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Setting the bar | World’s best
If you had to reduce Perth’s skyline to single-
storey buildings, there would be lots of them.
Two-storey buildings, too – most of them homes
(although low-rise development is also pervasive
in the city centre), stretching over 120km from
Mandurah to Yanchep. The city that still dreams
of a quarter-acre block, and room out back for
the kids to run around, is more than double the
size of Tokyo’s city limits, and three times those
of Los Angeles, making it one of the most
sprawling in the world.
With the government slowly confronting
the issue, Hong Kong is a city that we can look
up to. Literally. It’s home to 384 skyscrapers –
that’s more than any other city in the world,
and many more than the 34 located in Perth.
Along with thousands of buildings soaring
above 100m, they make room for a high-density
population of 7 million people (not to mention
42 million visitors each year).
Perth, with a population of 1.8 million people,
occupies an area five times the size. This is partly
due to geographical difference; Perth has the
luxury of space, while only 25 per cent of Hong
Kong’s mountainous terrain has been suitable
for development. A further 40 per cent is
designated as country parks and nature reserves.
By necessity, the city has taken a creative
approach to its surrounds: reclaiming more than
6000ha of land from the sea, and continually
expanding its skyline.
Hong Kong is home to one of the best public
transport systems in the world: an intricate
network of buses, ferries and the Mass Transit
Railway (MTR), making the city user-friendly.
The MTR alone carries an average of 4.9 million
passengers every weekday and – with 99 per cent
of trains arriving on time – is world-renowned
for efficiency. (Recently, the MTR Corporation has
been involved with the construction of Melbourne
Transit Railway in Australia.)
Hong Kong’s streets are some of the
most densely populated in the world.
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