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Hong Kong on Boxing Day 26 12 2005

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*Posted: 投稿者: wilson888 (179) 投稿日時: 金, 2005-12-30 14:47 | 件名: Hong Kong on Boxing Day 26 12 2005

Dear friends,

As promised, here is my last photo journal for 2005. It contains 142 photos on various part of Hong Kong which I think it is worth seeing even though many of you may or may not been to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is unique in a way because of its contrasting character. Old and New, West and East, Stylish and Mass Production. Like it or not, this town planning nightmare makes Hong Kong the city where it take your breath away. I mean who on earth would think of building an airport in the middle of the city? Oh, and who would want to build a city in an Island only with barren rocks with absolutely no fresh water supplies? Yes, only in Hong Kong.

Having said that, Hong Kong was blessed in the last 150 years to be one of the safest place in Asia. Okay, minus the 3 years 8 months occupation by the Japanese. Business is good and people just love it here to make their millions. Today, Hong Kong has a population of 7 million and is the most densely populated city in the world.

Okay, I better show you the photos before you all get bored with my "Master of Obvious" speech.

Enjoy and I wish you all a happy new year!

Best regards,

Wilson888

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:48 | 件名: Today I start my journey

Today I start my journey from Mongkok. It is a good point to start since I had introduced Mongkok to everyone here in my previous photo jounal.

 

An ultra modern building behind an old building in Mongkok and here we start our journey around Hong Kong.

 

This is Ladies Street in Mongkok, where you can buy cheap stuff. Nothing to do with hookers or prostitution.

 

Again, Ladies Street.

 

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:49 | 件名:   Advert featuring TWINS.

 
Advert featuring TWINS. Look at Gillian, aren't she cute? Okay, I will carry on the photo journal...

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:50 | 件名: Resturant Shopping Mall in


Resturant Shopping Mall in Hong Kong. Where the whole building is dedicated to Resturants. It has 20 something floors and all resturants. It has Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Steak House, anyway you want.


Still in Mongkok. See those building in the background? People do live inside.


For our British friends, Vodafone has landed in Mongkok.

 

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:51 | 件名: This is Nathan Road, which


This is Nathan Road, which runs from Mongkok to Tsimshatsui (or TST).


Merry Christmas from the Hong Kong Jockey Club (formerly Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club), where they encourage to bet on the horses today (boxing day races).


Looking towards Yaumatei (the direction towards TST, hence to the Harbour).

 

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:52 | 件名: So many buses. Actually the


So many buses. Actually the best way to get around Hong Kong is public transport.


Oh... poster of TWINS again! (for their upcoming concert)... Aren't Gillian cute?....


Yaumatei MTR station (Underground), this is where you as tourist get off and try to wonder where the heck is Temple Street.


Let me show you where Temple Street... follow me mate!

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:53 | 件名: Before we hit Temple Street,


Before we hit Temple Street, I would like to show you one of the oldest Police Station in Hong Kong. The building has a very traditional British colonial style and it is one of the only few buildings around the world that it is still serving its original purpose, as a Police Station.


Police Station


If you look up from where I am standing now, you will see opposite the old Police Station, it is now flats overshadowing it.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:54 | 件名: The beginning of Temple


The beginning of Temple Street, hence the name Temple, the street actually start from there. Mind you not that many people know that since many of these historial buildings are now demolished. Often, tourist miss that as they were busy asking their fortune from the fortune tellers or buying T-Shirts saying, "My friend went to Hong Kong and all I got is this lousy T-Shirt".


Better view of the temple.


And remember this is Shanghai Street. Temple Street is actually the next one.


Looking back towards Mongkok.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:55 | 件名: Looking towards Jordan area.


Looking towards Jordan area. It is what you might called the inner city, however we don't have the crime rate or violence which you might expected. Actually, the area is very colourful in terms or traditional arts and crafts but is dying out because of the aging population. Once people got rich they moved out the area which contributes to the decline of this area.


Temple Street.


Shop in Temple Street.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:55 | 件名: Okay, I pop out into Nathan


Okay, I pop out into Nathan Road again. Now, I am actually in Jordan area and left Mongkok.


Remember, this is a very long road. Never, never tell the taxi driver to drop you off Nathan Road...


Nathan Road


Intersection with Jordan Road.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:56 | 件名: We are now leaving Jordan


We are now leaving Jordan area and entering Tsimshatsui (TST). This building is actually pre-war and owned by a Russian who came here after the October Revolution. It was one of the infamous Russian Restuarant. Unfortunate, due to increase in rent the restuarant was forced out of business some years ago.


Walking towards Park Lane Shopping Bvd.


Shopping. (Need I say more?)

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:57 | 件名: Hong Kong historial


Hong Kong historial hertiage. Our colonial past. Recently renovated and now a museum.


More shopping. (I guess Buffy and Sillie are closely monitoring this one)


Kowloon Mosque, the is the largest and most important Islamic Mosque in Hong Kong.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:58 | 件名: We are now in TST (note the


We are now in TST (note the MTR station).


TST, shopping paradise for all.


Christmas decorated entrance to Ocean Terminal (a large shopping complex and where you board the curise liner to Singapore or somewhere exotic)


Ditto.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 14:59 | 件名: Entrance to Ocean Terminal


Entrance to Ocean Terminal with Christmas Decorations.


Another famous Hong Kong landmark. The Clock Tower is part of what left of the old train station. Behind is the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.


The infamous Harbour Front.


Ditto.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:00 | 件名: This is the Hong Kong


This is the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre. This is the place where the transfer of soverighty was held and the more recent WTO 6th Ministerial Conference.


