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.

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

Wanchai Star Ferry

Fishermen at Wanchai

Then walked round past the exhibition centre to watch the sunset 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

Next Day…

Took 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.

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, will have to return on a clearer night if one happens.

So the usual view from The Peak

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong

After the visting the famous 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

Armed with my tripod and flash a few of the iconic Hong Kong trams and their light trails had to be photographed. This stop was just outside the Bank of China buliding.

Hong Kong Tram Lights

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 as the morning light ideally 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 steady.

Hong Kong Crossing From Top of a Tram

Tin Hau is a small very old temple, nowadays blocks of flats are 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 photo 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 in my entire 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

Hong Kong Tram Track Night Lights

Then that was that…one the way home some famous restaurant 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.

Day 4…..

Today a lie in was the order of the day, so at around 11am I woke up and looked outside and there it was..The famous Hong Kong Haze. Visibility wasn’t great but I decided to still crack on with my trip to Stanley / Aberdeen and Lamma Island.

So I jumped on the MTR as the guide book said the bus leaves from Central Station. I got off the MTR and found the bus station and jumped on a 260 to Stanley. I watched as the bus drove up the road and stopped right outside my hotel! Great, wasted about 25mins there! still we worked our way through the traffic and went via the Aberdeen tunnel and came out on the other side of Hong Kong Island. Repulse Bay looked nice in the haze. Finally we skirted the coast line and arrived at Stanley.

I had a wander round, lots of tourists here, a few bars on the seafront and the main attraction was Stanley Market. Unlike the Ladies Market in Mong Kok the sellers here don’t hassle you, everything has a realistic price marked.

Stanley Market Hong Kong

Old Luggage Suitcases in Hong Kong

View back across Stanley Harbour
Stanley Harbour Hong Kong

After leaving Stanley again on the bus, I think it was the number 73 I arrived in Aberdeen. More locals that tourists here, I had a listen to what they were saying but no one spoke Scottish in this Aberdeen.

I took the Sampan across the water to the look back on the boats in the harbour as the sun was in my face and the haze made everything lack contrast. When I got off the boat there were a couple of sampans with locals selling fresh fish. The people at the top could see down onto the boat, choose a fish, the man would weight it then kill it. Bag it up and pass it up in his net. The money would then be put in the net and brought down to him. He was doing good business.

Sampan - Aberdeen Harbour

Aberdeen Fish Sellers in a Sampon Hong Kong

Fish Sellers in a Sampon Hong Kong

The view from across the Aberdeen Harbour.

Boats and Flats in Aberdeen Harbour Hong Kong

Trawlers in the Harbour.

Boat in Aberdeen Harbour - Hong Kong

Boat in Aberdeen Harbour - Hong Kong

After a short walk down the promenade I came to what I thought was a kids playground, but the only thing was it was full of elderly people on the apparatus. I then noticed a sign saying it was a elderly person exercise ground. I think if that was in the UK all the elderly would be sat in the corner smoking fags and drinking diamond white!

Anyway I jumped back on the sampan to the other side where I caught the ferry to Lamma Island. It was a small boat and the journey was 30mins. Boats are not my favourite mode of transport as I usually turn a pale shade of green when on them, however there is no other way to get there other than helicopter and there weren’t any of those in the harbour.

We left the harbour wall behind and could see Lamma in the haze infront of us. What I could also see if what seemed to be a very busy shipping lane full of huge and I mean huge container ships. We were travelling steady in a straight line and I could see this container ship heading towards us were looked like we were going to cross in front of it, however the more I looked and did the angles in my head there was no way we were going to make it in time. I thought this was it! Lucky for us this is probably quite normal for these guys who do this everyday, he backed of the gas and let the container ship slide by. We got hit by some pretty big waves as it did.

Hong Kong Container Ship V Lamma Ferry Hong Kong Container Ship

Finally we arrived in Lamma Island harbour where one of the trawlers was dropping its catch off to a smaller boat.

Trawler in Lamma Island Harbour

A view from the boat to the Seafood restaurants on Lamma Island.

Ferry to Lamma Island

I disembarked the yacht onto terraferma and had a walk around Lamma Island until it got dark. The trail is quite hard work and after 2hrs of walking I headed back to the restaurants which line the harbour front. I ordered Steamed Fish and Salt and Pepper Prawns, washed down with a Tsingtao beer.

So suitably full I got back onto the boat, which this time was a larger and faster ferry. I think I fell asleep on the way back as Central seemed to come around in no time.

So after being on a stuffy boat I decided to walk back to the hotel to get some fresh air. On the way I walked past the IFC building and a couple of others which made for some nice photos.

Colourful Building in Hong Kong

International Finance Centre (IFC) Hong Kong

International Finance Centre (IFC) Building - Hong Kong

After this I saw one last flyover close to my hotel where the trams went under. There are lots of elevated walkways in Hong Kong so great for these type of shots.

Hong Kong Night Trails

Hong Kong Street Woman with a Fish in a bag Duk Ling Junk Boat - Hong Kong Ghost Tram - Hong Kong Hong Kong Night Street Tram Trails

Playing with my tripod and flash on some trams after dark in Central Hong Kong
Hong Kong Tram at Night

People on the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which is the underground in Hong Kong
People Exit the Hong Kong MTR

Friday night in Mong Kok, very busy scenes here as people come after work to shop, eat and drink. Mainly a younger crowd from what I saw.
Hong Kong - Mong Kok Street

Taking the Star Ferry across the harbour

Hong Kong Junk

So that wraps up my trip, all images can be seen on my flickr page – www.flickr.com/iesphotography I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of Hong Kong.