Oh, the places you’ll go! – More photographs of my trip to Hong Kong

Oh, the places you’ll go! – More photographs of my trip to Hong Kong

My first visit to Hong Kong was not under happy circumstances. I went to see a doctor about a bump in the night but while we were there, we saw the most amazing things.

So here, without further ado, are more photographs of my trip to Hong Kong:

“Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


Hong Kong: Notes on a Peak Tram

The Peak Tram has been around since the late 1800s and is a gateway to the best sights on Hong Kong Island. Travelling across a distance of 1.4 kilometres, the Peak Tram takes you from Hong Kong Central to Victoria Peak.

We rose at the crack of dawn to miss the hordes of tourists that we saw the previous day. Once we reached the top, we went for a breathtaking walk. We could see the entire island from up there and it felt good to walk and breathe and laugh again.


Snaps from a ding-ding

One of the most authentic ways to get around the city is by tram, or ding-ding as it is known locally owing to the sound the bell makes as it takes off. For less than HK$3 (around 40 US cents or R5) you can travel across the entire island. So, Sean and I hopped a ding-ding and rode until we tired of sitting. Most of all, we enjoyed watching the old and new buildings whirl past at a leisurely pace.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


A magical day in the Hong Kong Park

Hong Kong Park is a one-of-kind experience. We started with an old museum dedicated to the craft of tea-making and ended up in a tower overlooking the city’s shiniest skyscrapers. There was also an aviary with exotic birds (which, alas, refused to pose for a picture).

Finally, we stopped to watch men and women as they practiced Tai Chi. It almost seemed as if it was something that I could do, so hopefully one day I can learn the art.

“I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!


Street pics and Hong Kong Central Library

One thing we’ve missed about living in Korea that we’ve rediscovered in Hong Kong, is walking. We walked and walked until our feet hurt. Hence, we took in fantastic views and awesome street art.

One day our walking lead us to the Hong Kong Central Library, a magnificent multi-storey building with books of all shapes, sizes, colours and languages. I was not allowed to take photos inside the library, so these pictures of the outside will have to do. But what a sight it was!

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the library is how full of people it was. It seems that while in the west we’re constantly lamenting the decline of libraries, they’re flourishing in the east. Both in Hong Kong and Korea, I’ve never been to an empty library. Perhaps they’re doing something right and we could learn a thing or two from them?


Waterfront-seats and all-day English breakfast

We took a walk along the Central Waterfront Promenade, from where we could see the beauty of the Hong Kong skyline in its entirety. Before this, we were at the Hollywood park, where we saw famous Hong Kong actors’ hand prints, among others, the nimble digits of Jackie Chan himself.

During our stay in Tin Hau, we stumbled upon a quaint little café with all-day English breakfast on the menu. The woman who runs the joint makes the best tea in Hong Kong: it was strong and creamy and tasted of home, wherever that may be. Her scones – still hot from the oven and served with cream and strawberry jam – made me wish that she would adopt me as her own.

I wish I had more energy to give a more passionate account of my trip to Hong Kong. Suffice it to say, I will be back.

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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