Candid Hong Kong – many many bicycles

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’ve only been to Mui Wo on Lantau Island once, but when I went this was the first sight that greeted me as I left the ferry pier! So many bicycles! It was just really unexpected since I hardly ever see anyone cycling in Hong Kong (I think in the more urban areas it is just too dangerous).  Many of the islands in Hong Kong are car free, but I don’t think Lantau is one of them. I guess it is just easier to get around the village by bicycle.

160510 Candid Hong Kong bicycles in Mui Wo

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – hanging laundry in public

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.

Recently I posted about how people here hang their laundry outside their apartment windows, no matter how high up they are. But this isn’t the only method people use to hang their laundry! Obviously, it is difficult to hang sheets and blankets up outside the window, so instead some of the locals use whatever else they can find, such as railings on the street. These two sets of railings are very near me and are always covered in laundry on a sunny day, even despite notices on the railings saying not to do so! You would expect that they would just get dirty again from the railings, surely?

160503 Candid Hong Kong hanging your laundry in public

160503 Candid Hong Kong laundry on railings

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – slippers on the MTR

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 am quite often surprised at the things some people wear in Hong Kong (although the vast majority of Hong Kongers are quite modestly dressed), but this one made me chuckle! Someone was wearing their slippers while riding the MTR, Hong Kong’s subway system! Well, I guess they were comfortable at least ;)

160426 Candid Hong Kong slippers on the MTR

 

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – clothing labels for sale

Every fortnight 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 spotted this display in the Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar in Sham Shui Po (a great place to buy fabric, but sadly due to be closed down in June). So many labels to sew into your clothes! And if you look closely, you can see that quite a few of them are counterfeit designer labels! Presumably people don’t sew them into their own clothes, but is this where people come to buy labels for the fake goods you see in markets?!

160421 Candid Hong Kong clothing labels for sale

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – invasion of the pandas

Every fortnight 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 2014, an exhibition called ‘1600 Pandas’ toured Hong Kong, finishing at the newly re-developed PMQ (Police Married Quarters) in Central. We went along to take a look and enjoyed looking at the papier mâché pandas which were all different. Some of them were very cute, especially the high-fiving ones at the bottom of this photo. It’s a bit sobering to think that this number is all that is left of pandas living in the wild. Still, it was a fun afternoon out and an unusual sight in Hong Kong!

 

160405 Candid Hong Kong invasion of the pandas

 

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Rachel

 

Candid Hong Kong – high rise living

Every fortnight 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 apartments are small, there’s no getting round that. And so, people have very little space to hang their laundry. Despite this, I still can’t quite get my head around how they hang it outside! Doesn’t it all blow off?! Laundry hanging up like this is quite a common sight in Hong Kong but only once have I ever seen a piece of clothing that has fallen off. I guess they must just use a lot of pegs…

160316 Candid Hong Kong High rise living

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Rachel