Central District, Hong Kong
Between Statue Square and Victoria Harbour in Central there is a podium surrounded by water. It hosts different statues. I do not pass it often but when I do the statue has often changed. Last time I passed there was a moose on proud display. I looked for info on what it was and why it was there, but could not find any.
Just looked it up on line. The statue is by French sculptor Daniel Daviau and is called Moose in the City. It is part of Le French May.
When I arrived in Hong Kong in 1996 my guide book mentioned a fun fair in Lai Chi Kok. Neither of us are especially funfair people, but it was on our things to do list. Before we got around to getting there, it suddenly closed down in 1997. For many Hong Kongers of around my age this was a major tragedy. They had lots of happy childhood memories of visiting this fairground, so this summer 2015 it was revived in a new location at Central Waterfront. It will only be there for 70 days. It is near the new big wheel. The funfair dates from the 1960's and has elephants, dinosaur slides, bumper cars, a haunted primary school and much more. It was very very hot when I visited, but definitely worth a look. Entry is free. You just pay for any activities you do.
The reclaimed land near Central Ferry Pier is still being worked on. I do not often go to this area, but when I did recently I found: big wheels, junk rides, fancy harbour star ferry rides, the big bus, the Maritime Museum and the revitalised Lai Chi Kok Funfair. The funfair is supposedly only there for seventy days. When I have more time I will visit the Maritime Museum.
"Cacilhas" is an harbour in Tejo river, facing Lisbon.
For those who knew Lisbon before the construction of the first bridge, Cacilhas was… the other side of the world, a world of hard work, hard conditions, but the charm of the adventurous crossing in a “Cacilheiro”, the generic name given to the boats and ferries used as the only solution available to cross.
The bridge reduced the importance and use of the “Cacilheiros”, but they keep on working, and going to Cacilhas to drink a “Ginginha” is a tradition known by many Lisbon inhabitants.
Now you may understand (and allow) my discreet smile when I saw a “Cacilheiro” in Hong Kong.
Signs of the connection to Macao, of course, but… what about a Ginginha?
St Johns Cathedral is not really off the Beaten Path. Anyone walking up Garden Road to the Peak Tram Lower Terminus will walk straight past it. I have myself on many occasions.
The last time I walked past, on a particularly hot day, I decided to take a closer look thinking the interior might offer some respite from the heat. Once inside I sat for a long while enjoying both the slight crosswind from the church's open windows and the Cathedral interior itself.
The Church was built in the late 1840's in the Gothic style but the architecture is much less ornate than normally seen in a cathedral with the white columns, altar, and walls making the interior look larger and uncluttered. There is a lovely stained glass window behind the main altar.
I'm pleased I took the time to see the oldest Anglican Church in Hong Kong, but its easy to walk by and not really notice as it is somewhat sandwiched between the skyscrapers.
You don't need to go to the Peak to have a great view of Hong Kong's harbours. There is an excellent and free vantage point from one of HK's tallest buildings -- the TWO IFC Tower -- and you can even do some shopping at the IFC Mall afterwards.
The HK Monetary Authority has an exhibit area (museum) and library on the 55th floor of Two IFC. (The photo is of TWO IFC from the Star Ferry.)
First, go to the IFC Mall in Central (for example by MTR to Hong Kong Station, Exit A2). It's a little difficult to describe the directions within the mall so look for signs to Two IFC, HK Monetary Authority (HKMA), "Offices" or ask directions to the "museum" / "library".
The entrance that I took was NOT from within the tower itself. It was within the mall. In the absence of signs, wander through the mall and look for what looks like a normal hotel entrance -- with only two or three people guarding the security entrance.
Tell the receptionist you wish to visit the "museum" or "library" and they will examine your passport or HKID card. They will give you a special pass and allow you through the metal detector to the elevator.
Open Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Hong Kong is well known for its glitzy shopping and even if it's not always the case, visitors will still visit Men's or Women's Street.
But there is still life in Li Yuen Street West. Clothing, shoes and even children's ware can be bought at a snip, but the tricky bit is that you'll need to bargain and with stall holders knowing that you are a foreigner, it will be a battle of who can hold on the longest wins. i.e. If I suggest a price and the shop owner feels it not a good price, you can either further negotiate, or totally give up on purchasing the goods. No hard feelings!
It is not exactly a place that most people associate with tourism, but if you wind up in Causeway bay, you may want to spend a few minutes to stop by HK central library. It is pretty impressive in design - I would not say it is a library if there was no sign on the front.
Here I quote the introduction on my map: "The world's longest network of escalators snakes its way up from Central,through SOHO,and into the mid-levels residential area which is popular among Hongkong's expatriate community".
The escalator consists of many sections. There're lots of unique bars and restaurants along the way. While going upward you can enjoy viewing local lifestyle and street scenes along the hill. On the midway, there's a mosque on the left side.
At the start of the escalator there's a machine. Screen your Octopus card on it. You'll pay HK$2 less if you take the metro on the same day. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the machine.
This isn't very secret its obvious actually just go to the top of the peak and at the right hand corner near the bend in the road theres a great walk straight down to the mid-levels
Takes about an hour nice views of HK Island and Kowloon Side.
This escalator is not found in a popular part of Hong Kong and therefore remains quite undiscovered. But it allows you to see a lot of the back streets in Hong Kong and can truly make you appreciate what you have, as some of these areas do not have a high standard of living. This 'path' is actually used by the locals as a mean of getting up a steep hill, but it does give you time to rest your legs whilst still exploring the hidden part!! But dont be surprised at where the escalator finishes, as it is quite random!! From the end you can easily find public transport and commute your way back to more conventional attractions!!
Duddell Street is a very short road connecting Queen's Rd Central and Ice House St. But the stone steps and 4 gas lamps on the end of the road have already over 100 years' history and the lamps still work well. It's said in many movies there're scenes shot here. Pay a visit if you drop off at MTR Central Station.
The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System is the longest escalator in the world!! It is 800 m long and ascends 135 m from Central to Conduit Road, Mid-Levels. It serves 34000 users daily. We had a lot of fun using it!
And afterwards take a ride on one of the old trams of Hongkong - we had two hours of fabulous sightseeing for almost nothing!!!
While these are not really places that people shop, taking a closer look shows that these shops have some really interesting things. I found this little statue of Chairman Mao in a window. But be very very careful while taking pictures here. The shopkeepers absolutely hate it and understandably so. This is at the beginning of the escalator in Central.
Walking around the Central District, I happened to stumble into this rather beautiful park under the shadows of the giant sky scrapers. Here there is a manmade waterfall and some ponds. Alot of fine chicks come here to relax from their work in the warm afternoons.