Occupy Central, Umbrella Revolution – whatever you call it; Hong Kong’s huge protest for universal suffrage is all over the news. We couldn’t help but be sentimental about our last visit in this vibrant city 3 years ago and wonder if that would be our last visit of Hong Kong as a democratic region. We certainly hope not.
We follow the development of the protests with great interest. Keith’s parents came from Hong Kong. He still has an aunt and few cousins who call Hong Kong their home. Our hope for them and for all the people of Hong Kong is that they maintain the democracy that they have enjoyed for so long.
Hong Kong is amazing and so are its people. We look forward to soon return in this amazing city where modern culture beautifully blends with the traditional. By then, we hope that the political situation has simmered down and everything would have returned to how it was. For now, join us as we virtually revisit Hong Kong through our images from our last visit.
Hong Kong’s skyline and harbor are always spectacular even on a foggy day.
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without taking a ride on its iconic Star Ferry. It’s a great way to take in the scenic view of the harbor.
The Central Pier where most ferries from outlying islands depart and arrive.
Enjoying the vista of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Even though the visibility was not clear during our visit, the view was still dramatic.
View from Victoria Peak
Looking out from IFC, one of Hong Kong’s glitzy malls.
Popular as a shopping mecca, Hong Kong’ boasts of many modern shopping malls and they are getting even more shinier and swankier. Inside the posh mall where people not only shop for designer labels but also wine and dine in upscale bars, cafes and restaurants.
The MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is a very efficient means to travel around the city.
If underground travel does not appeal to you, there’s always the double decker tram. It is a system of transport that has been in used in the city for more than 100 years.
Prefer to travel on foot but don’t want to deal with street traffic? You will enjoy the Central Escalator, the longest covered walkway in the world spanning 800 meters. It makes traveling from Central Hong Kong to Mid-Levels very easy.
The bright and vibrant skyline at night.
As much as we enjoy the modernity of Hong Kong, we find its true charm in its traditional part.
Locals enjoying no-frill meals in one of the alleys of Sheung Wan.
Not too far, but seemingly a world away, from the glitz of Central Hong Kong is Sheung Wang, the old heart of Hong Kong, where you can get a fascinating glimpse of traditional Hong Kong life.
One of the food stalls in Sheung Wan
We followed our nose to the street of Wing Lok in Sheung Wa and discovered that the sources of the fishy aroma in the air were the dried seafood shops that lined the street.
Wing Lok Street is also filled with traditional medicine wholesalers. The sight of this man who was using an abacus to calculate his sale fascinated us. So old world – and so cool!
If you find the smell and sight of the dried fish shops revolting, you may find yourself delighted at Cat Street Market. It is Hong Kong’s traditional hunting ground for antiques and bric-a-bracs.
The trinkets and antique items for sale in Cat Street Market.
Colorful Gage Street depicts old-fashioned character of Hong Kong.
The Graham Street Wet Market, where you can shop for fish that are still blinking and jumping as well as other exotic produce.
A row of textile stores.
The Jade Market, where you can find jade trinkets in all shape and sizes.
Some of the tems at the Jade Market.
The Temple Street Night Market is the liveliest night market in Hong Kong where you can find anything kitschy under the moon.
Temple Street Night Market is also a place for good local dining and entertainment.
The neon lights in Temple Street area.
An apartment building in Aberdeen district with clothes hanging in every balcony.
Traditional Sampan boats on Aberdeen Harbor. We took one of them to take us to a floating restaurant.
Keith checking out the cocktail menu at Top Deck at the Jumbo, a floating restaurant that is a Hong Kong institution.
Jumbo Floating Restaurant beautifully lit up at night.
People from all walk of Hong Kong society frequent the atmospheric Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple to pray for good fortune or to have their fortunes read.
Locals offering incense in Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.
And of course, a Hong Kong trip is not a trip without indulging in its exceptionally fresh and delicious Dim Sum.
We hope that you enjoy our postcards from Hong Kong. Have you been to Hong Kong? Do you have a favorite part of it that you would like to share?
Linking to: The Weekly Postcard, Travel Photo Discovery and Reflection Enroute.