日本での一年間

July 20, 2011

Ultimate Fusion Cuisine

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Foie Gras Sushi in Hong Kong.

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July 19, 2011

Mongkok Flower Market

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After my day trip to Lantau Island, I took the train back into town and ended up with a little over an hour to spare before I was supposed to meet my friend for dinner.  I was beginning to think that my best option for killing time was to find a cafe to duck into, when I stumbled upon the flower market. It was a little bit late and things were winding down when I got there, but it was still very cool to see so many flowers shops concentrated in one little area.

COLORS!

Flower shop.

Browsing the flowers as night falls

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July 13, 2011

Day Trip to Lantau Island

Lantau island is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands, almost twice as large as Hong Kong island. Most visitors to Hong Kong arrive first in Lantau because the airport is on this island. Hong Kong Disneyland is on Lantau island as well. Most people visiting Lautau island will either be heading to the airport, Disneyland, or the Tian Tan Buddha, allegedly the world”s largest outdoor Buddha.

Until 1997, Lantau island was only accessible by ferry and walking around the Tung Chung area (the end of the line of the MTR train) or the airport area, everything does seem pretty new. During my day trip to Lantau island, I took the MTR to Tung Chung and then took the nearby Ngong Ping Cable car up to the peak. At the top, there is a very fake model of a “traditional Chinese village” (meaning the souvenir shops are supposed to look like Chinese architecture from the outside) that you walk through to get to the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tau Buddha. The cable car is supposed to have gorgeous views, which I was looking forward to, but unfortunately, it was raining so I couldn’t see much.

Like most of Hong Kong, high-rise apartment buildings are the norm on Lantau. This is in Tung Chung, near the MTR station.

Giant outlet mall next to Tung Chung station.

Walking around Lantau in the rain.

Click more to see my cable car ride and the giant buddha.

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July 12, 2011

Hong Kong Museum of History

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If you ever find yourself with nothing to do in Hong Kong on a Wednesday, then you might consider a visit to the Hong Kong Museum of History (香港歴史博物館). The museum is free on Wednesdays.  But at $10HKD on other days, you won’t break the bank visiting on a different day of the week. (Just keep in mind that they’re closed on Tuesdays.)

The museum looks at the history of Hong Kong going back to prehistoric times and continuing almost up to the present day. There are exhibits about the different ethnic groups who live/lived in Hong Kong, festivals that take place in Hong Kong and different historical events that have had a big effect on Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Museum of HIstory

A little while ago, I posted pictures from my day trip to Cheung Chau Island and in some of those pictures, people were preparing for the Steamed Bun Festival. The history museum has a model of the “bun mountain” that I photographed, but with fake steamed buns on it.

Bun mountain (包山) model

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July 8, 2011

The Peak

In the blink of an eye a month has gone by without updating my blog. My sincerest apologies! I hope to catch up in the next few weeks.

And now, a return to our regularly scheduled programming:

Every day tourists visiting Hong Kong flock to the peak. The real name of the area is Victoria Peak (太平山 in Chinese). Many Europeans built homes up on the peak during the colonial days, and in those days, they were carried up to the top on chairs. I feel bad for the people who had to carry them up this horribly steep hillside. In 1888, the first tram was completed, and now it’s mostly a tourist center with shopping malls and souvenir shops.

The Peak Tram. Hint: try to get a seat on the right hand side of the tram to have a panoramic view of Hong Kong.

Inside the pretty packed tram.

The stunning Hong Kong skyline, the reason people come to the peak.

Old and new

A closer-up view of some of the Hong Kong skyline.

Rickshaw driver waits for customers at the Peak.

The Peak Tower: basically a tourist trap. There's a big mall inside with your typical chain stores and souvenir shops. You can also pay to see the city from up there instead up on top of the hill like the regular folk.

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