New Territories, Sightseeing

Yuen Yuen Institute in Tsuen Wan

Early January we explored Tsuen Wan and its surroundings. We started with the big attraction, the Yuen Yuen Institute, which is tucked into the hills just north of the town and a ten-minute taxi ride from Tsuen Wan MTR station (we had planned to take the minibus 81 to Lo Lo Wai, but over 100… Continue reading Yuen Yuen Institute in Tsuen Wan

New Territories, Outdoor Activity, Sightseeing

Ping Shan Heritage Trail Walk

We decided to travel to Tin Shui Wai (which is on the West Rail line from Hung Hom) to visit the first heritage trail in Hong Kong. It was opened in 1993 is located in the North West New Territories on the fringes of the new town of Tin Shui Wai. Off the train and… Continue reading Ping Shan Heritage Trail Walk

New Territories, Sightseeing

First visit to the Wishing Tree in Tai Po (Part 2)

After we visited the real and old Wishing Tree, we walked around the little village and visited the little temple. On our way back to the car we noticed an interesting alley with small trees and branches lined up next to it – to which rows of tangerines were attached. Initially I thought these were… Continue reading First visit to the Wishing Tree in Tai Po (Part 2)

New Territories, Sightseeing

First visit to the Wishing Tree in Tai Po (Part 1)

After our visit to the Kadoorie Farm, we went to visit the famous Wishing Tree in Tai Po. The Wishing Tree is in Lam Tsuen Village, Tai Po, New Territories. The tree is very famous for fulfilling wishes – but the tree is also very old. Tradition was to tie one's wish (written on a scroll)… Continue reading First visit to the Wishing Tree in Tai Po (Part 1)

New Territories, Sightseeing

First visit to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

One Sunday, my colleague Loretta invited me to a day trip with her husband Quincy - and she suggested to go to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in the New Territories as they've also never been and heard it's nice. Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is set in a valley cut into the north slopes… Continue reading First visit to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden

Kowloon, Sightseeing

Jade market in Mong Kok

At the Jade Market in Mong Kok, Kowloon, hawkers sell various shades and qualities of the precious stone. To the Chinese, jade has a spiritual value for warding off evil. Stones carved into different shapes can represent wealth (deer), good fortune (tiger) and power (dragon). The market is open from 10am to 3.30pm, every day.… Continue reading Jade market in Mong Kok

Kowloon, Sightseeing

Ladies market in Mong Kok

Located in the heart of Mong Kok District, the section of Tung Choi Street between Argyle Street and Dundas Street is known by the locals as "Ladies Market" or "Women's Street". Something of a misnomer, “Ladies Market” was so called to distinguish it from “Mens Street” which is now Temple Street Night Market. The market… Continue reading Ladies market in Mong Kok

Kowloon, Neighbourhoods, Sightseeing

Bird market in Mong kok

Next to the Flower Market is the Bird Market. It is called the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden and hence you can guess the location, it’s on Yuen Po Street. This charming Chinese-style garden is the favoured gathering place of Hong Kong's songbird owners, who carry their beloved pets around in intricately carved cages. Here… Continue reading Bird market in Mong kok