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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Asia - Hong Kong: Central District

Welcome to Hong Kong

(Photo provided by Wikipedia)
Mid-Level elevators Described as the longest escalator in the world, is useful for locals and tourists

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 bisect 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 street markets. 
The markets are small lanes and go uphill. 


There are many short side streets with outdoor dining available.

Joe from Big Foot Tour is a great guide providing historical background and insights.

 The zucchini and carrots are enormous!

Rednaxela Terrace inadvertently named backward, 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 tranquil and peaceful setting. 

People were praying inside the mosque.

South of Hollywood Road to SoHo, is a neighborhood 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 the 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. 

This is an 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. Beautiful offerings to the Gods.

Street Art

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

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

The early British settlers in Hong Kong had an interest in feng shui, and many buildings constructed after that 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.

In 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 wishes for good luck and lots of money.

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