Day 3 Central
On the third day in Hong Kong, we went to Central (中环). I feel that Central is similar to Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place and City Hall area in Singapore. What is there to see at Central? Tripadvisor will say ‘Pottinger Street (石板街)‘. To me, this is overrated. It is just a very steep stairs, with lots of mini stalls alongside selling decorative stuff. However, a place worth visiting in Central would be Man Mo Temple (文武廟). The interior is really nice for photography, a wide angle lens would be most suitable for such interior shot. Then we just strolled around and found a few really interesting alleys where they are many shops and stalls selling second-hand stuff, ranging from clocks, cameras, posters to wooden containers. I was not so lucky to find any junk that is valuable, haha!
For dinner, we wanted to experience the traditional dim sum at Lin Heung 莲香楼 where the dim sum are pushed and served in trolleys. Unfortunately, they don’t served dim sum at night. Some of my HK friends think it is weird to eat dim sum for dinner. Hmm… Anyway, after dinner, we went strolling at PMQ (原创坊). They have many cool shops selling arty, minimalist stuff as well as teaching hobbies such as sewing, baking and painting.
Day 4 Quarry Bay & Sai Wan Swimming Shed
I saw many photos about Quarry Bay (鰂魚涌) on Instagram so we decided to pay a visit. It was very easy to find the place. Just take MTR to Tai Koo, go to exit B, turn left and walk all the way straight. The Yick Fat Building is right before the hill. The facade of Yick Fat Building is indeed very charming. It represents truly the crampiness and history trail of Hong Kong. If you are a cat lover, you will be lucky to see the black cat, Coco, guarding the Chinese Medicine shop. So cute!
Next up is the Sai Wan Swimming Shed (西环泳棚). I really wonder how many people actually go there to swim. Well, we saw one man did it while we were there. But I think it is more popular for people to take pictures than swimming. Actually I was there during summer last year, the place was full of sea cockroaches. Eww…. This time round, the place was full of people queuing to take photos.
Day 5 Lai Tak Tsuen & Dot Well
In the morning, we went up the hill from Tai Hang Drive to Lai Tak Tsuen (勵德邨) . It is a circular building similar to the Pearl’s Hill Terrace in Singapore. Lai Tak Tsuen is a public housing but the security is strict. You need password excess so we just followed the residents in. Because we almost got thrown out by the security guards so we didn’t stay long. Anyway, without a wide angle lens, there was not much I could do except to get this typical shot (above).
It’s the last day in Hong Kong so I decided to have all my remaining films developed. So far, my favourite film shop in Hong Kong is Dot Well Photo Workshop in Tsim Sha Shui. Their rate is cheap and you can receive your photos in at most 1.5hours.
So, I left Hong Kong feeling happy.With Singapore Airline spacial seat, log cake and 2 nice movies on board, I reached home feeling blessed.
Hong Kong, I will be back.