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Victoria Harbour and West Kowloon.

Hong Kong captured from the air by drone and helicopter in 35th anniversary photo book

‘Over Hong Kong’ was first published in 1982, showing views of the territory that few had seen. Now, 35 years on, the 9th edition features incredible vistas that show how much Hong Kong has changed over the decades

Scottish-born, Hong Kong-based photographer Magnus Bartlett is very familiar with his adopted home – he’s photographed it many times for his book series, Over Hong Kong.

Magnus Bartlett, photographer and author of Over Hong Kong. Photo: Antony Dickson

Now the photographer has released an updated edition, the 9th in the series (the first was published in 1982). 

Shek O Country Club.

“In 1982, few people had the opportunity to see those astonishing vistas, so here, in one book, was a whole new world,” says Bartlett, who is based in Lamma.

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With an introduction by political and economic commentator David Dodwell, the book features about 196 photographs including “now and then” shots showing how much the city has evolved during the past 50 years. 

Hebe Haven.
Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau. 

Images in the 35th anniversary edition were taken from helicopters and more recently, using drone technology. 

Victoria Harbour at sunset.

Over Hong Kong is available in Chinese and English for HK$350 a copy. 

Read more about  the life of Magnus Bartlett in last week’s Post Magazine feature.