Candid Hong Kong – Doctor So Fun

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

I was walking through Hung Hom one day when I noticed the name of this paediatrician. I bet the kids love going to this doctor!

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Rachel

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Candid Hong Kong – tropical towers

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

I feel like this photo sums up Hong Kong quite well – tropical palm leaves set against towering residential buildings. This photo was taken at the pool at Caribbean Coast, a massive estate in Tung Chung on Lantau Island. The towers are so tall there, and they were the first thing I saw of Hong Kong when I stepped off the plane at Chek Lap Kok airport the first time I came to visit in 2012! Quite a first impression!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – Kowloon Cultural District

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

I have some friends who live in Harbourside, a development right next to ICC, so naturally they have amazing views of Victoria Harbour from their apartments! However, I took the photo below looking down from the clubhouse, rather than across the harbour. When I first moved to Hong Kong, this area was wasteland. It had been reclaimed and a massive sign along one side of it proclaimed it to be the Kowloon Cultural District, but there was no sign of culture, other than the festivals that used the space every now and again!

However, in the last year or so, it has turned into a massive building site and is no longer used as an event space (many of the events have moved across the harbour to the similarly defunct area by ICC). From what I can gather, it will be some time before the West Kowloon Cultural District is completed, mainly due to the cost of developing it having risen so much since it was first conceived. But work is well underway on M+, a “museum for visual culture, focusing on 20th and 21st century art” (which forms the bulk of the construction site in the photo below) and Xiqu Chinese opera theatre (which my husband worked on!) which will be the first building to be completed on the site in 2018.

And I think some of the construction mess is an overflow of the nearby West Kowloon terminus for the high speed rail link to China. I’m sure the area will be nice when it’s finished but there’s a long way to go yet!

160906 Candid Hong Kong Kowloon Cultural District

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – transformative street art

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

Hong Kong isn’t known for its street art (although there are some examples around Sheung Wan) so I was very surprised to see this on a building down a back street in Hung Hom. It is on the side of a green minibus mechanic’s shop. A green minibus like you’ve never seen it before!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – not so appetising seafood

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

Tom mentioned in his recent blog post about Chinese food that seafood that seems to us Brits to be a bit weird features quite highly in high end Cantonese restaurants, and many less high end ones too! Things like abalone do not appeal to me at all, but the ones pictured below have to be among the least appetising things I’ve ever seen. They are called geoduck, and I’d never even heard of it before we came to Hong Kong but it’s available everywhere here. These ones are in a fish market waiting to be sold but you can also see them in some restaurants’ seafood displays (like this one here). I never tried it and I hope I never do!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – hidden colonial buildings

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

One of the things that makes me a little bit sad about Hong Kong is how little history there is left. Rapid development largely failed to allow for sentimentality or heritage, especially with such a premium on space, and therefore Hong Kong has very few buildings that are more than a few decades old. There are some, you just have to work to find them!

Happy Valley and Wan Chai are two areas of Hong Kong that I know pretty well, since I used to live in Happy Valley. I remember seeing a building in between two fairly standard tower blocks on a road in Happy Valley (possibly on Village Road) and thinking that it looked like a copy of a colonial building – but actually on reflection I think it actually is one! Another hidden gem in Happy Valley is Fung Fai Terraces, so hidden in fact that I never found it(!) but I read about it on Bluebalu’s blog.

Wan Chai has a few more well known colonial buildings, such as the Blue House, the Old Wan Chai Post Office and the Pawn. But the one pictured below is not so well known. I just noticed it on a side street off Wan Chai Road. It looks like it has had some recent modernisation work done, but I quite like it!

160719 Candid Hong Kong Wan Chai colonial building

If you’d like to find more colonial buildings in Hong Kong, there is a whole list of them here.

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – a Thai dragon in Kowloon City

Every fortnight week I share a photo that shows a little insight into Hong Kong life. Sometimes they are things that made me smile, classic Hong Kong sights or just really unusual things.

I saw this amazing dragon creation outside a Thai restaurant in Kowloon City, which is a very Thai area and therefore a great place to get Thai food! (It also is home to the Kowloon Walled City Park, one of my favourite places in Hong Kong) It is so detailed, and made almost entirely from leaves and different types of food. There is clearly a very talented craftsman in residence here!

160712 Candid Hong Kong green dragon

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Rachel