Building $20 Billion Worth Of Confidence

As I descend from the clouds of Lantau Peak, a fat and flat island appears before me as if it were floating on the South China Sea. The impression is not an odd one, however, because the mostly man-made island of Chek Lap Kok has taken over what once was water. Now, this patch of land sitting off Lantau Island is one of the world's grandest construction sites. In place of the handful of families who lived on tiny Chek Lap Kok, people and machines swarm over an island of 3,084 acres, four times the size of New York's Central Park, as they construct Hong Kong's $6.4 billion airport.

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