Hong Kong: Sights and Shopping

17 May

We enjoyed Hong Kong for many reasons: ease of transportation, tasty and cheap food, (window) shopping for every budget, and the list goes on and on. Even though Hong Kong is technically part of China, it feels like a world away from mainland China — the people and mannerisms are different, and the language is different as well.

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The view from the 61st floor, where we stayed.

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Nighttime view.

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Stanley Beach. Very quiet on this day.

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Repulse Bay.

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They only day we had a clear view from Victoria Peak. You’ve probably seen this picture in countless Chinese restaurants in the U.S., but the skyline is constantly changing with new skyscrapers.

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View of Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) during a thunderstorm. We weren’t able to capture any of the lightning during this storm because it occurred right behind the hill on Hong Kong island.

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The Hong Kong subway is busy but easily manageable. They even sell umbrellas from the vending machine! And for some reason we were attracted to those bright shoes. HK fashion all the way!

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Stanley shopping center and Bay.

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Double-decker buses are common in Hong Kong, just as they are in Britain. We’re riding on the top deck of an open-air bus here.

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View from the Lions Club lookout area at Victoria Peak.

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Looking backwards down the cable car ride back down from the Peak. At some sections the tram car goes down at a 50 degree angle!

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Street life in HK.

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Prostitution prices are clearly listed on these yellow signs. This is the back alley right behind the Jordan Temple Street night market.

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High fashion in HK: Chanel store requires one to line up before going inside. Anna Sui was signing autographs the day we happened to be in this mall.

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All sorts of random stuff: Jeannie in a button store, an old electronics reseller, and a bicycle shop. Jeannie was beyond excited to find an entire section of Sham Shui Po that sold all sorts of crafty stuff.

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Top: The goldfish market is a whole street dedicated to selling exotic fish and other animals. Bottom: The Mongkok ladies market sells a lot of t-shirts, clothing, fake purses, iphone cases, and other knick-knacks. We haggled too hard for an iphone case and the women threw us out of her stall.

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View from the peak looking south instead of the usual north.

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On our last night, Joe took us to a board game cafe. Look how many games they have on the wall! We ended up playing all night and caught one of the last buses home at 11:30.

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This cafe has everything. Top middle: Ticket to Ride. Bottom: A cooking game where you actually have to flip the crepe in your pan!

We enjoyed Hong Kong very much. It’s definitely on our short list to visit again in the future.

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2 Responses to “Hong Kong: Sights and Shopping”

  1. Jennifer May 18, 2012 at 8:22 AM #

    A button store! *swoon* 🙂

  2. Wandering Chopsticks May 21, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

    Sham Shui Po was my refugee camp. It always weirds me out when I see pictures of it now since it’s a mall, I think?

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