This is a view inside the main headquarters building of HSBC in Hong Kong. The central area of the building is a vast cavernous space, around and over which, the devilish machinations of one of the World’s leading banks grinds inexorably on. Bearing in mind the current, generalised, negative feelings towards the banks, it does feel, standing here, as if you have been swallowed by some vast financial beast and, unless you can escape quickly out of that escalator in the middle, you will inevitably be devoured, consumed and eventually excreted as a dry, lifeless, husk.
As described in the last blog, all are available during an evening’s horse racing at Hong Kong’s Happy Valley
If you are ever stuck for something to do on a winter’s wednesday evening in Hong Kong, I can highly recommend a visit to the Happy Valley race track. For a very nominal entrance fee to the track-side public enclosure, you get an evening of fabulous atmosphere, great horse racing and the excitement of perhaps winning on a small wager.
After a blogging absence of over two weeks due to an influx of visitors and after some pointed remarks from home, I’m back!
On the subject of ‘back’, there is a saying in these parts that something is edible ‘if it has a backbone that faces the sun’. When you think about it, that just about encompasses any creature that you can think of and, to be honest, that also just about sums up what is eaten around here. These two delicacies were on sale in an emporium selling dried food stuffs in the Sheung Wan area of Hong Kong, but I have absolutely no idea what they were/are, or what on earth their purpose is in any meal preparation.
If anybody could enlighten me, I’d be most interested!
We were lucky enough to be invited to crew aboard an Amel Super Maramu 54′ ketch in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club annual Round The Island Yacht Race on Sunday. With up to 30 kts of wind, 2 metre seas in places and some 260+ yachts competing, there was some very exciting sailing to be had – and not much time available for photography! The photo above was taken on the ‘calmer’ downwind leg as we overtook this fabulous 78′ ketch named ‘Rona’ that was built in 1895!
The photo below was taken from another boat at a very similar time, with our boat in the background behind Rona.
The final photo, again of our boat, was taken as we were beating up Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour at the start of the race
Yesterday was about a Hong Kong light show at one end of the day and today is about a Hong Kong light show at the other end of the day. Every evening at 8pm there is a light show from the buildings along the shoreline of Hong Kong Island. The show is best seen from the opposite side of the harbour and, if you view it from the area of ‘The Avenue of the Stars’, it comes with a little introductory commentary and then a musical accompaniment, which sort of binds the whole 10 minute display together. It’s free, it’s unique, its setting is spectacular – what’s not to like?
My days have been shifting further and further to the right this week, culminating on Tuesday when I didn’t finish work until 3.15 in the morning. Rather than come straight home and wake up a sleeping house-full, I decided to take the opportunity to try out a photo-shoot location that I’d identified on a hiking map. This point is at the end of a ridge-line looking East over Hong Kong’s container terminal and towards the city. I thought it would be a good spot from which to view the sunrise and I was largely correct. This morning’s sunrise was good, if not fantastic, due to the low cloud that persisted over the city. However, I think it was worth the one hour hike each way and the 200 metre battle through head-high vegetation to get to this spot at this time of day, but I might just be commenting from a madman’s perspective!