Weekly Photo Challenge: Local ( Kowloon Bay )

This week’s photo challenge is Local.

The harbour of Hong Kong can be viewed from many vantage points, but tourists stick to touristy places on either side of the city area of Hong Kong.

Here is a view from the seaside promenade of Kowloon Bay in Kowloon.img_6955-3

It was a typical Summer night when people will come out to the seaside, taking a rest and gazing towards the Hong Kong Island side.

Some residents may play their guitar and sing their songs too.

Just across the bay is the newly built Cruise Terminal and in the backround are the buildings on the Island.

A typical Summer’s night!

Rain, Rain, Go Away

We used to have relatively dry and pleasant days in October.

The climate change has changed things, quite a few typhoons are coming even in October.

We just missed the typhoon Sakira which was tracking from East to West towards Hainan Island.

Yesterday it brought torrential rain, with over 100mm in many places.

Here is a picture taken from the local Standard newspaper to whom credit is acknowledged.



It shows a roadway completely flooded, with a lone yellow Mini Bus deep in the water.

Today, so far, we are spared from the rain.

We don’t know what is installed for us tomorrow when another super typhoon will head towards Hong Kong. It is predicted that the typhoon will make its landfall within 100km of Hong Kong.

Some newspaper forecast there will be a direct hit!

Weekly photo Challenge: Local ( Sai Kung )

This week’s photo challenge is Local.

One of the places I visit several times a year is known as Sai Kung on the Eastern side of the New Territories of Hong Kong.cimg2974

My photos will not do the place justice, as I concentrate my photos on scenery instead of people and street live which are all the more interesting.cimg2975

This is a small fishing town.  Recently, it has become more popular with locals and tourists as a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It is well known for its seafood and many seafood restaurants line the seafront forming a Seafood Street. Some sampans for selling live fishes and shrimps / lobsters are berthed against the seawalls. It is fun watching them selling the sea creatures.dscf2070

Besides seafood, visitors can charter boats for snorkeling, scuba diving or just swimming at the beaches at the nearby islands. My photo show some of the distant view of islands.dscf2063

There are several piers there where you can embark / disembark on boats which bring you to some of the nearby islands. One of my pictures shows the pier.dscf2068

You can easily spend more than half a day out there!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Local ( Stanley)

This week’s photo challenge is Local.

Of all the local places, there is a special place in my heart – Stanley on Hong Kong island, especially the Stanley Market.dscf2082a

It was a cozy little seaside village by the sea when I first visited it.

There was a quiet cemetery nearby as well.dscf2087

Things changed dramatically in the last decade or so, turning it into a touristy area.dscf2103

An old building of masonry construction, known as the Rodney Block, was dismantled, relocated and re-assembled there.dscf2093

A pier of Victorian construction was also relocated to the seaside as a pier for public uses.dscf2097

The whole seaside was turned into a promenade, offering a good vintage point to gaze out to the sea.

Many bars, pubs as well as arts and gifts shops are established there.dscf2096

The Stanley Market is still there, it is the place not to be missed by both locals and tourists.

This is not the same Stanley I have always on my mind; but who could resist the big wheels of time turning?


Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O ( Another View of Tolo Harbor in the Mist)

Spring this year was particularly misty.

This is another view taken in Tolo Harbor, Hong Kong.img_1708

There is so much contrast between the clear view of the seawall/ breakwater and the view yonder.

All buildings in the distant were shrouded in a thick mist.img_1711

Walking closer towards a pier didn’t change the view much.

The pier jutting out to the sea was like a silhouette – you can clearly see a person cycling on it, but the misty background remains unchanged.

Weekly Photo Challenge: H2O ( Mist in the Harbor )

This is not a monochromatic picture.

It was taken earlier this year with a smart phone when the mist was heavy.

The view is one of Tolo Harbor in the New Territories, Hong Kong.img_1671

Fabulous clouds, layers of mountains as backdrop.

In the foreground are faint outline of high rises.

In the foremost are some fishing boats and sampans.

If you look at the left bottom corner, you will see a bit of the edge of the shore in a different color.