HONG KONG – continued

We had a beautiful day to explore the city yesterday — the temperature was just right and the sun was out.  We took a bus from the hotel to downtown Hong Kong and just walked the streets and hills.

The historic Graham Street Market gave us a look into Hong Kong’s living past.  Many of the small businesses selling vegetables, meat, seafood, dry goods and other consumables have been owned by the same families for generations and operate in the same manner decade after decade. It is colorful, friendly, and authentic.  No tourist trinkets here!.  It is located between Queen’s Road and Hollywood Road, near the Mid-level escalator.                          

Love the hanging meat - Graham Street

Love the hanging meat – Graham Street

Graham Street Market

Graham Street Market

       

The local fish monger

The local fish monger

     

Fresh seafood

Very Fresh seafood

  

Fresh meat

Local Street Butcher Shop

Morning shopping on Graham Street.

Morning shopping on Graham Street.

 

Mid-level Escalator

We took the mid-level escalator up the hill that afternoon and walked and walked and walked for hours, before heading back down to the harbor.  During the morning the escalator flows down-hill, and after 10:30 in the morning, it goes back in the uphill direction, to accommodate the massive flow of traffic into the business districts.  It is fascinating to see this outside escalator in operation, assisting residents (and tourists!) getting up and down the hill, to their home and/or to the many shops and restaurants in area of Soho.  We loved observing the locals going about their everyday activities, going to and fro, getting around this fascinating city. . .

Escalators up Mid-level

‘Escalator Up’ – Mid-level

 

Street Art

Street Art on the Elevator route.

This is "Alexander" spelled backwards - story is that way because Chinese writing goes right to left

This street was named for the infamous Alexander-the-Great, spelled backwards  –  the story goes that someone wrote it as the Chinese would read it, and it stuck!  Strange indeed.

Hong Kong still uses traditional Bamboo Scaffolding to build their skyscrapers

Hong Kong, as most of China, still uses traditional Bamboo Scaffolding to build and repair their skyscrapers.

Hong Kong trolleys

the Hong Kong trolleys

Street traffic

Street traffic

After stopping for a snack at a very old British pub located near the top of the Escalator, we aimed our tired feet towards the Victoria Peak Tram station, on a route that took us through the Zoological and Botanical Gardens.  It was a beautiful walk, in gardens which were created in 1871.  It claims to be one of the oldest Botanical Garden in the world.  (The Zoo portion was added much later.)  They do have some unusual monkeys and birds, although the zoo part was not in the best of condition. It is nice to have all this green space in such a crowded city, and with no admission fees!

At the Botanical Garden

At the Botanical Garden

View of city from Botanical Gardens

View of city from Botanical Gardens

Victoria Peak Tram This tram is a steep ride up to Victoria Peak for a 360 degree view. A very popular tourist attraction. The view was great and it was quite an area with lots of shops, restaurants, and entertainment for children at the top.

One of the steepest tram rides in the world

One of the steepest tram rides in the world — built in 1882

View on way up the tram

View on the way up!

View from Victoria Peak

View from Victoria Peak – – – take a look at this one enlarged.  We shot it in a panorama mode, from the top.

Hong Kong view from Victoria Peak

Hong Kong view from Victoria Peak

The viewing platform

The viewing platform

High above the city

High above the city

Enjoying the views

Enjoying the views

What a view!What a view!

Catching the sun on the skyscraper in Kowloon

Catching the sun on a newer skyscraper across the harbor in Kowloon.

coming down from the viewing platform

coming down from the viewing platform

A school group visiting the Peak

A school group visiting the Peak.   Gotta’ love the Chinese and their great affection for children!

For all dog lovers

We could learn a few lessons here on canine civility…

Tram coming up the hill

Tram coming up the hill — quite a “pad” on the left, eh?

View toward the west from Victoria Peak

View toward the west from Victoria Peak at sunset.

Victoria peak had it all shops, restaurants, and even a playground.

Victoria peak had it all shops, restaurants, and even a playground.  By the way, the “planes” are for Kai and Rio!  …

"The planes" go everywhere with us.

…they go everywhere with us.

We had lunch at Bubba Gump -- couldn't believe here in Hong Kong.  Best fresh shrimp -- just like North Carolina.

Even to “Bubba Gump’s” — couldn’t believe, here in Hong Kong.   Best fresh shrimp — just like in South Carolina.

Tasty Hong Kong custard - YUM

Tasty Hong Kong custard – YUM.

 (we really needed to get Gary something to eat — SOON!)

 

Hong Kong Laser-Light Show

We took the Star Ferry across to Kowloon and went back to the “Avenue of Stars” to wait for the evening Laser-Light- Show to begin.  The crowds poured onto the walkway as it grew time for the show to start.  We had a wonderful conversation with two delightful women from Portugal who had been visiting in Vietnam and were on their way home.  A great end to a long day of sightseeing, and some new-found friends.

Christmas lights as the Star Ferry docked

Christmas light display along the docks as the Star Ferry tied up.

Waiting for the show to begin

Waiting for the extravaganza to begin.  That’s Victoria Peak in the background.

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Our new friends from Portugal

Our new friends from Portugal,  MiLu & Rose.

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Hong Kong Lazer Show viewed from Kowloon Avenue of the Stars.

Hong Kong Laser-Light-Show viewed from Kowloon Avenue of the Stars.

Lazer Show

Lazer Show

show
What a way to end a beautiful day. 

 

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One Response to HONG KONG – continued

  1. Boots Neufeld says:

    All the pics brought back many memories of being there with Ron. Lots of new sights to see. Will be enjoying your trip with you. I was tired just reading about your day. Enjoy & luv to both of you.

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