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Old Posted Aug 7, 2018, 6:02 PM
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Every time I fly out or back to Hong Kong, I'm always scrambling at my seat hoping for good weather. I have been lucky these past few years with some decent aerials flying over the city.













Quarry Bay is being progressively developed as an alternative to the expensive rents in Central district. A new skyscraper has appeared lately with good harbour views. The waterfront area has also been improved but the hot summer weather is a major deterrent for visitors.







Meanwhile, parts of these waterfront lands remain wasted. This is possibly because there is a highway right behind it, so if they build more residentials, the noise problem could get very annoying. <p>







There is another reason for visitors to come here. A retired fireboat is on display along the waterfront park. The Alexander Grantham went into service in 1953 and retired in 2002.













Across the harbour, the less aesthetic Kowloon Bay / Kwun Tong alternative CBD is taking shape. Its more industrial history makes that part of town far harder to beautify.





Hong Kong Island still has a lot of old residential blocks that are quite imposing and offer interesting photography opportunities.













Heading back to Central, you don't have to be a millionnaire client or a rich tourist to enjoy skyline views. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has an exhibition area on the 55th floor of Two IFC where you can head to the windows and glare at the density.











Then head to the nearby City Gallery to see a scale model of what this old CBD will look like after reclamation and construction works finish.





The Museum of Coastal Defence occupies an old fort that had a strategic position at the eastern entrance to the harbour. While there are lots of military equipment on display, it is also a wonderful place to enjoy the views.



















During colonial times, British soldiers were quite unaccustomed to the hot and humid climate here. They were also bored as the French and Russian military threats never materialized.



The torpedo was never fired out of here in anger either.



Hong Kong's fishing heritage is still alive and well in these typhoon shelters.





With these boats come the temples that protect the fishermen at sea.













For more photos, visit my website : http://www.globalphotos.org/hongkong.htm
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Old Posted Aug 8, 2018, 2:23 AM
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Very nice !
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Every time I see pictures of Hong Kong, I think I need to plan a trip there! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Posted Aug 9, 2018, 3:23 AM
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The 1.6 km Ping Shan Heritage Trail debuted in 1993 linking several landmarks across historical villages in the northwest New Territories. Ping Shan was an important stronghold for the Tang clan, whose ancestors came from Jiangxi province during the Song Dynasty, and settled in this area in the 12th century. The clan built 3 walled and 6 other villages, including ancestral halls, temples, and study halls.

Just outside Tin Shui Wai railway station is Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda. Built more than 600 years ago, the hexagonal structure was originally located by the bay to ward off evil spirits and flooding as well as give luck to clan members taking the imperial civil service exams.





The Shrine of the Earth God is a typical feature in Chinese villages to worship for protection.



A short walk away, Sheung Cheung Wai was a walled village dating from 200 years ago. The layout was symmetrical with rows of houses enclosed inside. The moat has since been filled in, and many redevelopments have taken place.















The Tang Ancestral Hall was built 700 years ago and was restored in 1990. It is still used by the clan to worship their ancestors, hold important meetings and festivities. Outside, the courtyard guarded the hall with small cannons.











The village is still populated today but looks more like a modern lowrise town than an ancient walled village.







Kun Ting Study Hall was built in 1870 for both education and ancestral worship. It was used as a police station when the British occupied the area in 1899.

















Ching Shu Hin is just next to the study hall and was used as a guesthouse. It was richly decorated to impress visitors with carved panels, murals, plastic mouldings, and more.









The full set : https://www.globalphotos.org/hk-pingshan.htm
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