East Meets West 4


As it says on my Trip Advisor map, Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities. There are a number of reasons for that, the first of which is the shopping. In Kowloon, there are markets and districts that are specific to the sale of certain items. For example, the Gold Fish Market is a street specifically for the sale of anything to do with aquariums. This street was very interesting as it sold everything from exotic coral to live turtles. It seems like there is a street for everything, including electric goods, sporting goods, used camera equipment, jade and a number of street markets that sell everything under the sun. These are my favourite because it is where you get to put your negotiating skills to work! The street markets sell the most interesting items including handicrafts, electronics, mobile phone accessories, fresh food, clothing and anything else you can possibly imagine.

The city itself is a marvel. It is split in two parts, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Kowloon is attached to the mainland and the island is connected by ferry, sub-harbour train, tunnel and bridge.

The train system is the most extensive and easiest to understand in all the cities I have visited on this expedition. Did I mention it is cheap? One US dollar will get you pretty much anywhere you would want to go in the city. It was so well thought out when it was created, the busiest transfer platforms are placed adjacent to each other to make it easier to change trains! I was in awe.

As far as images go, this blog entry has the most images to date as there was just so much to capture in this fantastic city. I spend two full days exploring. In those two days, I spend 27 of the 48 hours walking! It is no wonder I was too tired to update the blog at the end of both days.

I walked from my hotel, North of Mong Kok all the way to Tsim Sha Tsui and the famous Peninsula Hotel. The long four kilometre walk was definitely worth it as I got to see the city as it came alive during the morning rush.

Crossing Victoria harbour on the Star Ferry is a great experience. For mere pennies you get to witness a beautiful skyline almost anytime, day or night. After crossing the harbour, I made my way to Stanley, an area on the south side of the island, known for another one of Hong Kong’s colourful markets. The jam packed Double Decker bus flew around the sharp corners and narrow mountain roads like a small car. On the way back I stopped to have a walk along the beach at Repulse Bay. As you will see from the images below, it is a beautiful place and the pastel colours and modern buildings reminded me of Miami Beach. While here, I stopped in a local Real Estate sales office to inquire about property prices in Hong Kong. I learned that the most exclusive area is “The Peak” and there are not many properties that go up for sale there. There is one currently listed that is a semi detached home and the asking price is One Billion Hong Kong Dollars (About $128 Million US Dollars). This is one of the smaller homes!

The following day I took the tram up the peak to see with my own eyes the reason the mega rich of Hong Kong spend so much for a “Peak” address. The answer is simple… It is a Billion Dollar View!

Having walked, climbed and shopped myself into a coma, I used the last bit of energy left in my body to truck my gear back to Victoria Harbour for some night shots of the city. The low lying clouds and the huge amount of light pollution coming off the city made for some amazing shots! The images below are not trick photography. That is the light reflecting off of the clouds!

Enjoy this series, I literally battered my body to get them to you!

Fruit, Flowers, Goldfish and many other themed markets!

Fruit, Flowers, Goldfish and many other themed markets!

High rise construction... On Bamboo Scaffolding!

High rise construction... On Bamboo Scaffolding!

The Streets of Kowloon

The Streets of Kowloon

The Streets of Kowloon

The Streets of Kowloon

The Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula Hotel

Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon

A foggy afternoon in Victoria Harbour

A foggy afternoon in Victoria Harbour

The $0.22 Star Ferry excursion across Victoria Harbour

The $0.22 Star Ferry excursion across Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong!

Hong Kong!

Stanley Market

Stanley Market

Stanley Park

Stanley Park

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay

Tin Hau Temple in Repulse Bay

Tin Hau Temple in Repulse Bay

Tin Hau Temple in Repulse Bay

Tin Hau Temple in Repulse Bay

Denim Paradise at the Ladies Market, Kowloon

Denim Paradise at the Ladies Market, Kowloon

Racing Jackets and T-Shirts Galore, Ladies Market

Racing Jackets and T-Shirts Galore, Ladies Market

Mobile Phone Accessories, High End Headphones and Watches! Night Market, Kowloon

Mobile Phone Accessories, High End Headphones and Watches! Night Market, Kowloon

Kowloon by Night

Kowloon by Night

Dim Sum Breakfast... Shrimp Rolls and Shiu Mau

Dim Sum Breakfast... Shrimp Rolls and Shiu Mau

More Dim Sum... Har Gow

More Dim Sum... Har Gow

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Worshipers at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Worshipers at Wong Tai Sin Temple

An Iron Sky in Downtown Hong Kong

An Iron Sky in Downtown Hong Kong

Concrete Jungle

Concrete Jungle

Hong Kong Peak

Hong Kong Peak

View from the Peak

View from the Peak

Touristy, but still a fabulous view...

Touristy, but still a fabulous view...

800 metres of escalators...

800 metres of escalators...

A Sunny day in Victoria Harbour

A Sunny day in Victoria Harbour

Metropolis...

Metropolis...

Light Pollution is sometimes Beautiful

Light Pollution is sometimes Beautiful

Hong Kong Skyline at Night

Hong Kong Skyline at Night

Hong Kong Skyline at Night

Hong Kong Skyline at Night


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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4 thoughts on “East Meets West

  • Michael Franzen

    This looks like a place to check out on my way to Thailand. Great Pictures Andrew! I guess you pushed the envelope to the term “Shop to you drop” lol

  • Andrew Pateras Post author

    Thanks Guys. Michael, if you fly with cathay Pacific, you can fly direct Toronto to Hong Kong, have a 3 day stopover and then fly onward to Bangkok or wherever in Thailand you are going to. When you land in Hong Kong, you can take the subway from the airport to anywhere in the city. Do a little research before you leave because cabs are expensive.