View Full Version : Hong Kong Pics (not very good)

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...


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


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...


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

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...


and looking back down the track...



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...



The other direction...


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


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





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...


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?


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:


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

03-01-2015, 06:51 PM

I never would have thought of that.

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.

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.