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Exploring Hong Kong Island

Our second day in Hong Kong was dedicated to seeing Hong Kong island. It’s the island south of the Kowloon peninsula, and it’s where the Central Business District is located. From the hotel where we stayed, we took a taxi to get to a tram station, because riding the tram or the dingding, as how the locals call it, was one of my must do’s in HK.

We hopped onto the first almost empty tram and made our way to the front in the second level. The scenery soon changed from the short and cramped buildings in Wan Chai into the huge skyscrapers in Central. Off we were to see the state’s CBD.

Hong Kong island's tram, or dingding

Hong Kong island’s tram, or dingding

Note: There are a lot of tram routes in Hong Kong. I had no clue which one we hopped on since it was just a short distance and we were willing to get lost and walk anyway. 🙂

There are various skyscrapers that would catch your attention once you are in Central. There are the Bank of China tower with its crisscrossing beams, the massive HSBC tower,  and the sturdy Jardine House. Nestled among these modern buildings are some of the state’s older structures including the Legislative Council building, the old Bank of China building, and the General Post Office.

A very interestingly-shaped building!

A very interestingly-shaped building!

The modern skyscrapers of Hong Kong

The modern skyscrapers of Hong Kong

This is the old Bank of China building

This is the old Bank of China building

Somewhere up there is the Victoria Peak

Somewhere up there is the Victoria Peak

Major international banks are all here

Major international banks are all here

My parents standing in front of the Legislative Council building

My parents standing in front of the Legislative Council building

My parents and I with the Jardine House and the IFC as background

My parents and I with the Jardine House and the IFC as background

HK's Post Office

HK’s Post Office

In front of the former City Hall is the Cenotaph, a statue to remember those whose lives were taken during the Second World War. Coincidentally, it was Remembrance Day when we were here, so there was a military and multi-faith ceremony being held.

cenotaph

Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Remembrance Sunday ceremony

Coincidentally again, it was a Sunday — there were a lot of Filipinos in Statue Square and all across Central. Whew! I honestly couldn’t describe how I was feeling. I was at a loss with my feelings toward my fellow Filipinos. It’s not because they are working overseas, but it’s more of how they spend their day off of work. I know that it feels lonely to be in a foreign land, that’s why there’s a need for them to meet up with other Filipinos and interact with others, but it’s quite saddening how they do so.

A park in the CBD

A park in the CBD

They put carton boxes along the sidewalks, or gardens, or underpasses, where they could sit. Some sell Filipino romance novels. Others sell cosmetics. Some provide manicure services in public. I even saw one foreigner took photos of them, and I was so shocked and disappointed with how things were. I wish that there’s a place that the Filipino government would provide so that these overseas workers don’t have to crowd these public places!

Continuing on our sightseeing escapade, we headed to the IFC mall to grab a quick brunch. Soon after, we walked our way to the Exchange Square Bus Terminus to ride Bus 6, headed towards the Stanley Prison.

Looking at Kowloon from the IFC mall

Looking at Kowloon from the IFC mall

My brother and I inside Bus 6

My brother and I inside Bus 6

The winding roads to Stanley were lined with trees with some branches extending low enough to hit the bus. We would feel like docking every time it did, since we were in the front seats on the second level of the bus! Soon, the coast of the Repulse Bay began to be emerge, with its beige sand shining distinctly against the water. Looking farther beyond were Hong Kong’s outlying islands. It was beautiful, and taking the bus through the scenic route was indeed very well worth it!

The Road to Stanley

The Road to Stanley

Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay

I never thought Hong Kong would have a beach this beautiful!

I never thought Hong Kong would have a beach this beautiful!

Thank you Bus 6 for bringing me here!

Thank you Bus 6 for bringing me here!

We didn’t bother going down to Stanley Prison — what we saw along the way was so fantastic that the idea of seeing a depressing prison didn’t appeal to us anymore. We went back to the Central to continue exploring other parts of the island.

I’ll talk about Victoria Peak on my next post.

Happy travels! 🙂

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7 comments on “Exploring Hong Kong Island

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  3. Thomas Tchalare
    January 26, 2013

    J’AI AIME CES BELLES PHOTOS ET COMMENTAIRES SUR CHAQUE. “REPULSE BAY” MA PARTICULIEREMENT FRAPPE.

  4. aloudhush
    January 26, 2013

    You know the photo captioned “a very interesting shaped building?” this one: https://eagerexplorer.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/building.jpg?w=410&h=547

    That is the Lippo Center, designed to look like koalas hugging a tree/building – I’ve heard both tree or building, not sure which I believe. But have always been told about the koalas. One of my favorite aspects about Central, incidentally. 🙂

    It was also designed to make the CBD look less like all it contained were standard skyscrapers. I think the koalas hugging is the cutest idea ever. Though I’ll never understand why not Pandas since they are such a big deal in HK!

    • Karen
      January 27, 2013

      Maybe because it’s scarier when a panda hugs a tree compared to when a koala does. 😛

      Thanks for the information. 🙂

      • Thomas Tchalare
        January 28, 2013

        J’espère que votre prochaine tounée vous conduira jusqu’au Togo, afrique de l’ouest! Qui sait on pourrait se voir! Tout est intéressant autour de vous. bonne soirée!

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