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Cemetary in Hong Kong

I thought this cemetery was interesting.  I’m used to seeing sprawling cemeteries with lots of grass between the headstones.  In Hong Kong, they are very compact and terraced.  I like all of the lines in the photos.

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IMG_9794_hkAll of the photos were taken from Joris and Dagmar’s balcony.

Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

HK Walk of Fame

Hong Kong has an “Avenue of Stars” modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Dagmar and I walked down it (sweating profusely all of the way. )  A group of Japanese schoolkids asked me to take their photo a couple times – they were pretty cute.  We also had high noon tea at a hotel overlooking the harbor.

Hong Kong – Cheung Chau Island

Esther and I took a ferry to Cheung Chau Island.  We ate at what the guidebook called a local seafood place (we agree, seemed very local and cheap), then rented bikes and rode around a bit.  It was HOT and we were just soaked with sweat.  There are no cars allowed on the island, so the “road” is really just a sidewalk and the hills were horrendous!  I wasn’t sure if I was going to make some of the hills in the heat.  Some of the interesting things we saw there: grown-ups riding bikes with tiny training wheels, the steepest and most crowded cemetery I’ve ever seen, and the steep, winding sidewalk/streets of the town itself.

Hong Kong – The Peak

The Peak has the infamous view of Hong Kong.  Wow – it’s been a year since my only other trip to Hong Kong.  Here are the Peak photos from then.

What do you think of the fisheye lens?  It’s totally a novelty lens, but I bought a big new camera bag so I have room to lug around a couple more lenses than I usually do.

Hong Kong – Stanley

Last week I spent four days in Hong Kong.  My friend (we went to school in Sweden together, then visited her in Belgium and last summer she came to Shanghai) Esther’s sister lives there now, so Esther came to visit and so did I!

These photos are from Stanley, which is known for it’s market.  We weren’t that impressed with the market – it seemed similar to any other Chinese one!  We did find one shop with very unique clothing, original designs silk screened by the owner.  We both bought clothes there.  The waterfront was nice though.

(Click on any of the photos to see them larger.)

The Peak

The Peak is pretty famous in Hong Kong. Click on the photo to view it larger – it looks much better that way! I used PhotoShop’s photomerge feature to create this from 3 photos I took. It about a 180 degree view.

Jon and Adam – what a clear day. (not. as usual.)

Fire Dragon Dance

Saturday night we went to a “Fire Dragon Dance.” We stood and got pushed for about 3 hours and really didn’t see much, even though we were up front.


Dragon running through the streets without fire.

There was drumming for over an hour at the beginning.

This girl was good – her belt says “Sexy Bull”! (random?)

The dragon was this thing that had a ton of incense sticks in it. After the drumming, they lit the incense and ran it through the streets.

Girls at the Fire Dragon Dance



Weekend in Hong Kong

We had a day off on the 11th, and Jon and I were in Macau and Hong Kong for business, so we decided to stay down there for the weekend. Adam lives in Macau, which is about an hour ferry ride away from Hong Kong.

Friday night we ate at a Greek restaurant, found a new t-shirt for me (from France, I was told), went to a bar called Carnegie’s, and then finished the evening at the sports bar in our hotel. The restaurant was great. Jon found a little piece of plastic in his food, but told the waiter not to worry about it. Of course the waiter was worried about it, so gave us all free dessert. I was too full for dessert and I think he felt bad because I didn’t get anything, because then he showed up at the table with shots of ouzo. And he ensured we drank them.

Hong Kong has double-decker busses and trams. The streets and sidewalks are very narrow too.

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