Candid Hong Kong – a pleasant surprise

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 never ceases to surprise me! I was making my way home on the Star Ferry one evening when all of a sudden a firework display started up, with fireworks coming out of some of the larger buildings on Hong Kong Island. It only lasted about 5 minutes. I just couldn’t figure out what on earth was going on!

151229 Candid Hong Kong random fireworks

Later I found out that the fireworks were part of the Asian premiere of the latest Transformers movie (this was obviously a while ago now). I certainly wasn’t expecting that!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – an evening at the races

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.

Given that I used to live in Happy Valley, it took me a ridiculously long amount of time to go to the Happy Valley races on a Wednesday night (except in the height of summer). I went earlier this year with some friends and it was really fun – a very relaxing way to spend the evening with a few drinks, some food and the run of watching the horse races. The minimum bet is HK$20 (about £1.70) so my husband and I had a small bet each on each race. We were doing quite well at one point, but it went downhill in the last half of the evening and we made a small loss of only a few dollars overall.

I tried to take photos of the horses racing but they were too fast!

160112 Candid Hong Kong Happy Valley races

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – alternative Christmas lights

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.

Near where I live is a fake ship (because the area used to be a shipyard) which has shops and restaurants in. As part of their Christmas decorations they have planted a ‘sea’ of fake light up roses around the ship – I’m not sure what it has to do with Christmas but the effect is quite nice!

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By the way, if you’re interested in some of the more ‘Christmassy’ lights that are up this year in Hong Kong, check out this post.

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – there’s something in the water…

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.

For those of you who don’t know Hong Kong very well, Victoria Harbour is the bit of water between Hong Kong Island and the part of Hong Kong connected to the Chinese mainland. It’s a busy stretch of water, with boats of all different kinds passing through all day long – from ferries to tiny fishing boats and even massive cruise liners. And it also looks pretty dirty – there’s always rubbish (trash) floating in it, and I’m not really sure exactly what’s coming out of some of the pipes that empty into it!

With all this in mind, I really can’t fathom why on earth people would choose to swim in Victoria Harbour, but they do. It’s mainly older locals who like to go for a dip, and they like to gather on the waterfront to have a nice chat before and after their ‘healthy’ swim. Ironically, here they are pictured next to a sign that says something like ‘please don’t swim here, there is an intake pipe nearby’.

151215 Candid Hong Kong - pre-swim chatting

But that doesn’t seem to stop them from getting in! Can you see the head bobbing in the water in each picture?

151215 Candid Hong Kong - swimming in victoria harbour

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These photos were taken right next door to a lovely outdoor public swimming pool. Given a choice I would definitely pay the $19 (approx. £1.60) and go for a swim there instead!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – Christmas Street

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.

A little while ago, I wrote about Toy Street in Hong Kong, a street filled with cheap toy shops. I had heard that around Christmas time it is the place to buy Christmas decorations, but when I went a couple of weeks ago I wasn’t quite prepared for the transformation – Toy Street has become Christmas Street!

So if you’re looking for some cheap Christmas decorations in Hong Kong, you now know where to go! (FYI, it’s Fuk Wing Street in Sham Shui Po)

151202 Candid Hong Kong - toy street turns into christmas street

151202 Candid Hong Kong - Christmas decorations on toy street

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – shopping mall craziness

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.

Shopping is one of Hong Kong’s favourite pastimes and on a weekend or a public holiday the shopping malls can get seriously busy! This is an area of a shopping mall where I live which is full of attractions and rides for kids. During the week it is almost always empty and looks a bit like a ghost town, but during the weekends it looks like this:

151117 Candid Hong Kong busy shopping mall

Craziness! I dare not venture down there!

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Rachel

Candid Hong Kong – nature untamed

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 is generally a pretty urban place, and even the numerous parks have very defined areas for the plants. But sometimes the plants fight back a bit! For example, this tree obviously decided that it wasn’t going to let a few paving slabs get in the way of growing a tree root…

151006 Candid Hong Kong nature untamed

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Rachel