Looking towards way beyond Wanchai into North Point.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:00 | 件名: Hong Kong Cultural Centre


Hong Kong Cultural Centre (TST)


See that tall building? It is the world famous Pennisular Hotel. Before the War, people would go to the Pennisular Hotel and check-in their luggage before they drive off to the airport. (actually, the old Kai Tai airport is not far away).

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:01 | 件名: Let's take a ferry to


Let's take a ferry to Central (Hong Kong Island). You still with me huh?


Remember the entrance of Ocean Terminal where I took the photos?


Getting on the ferry... er... where's my money?


Remember to take a ferry ride when you're in Hong Kong. It gives you the best view.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:02 | 件名: Looking back to TST (note


Looking back to TST (note the Clock Tower)


Looking towards Hong Kong Island (note: That is the tallest building in Hong Kong and is called the International Finance Centre II. Home to the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and many Investment Banks)


"I am the King of the World"

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:03 | 件名: A very nice picture.Another


A very nice picture.


Another one...


Getting on board... finally...

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:05 | 件名: View from the


View from the ferry


ditto


ditto


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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:07 | 件名: View from the ferry...


View from the ferry... [cont]


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The White Building was previous the Prince of Wales Building, formerly HMS Tamar. Now, it is called the People's Liberation Army Barricks. Interesting, it was still called Prince of Wales Building after 1997 when the People Liberation Army moved in. It was not until last year that changed the name. Central, Hong Kong (This is the financial district of Hong Kong)


Central, Hong Kong

 

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:08 | 件名: The rocket like structure is


The rocket like structure is the Bank of China Tower, next to is the Cheungkong holdings Building (owned by the richest man in Hong Kong), next is HSBC and next is Standard Chartered Bank.


The old building in front is the Mandrain Oriental Hotel.


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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:09 | 件名: Behind the ferry clock tower


Behind the ferry clock tower is Jardine House (on the left, one of the old Taipan from the British Colonial era) and next to it, the Exchange Square Towers, where the Hong Kong Stock Exchange located.


Queen's Pier. This is the place where all former British Governor first landed in Hong Kong. Chris Pattern, as last Governor is no exception. Although he did not wear the funny feather uniform.


International Finance Centre II.


The Legislative Council Building or LECgo as the locals call it. Formerly the High Court Building.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:10 | 件名: Behind is the financial


Behind is the financial powerhouse of Hong Kong, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank.


Central MTR station next to the Legislative Council.


Land is so scared in Hong Kong, we build 'em everywhere. Actually, those are expensive apartments.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:11 | 件名: I am now leaving Central and


I am now leaving Central and walk towards Causeway Bay. The best method is to walk through the shopping malls, especially in the summer where the heat is unbearable. However, in the winter months, I would suggest you to walk on the street level where you will discover Hong Kong more.


Admiralty, Hong Kong. On the left is the High Court of Hong Kong.


Inside the shopping mall in Admiralty. Where Christmas can be artificial.


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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:12 | 件名: Shopping Mall... blah blah


Shopping Mall... blah blah blah....


Looking towards Wanchai. The building you see now is the Hong Kong Police Force Headquater.


I will take the Queen's Road East towards Causeway Bay. The reason I go this way is because it will take you places where tourist won't normally get to see. It is in the inner streets, so you will see more traditional Hong Kong rather than boring obvious shopping mall.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:14 | 件名: Unlike Kowloon, you will


Unlike Kowloon, you will find streets are going upwards or downwards because we are all living on a barren rock. Wonder why the British start a war to have this place?


Wanchai. A popular haunt for soliders, sailors in the 50s, 60s and up till now. As Hong Kong was the R&R for American Soliders during the Korean War and the Vietnam, there are many pubs and bars near the water front while the inner Wanchai is where locals live. Note: Street markets in Wanchai.


Old and New, the Wanchai Central Plaza in the background.


A traditional Temple in Wanchai.


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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:16 | 件名: Like I said before, Wanchai


Like I said before, Wanchai is a busy area. What makes it so unique is the often crowed and yet lively streets where actually do live there. A community inside the City. However, this unique feature of Wanchai is disappearing fast thanks to the Urban Renewal Authority which they will tear down the part of the City and make way for even big shopping mall or office building. This maybe your last chance to see what Wanchai actually like just after World War II. The building here I guess were built in the 1950s (not old enough to be a listed building).


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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:17 | 件名: Okay, no more historical


Okay, no more historical lessons here. Now, we are walking in one of the main streets in Wanchai. Notice there are trams running on Hong Kong. They are actually over 100 years old. In fact, they are the oldest running tram in Asia. The British bought them over here and very reliable.


Side Street in Wanchai.


Tram!


Wanchai (or Wan Chai) MTR station.

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:19 | 件名: Old Chinese Dim Sum


Old Chinese Dim Sum Resturant in Wanchai.


Hong Kongers do not afraid of heights. Count how many floors are there?


This building was built before 1900.


Government Primary School in the middle of Wanchai. Surrounded by Office building, Shopping Mall, Major Conference Centre (actually, the WTO MC6 riots was nor far from it.)

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*Posted: 金, 2005-12-30 15:20 | 件名: Wanchai looking towards


Wanchai looking towards Causeway Bay. I know, it's getting dark but don't worry, Hong Kong is famous for its nightlife.


Nightlife! Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.


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Resturants, resturants and more resturants....


Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. One of the most expensive area in the world. Notice the shops are in the second, third and even the fourth floor.


Shopping paradise for the girls.


Hong Kong never sleeps.


Shops everywhere.

 

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