Astronaut Randy Bresnik captured from ISS Hong Kong, an autonomous territory of China on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in East Asia.
With over 7.4 million Hongkongers in a 1,104km2, the city is the fourth-most densely populated region in the world. Hong Kong was formerly a colony of the British Empire, after the perpetual cession of Hong Kong Island from Qing China at the conclusion of the First Opium War in 1842. Hong Kong remained under British control until 1997, when it was returned to China. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains a separate political and economic system apart from mainland China. As can be seen from the image, the territory features the most skyscrapers in the world, surrounding Victoria Harbour, which lies in the centre of the city’s dense urban region.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.