Hong Kong, Kowloon

Introduction to Yau Ma Tei

Yau Ma Tei is an area in Hong Kong that I feel I don't know that well - there are some pockets that I have walked along many times, these include the Jade Market, the Temple Street Market, the Fruit Market, the Tin Hau Temple and the little red brick building - but I've never… Continue reading Introduction to Yau Ma Tei

Hong Kong, Kowloon

I supported the City of Darkness Book

Finally, the big day has arrived - the Kickstarter project about the Kowloon Walled City came to fruition. 20 years after its demolition photographers Greg Girard and Ian Lambot published a new edition of their book “City of Darkness,” the most comprehensive publication on the place to date. The reprint marks the 20th anniversary of… Continue reading I supported the City of Darkness Book

Hong Kong, New Territories, Outdoor Activity

Hiking: Lion Rock

I thought I'd knew most hiking routes by now - but because I've still not finished the MacLehose trail there are still some parts of Kowloon that I need to explore. One of these parts is Lion Rock, which is in a country park that has the same name: Lion Rock Country Park. The hike… Continue reading Hiking: Lion Rock

Hong Kong, Kowloon

Kowloon markets: birds, flowers, fish, jade and fruits

Given that I've posted about birds yesterday, let's continue today with another post about birds. But let's tie it in with a visit to the other side, which is Kowloon. If you only have a short time in Hong Kong do try and fit in a visit to Kowloon - it's so vibrant and interesting.… Continue reading Kowloon markets: birds, flowers, fish, jade and fruits

Hong Kong, Kowloon

Support the City of Darkness

I had written about the City of Darkness before, but it is time to revisit the Kowloon Walled City. Not in a literal sense, but visually. Last week, The Wall Street Journal released the short documentary City of Imagination: Kowloon Walled City, 20 Years Later. But they are not the only ones revisiting Kowloon Walled… Continue reading Support the City of Darkness

Hong Kong, Kowloon

YMCA Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

Last week we went for a team building exercise and visited the YMCA Indoor Climbing Wall in Tsim Tsa Tsui in Kowloon. I've never been to the YMCA before and I've never been climbing. So it was quite an experience! We booked an introduction session for eight team members and had three hours to learn… Continue reading YMCA Indoor Rock Climbing Wall

Hong Kong, Kowloon

Photography: Hot chestnut vendors

The following pictures were taken on a cold day in Sham Shui Po - but they could have been taken in several places in and around Hong Kong. It's not an uncommon sight to see a vendor selling roasted chestnuts or even sweet potatoes, there are quite a few in Hong Kong. Often, when I… Continue reading Photography: Hot chestnut vendors

Hong Kong

Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market

Opposite the Red Brick Building is the old Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market - which turned 100 years this year. It consists of stone buildings one or two-storeys tall and runs along Waterloo Road between Ferry Street and Reclamation Street. Founded in 1913, it’s the oldest fruit market in the city, which was also once… Continue reading Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market

Hong Kong, Kowloon

Red Brick Building in Kowloon

Strolling through the streets of the Yau Ma Tei area, I noticed a small house built with red bricks - it stood next to a high-raise apartment block and I almost overlooked it. It was freshly renovated and had a sign on one of its sides, so I walked closer to find out what it… Continue reading Red Brick Building in Kowloon