Now that Patrick and I both are enjoying photography more and more we go out frequently with our cameras to hunt for great pictures. On one occasion we noticed it was a really hot and sunny day, with clear views – but we had plans to meet with our friends for drinks and then later to go to the movies in Kowloon, so we did not have much time to travel far. Initially we wanted to go to the markets in Mongkok to take pictures, but once we’ve taken the DB ferry to Central and then the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui we just decided to stay at the ocean front. We walked to the harbour city ocean terminal complex and took the stairs to the top of the parking deck, from which we had some great views over to the other side.
We started to take pictures overlooking the Star Ferry Terminal and just watched the star ferries docking and leaving again. I always love watching these old green and white boats, they just make me smile. Such an easy and cheap form of transport and so reminiscent of old Hong Kong.
The buildings in the background are all in Wan Chai. The low one in front is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the tallest one is the Central Plaza, the third tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong. With a height of 374m Central Plaza is only surpassed by 2 IFC in Central and the ICC in West Kowloon. The building is located at 18 Harbour Road, in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. It was the tallest building in Asia from 1992 to 1996, until the Shun Hing Square in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China, was built.
Here is a view over Central, you can see the different financial buildings (HSBC, Bank of China, Bank of America) the Prince’s building and the Mandarin Oriental, plus a number of other pictures.
Another picture with my favourite star ferry – even two of them!
We walked to the other end of the roof, from which we could overlook Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town (both in the West of Hong Kong Island). In the background are the hills of Lantau, the island where we live (in Discovery Bay). As always, the harbour is pretty busy with lots of ships and unfortunately you can still see some of the pollution (and a little fog) which lingers over Hong Kong.
We waited for the sun to set and took some lovely pictures – all looking out to the West, over the harbour to Lantau and Tsing Yi.
Not that many ships are in the harbour today, but then the pictures were all taken on Sunday – so hopefully the sailors could enjoy their weekends!
The sun has almost set, but you can still see its reflection in the windows of the skyscrapers in Sheung Wan.
Lots of photographers had joined us on the deck to take pictures – just see how many squeezed next to us. Some of them came with bags full of equipment, crazy. I only had my 50mm lens and that was it. No other prop. Not even a tripod!
We walked back to the other end of the deck and I took a final picture of Hong Kong island in the dusk. The first lights had been switched on, but it was still light enough to take a picture without a tripod, to show the beautiful skyline and lovely star ferry.