The Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge project is picking up steam, a dead fish on a beach and the mad Temple Cat of Cheung Chau
In the early 1970's TST, in Kowloon was full of girlie bars, the area around Nathan Road, Peking Road, Hankow Road etc was a real eye opener for an innocent 11 year old from Middlesbrough in the UK... I would often wander around the area with a stupid grin on my face.
Times have changed, the bars have just about been consigned to history with a few exceptions, the one shown above is still going strong, dodgy sign and all.
When it is finished (2017?) we will probably be staring at the biggest white elephant in the world.. this is the bridge that Hong Kong doesn't need but is getting anyway... Politicians love projects like this, you know, the ones that cost the entire GDP of Ireland.
I have to say that the propaganda relating to the bridge is outstanding but we are not fooled, the only place that is going to benefit from this waste of money is Macau, this will just be another route for degenerate gamblers from Hong Kong to get there.
If humongous construction projects are your thing then bookmark the link above to keep tabs on it.
In Hong Kong the animal rights people are always up in arms about dead dolphins washing up on beaches or feral cows getting knocked over by cars.. perhaps they should also add grungy, evil looking, nasty fish to the list. This is an ex - fish.
Said Rabbit, The Beast of Bodmin Moor, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster - these are just some of the creatures stalking the wilds, I wish Hong Kong had a mythical creature of lore, just about the only thing that comes close is the Mad Temple Cat of Cheung Chau Island.
Sightings are rare and be careful, it will have your leg off in the blink of an eye.
Longines is another thing from the 1970's that I remember well in Hong Kong, these days they are very popular with the Mainland Chinese Tourists that come here, I never thought of Longines as a "Brand" like Rolex and Omega but by golly they fly off the shelves here.
Every now and then we will pop into this pretty decent restaurant in Pacific Place in Admiralty. Not bad at all.
If you decide to take up the hunt to find the Mad Temple Cat of Cheung Chau then make sure you visit the main Pak Tai Temple on the Island - I love to visit, so, so colourful and look for Excalibur, you will know it when you see it.
I imagine most people will stroll along Nathan Road when visiting Hong Kong, this is it looking North outside the MTR Station in Jordan... I also imagine the world record for jewellery shops on one road belongs to Nathan Road.
At the moment Austin MTR Station is pointless and the vast majority of people here will never even go through the station... when you exit at the moment you are right in the middle of a huge ongoing construction project in the West Kowloon area and it takes ages to walk to the Elements Shopping Mall which at the moment might be the only reason to use this station. I reckon it might be useful in say 2018!
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