Archive for November, 2009

Hong Kong – Day 3

Was up early today to go out to catch some photos of the famous Hong Kong Trams. Started off outside the hotel on Hennessey Road while the morning light was right down the road before it was hidden by the tower blocks later in the day.

Hong Kong Tram and Bus

Hong Kong Trams

Then I took a tram to Tin Hau to visit the Tin hau Temple.

Firstly before I got there I had to have a crack at a busy crossing photo from the front of the tram. The tram was stopped while people get on and off but the tram rocks about making it hard to keep the camera stready.

Hong Kong Crossing From Top of a Tram

Tin Hau is a small temple, very old with todays blocks of flat now surrounding it.

Tin Hau Temple - Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple - Hong Kong

Tin Hau Temple Hong Kong Praying at Tin Hau Temple Hong Kong

After Tin Hau it was back on the Tram HK$2 anywhere you like, bargain! This time it was further away from Wanchai to see the retired and dry docked Hong Kong Fireboat Alexander Grantham.

Fireboat Alexander Grantham

Fireboat Alexander Grantham, the largest in the fleet of fireboats, was built by the Hong Kong Whampoa Dock Company Limited in 1953 and decommissioned in May 2002, after 49 years of service.

The fireboat Alexander Grantham - Hong Kong

Measuring 38.9 metres long, 8.8 metres wide, 15 metres tall and with a loaded displacement of 511 tonnes, it has taken part in numerous fire-fighting and rescue operations, including the Seawise University fire in 1972, the Eastern Gate fire in the 1980s and the New Orient Princess fire in 1993.

Whilst on the Fireboat an old boat called Jimei left the harbour.

Jimei - Hong Kong Harbour

Guess what happened next……yes your right back to the tram! Stayed on this tram until the end of the line at Shau Kei Wan

Just across from the tram stop was a food market selling fruit, fish and well any part of the animal you can imagine including my particular favourite Chickens Feet. yummy! I obviously took the pic and moved onto the next stall which had freshly cut up fish. On closer look you the fish were sliced in half and you could still see the heart beating, not something you see everyday in the UK, although something you probably do see in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Market with Chicken Feet

Shau Kei Wan Market - Hong Kong

After this it was back on the tram to Wanchai and get some lunch and a rest.

In the Evening I went to Kennedy Town and Happy Valley on the tram, been on more trams today than enter in my life!

It was dark now and rush hour slow was a long journey through Central Hong Kong and the tram was packed.

Transport in Hong Kong at Rush Hour

Then that was that…one the way home some famous restuarant I think called Lung Moon in Hong Kong is closing down, lots of press and people taking photos, I haven’t a clue so you chinese speakers will have to help me out. Anyway I joined in the mass photographing session!

Lung Moon Hong Kong Restaurant Closing hong_kong_301109_evening_restaurant1

and that concluded Day 3. Tomorrow Ten Thousand Buddhas and other stuff which is yet to be decided.

Hong Kong – Day 2

Woke up about 5am with jetlag, got to sleep again and headed out around 10am. First stop McMuffin! Send stop the MTR to Diamond Hill then a short walk up to Chinlin Nunnery 志蓮淨苑.

The Nunnery is split across the main road with a overhead walkway linking the two sites so easy access.

The golden temple in the Nunnery

Chinlin Nunnery

The Nunnery is nestled amongst the high rise blocks of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Chinlin Nunnery

At the far end there is a waterfall and a waterwheel

Water Wheel at Chinlin Nunnery

On the other side of the road are the temples where you can pray to Buddha, there are also 4 ponds containing Lotus and other plants

Chinlin Nunnery Plant

After the Nunnery I headed back to the hotel to grab the tripod and have a rest as the jetlag was getting to me. 7-Eleven to the rescue, lots of gatorade and water.

so I set off out again on the MTR to Central then walked up past the Bank of China to the Peak Tram. Queued for a while as it was quite busy. Got off at the top and walked up to the Peak, quite a long way up. Lots of people with Tripods and a camera club also had an outing up to the peak. It was a bit hazy so not ideal, I shall have to return on a clearer night if one happens.

So the usual view from The Peak

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong

After the Peak I walked down to the Central Area just outside the MTR station. There is a display on at the moment as Hong Kong is hosting the East Asia Games next week, The HSBC building has a big neon sign on the sign of it promoting the games.

Hong Kong is Hosting the 2009 East Asia Games from 5th Dec

Outside the HSBC building is a display of drums for the games

Hong Kong is Hosting the 2009 East Asia Games from 5th Dec

After this I did a few tram trails then headed back to the hotel on the MTR.

Hong Kong Tram Lights

1st Day in Hong Kong

I departed Heathrow at 6pm on Friday night on a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Hong Kong. Managed a bit of sleep on the plane as it was an overnight flight. Touched down at 13:00 local time in Hong Kong. Once through the customs I picked up an Octopus Card and jumped on the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station. Changed to the MTR a couple of stops down the blue line to Wanchai where I found my hotel about 2 blocks from the station. So the location is great, right in the heart of Wanchai, I’m on the 9th floor and its still a little noisey on the main road, do I ask for one of the 14th floor?

Once unpacked I took a stoll into Wanchai and took one of the elevated walkways to the seafront. Firstly I wandered past the Star Ferry terminal at Wanchai where people were fishing off the pier.

Wanchai Star Ferry

Fishermen at Wanchai

I then walked round past the exhibition centre to watch the sunrise against the backdrop of Victoria Peak and the Hong Kong Skyscrapers.

Wanchai Harbour Sunset

Hong Kong from Wanchai

Hong Kong Sunset from Wanchai

After than I wandered back to the MTR via a local “restaurant” so for satay noodles. On the way back found a bridge, next time I’ll take the tripod.

Wanchai Bridge Night

After food I took the train to Central where I met a friend. Found a bar named Bulldogs, a British Bar in Lan Kwai Fong, had a few beers, the US Navy must be anchored somewhere as there are a lot them in town. Finished the beers and took the MTR back to the hotel and slept, so all in all a good start to the trip! 5am now wide awake!

Think I might go to Stanley!

New Website Design + Published in Daily Mail

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Recent events I have been photographing include Chelsea V Man Utd and Arsenal V Spurs.

Also had one of my images published in the Daily Mail on the 7th Nov!

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