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Hong Kong Pics

Post by Klara » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:58 pm

So. I know you've all been to HK, but I feel like I should post a few pics anyway.
Some of them are of poor quality due to my inability to take a decent pic in poor weather conditions. The constant haze really doesn't help.
Many of them will also feature me, of course, and I apologize for that.

We've posted pics from the pissup, so I'll start with the Chi Lin nunnery.


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It's a beautiful tranquil place surrounded by skyscapers on all sides. There are so many water features and birds in there that you can't hear the traffic at all.


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It's pretty cool. There's a waterfall and a somewhat posh vegetarianm restaurant behind it.



Then the next day I went to Sai Kung East Country Park. There were three of us: a British woman, me, and our French guide. The first part of the hike was gorgeous. The second part was interesting because we saw old abandoned Hakka houses and some exotic vegetation.


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This was the first beach we got to. You can apparently rent a couple of tiny old Hakka houses close to it, but you can only get to this part of the park on foot or by boat. When i say tiny, I mean like 4 square metres big.


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Then we walked over a couple of hills and got here.
There was a hut of some sort close to one of the beaches, so we had lunch there. It didn't look particularly clean, but the food was amazing and the three of us got on like a house on fire, so it was a great lunch. It was beautiful and so so peaceful.
We walked for another few hours after lunch, but it wasn't quite as pretty.


Then I went to Lamma Island. I took the ferry to Yung Shue Wan, walked to So Kwu Wan, and took the ferry back to Central from there.


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It was hazy and also around midday, so all my pics of Yung Shue wan are crap.


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The village is sort of pretty and very relaxed. There are no cars on the island, just bikes.


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The trail to the other side of the island is quite pretty. It was very hot, though.


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I had a drink witha view in So Kwu Wan before I took the ferry beck.



Then I went up Dragon's Back.

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I later walked down to that village.


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Again, it was midday and a bit hazy. It was a nice walk uphill. The views were great.


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Going down I might have taken a less popular path, I'm not sure. I was the only person there, which is very odd, and I often had to wade through vegetation much higher than me. Also, parts of the trail were totally inappropriate for the type of people who started the hike soon after me.


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I got down to Shek O, though.


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It's a cute little village. Very laid back with a posh looking golf course.


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Then I walked over to the Big Wave Bay, saw some surfers and decided to have a swim myself. It's not really swimming season, but the water seemed warm enough.



And now some typical Hong Kong pics:
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EMG told me about this place. That was one heck of a G&T.



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Temple Street. I never actually ate here. I mostly ate in my neighbourhood. I loved that place.



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My hood. This seemed to be the most popular place to eat on my street.



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Kowloon City Market, the biggest wet market in Hong KOng, was a 15 minute walk away.



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View from my breakfast table.



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And of course this.
I also have a short video of the laser show, if anyone wants to see it.

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Re: Hong Kong Pics

Post by Klara » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:11 pm

Everyone is more than welcome to post their pics of HK, of course.

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Post by Klara » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:30 pm

Most of you find hostels somewhat exotic now, so I thought I'd show you what a cheap posh hostel looks like.
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This was the female dorm. It was the tiniest room, I think. One of the mixed dorms was certainly huge for HK standards.
I never posted the traditional "view from my window" pic because we didn't have a window.


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So you got a pod with your own safe, charger, light, and a screen.

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Post by Lincoln » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:17 pm

Those are excellent pics Klara...really good.

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Post by mad hatter » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:27 pm

yeah cool travelogue klara
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Post by Bill Barilko » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:34 pm

Well posted!
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Post by EMG » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:54 am

I can't believe you didn't eat on Temple Street!

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Post by cuchulainn » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:16 am

Nice pictures, Klara.

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Post by Klara » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:30 am

EMG wrote:I can't believe you didn't eat on Temple Street!

I know. It just didn't seem like a place where I'd want to eat. All that noise and the plastic chairs.

I never managed to go up to the Peak either.

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Post by mad hatter » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:02 am

Klara wrote:
EMG wrote:I can't believe you didn't eat on Temple Street!

I know. It just didn't seem like a place where I'd want to eat. All that noise and the plastic chairs.

I never managed to go up to the Peak either.

temple street is busy and noisy i agree.
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Post by Klara » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:11 am

Yeah I think it's different if you're there with other people and you can add to the noise, but I was there on my own.

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Post by RichD » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:56 am

I have never even been to Temple Street after almost 10 years of HK living...I should go sometime.
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Post by Klara » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:09 am

Ehh you're not missing much.

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Post by mad hatter » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:49 am

Klara wrote:Yeah I think it's different if you're there with other people and you can add to the noise, but I was there on my own.

its like some of the party streets in soho. mostly ok if youre pissed up.
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Post by EMG » Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:21 pm

I like temple street for the food, not necessarily the atmosphere, though I don't think there's anything wrong with plastic chairs and a bit of noise. It's crowded because the food is good. And cheap.

If you go around 8PM it's pretty quiet and empty.

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Post by Klara » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:28 pm

Nah I'm ok with plastic chairs in certain situations as well. Temple street just didn't feel like a place I'd want to eat at as a solo traveller.
I loved all those tiny little restaurants in my neighbourhood, though. It's not a touristy area at all, which means prices were very, very reasonable.

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Post by mad hatter » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:31 am

heres an interesting link for you hk travellers

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Nice piece in the SCMP by Dr. Martin Williams, author of a book on Hong Kong's hiking trails, and with whom I had the pleasure of walking a few years ago:

http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-le ... ntry-trail

It's worth looking at the link for the illustrations, but it's a guide to a walk on Lantau Island:

'The Chi Ma Wan Country Trail, at 18.5km, is the longest country trail in Hong Kong. It starts in the north and makes a looping circuit above shorelines and up and over the peninsula’s highest point, Lo Yan Shan. Although it takes eight hours to complete the circuit, there are options for following shorter routes.'
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Post by veronica_inheels » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:30 am

what a nice trip you had! happy 40th birthday

I have not made it to temple st. nor to those empty and exotic looking beaches. next time.
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Post by northern_goddess » Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:46 pm

Great pictures!
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Post by cummy » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:47 am

loved your pics!!

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Post by Klara » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:33 pm

Glad you liked them.

Good thing I never listen to you lot, eh. I've forgotten which posters suggested there were no nice beaches and towns and no good hiking possibilities in Hong Kong, but they might have been a bit well, wrong.

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Post by lolasf » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:00 pm

Excellent!

How did you do with food? Was it easy to avoid meat, and stick to fish? How was the communication?
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Post by EMG » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:17 am

Hong Kong is a pretty great place for seafood. I always eat quite a bit of it when I'm there.

Communication can be a bit touch and go. I'll let Klara add her own impression, but most places will have an English menu laying around somewhere (though often you still don't know exactly what they're trying to say) and if not I just point at the picture and motion "one of this, one of this" etc.

In any upscale restaurant and in hotels they speak English just fine. Most shops as well, at least enough to get through a transaction.

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Post by Klara » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:28 pm

Food was excellent, Lola. And also mostly inexpensive.
I lived in a totally Chinese neighbourhood, full of tiny cheap restaurants catering to locals. People generally didn't speak English in my hood, but they often knew a couple of English words, so I was usually able to order what I wanted.

Hong Kong is sushi heaven, by the way. God I ate a lot of Sushi. It was so good and so, so cheap compared to Europe.

I didn't drink, except at RichD's house and the g&t I had at that roof top bar.

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Post by GayTurk_Izmir » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:42 pm

Great pictures Klara.
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