Europe 2014

Hong Kong, 21-23 April


We always like to visit Hong Kong, not least because one of our old friends from university days lives there. It is a fascinating city, even when (as in this case) the weather is not the best.

  One thing that had changed since our last visit was that an area near the Kowloon Pier had been opened up as Heritage Square, acting as a forecourt to the historic 1881 building. This is the fountain in Heritage Square. †
  Heritage Square with the 1881 building behind. *
  Another view of Heritage Square. †
  Scaffolding, Hong Kong style. *
  We took a bus from Kowloon across to Hong Kong Island to visit Stanley Market. The traffic was the usual Hong kong tangle. †
  View from the bus going through the tunnel under Hong Kong Harbour. †
  Stanley from near the bus stop, looking down towards the market. †
  Panorama of Stanley Bay. *
  Another panorama, showing buildings along the waterfront. †
  There was a parade along the waterfront. *

Murray House is a restored Victoria-era building (1844) that was named after Sir George Murray (1772-1846), a British soldier and politician. In 1982 it was dismantled to make way for the Bank of China Tower which now sits on the original site.  It was reassembled in its present location in Stanley in 1998/1999. *

  Passage inside the arcade of Murray House. *
  Fishing boat on Stanley Harbour. *
  Then we took a bus back to Hong Kong Central. *
  But the weather was starting to take a turn for the worse. *
  View along the Hong Kong Island waterfront from the Star Ferry. *
  Arriving at the Star Ferry Terminal at Kowloon. *
  That evening, we met up with our old friend at Aqua, a bar up high above Kowloon. *
  And here are Nick and Joanna by a fountain close to where we ate. *
  The next morning, we visited the historic 1881 building, which now has shops on its ground level. *
  Courtyard at an upper level of 1881. *
  Shutters along a corridor at 1881. *
  The historic ball tower, used to give a time signal to ships, now re-erected next to 1881. *
  We set off for the Hong Kong Museum of Art, but the weather got very nasty. *
  The Museum forecourt. *
  It was dry inside the Museum, with some unusual art works. †
  There were some interesting sculptures out in the Museum courtyard, which we looked at in a break in the rain. *
  Then one last spot of retail therapy at Ocean Mall before we caught the bus to the airport to fly to Budapest.


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