2012-11-22 The Lights of Hong Kong

4 12 2012

The city of Hong Kong is an amazing place. Busy. Bustling. Dense. Full of GREAT food. The one thing that takes Hong Kong that extra step up the ladder – the night LIGHTS. There’s nothing like the beauty of Hong Kong’s skyline or the crazy lights of Mong Kok!

1. 2IFC

2IFC rises up and above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Star Ferry pier and the light show in Central

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Western Central District

The Hong Kong Skyline at night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. The TST Clock Tower

Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Junk sailing

Junk and Hong Kong Skyline by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Something a bit bigger.

Star Cruises liner departs Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Central Skyline Panorama

Hong Kong by Night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

There are sooo MANY AMAZING SIGHTS! You can check out more at my Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7632168587640/

I hope you feel the magic of the lights too!

2012-11-22 A walk around “The Peak”

3 12 2012

We decided to head up to Victoria Peak with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom and Lorna and Claire.  We took a cab up and wandered around the Peak shops and checked out the goodies they offered – all at ridiculous “tourist marked up” pricing.  This one sign, however caught my eye

That’s what we need in Canada!  And the price is right… about $7CAD.  Well – it was a bit too early for that, so we kept looking about. Next thing you know, we run into Bruce Lee!  With this group of helpers, he was sure to win, even if he WAS wax Winking smile

We went for a walk around the “Morning Trail” which led us around the Northwest corner of the Peak.  It opened into lovely vistas of Kowloon, unfortunately the sun and fog were challenging bug we got a few pictures of Hong Kong’s tallest building, ICC and the ships in the Kowloon Western harbour.

After the walk around the peak, we took a cab part way down the hill to the Wan Chai Gap park.  Mrs Dragonspeed’s dad used to take the kids here when they were little. They walked UP and down the hill to Aberdeen when they were young.  We were going to walk down.  ALL the way down the Aberdeen!  We came across a tonne of pretty butterflies. It must be butterfly season as this was the second time in a week that I have seen so many together.

We even saw a couple of new birds (for me). Here’s the Japanese White-eye:

It was a good day of exercise and the clouds kept it from getting too hot, but didn’t help the shooting.  Well – I guess it’s a compromise!

The whole set of shots from the peak can be seen at:

Thanks for reading and dropping in to check out the photos!

2012-11-21 A Day at Ocean Park

1 12 2012

We hadn’t been to Ocean Park, in Hong Kong, for almost 5 years.  A lot has changed, some for the better, some – worse.  Still a good day to go visit and see the animals!  The weather was cloudy and threatening, but in the past week, I’ve learned that my ability to forecast weather in Hong Kong is pretty much non-existent.  We went with Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom as she really enjoys seeing the Pandas.

We arrived not long after opening and there were already many tour buses there.  It seems that Ocean Park has become a popular destination for mainland Chinese tourists now!  We snaked through the admissions line and picked up Mrs Dragonspeed’s mom’s free ticket (seniors get in free EVERY day) and made our way to the Pandas. 

The two giant pandas were pretty lethargic and did what they do most of the time in the wild.  Sleep.  A bit of movement, and the whir of shutters could be heard all around.  There were also a couple of Golden Monkeys who were much more awake and more photogenic! 

After the Pandas, we headed over to the Aquarium, which had been completely rebuilt since I had been there last. The area is HUGE.  There are so many beautiful species of fish and aquatic animals.  Mom went home after that while Mrs D and I kept wandering around.  So many changes!  Later in the afternoon, the rain started, it meant that the line up for the “Hair Raiser” rollercoaster was non-existent.  Great ride.  Too short. 😦

The whole set of pics from the day can be found on my blog:

Here are a few highlights.

Giant Panda

Golden Monkey

Stone fish

Fish with cool light coming down

Kids at heart

The cutest critter in the park – Red Panda

For the price of admission, Ocean Park is great bang for your buck!  If you’re in Hong Kong, I would put this on the “must visit” list.

2012-11-20 A nice relaxing day

21 11 2012

We didn’t do too much during the day on the 20th, but we did head over to Mong Kok in the evening to have dinner at a friend’s place.  It was my first time being in a regular Hong Kong apartment.  It was lovely, albeit a bit small.  Apparently the thick concrete walls means that you don’t hear your neighbours, which is good, because everyone lives pretty close to one another!

Our friend has two dogs, which made a significant part of the evening fun – trying to photograph people with dogs 😉

Here are some of my successes:

The Pomeranian – Cookie

The Chocolate Lab – Choco

Mrs Dragonspeed with Cookie

Claire with Choco

and then there are the “Fun trying to shoot dogs” shot:

Between the dogs, the good company and the great food, it was a fun evening!

On the way home, the requisite night shots:

Mong Kok lights:

Night food

The full set of photos is at my flickr set:

Next Blog entry will be Ocean Park!

2012-11-19 Christmas approaching in a semi-tropical City

20 11 2012

t’s really odd being in Hong Kong, weather is 25C and seeing Christmas displays. You gotta admit, they do it up big. In Times Square they have a Lego display for Christmas:

1) Snowman

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Sleigh ride and Cross Country skiers!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Freaky Lego Santas to give nightmares to small children

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) What would Christmas be without a Piper???

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) On a food related note, you can enjoy a variety of tasty snacks at the street vendor – including a small girl with a puppy???

You can even get a little girl or dog? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) Need a cab?

Need a cab? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) In case you forgot what keeps the Hong Kong economy going

Buy! Buy! Buy! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8) The annual sale at Sogo – stand still too long and you’ll get swept along with the crowds

Sogo annual sale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set for the day can be found at my Flickr site: 

Merry Christmas – Enjoy! (it’s 24C right now)

2012-11-19 A day on Cheung Chau

19 11 2012

We headed over to Cheung Chau on the 19th for a bit of a walk, fish balls, gai dan zai and a big family dinner… It’s a great island to visit with always SOMETHING good to shoot.

1. IFC II reaches up into the clouds in Central District, Hong Kong

Build up until you reach the Gods! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Wedding announcements!

Marriage announcements! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Yue Dan, or Fish balls on a stick – a Cheung Chau fave

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Yue Dan – Fish Balls! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) The old fashioned way

The good old way by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Workhorses by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The Dragon

Dragon by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) The Ghost King at the Cheung Chau temple

Scene from the Cheung Chau Temple by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day of fun can be found in the flickr set:

I hope you enjoy them!

2012-11-14_17 Scenes from the days

18 11 2012

1) A colourful tram
Colourful Tram in Hong Kong by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Towering Skyscrapers
Towering above by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Could you do this to a $7,000 camera?
I don’t know if I could do this to a 7,000 dollar camera! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Sign. Sign. Everywhere a sign…
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign…. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Light up the night.
Light up the night by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More from this set can be found at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspee … 2042881139

I hope you enjoy!

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