Lucky numbers and retailing connections in Hong Kong

The iconic Mariners Club in Hong Kong, an old "haunted" house on Cheung Chau and the somewhat rare sight of an empty MTR Train

 

 Note they have been around since 1898 - this is important

Note they have been around since 1898 - this is important

We are very big on lucky numbers here, 1898 roughly translates to certain wealth, long life and wealth. If you look carefully at brand advertising, shop signs etc for top brands it is amazing how many of them were established in the 1860's, 1880's and 1890's! - retailers in Hong Kong are pretty smart, preying on superstitions... it works.

 Iconic

Iconic

 The Mariners Club - 150 years in Hong Kong

The Mariners Club - 150 years in Hong Kong

The Mariners Club has been in Hong Kong for 150 years, that is some history - I have been here many times over the years despite not being a member. The colour of the building and the history of the Mariners Club make it ideal for a photo essay.

 Haunted, obviously

Haunted, obviously

If you spend a bit of time pottering around Cheung Chau Island you will come across a few old, decrepit houses which are clearly "haunted" makes for a good image. 

 and talking of haunting images.... 

and talking of haunting images.... 

...and this was taken mid morning, It is not often you see an empty MTR train and look how clean it is!! 

 Stating the obvious

Stating the obvious

Nice beamer. 

 Gender equality Hong Kong style

Gender equality Hong Kong style

That's 2 ladies manhandling the wooden door into the skip. 

 Small rooms, great location - the Kowloon Hotel

Small rooms, great location - the Kowloon Hotel

I have often thought that the Kowloon Hotel was on Middle Road and not the stated Nathan Road, certainly the front entrance is on Middle Road - I have a faint connection to this Hotel - arriving in Hong Kong in 1972 we stayed at the Merlin Hotel for a month, the Merlin Hotel was knocked down and replaced by the Kowloon Hotel. 

 Tung Chung MTR Station - out near the airport

Tung Chung MTR Station - out near the airport

2 reasons to visit Tung Chung

  • the Citygate Outlet Mall
  • the NP 360 Cable Car to the Giant Buddha

And surprisingly it does not take long to get there on the train


I do personal walking tours around Hong Kong, I am on the streets every day and I have a somewhat interesting perspective of this wonderful city I have called my home for 37 years. My private walking tours are perfect for visitors who want a detailed overview of Hong Kong prior to exploring on their own and for people who are only here for a day or two who want to make the most of their limited time here.

Many clients book me for their first full day in Hong Kong, they get to see the best that Hong Kong has to offer + a crash course on our wonderful public transport system and then they go exploring for the rest of their stay armed with step by step instructions and recommendations from me....

I am available at very short notice, I get many last minute bookings and may well be available even if you arrive in Hong Kong without making plans! so please check my calendar, if it says I am free then I am available to do a tour!! Simply send me a message for a prompt reply

...oh, and if you book a tour then you are booking a tour with me, I do not employ other guides.

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 If you are stuck for something to do, contact me, I take last minute bookings

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Posted on July 24, 2013 .