Hong Kong Part I: Flower Market

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Photos by MJ Klein

Hong Kong Flower Market
Hui-chen and I love Hong Kong and we’d like to show you around some. This series will take you to several places of interest that we recommend.
Hong Kong Flower Market
One thing that we like about Hong Kong is that it’s a compact place. There are so many things to see and do that are within walking distance of your hotel. Other attractions are a short taxi ride away. We stayed at the Stanford Hillview Hotel on Observatory Road in Kowloon. Here we see the steep hill known at Knutsford Terrace. There certainly is a great view from atop this high hill but it makes for a challenging climb back home after a tiring walk around the city.

Hong Kong Flower Market
Walking around Kowloon can be a very enjoyable experience. I kept thinking about all the Hong Kong movies I’d seen and how these places look exactly like they do in the movies.

Hong Kong Flower Market

Hong Kong Flower Market
We took a taxi to the general area and embarked on a walking tour that began with the Flower Market.

Hong Kong Flower Market
You’ll know that you’re getting close when you start seeing flower and plant shops. All of the tourist maps show this area and any taxi driver knows how to get you here.

Hong Kong Flower Market
The flowers are fresh and beautiful. The variety is amazing and a feast for the eyes.

Hong Kong Flower Market
Here we see a flower vendor on the street. She is wrapping up purchases for her customers and working at a fast pace. Everything in Hong Kong is fast paced.

Hong Kong Flower Market
She is just one of many street flower vendors that exist on this street in addition to the numerous shops.

Hong Kong Flower Market
The flower market packs this street and wraps around the corner. We are going to take a walk to the left.

Hong Kong Flower Market

Hong Kong Flower Market
This street, lined with flower shops leads us to the next destination in this series, The Bird Garden.

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8 comments

  1. Carrie » hahah, at least she’s easier to live with than other supermodels i’ve dated! HC doesn’t really like most of the shots i take of her. she “tolerates” them is more like it!

  2. I haven’t been on the streets of HK is years. Are you finding more people are willing to speak Mandarin? I mean I remember years when buying things in shops many shopkeepers wouldn’t speak Mandarin!

    James
    World Learner Chinese

  3. James » everywhere we went, we spoke as if we were in Taiwan. if that failed, we fell back on English. just about everyone spoke Mandarin with us and i only recall speaking English a handful of times. now that HK has been assimilated by the borg, i mean by the PRC, things are probably different today than in your past experience. thanks for your comments James.

  4. Hey MJ. Great pictures. I cannot but help to say how clean eveything looks there.

    Here in Thailand you just don’t get that spotless look. The street workers do a great job but most Thai people have a bad attitude and just throw anything and everything wherever they like.

    I loved your post about the home cooked dishes but again sadly couldn’t comment. On the left of the comment box is your ‘blog roll’ ‘now public’ and ‘TheNHBushman’s latest stories’. This seems to be cutting into the comment box and it won’t load to it’s full size.

    Beside this comment box is nothing and I can comment freely. I don’t know if this makes any sense to you MJ as it doesn’t to me my friend. Has anyone else mentioned this problem?

    Jason Brunt’s last blog post..Thailand. The most special day of the year.

  5. Brunty » Hong Kong isn’t perfectly clean, but as i have said many times “100 years of British rule have given the citizens of Hong Kong rule of law and order.” HK is worlds different from China (and my guess is they are pissed at being annexed by the PRC) and the people are also worlds more sophisticated, clean and well mannered. Taiwan is cleaner than China too, but even Taiwan needs more public awareness of litter. The reason that Thailand looks so nice in some places is because much of the country is sparsely inhabited, yet even out in the sticks you can see piles of crap that have been dumped on the side of the road. litter is really a sign of an immature society. in the US we used to litter too, but we have risen above that. let’s hope that one legacy of the farang in Thailand is that we can help them keep their country clean.

    the comment box problem appears to be an Internet Explorer issue. the box is cut off on the left side, as well as some of the comments, depending upon their placement. you can still enter text in the comment box, but you won’t see it until enough text is entered to the point where it shows past the cut off (if you follow my meaning). note that this does not happen in the Firefox flavors of browsers, including Flock. i’m going to look into a fix for IE though. i dont use Windows so i never view websites in IE. actually IE does not conform to international web standards so problems like this are common to IE.

  6. Brunty » i know it’s a pain, but you could compose your comment in a text editor and just copy/paste it in the window. i don’t know how to solve the problem for IE users.

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