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!