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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 14th 2014

HK is such a tiny spot on the map ... not even big enough to contain the name of its capitol although the capital is just oozing out of every crackin the concrete. This Sunday I encountered some woundrous surprises. 1. Filipino Guest workers amassed on the walkways going towards Star Ferry Service. 2. I found a book ... a whole book ... about Isugouharu Foujita, a Japanese artist. 3. I was amazed by the HongKong Dance Company. no pics allowed - google Storm Cloud 4. The sparseness of the Museum of Art HK remains unexplained. 5. Toilet was filthy again at MacDonalds 6. Watercolourist had set up his collection of paintings in the foyer of theCultural Centre and was selling his book. As I walked to the ferry wharf I encountered masses of women packing ... read more
Thousands on the Walkways
Isugouharu Foujita
The Art Museum Seen from the Cultural Centre

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island December 13th 2014

While accending the Mid-Levels Escalator after visiting the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Museum I was extremely lucky to come upon the following phenomena ... men without safety belts erecting bamboo scaffolding. One side of the apartment building is being covered so that maintenance can be carried out. One tenant was out on his balcony watching the process thru his small jardin. The bamboo rods are tied together with black plastic lengths. These hang from the waists of the men giving the appearance of huge horse tails. There are two views, one side view from the footbridge and then further along after a sharp turn on the footbridge a view straight on. Also took six minutes of video but apparently travelblog.org is not supporting videos at themoment. Will publish as soon as possible. It was a bit scary ... read more
The Floating Man on theLeft!
Stacked ... Ready  ... Next Site
Bamboo Stakes Reach Down to the Sidewalk

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

The first full day in HK began with a tall americano and a dull danish at the nearest Starbucks. Used some computer time there but was somewhat uninspired by the ambiance... none.... and a guy discussing weighty financial matters loud enough for me to go check the HangSeng! Ambling thru the glass structures the Pier was attained. The search was for Central Pier 9. From this spot would depart the nite cruise around Victoria Harbour. Walking past the opening for the underground passage, debris from previous demonstrations was encountered. Following a group of domestic tourists, the street was crossed and the pier was in view. On the way, buildings arranged along the water front attracted my attention. With glee I discovered the Maritime Museum. It was only 10:45. The whole day lay ahead of me. There ... read more
Walkway to Piers and Ferries
The Boat Not Taken
Dock Workers Before Containers

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

HongKong Central is where all the money is. People are dressed to the nines; men in suits and ties with wrinkle free white shirts sporting real shoes, women in tailored outfits with matching pumps, handbags, hairdoos and makeup, all traipsing past Gucci, Paiget, Lalique, Cartier, Bulgari /Bulgravi, Mont Blanc and all those other names too. And amognst this jungle of designer wear and high finance housed in ever higher reaching glass spindles n the sky who comes along but Barbara in her MEC pants, beat up hiking boots and raspberry red backpack. I am wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt knockoff with polo rider and altered made-to-fit-the-length-of my-arm-sleeves. And I did buy comfy black and yellow sandals at the Stanley Street Market. I trudged up Ice House Road to number 38 and found the MiniCentral Hotel ... ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 30th 2014

Hello People, So today we had planned to go to Macau, however with our budget it was too expensive, also we were told it was only worth seeing at night with all the casinos and night life so we decided to have a rest day....that was until the lads in our dorm suggested we go with them on the dragon back hike (voted Asia's number 1 hike). We looked it up and it was a 9km hike up 4 peaks, the highest being shy of 300 metres. We had to get the metro to Shau Kei Wan then change to bus 9 to Shek O, rd 1 stop. We thought it would be a nightmare but it was so easy to get there, the public transport here is second to none really!!! So first irritation was ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 28th 2014

Hello followers, So today we are on Hong Kong Island!!! It's a small NYC really. Our plans for today are to visit all of Hong Kong islands main attractions. We started by heading to Victoria park, right next to our hostel. The park is situated in between all the sky scrapers and city buildings, the park includes a running/jogging track around the edge, 6 football pitches, about 20 tennis courts (including the Asia games main staduim and finally tai chi area which was packed. We then headed to the Hong Kong convention and exhibition centre, it was packed with a jewellery show and a HSBC award so unfortunately we couldn't see the main hall :( (one in rush hour 2), Still it was good to see and we also saw the Golden Bauhinia Square (which was ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island October 31st 2014

Hi All, I spent the national weeks holiday at the beginning of October in Shenzhen so I couldn't resist a trip over in to Hong Kong. The last time I was here, in July, it was unbelievable hot and I also managed to catch a cold!! How one does that in 36 degree heat I will never know!! What a difference a few months make. A lovely sun day with a lovely breeze coming in off the sea. I also saw the protests taking place. Quite odd to see hardly any traffic on Hong Kong Islands roads. At Central you could walk down the middle of the road. Shame I couldn't ride on the trams, never mind next time. Enjoy the photos Jah Bless... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak October 30th 2014

What a beautiful day, our last day in Hong Kong. The weather has been perfect everyday of our 8 day visit. Mostly overcast with the sun peaking through at times, somewhat humid, but always 81 degrees ;-) So we decided to pick up lunch and eat it in the park. With one sandwich to share, Olive Oil Chips from Spain and a Sprite we headed up the 3 escalators to the park level and the street. Looking right for traffic (thank heavens it’s written on the street on every corner to “Look Right”), we head into the park…past fountains, the Clock Tower, the Tea Museum and around the lake with turtles basking in the sunlight on logs and rocks at the base of a waterfall. We picnicked on a bench in the park next to a ... read more
Bird in the Aviary
Inside the Aviary

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 28th 2014

Hong Kong: Haircut, Lee Gardens and Times Square This morning we left the hotel, walked around the block, down a short hill, across a busy street with construction, weaved our way through some barricades and found Hennessey Street and the Amour Salon. You may have noticed in the blog pictures, that with all this humidity my hair was getting a little long and wild ;-) Amour, is a cute little shop with about 6 chairs. All the hair products are L’Oreal. First I was shown a book with 4 prices from $290 Hong Kong dollars to $480 HKD- divide by 7 for US dollars. Next to each price was the level of person that I wanted to cut my hair. Lowest level and least money was Experience under 6 months. Then it went up from there ... read more
Haircut
City of Escalators
Lunch Stop

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 27th 2014

Hong Kong: Champagne, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & Laundry Last night ended with a sweet surprise. When we were returning from Hors d’oeuvres up in the lounge, we noticed a Marriott server ringing our doorbell. Yes, we have a doorbell on our room ;-) He had a beautiful setting of desserts, fresh strawberries with chocolate dips and champagne with glasses. Cope told him he had the wrong room as we hadn’t ordered anything. The server just smiled and handed me a card that said “Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary and your belated birthday. This lovely cart WAS for us! ;-) Marriott management had sent it up. NICE! I guess we’re going to have leisurely mornings in Hong Kong as virtually nothing opens before 9:30 or 10 however; they stay open till 11 or midnight. Definitely not ... read more
Breakfast Each Morning
Big Bus
Aberdeen




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