Thursday, 31 January 2013

4 Days in Hong Kong- Day 4 Stanley, Bird and Fish Markets and The Peak

On my final day in Hong Kong the Hotelink bus was collecting me at 7.30pm so I had a whole day and a lot planned!

I decided to go to the furthest place I wanted to visit first, Stanley, an hour by bus, is on the south east coast of Hong Kong Island. And the south is certainly very different to everywhere I had seen so far with dramatic coast lines and beautiful beaches and no high rise buildings!

On one side of this peninsula area is Stanley Beach.

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And on the other, the promenade, where you will find wonderful markets, a very English suburban shopping centre and important sites like Murray House.

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And another temple called Tin Hau

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After Stanley I went in completely the opposite direction back over the water to find the bird market that I wanted to see. And I was not disappointed! How strange is this little park area which has been taken over by men selling all kinds of birds in way that makes you feel like it's all very wrong and not animal friendly, but irresistible to photograph.

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Near to the Bird Market is the Goldfish Market, as in fish for pets not to eat, this was less of a market and more of a particular area of a high street however what a colourful array of fish!

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And every 'in-tank' accessory you could imagine.

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Finally I went to find the tram up to The Peak, a must-see location that I hadn't realised would be quite so busy on a Monday afternoon! However trying not to panic about missing flights I waited out the line, paid the extortionate additional cost to access the highest viewpoint (not worth it unless you're short of time and after 'the' picture!) and eventually got this view.

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And the other way...

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And this is the building I was standing on the roof of for those views.

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On the way back down I took this picture from the tram showing the steep jungle that lies between down town Hong Kong and The Peak.

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My final photo from Hong Kong actually comes from the window in the bathrooms of my hotel, Rosedale, as I went for the first time to their sky view bar on the 33rd floor while I waited for my bus to the airport. This is the view over Causeway Bay.

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So I'm kind of sad that I don't know what amazing place I'll get to blog about next but hopefully something will come up soon. Meanwhile it's back to a regular photographer's blog, anyone got any weddings, families, events they want me to shoot? ;)

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