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Hong Kong: Central District - March 2015


Welcome to Hong Kong


Mid-Level elevators
Described as the longest escalator in the world, is useful for locals and tourists.

(Photo provided by Wikipedia)

The escalator runs one-way downhill from 6am to 10am, and then uphill from 10:20am to midnight.  

There are a total of 20 separate escalators with streets that bi-sect the system running all over the district of Soho.

If you ride up to the top, you will end walking down.
 
Li Yuen Street leads to the street markets. 
The markets are small lanes and go uphill. 


 
Small side street with outdoor dining.
Joe from Big Foot Tour, is a great guide providing historical background and insights.


 The zucchini and carrots are huge!


Rednaxela Terrace, inadvertantly named backwards, and plaque.

Almost opposite Rednaxela Terrace, to the left of the escalators, is the Jamia Mosque, the first mosque to be established in Hong Kong. 

It was a very quiet and peaceful setting. 

People were praying inside the mosque.

South of Hollywood Road to SoHo, is a neighbourhood packed with local boutiques, upscale restaurants, independent cafés and fine-art galleries.

The Soho District is located in the Mid-levels district and is a steep hilly area of narrow streets which are best accessed via the Mid-levels Escalators.


On a street filled with restaurants we stumbled upon Posto Pubblico on Elgin Street.  The food, décor and atmosphere were excellent. It was delicious.

Around the streets of Staunton Street, Elgin Street and Caine Road.
  


Man Mo Temple is located on Fu Shin Street. Built in 1892, it is the largest Man Mo Temple in Hong Kong.

Lanterns hanging from the ceiling.


 The temple is unique in that coils of incense are hung from the ceiling.

The entrance bell at the entrance of the Temple.


Prayer ribbons at the entrance to the Temple


Incense coils are lite and can burn up to two weeks.

Beautiful offerings to the Gods.

The interior decor of the temple was fascinating, as we exited we took a break from the engulfed smoky-incense rooms to catch our breath.



Street Art

Fatima Dreams dolls at the Chocolate Rain Store on Aberdeen Street.



HSBC Building, built between 1979 and 1985, it has 47 floors and towers over the old Legislative Building. It contains some extremely forward thinking concepts - sea water is used for the a/c, natural sunlight the major source of lighting.
 



The early British settlers in Hong Kong had an interest in feng shui and many buildings constructed thereafter, were built with the philosophies of feng shui in mind. The Chinese believe that those who have a direct view of a body of water—whether it is a river, a sea, or an ocean—are more likely to prosper.


The HSBC building has a wide open area (the Statue Square) in front of it, with no other buildings blocking its view of Victoria Harbour,

 Sir Thomas Jackson, HSBC banker in Statue Square (1841-1915)


 The building is considered to have "good feng shui".


At the lobby of the HSBC building there are two Lion statues.   Passers-by touch the lions in the belief that power and money will rub off on them. Franc is wishing for good luck and lots of money


March 2015



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