Tsim Sha Tsu and Avenue of Stars
A stroll around TST area makes me happy enough. At Nathan Road, there is Parklane where where you could browse through its stores and find some inexpensive items. And you can do store hopping here, if you are lucky, some of of the signature stores are on sale - just like my first time here. Ending up our whole day tour of the city at the Avenue of Stars was a memorable one. The panoramic views of the harbor and Hong Kong Island skyline was a reward for me after accomplishing my daytime itinerary. The Avenue is a great vantage point to watch the Symphony of Lights show.
A Symphony of Lights is another great reward. This spectacular multimedia event covers more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria harbor.
Hanging out with the vivacious and beautiful Virginia (VT member vigi) in Kowloon was a lot of fun... She took me up to Mong Kok district where we went shopping at the market and also stopped to get a bite to eat... Later, we met up with another VT friend of hers, the equally enchanting Ka Yin (sunshinee)....
The other side of Kowloon
Kowloon has some spectacular apartment and commercial buildings, but the city also plays host to some of the area that showcase how HK managed to rise and maintain its prestige as a business and manufacturing centre. Thousands upon thousands of people migrated to HK every year during the second half of the last century, many looking to work in low-paying jobs that promised better fortune than what was available in Mainland China. They often had to live in cramped quarters in poorer parts of the city, contrasting with the glamour of Hong Kong Island and the city's business elite. In Kowloon, you can still see the effects of the population boom as you go through areas of the city away from the waterfront, including the area around Temple Market. The run-down apartment blocks and the grimy streets showcase how the city was able to grow so rapidly and experience such aggregate success without high costs and labour shortages slowing economic development.
As in any other country or territory with a government-regulated economy, there are a few Chinese holidays and festivals that are celebrated officially in Hong Kong. There are also, however, some holidays and festivals that might only be celebrated by devotees of a certain god, or people from a certain region in China. The result is that there are occasionally small fairs set up in different parts of the island that commemorate a specific event or that pay homage to a certain deity. I found one in the Temple Market area, where a makeshift altar had been erected and various people, mainly the elderly, were coming to offer their respects. It's an interesting scene to witness, and one that enriches your understanding of HK and Chinese culture. It might be better, however, to actually ask someone what's going on and to understand exactly what the festival is, rather than take pictures blindly, as I did.
Umbrella is a must!
There are lots of small places which sell film, cameras and memory sticks. Make sure to bargain to get the best deal. I forgot to bring an umbrella, and it rained every day. Although you can buy a cheap umbrella in one of the drug stores, bring your own if you can.