Hong Kong Photo Diary
A photo diary from a fleeting visit to Hong Kong with my best friend at the end of May…
I never seem to tire of Hong Kong, and come back here year after year, always finding new things to delight my eyes and taste buds! You can see my previous post about Hong Kong here.
As always, I stayed in Marina Cove, a small residential community amongst lush rolling hills encircling a tranquil marina a short distance from Hong Kong, providing a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Wong Tai Sin TempleOn the first morning we visited the Wong Tai Sin Temple, a popular scenic attraction in urban Kowloon, as well as an important religious centre. With many people praying and the smell of incense permeating the air, the atmosphere here is very ceremonial. Wong Tai Sin Temple is well known for its claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’!
By the entrance there are 12 large bronze statues representing the 12 animals of the Chinese. Nan Lin NunneryAfter visiting Wong Tai Sin Temple, we made our way to the nearby Nan Lin Nunnery and Nun Lian Garden for lunch of some delicious vegan fare at Chi Lin Vegetarian restaurant (managed by Chi Lin Nunnery) and an afternoon stroll. The arresting complex of elegant wooden architecture, scenic gardens and soul-soothing lotus ponds is an oasis of tranquility smack in the middle of clusters of high-rise apartment blocks, the perfect place to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon. Due to its serene and peaceful ambience, this has become one of my new favourite spots in Hong Kong!
Kowloon MarketNext stop in Kowloon was the Kowloon Market for a quick tofu desert, from the purveyor of allegedly the best and freshest tofu in the whole of Hong Kong!
Afterwards, we strolled around the market inspecting the local fresh produce for sale.
Lion RockThe next morning we climbed to the peak of Lion Rock in Kowloon, famed for its spectacular views of the city.
The climb was rather arduous, especially the final steep bit; however at the top we were rewarded with breathtaking, panoramic views of Kowloon and the Hong Kong Island harbour front! Just look at the pictures below…
Sai KungPost hike we made our way to San Kung, once a simple fishing village, now a bustling seaside town. I love wandering around the town’s confusing maze of winding alleyways, stumbling across a mix of small boutique shops, local eateries and amazing coffeeshops.Sai kung is also noted locally for its excellent seafood restaurants along the seafront.
Central Another day was dedicated to wandering around Central, stopping to snack at a couple of our favourite places. Hong Kong is one of the world’s culinary capitals, and you will certainly never go hungry in this city. In the photo above, I am standing next to a very famous milk tea stand. A stop at Australian Dairy Company for the famous egg sandwich accompanied by a iced sweet milk tea was mandatory, even if we weren’t even remotely hungry. We finished our day with a glass of champagne at Sevva, our favourite rooftop bar in Hong Kong, with stunning cityscape views of both Central and Kowloon across the bay. Afterwards, we made our way to Causeway Bay, Hong Kong’s vibrant heart and the epicentre of unabashed consumerism, for dinner. Causeway Bay is a hugely popular area of Hong Kong because of its endless shopping malls, department stores, boutiques and market stalls.Already cannot wait for my next trip to Hong Kong!