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BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:08 AM
On my way back to the States again, and managed to visit Hong Kong for a couple hours. Took the Airport Express Train from the airport, where my hotel is, into downtown HK. Then hopped on a "Big Bus Tour" bus. I know, not a very good way to meet the people, etc. But it's a great way to see a lot of a new city, get your bearings, and then decide what you'd really like to do.

I have to say upfront, it was a lousy day for pictures, and I only had the Canon G16, which didn't handle the conditions very well.

We (coworker) walked from the HK train station up to the Peak Tram Station. Along the way, we passed thousands of people, mostly women, sitting along the sidewalks...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/womeninthestreet1_zpsuil0yna4.jpg

...and in pedestrian tunnels, stairs, everywhere...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/womeninthestreet2_zpswtlij0hk.jpg

Mostly they were eating. I don't know if that's normal everyday stuff, or what the heck was going on. There was also a street "fair" with all "organic" and "natural" displays...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/streetfair_zpsdjpmka9c.jpg

There were a lot more displays set up in public parks and such.

BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:16 AM
We did make it to the Peak Tram. Very crowded! Didn't care much for that part, but the ride up to the top was pretty cool!

Here's what it looks like inside the Tram...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/peaktram1_zpsqwgho71w.jpg

and looking back down the track...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/peaktram2_zpsdf0jbhw6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/peaktram3_zpsqiaqaqpy.jpg

The view from the top, after you run the maze through the mall up there to get to the viewing station, was amazing. Would have been more amazing, if you could have gotten to the rail to see. But it was packed. I settled for holding the camera as high as I could, and hope for the best...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/hkpeakview1_zpsjcf0gfv4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/peakview2_zpskdrxwock.jpg

The other direction...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/peakviewbackside_zpscchoed62.jpg

BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:19 AM
Some street scenes...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/crowds_zps8lvzw7kz.jpg

This is the Fringe Club. Contemporary and performance art there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/fringeclub_zpsl1ucwpls.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/streetscene1_zpssou12n17.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/streetscene2_zps0w36n2zn.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/flats1_zpsbshapsng.jpg

BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:23 AM
This used to be the British Army HQ (someone correct me if I got that wrong) but now is used to house The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army. It's a barracks and the soldiers in there are not allowed into the city. It is nicknamed the upside-down gin bottle building...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/PLAginbuilding_zpsawau3ak5.jpg

I plan to get out tomorrow again. If it's nicer, there's a long sky tram that will take tourist up to a Buddha statue. I'd like to ride the Star Ferry line, but not sure I'll have time to do that.

Shang
03-01-2015, 09:24 AM
"...Not very good..."
Heck, Brian, don't sell yourself short! Your pictures show us aspects of Hong Kong that we wouldn't have seen otherwise, and your photography is fine. Keep it up.

Steve McMahon
03-01-2015, 09:29 AM
Cool. Is the "haze" in the pictures pollution? It looks brutal. The bottom picture in #3 says a lot.

BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:30 AM
Thanks Shang. It just looked so much better in real life.

Honestly, I've lost my mojo, and the camera gear seems worn out. Can't take a decent picture these days to save my life.

BrianW
03-01-2015, 09:34 AM
Cool. Is the "haze" in the pictures pollution? It looks brutal. The bottom picture in #3 says a lot.

Just checked online, and the Hong Kong Air Quality index was low to moderate. It was moderate where we were downtown. But it was just generally overcast and hazy.

Gerarddm
03-01-2015, 11:04 AM
It is surprising to me that the green belt erupts right from the edge of the high rises. No interstitial zone at all. Fascinating, as Spock would say.

Garret
03-01-2015, 11:19 AM
Thanks Brian. As always, your pics show some great stuff. Your "lost mojo" pics are better than my "wow that was a good one!" pics.

StevenBauer
03-01-2015, 11:30 AM
What Garret said. I always enjoy your picture threads and want to thank you for taking the effort. Got any waterfront or junk pics?



Steven

The Bigfella
03-01-2015, 11:45 AM
Ha ha... the women. Its the maids day off. They all do something that doesn't cost money, ie sit around and talk to their friends

Great shots. Thanks. I haven't been there for about 16 or 17 years now

Andrew Craig-Bennett
03-01-2015, 03:02 PM
You took those pictures on a Sunday - hence all the maids.

This is the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Ice House Street:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v136/BrianW/Hong%20Kong/fringeclub_zpsl1ucwpls.jpg

George Jung
03-01-2015, 03:12 PM
love these threads.

'lost yer mojo'? Doesn't show in your pics.

S.V. Airlie
03-01-2015, 03:15 PM
The pics are fine! No need to apologize!

Robbie 2
03-01-2015, 05:34 PM
Thanks Brian

BrianW
03-01-2015, 06:51 PM
Maids!

I never would have thought of that.

Hwyl
03-01-2015, 07:02 PM
Great pictures. Everyone seems to have a story about having tailor made shirts there. I think I'd try that, though I have no use for tailor made shirts.

BrianW
03-01-2015, 10:26 PM
The weather today is worse than yesterday, and my flight is 2 hours earlier than I thought, so I'm not going sightseeing today.

Headed to Beijing for a layover, then Seattle, then home.