This place will always be my home <3
But I haven’t been able to be there as much as I’d like in the past 20-some years. So, even though there’s so much to see and do and so much fun to be had, it always feels a bit emotional to visit. Childhood memories, and such.
We crossed the harbour between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula almost daily. Usually we take the MTR (subway), but realized that we can also take the Star Ferry, so we tried that one day. The Star Ferry has been in operation since 1888. It used to be much busier when the MTR wasn’t as extensive. I remember taking it every time we visited my grandparents, and it would make me sea sick (it still does :P). It’s an excellent way to take in the views of Victoria Harbour.
Near the Star Ferry pier we could see the smiley Ferris wheel ^_^ We didn’t go on it though. It was very rainy that day.
Aberdeen is one of the neighbourhoods where my family used to live. The Aberdeen harbour is home to many boat houses, and the many people who live in them.
People could cross the harbour with the commuter boat, it costs $2.20 HKD (about $0.35 CAD) for the 3-minute journey. So of course we went for a ride :D It was also a nice way to look at the boat houses.
The hotel we stayed at was very close to the North Point Pier. There were quite a few people fishing at the pier. This is one of my favourite pictures from the whole trip.
Springtime is very foggy.
Mike recently started reading Moomin comics and was very excited to find a Moomin Cafe :D We had lunch there one day. The server would bring over giant Moomin (and friends) plush to sit at the table with people.
And we found not one, but TWO Studio Ghibli stores! (Donguri Republic at Harbour City and Times Square)
We also found the BEST cat cafe ever!
There were cats everywhere. Right beside me curled up in a chair, on top of the tables, inside the counter…
Most are sleeping, but the ones wandering about were quite friendly :D
And in the same neighbourhood I found a yarn store! (the red framed windows with the sweaters) Causeway Bay is the place to be! I bought some discounted acrylic but exercised quite a bit of self-control — there’s only so much space in the luggage and there are so much fun snacks to bring back!!
Switching gears to see places outside of the city, we joined a boat tour to visit the volcanic rock region in the Hong Kong Geological Park, which consists of sea arches, sea caves, and hexagonal rock columns! The tour leaves from the Volcano Discovery Centre at Sai Kung Pier.
Pictures don’t do these mountains justice, they are absolutely magnificent. Here is a sea arch!
And some sea caves, and waterfalls!
As well as fishing villages…
And vendors selling seafood from their boats.
Foggy days mean low clouds hanging in the middle of the mountains and this heavenly scene.
Then we went to the opposite side of Hong Kong and visited Tai O, which is a fishing village on Lantau Island, with many stilt houses built on water.
The small streets and houses are very different from that of the city.
Residents making salt fish, shrimp paste and dried seafood.
We took a boat tour to watch for the famed pink dolphins, but didn’t see any :( maybe next time.
Going back in time, we visited a museum of a 200 year-old restored Hakka walled village, called Sam Tung Uk.
We visited partly because my sister and I have Hakka ancestry. Some of the things in the museum indeed remind me of what my grandparents used to have in their home, and still in the village where they live now, like the ancestral hall.
Back in the city, we visited the historical Stone Slabs Street (aka Pottinger Street) in Central district. Some of the stone slabs are restored, and some are original I think. Vendors keep stalls on both sides of the street. I remember being there once when I was young, and it being a lot busier back then, but this is exciting nonetheless :D
And guess what I found on these fabulous stone steps? A yarnbombed railing!
Nearby there is a Starbucks dressed like an old times Hong Kong coffee house :D
My sister took us to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she went to graduate school several years ago :D It might not be a place that most tourists would visit, but since it’s built on a mountain it’s actually a good hike, with lots of beautiful scenery, like this fountain near the top of the mountain, which seems to be built to blend with and interact with its surrounding views.
The tiles make up the words, “spread wings and fly” :)
And so we did, at the end of our trip, flew back to our other home in Toronto. But surely we will be back :)
I hope you enjoyed the photos! :D Because I have more! :D Mostly street photography using the Diana Mini. I’m still waiting to finish my last roll and for the rest to develop, but will pick some good ones to show you.
Have a good weekend, everyone!