, a building must exceed 150m; Hong Kong has more of those monsters than any city in the world (308) while New York trails behind in second place with 238.
As you can imagine, construction is booming everywhere you look, not to mention building maintenance. Our apartment overlooks a construction site that has apparently been active for over two years and they are still working on excavation and shoring. It’s unbelievable. What I find just as unreal is the scaffolding techniques they use, which are hundreds of years old. Based on my knowledge of building codes I’m not convinced that climbing up and completing construction work on structures assembled entirely from bamboo and zip ties is particularly advisable. That being said, it’s a regulated industry (you can read about bamboo scaffolding guidelines here) and it’s a trained profession in Hong Kong.
I have to say, all the bamboo scaffolding is one of my favourite things about Hong Kong. It’s such a visceral example of old meets new / east meets west and it’s just fascinating to see. I have had fun collecting some examples during my travels through the city. Enjoy!
Hope you enjoyed another little peek at Hong Kong!