Hong Kong and Guangzhou

Hong Kong and Guangzhou

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Canton, Hong Kong and Macao as seen from the space shuttle Atlantis during Mission STS-34 of 18-23 October 1989. The estuary of the Zhu (Pearl) River is at the centre of the frame. Hong Kong and the New Territories are to the right of the estuary mouth, with Macao on the opposite bank. The Chinese city of Guangzhou (Canton) is at the top of the estuary in the top left corner. The city of Jiangmen can be seen on the Xi Jiang River along the left edge of the frame. Guangzhou is China's sixth largest city with a population of 3,290,000, while Hong Kong is home to 5,588,000 citizens. Macao is a Portuguese Dependant Territory with a population of 464,000.

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Keywords: atlantis, canton from space, cities, city, from space, hong kong, macao, mission sts-34, pearl river, shuttle, space shuttle atlantis, urbanisation, urbanization, zhu river

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