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!
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!
In answer to my own question in the title of yesterday’s post about Hong Kong – “But isn’t it all Skyscrapers?” – here is the answer;
“Some parts of it are”
This is a view of the Kowloon Peninsular and the North Shore of Hong Kong Island from atop Lion Rock, taken a few weeks ago on what, for Hong Kong anyway, was a very clear day. This part of Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated area on the planet and has the highest number of high rises anywhere. 52 buildings reach higher than 200 metres, 272 are higher than 150 metres and there are more than 7687 ‘high rises’. In fact 36 of the 100 tallest residential buildings are here and more people live above the 14th floor than anywhere else in the world and, with that number being over 3 million, that means more people live above the 14th floor in Hong Kong than the entire population of Chicago!!
Hong Kong really is the world’s most vertical city!