Fortune-tellers & more
This was a big surprise for me on the nightmarket of Hong Kong: there is a large section of all sorts of fortune-tellers and they use the most "sophisticated methods" in order to see your future !
I have seen a lady using Tarot-cards and some people reading the lines of the palm, that is something you will see in many places of Europe as well, BUT some of these wise people on the Night Market even used birds in a cage for fortune-telling, others are reading are reading the future in the faces of their customers etc.
No need to believe in this kind of rubbish, BUT it is great to see it and as long as you make your photos from a wider distance it is also no problem to take photos there for tourists.
And all of them had their customers, lots of them also young people...
- Adventure Travel
- Arts and Culture
Bamboo & Scotchtape: Scaffolding a la Hong Kong
Have you ever seen something like this before: the scaffolding of such a giant building in Hong Kong was made of nothing else than bamboo-sticks set togeather and fixed with ropes and such a construction is reaching up over more than 19 storeys, that is simply unbelievable.
And when you take a closer look at my extra pictures I cannot understand HOW anybody would be able to walk on such a scaffolding or even do some hard work up there.
It is a pity I was not able to get any closer and take some photos of the finer details of that construction !
But in the evening on our Bustour I could get a fast look on the scaffolding of another building and there we came much closer, see it in my last 2 Fotos: it consists just of bamboo-sticks fixed to each other only by strings that look like Scotch-tape !
- Arts and Culture
Keep to the right when using escalators
When using escalators, keep to the right. I found it strange as Hong Kong drivers drive on the same side as those from Singapore following the British way, and yet when using escalators we need to keep to the right.
- Family Travel
Hong Kong Architecture
It seems like there was a period in HK's history when the government decided that it would counterbalance the territory's lush and colourful flora and fauna with a drab, grey, Stalinist approach to architecture. Luckily, this period did not last too long, and HK is endowed with a wealth of architectural styles and expressions, making it a world-class city on so many fronts. The days of Colonial British architecture have long since passed, although there is care in preserving the remains of the past. Today, it appears, HK's architectural scene aims to capture both the vivacity and the anonymity of the city. Many buildings are shocking with their colours and designs, amplified by the fact that they are skyscrapers, yet they do not bear any sort of distinctive traditional marks. It is as if the skyscrapers have decided to distinguish themselves from one another for a dance, while still maintaining the general decorum that is expected of their kind. There aren't the crazy buildings here as there are in the Gulf, possibly because, unlike in Qatar or Kuwait or Dubai, these are not just buildings for buildings' sake, they are places in which people will live and work on a daily basis.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Should you be asked to visit the home of a local, be sure to take your shoes off at the door. Chinese do not usually wear their shoes inside the house and it is good manners to follow their customs (although they will not insist for a foreigner to do so).
The most popular time to visit is from the middle of September to the end of February, when the weather is cooler. At its coolest (mid-December to February), the temperature averages 15C; at its warmest (late May to mid-September), it averages 27.7C. Humidity can get very high especially in summer and make you feel weary a lot quicker. Living there you find your 'whites' go yellow and your 'blacks' get mildewy.
The voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts. They operated on the 3 pronged flat British type plug, but I also had another fat round 3 pin plug in my apartment which was an older type and was gradually being replaced by the flat head plug.
Water : All water direct from government mains in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organisation standards. Bottled water is widely available in hotels and supermarkets.
Travel Agent : Karen has her own travel business and handled all my personal travel bookings as well as business arrangements, when I was living in Hong Kong. She was always a great help even under pressure to get something booked or changed in a hurry. If you are contemplating booking a tour from Hong Kong, give her a call.