The Lovely Harbor of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbor.

Hong Kong actually means fragrant harbor in Chinese. Historians used to say that it was derived from the name of  a fishing village on Hong Kong island where fragrant incense was made and exported hundred of years ago.

There is a view from the Kowloon side which I am never tired of viewing – skyscrapers on the island coming out almost to the water edge, with the tall Victoria Peak as a backdrop.  On a cloudy day, the Victoria Peak is delightfully capped by clouds.DSCF2029

On the right is the Ocean Terminal where ocean going cruise vessels berthed. The docking of ocean liners right at the heart of this beautiful city could only add to the loveliness of the harbor.

This is a place I call home where all my blog posts are written, a place which I would sorely miss when I am travelling. But I know when I come home to this lovely place, the golden sun will shine for me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  .

72 thoughts on “The Lovely Harbor of Hong Kong

  1. It sounds like you enjoy living in HongKong, Michael. I have never been there but assisted a professor who used to teach at the Univ. of Hongkong in evaluating extensive interviews with American expatriate wives. We looked at their stages of cultural adjustment over a period of several years. Most of the women had a very difficult time outside their expatriate contacts. This was, say 30 yrs ago.

    • I think it is still difficult for expatriate wives if they do not have much to occupy during the day. Many expatriates are here only for a short time, and they don’t really have the time or will to adjust to the local environment and take a interest in the local affairs / community. I suppose the above comment applies everywhere. Some of my US friends do find it difficult to adjust to the environment which is nosier and hotter. Thank you 🙂

  2. I love HK and now that Cathay Pacific flies to the Philippines via there, I make sure I fly with them and stop by for HK cuisine at the airport.

    • I like the food here very much. Whenever I fly out, I used to have some food / snack at the airport restaurants while waiting for the plane. Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Penelope, I live in the more green and rural part of HK, although I still face the sea – call the Tolo Harbor. I can send you a photo showing a view from my flat if you would send me your email address. Thank you 🙂

  3. I have no knowledge of photography. Yet I make the pictures I take of my city centres of my posts. I found it out, through your blog, that black and white looks grander and more gracious than the coloured variety in city shots. It gave me some new ideas. Thanks.

  4. I went to HK quite some time ago, and loved it. The BW photo really captures it well, and somehow seems to intensify the “fragrant harbour”‘s scent… if we can’t see in full colour, then we need to use our other senses, in this case our sense of smell, to fully experience the location. Thanks so much for this interesting post!

    • A couple of decades ago, the harbor water became a bit foul. Now with the gathering of all sewerage into the deep sewer tunnels, the water is becoming clean again – corals thrive and the cross harbor swimming competition has resumed! Thank you 🙂

  5. I’m pretty stupid and amuse myself b/c I was not familar with Kowloon, but thought it sounded familiar. I immediately recalled it’s where Cassandra’s character, in the movie Wayne’s World, said she was from “Kowloon Bay” I think. But yeah, another good post from you!
    Really gorgeous. Love the change in texture from the water to the buildings and then even the clouds!

    • Actually, HK has 3 parts – Hong Kong island, Kowloon (Nine Dragons) peninsula and the New Territories. There is actually a place known as Kowloon Bay on the Kowloon side. Glad that you like the picture. Thank you 🙂

  6. I fell in love with HK when I went there backpacking solo in 2007. I loved it so much I took my wife there for our honeymoon in 2010. I don’t remember that Ocean Terminal – is it near Tsim Sha Tsui star ferry station?

  7. A lovely photo of Hong Kong Harbour. Very striking done in black and white. What a lovely backdrop for writing your blogs!

    • I like this photo as being quite three dimensional, I also like the cruise vessel there as well. Glad that you like the photo. Regards, Michael

    • Hi Michael, thanks for your comment, I am unsure as to how this comment appeared on your post. I am still learning the ropes. My name goes back to Ancient Rome, hopefully this does not show my age too much. Thanks for your understanding,

  8. Thank you for having to miss your home so that you can share with us so many wonderful and amazing photos all around the world! 😀

    Have a lovely weekend ahead, always~ Cheers!!! 😀

  9. Is this the same place as Aberdeen Harbor? My only visit was 30 years ago when we rode those motor boats that tourists enjoyed. I have lots of photos of Repulse Bay beach, Victoria Peak, and Nathan Road that sold us fake name brand polo shirts, jackets, hand bags, watches, etc. I remember the traffic was crazy; the food was very good; I enjoyed my visit to Hong Kong.

    • Hi, this is not the same place. This is right in the heart of the city. Aberdeen is to the very south of the HK island, where there was / is a floating restaurant. I would like to see some of the pictures taken in the 1980s. People always said HK experiences a big change every decade. HK is a lot different from what you have experienced / seen three decades ago! Thank you 🙂

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