Here are some photos of the lesser known side of Hong Kong: where fresh air is abundant, misty horizons beckon and luscious golden rolling hills undulate up & down the several peaks at Pat Sin Leng Country Park, one of the highlights of my recent trip to Hong Kong.
One of my little quirks is to catch some music performance whenever I travel. Ditto for this trip to Hong Kong, where I caught a couple of classical music performance. I actually wanted to also check out a mini jazz fest in Soho, but time did not permit.
The first was a free lunchtime recital “Good Music This Lunch”, featuring cellist Wendy Law and members of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The venue is the Agnes B Cinema at Hong Kong Arts Centre. An interesting venue for a recital as I thought this was an art house cinema. I managed to find my way there from the MTR, zigzagging through throngs of people who were heading towards the nearby Immigration building and mainland tourists posing for photos with – of all landmarks in Hong Kong – Revenue Tower (i.e. tax authority building).
Just came back from a very enjoyable trip to Hong Kong. It was great fun to re-explore Hong Kong, this time with friends both old and new who live there. The demography and languages spoken have changed subtly over the years: although Cantonese remain the most commonly spoken language, most people switch effortlessly to Mandarin without batting an eyelid. But Hong Kong is not just a magnet for mainland Chinese; its economic hub & “gateway to China” status draws people from all over Asia, as well as the West. Historically, Hong Kong is made up of people from different places and is a confluence of different subcultures. So perhaps any changes in demography is just a step in the evolution of this city. Hong Kong is also a mix of old world & new world charm. Skyscrapers loom large but some construction works are still supported by bamboo scaffoldings, the setting of many 80s’ Jackie Chan robber & cop movies.
Here are some of the things that I enjoyed really much on this trip: