March 2013

Skyline Hong Kong by Night

The skyline of Hong Kong is one of the worlds most impressive one and some say it is even the best one with the surrounding mountains and the Victoria Harbour. There is no other city with more buildings higher than 150m and in no other city live and work more people above the 14th floor.

Some of the famous buildings are the International Commerce Center (484m), The Center with its night-time multi-colored neon light show , the HSBC Building or the Central Plaza with its triangular top.

The images were taken from the Kowloon side so we faced Hong Kong Island from the front. There is another famous point to shoot the skyline and this is on The Peak. From there you have the back of the skyline but because of the height this view is also very impressive. I will post these pictures in a later article.

The weather was not that good this evening and there was almost no clear sky. But after the long exposure I used I have to say the clouds on the images look very interesting. One can see the movement and change of direction as they bend round the high structures.

Lei Yue Mun, Hong Kong

Lei Yue Mun is a small village located at the east gate of Victoria Harbour. It is famous for its seafood market and restaurants. The combination of fresh seafood and restaurants able to cook the food immediately was a winning tactic.

In 1992, the First Lei Yue Mun Seafood Festival was jointly organized by several seafood restaurants, and its success has made it an annual event.

Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery

The Nan Lian Garden is situated at Diamond Hill and is easy accessible by the MTR. Right beside is the Chi Lin Nunnery and you can do both on a half day trip.

The garden is built in the Tang Dynasty style (618 AD to 907 AD). Hills, rocks, ponds, plants and trees are arranged according to the Tang style and rules. It is a tranquil place surrounded by skyscrapers and roads.

The Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddhist temple complex and also built in the Tang Dynasty style. It was built without any iron nails and uses special interlocking systems cut into the wood to hold everything in place.

There is no entry fee and a must-see if you visit Hong Kong.

 

Kowloon Markets

To see a few different markets in Kowloon we used the “Kowloon Market & Hong Kong History” Walk from the TripAdvisor App. This way it was very easy to navigate through the various streets.

The markets are also known as “The Fab Five” and consist of The Ladies Market, Fa Yuen Street, Goldfish Street, Bird Market and the Flower Market. But the side streets and areas like Nelson Street (which I liked best) are also very exciting. We spent quite some time there to browse and take pictures of this local market life.