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See Hong Kong from space in this incredible image

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Douglas Parkes
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Following on from the WWF’s brilliant biodiversity map of Hong Kong, which we wrote about last week, comes another eye-catching image of our city.

We all feel the squeeze for space here down on the ground in Hong Kong, but NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik has uploaded an amazing photo which demonstrates just how tightly packed much of our city is. Check out a larger version here to see for yourself.

With Lantau Island in the top left, the image plainly demonstrates many aspects of Hong Kong’s geography, from the thick slab of urbanisation that is the Kowloon peninsula to how the city dominates the northern side of Hong Kong Island and just how much of our SAR remains untouched country park.

Bresnik is currently working on the International Space Station and frequently posts stunning pictures of Earth from his high vantage point of which the Hong Kong shot is just one. Follow his account @AstroKomrade if you’re keen for more.

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