Cultural Tourism Hong Kong | Luxury Living in the Mid - Levels, Hong Kong

Just a little bit of a mistranslation at a Pizza shop, the stained glass windows at the Standard Chartered Bank headquarters and finding one hour love hotels in Mongkok

 Resort style living in the Mid Levels

Resort style living in the Mid Levels

For many expats living in the "Mid - Levels" is de rigueur and it is not hard to understand why although these days many apartments do NOT have a harbour view, just another view of the much larger apartment block in front of them!

There are exceptions and if you live at the top of this block you will have amazing views and the amenities are quite spiffy as well. 

 It is supposed to read TID BITS! 

It is supposed to read TID BITS! 

I will refrain from lapsing into bad puns and one liners suffice to say it should have read Tid Bits... stop tittering I say! 

 A stained glass window at Standard Chartered Bank headquarters

A stained glass window at Standard Chartered Bank headquarters

 and another

and another

 and another... 

and another... 

This just gives more credence to the fact that money is the religion in Hong Kong

 Most love hotels here are more discreet

Most love hotels here are more discreet

Like Japan, love hotels are a fact of life here and for the most part they cater to normal folk just looking for a bit of privacy, this advertising in Mongkok is a bit over the top, most places (and you can find them in every district) are much more discreet. 

 One of our supermarket chains

One of our supermarket chains

The supermarket market is dominated by the Park n Shop and Wellcome chains, each has sub brands like International and pricing varies according to brand and location. 

Whether they admit it or not the 2 supermarket companies run a cartel and they have run off many competitors over the years and everyone knows they collude on price.. this is why normal folk (including us!) have to put up with outrageous prices for basic food products.

What we need is for Walmart, Tesco or Aldi to start opening up supermarkets here, of course it will never happen, the owners of the supermarkets have way too much clout and our Government panders to their every whim. 

 At the entrance to the Kowloon Walled City Park - fascinating

At the entrance to the Kowloon Walled City Park - fascinating

Not quite an excavation of Roman ruins but interesting enough, the Kowloon Walled City Park near the Lok Fu MTR Station

 You are not mistaken, this is a queue outside Cartier

You are not mistaken, this is a queue outside Cartier

This image was taken a few months back but it is quite normal, a few days a week a large queue of mainly Mainland Chinese Tourists suddenly appears outside Cartier on Canton Road in TST, Kowloon.


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Posted on June 21, 2013 .