A Little European Flaire and Hygge

European flaire and the Denmark’s popular lifestyle – hygge (“cozy” or “enjoyment”) can be found in an unexpected part of Hong Kong called Wan Chai, which is famous for its night clubs, restaurants, and markets.

This is Lee Tung Avenue, which used to be the famous street of book/news publishing and wedding cards printing in Hong Kong. It has been redeveloped into a shopping arcade with plenty of European pleasure, shopping, eating, and sweet indulgence in the midst of busy Wan Chai.

  
  


Courtesy of Mipim Asia – the project won the 2016 Gold Award for Retail Development
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Merry Christmas – Images from Hong Kong

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!  Enjoy the spirit of Christmas from Hong Kong!

Paris in Hong Kong!  Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Paris in Hong Kong! Lovely decorations in the Landmark Building, Hong Kong
Parisian Cafe - looks real?
Parisian Cafe – looks cute?
Church I was baptized - The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Church where I was baptized – The Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Crib at the HK Catholic Cathedral
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Nice decorations at the Elements Mall
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
Swarovski decoration at the HK International Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
People love to take photo with this welcoming tree at the HK Airport!
My Dream Cottage - at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
My Dream Cottage – at the HK Regal Airport Hotel
Graffiti - local flavour
Graffiti – local flavour
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes - called PMQ!
A Hong Kong Government initiative to turn a previous policemen living quarters into a new art scene for local artists and cafes – called PMQ!
Hong Kong's latest attraction - Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District
Hong Kong’s latest attraction – Ferris Wheel near the Central Financial District (courtesy of timetable.com)

The Peak

Last Sunday in Hong Kong, the typhoon signal no. 1 was still on.  We went and walked around the peak for a walk-a-thon for my nephew’s school.

What a refreshing walk!

Beautiful and big banana leaves along the walk
Beautiful and big banana (?)leaves along the walk
Large trees over the walkway like a gate
Large trees over the walkway like a gate
Hazy look of Kowloon from the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
Hazy look of Kowloon from the Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
Another view - the typhoon look
Another view – the typhoon look
The East Side of Hong Kong
The Mountainous Hong Kong
Followed by a cup of tea in a Gallery Cafe in Causeway Bay
Followed by a cup of tea in a Gallery Cafe in Causeway Bay

 

Views of Hong Kong One Storey Above Ground

Hong Kong is famous for its many elevated walkways as well as bus and tram rides throughout the entire city.  I hope to share a few snapshots taken either on a walkway or on a tram with my handy iPhone.  I wish the quality of the pictures were better, but these photos do highlight movements!

Evening view of the Central Business District in Hong Kong
Evening view of the Central Business District in Hong Kong
Rush Hours in Central, Hong Kong
Rush Hours in the Central Business District of Hong Kong
Shoping is paradise in Hong Kong!
Shopping is paradise in Hong Kong!
Street Corner in the older district Sheung Wan in Hong Kong
Street Corner in the older district of Sheung Wan in Hong Kong
The historical building of Western Market in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
The historical building of The Western Market in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

The same views in Black and White;

HK shops B&WHK Maples B&WHK West B&W

 

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Stairways in Hong Kong

A good pair of shoes can take you to many places.  This is especially true for Hong Kong, which is famous for its steep stairways and walkways because of its many hills and slopes.  In fact, it boasts the longest covered outdoor escalator (measuring 800 metres or 2600 ft in length and about 400 ft in elevation) to shuffle residents back and forth between the business district on Hong Kong side and the hilly Mid-levels where many people reside.

As my parents’ home are on the Mid-level, I walk up and down the stairs as well as the escalator system almost everyday.  They offer extremely interesting sightseeing either during the day or at night.  You never know what you will see on your way.

Stairs leading to Hollywood Road, Central
Stairs leading to Hollywood Road, Central
Halloween costumes in display near one of the stairs
Antique alley near Hollywood Road
Stairs leading down to the business district on Hong Kong Island
Stairs leading down to the business district on Hong Kong Island

 

stairs 3
Halloween costume in demand
More costumes and fashion along the stairs
More costumes and fashion along the stairs
What I hope to show is the many street eateries tuck in a small alley amongst old buildings on a slope
What I hope to show, although not very well, is the many street eateries tuck in a small alley amongst old buildings on a slope
Boo!  This is Lan Kwai Fong, the famous bar area in Central, Hong Kong
Boo! This is Lan Kwai Fong, the famous bar area in Central, Hong Kong

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck!

This morning when I woke up, I was greeted in emails by 1 video from my sister-in-law and 2 photos from my Dad and nephew in Hong Kong all on the same subject. What can they be so excited about?

The World’s Largest Rubber Duck has arrived in Hong Kong! The Dutch artist Florentjin Hofman designed this giant inflatable “Rubber Duck,” a 46 feet by 55 feet floating sculpture, that is tugged around by a small tug boat. The giant duck started “sailing” around the world in 2007, and could be seen in St. Nazaire (FR), Sao Paulo (BR), Auckland (NZ), Hasselt (BE),Osaka and Hiroshima (JP), Sydney (AUS), Nürnberg (DE), Amsterdam (NL) and now Hong Kong.

According to the artist:

“The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation.

The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

Just watching the video, I can already imagine the smiles, happy memories and the wonder this duck will bring to everyone’s face and heart. It is an immediate and simple joy which everyone can appreciate – no complexity in art, no agenda, just a floating duck blobbing around, bringing back favourite childhood moments! I think this is not just artwork, but simple human nature at its best – sharing the joy!