Candid Hong Kong – random street appliances

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.

In an underpass near where I live I quite often see this sight: a medium size pile of appliances from around the home which look like they are at the end of their life. Sometimes there are microwaves, hifi systems, fans, fridges, old TVs… and the list goes on. And then they disappear but soon are replaced by more. Where do they come from? Where do they go? And why are they left there?! I have no idea!

160705 Candid Hong Kong street appliances

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – Victoria Harbour sunset

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 do love riding the Star Ferry – it’s a very quiet, peaceful place in the busy-ness of Hong Kong. And one evening about a year ago I was treated to this beautiful sunset as I looked out west to the end of Victoria Harbour and the islands beyond. Bliss!

160628 Candid Hong Kong Victoria Harbour sunset

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – unearthed cannon

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.

Near to where I live in Hung Hom is a very large estate called Whampoa Gardens, which was built on a shipyard run by the Hongkong and Whampoa Dock Company Limited. Most visitors to this area are immediately struck by the massive fake ship in the middle of the estate (the bow of which can be seen in the photo below) which was built in recognition of the area’s past. The boat houses some restaurants and part of the Aeon department store so it’s not really very boat-y at all!

But just to the side of the boat is something else, something that I didn’t notice until I had lived in Hung Hom for a while – a cannon!

160621 Candid Hong Kong Whampoa cannon

I’ve taken a photo (below) of the plaque next to the cannon which explains that the cannon was unearthed during the construction of the Whampoa Gardens estate and is thought to be from an old warship. Things in Hong Kong don’t stay the same for long, so this was a nice acknowledgement of a piece of its history.

160621 Candid Hong Kong Whampoa cannon inscription

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – fish for dinner

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.

This isn’t a particularly unusual sight in Hong Kong, but it was unusual to me when I visited Asia for the first time. The concept of having live fish and seafood in tanks for you to pick your dinner from is not particularly prevalent in the UK! Many local or seafood restaurants here will have a tank or two at the entrance or in the window for customers to peruse. This photo was taken in Rainbow Restaurant on Lamma Island, and it has a particularly impressive fish selection!

160614 Candid Hong Kong Rainbow Restaurant fish display

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – product demonstrations

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.

This is something that I quite often see on the streets of Hong Kong. In a gap between shops or an empty shop front there will be someone doing a live product demonstration, usually with a microphone, talking very loudly and very fast. And usually there is a crowd of people around. It seems that Hong Kongers love to see these demonstrations! Or maybe it is just because there is often a bargain on offer.

This product demonstration stall was particularly elaborate – it involved a fully working shower system! I think the man was selling shower heads, or maybe shower filter systems?

160607 Candid Hong Kong product demonstrations

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – not your usual view

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 took this picture in the Cyberport area, and the view doesn’t really match up to the name. Nor does it match up to most people’s view of Cyberport (with its large, modern estates), or Hong Kong in general. I was just really surprised to see something that looks like this at all, but especially on Hong Kong island. It’s so unexpected that people still live in such small, chaotic buildings like this when so much of Hong Kong is made up of concrete high rise buildings. I guess it’s just a glimpse into the massive rich-poor divide that there is in Hong Kong. And maybe an insight into the way that most people used to live in Hong Kong before the high rise buildings took over. I guess that at some point the people who live here will be evicted to make way for more high rise developments, that seems to be the way things are in Hong Kong.

160531 Candid Hong Kong shanty towns

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – The Birds

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 waiting for a bus at the Tsim Sha Tsui star ferry terminal one day and I happened to look up and see this sight. In case you can’t tell from the photo, there are lots and lots of pigeons sheltering in the beams of this covered area. I don’t feel like there are as many pigeons in Hong Kong as in many other big cities (or anywhere vaguely urban in the UK) but I’ve started noticing them more recently so I don’t know if they are on the rise. The birds I have seen most commonly here are tiny sparrows, which apparently are becoming more rare in the UK. There are also some very noisy cockatoos living in Happy Valley – I used to hear them a lot when I lived there!

160524 Candid Hong Kong roosting pigeons

 

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Rachel