The Shifting Horizon, by Ellen Leung Hoi Yan

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Many years later, when strolling along the buried coastline, I realized how little I understood about that which had been nurtured, abraded and decayed on man-made land.

The first land reclamation in Hong Kong was during the early Western Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 9 CE) when some beaches were turned into salt pans. Today, more than 30% of residential areas and 70% of business districts in Hong Kong occupy reclaimed land. More land will continue to be made this way. I see no end.

As we make land to live, one wonders what lives we make with shifting horizons.

Photographs & Text: Ellen Leung Hoi Yan, Hong Kong. Website:

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