Think of Hong Kong and what image comes to mind? Crowded streets? Skyscrapers? A forest of neon signs?

Filmmaker Stephane Ma wants to challenge your preconceptions. In this beautiful three-minute film he uses drones to put the city in perspective, sweeping above the central high-rises and out over the beaches and mountains in a series of magical dawn and daytime shots.

“I made this video because I wanted to show a different side of Hong Kong”, he says, “[to show] how beautiful it is is and how it's actually really easy to escape this hectic city and end up surrounded by nature just minutes from all these skyscrapers.”

He couldn't have succeeded better: his film is our pick of the week.

Hong Kong from above from Stephane Ma on Vimeo.

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