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Hong Kong is defined as much by its hillsides as by its harbor, and the steep terrain has governed its growth. From the 19th century, landfill, or "reclamation," was the preferred way to expand the city's real estate, and there have been many waves of waterfront development. Hong Kong's skyline has always crowded along the waterfront.

By contrast, Manhattan is fairly flat and more developed at the island's center. Lower Manhattan in particular grew its tallest towers around Wall Street in the early 20th century and the World Trade Center created a new zone of office space in the 1970s.