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.

Thanks for reading!

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

Thanks for reading!

Rachel