Hong Kong - a beautiful, modern city
This was our second trip to Hong Kong, the first was in 2003 and it was our very first visit to an Asian country. Never in a million years would we have thought we were going to live in Asia! We forgot how beautiful Hong Kong is with its modern buildings juxtaposed with natural beauty.
It has a wonderful blend of old and new...
and a little unusual...
Technically Hong Kong is not a country - it is considered a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. Although under Chinese control, Hong Kong retains its own independent nature. It has its own money, passports, and legal system.
Below is the view from our hotel. I just love the reflections in the building windows.
A half-naked man smoking a cigarette - looks like he is posing for the sexiest fisherman's calendar : )
The markets were very orderly, clean, and neat. Hong Kong in general is a pretty clean city. Not quite Singapore clean, but still clean.
Food and tea...
We visited a very unique cafe - the Cat Cafe. Where cats were free to roam all over, even in the kitchen! Pretty sure you will not see this in the United States. Click here to read more about it on my art blog, ma vie trouvee.
A very unusual tea spout.
My lunch one day - and I was very happy that it came out looking exactly like the photo as there was no English signs.
Temples and parks
The Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in 1934 but was rebuilt in the 1990s following the style of Tang Dynasty traditional Chinese architecture.
Nan Lian Garden, created in 2006, is a Tang-style landscaped Chinese garden of classical elegance based on the blueprint of the famous Jiangshouju Garden in Shanxi Province.
The Hong Kong Skyline is said to be one of the most beautiful skylines in the world.
The “Avenue of Stars” is modeled after Hollywood's Walk of Fame. It honors celebrities in Hong Kong‘s film industry.
City Streets - chaotic and colorful...
We get to spend 10 days in Hong Kong again in November. I can't wait to explore more of this interesting city!
Beautifully done, as usual. I would not recognize much of what you saw. It looked very different in 1971 when I was there.
Posted by: Earl | October 16, 2014 at 11:44 PM
I was smiling throughout as I read your post and saw your pictures. You made it to the nunnery and the Nan Liang Gardens! That's one of my favorite places to take friends who visit. It's such a peaceful setting amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
Posted by: Buckeroomama | October 07, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I liked that one too, it's really neat. HK looks an amazing place, another to be added to the bucket list I think
Posted by: Carol | September 14, 2014 at 05:00 AM
Gorgeous ~ the one that really caught my eye was 6th up from the bottom ~ the skyline with the faint reflection of your camera ~ Spectacular!!!
Posted by: bobbie | September 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM