Jamie | Founder of J3 Private Tours Hong Kong | Offering Award Winning Private Tours of Hong Kong
The famous Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road, riding the Mid Level Escalator, chilling in Statue Square, the Bus Drivers Lockers, the Bentley with the very lucky number plate, a snap shot of upper middle class living in Happy Valley and the iconic Ford Thunderbird trawling the streets of Hong Kong.
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The Famous Man Mo Temple
It is hard for me to get excited about the Man Mo Temple despite it's almost iconic status... I find it too small, too crowded and frankly not a patch on my favourite Temple, the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon.
That's not to say it is not without charm and I love taking images inside (the one above is one of my favourites) and lets not forget it was built in 1847...
I also have to say that it is in an interesting neighbourhood with the nearby Cat Street Galleries / Upper Lascar Row allowing for a spot of "antique" shopping and Hollywood Road itself is quite interesting.
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The Mid Levels Escalator Hong Kong
It starts on Queens Road Central and meanders up through the Mid Levels and ends at Conduit Road roughly half way up to the Peak (ish) - technically it is 800m long and this is where logic goes out of the window as a lot of people actually think it is an escalator 800m (2,600ft) long which is clearly impossible... oh and it does not run in a straight line!
Essentially it is in 20+ sections which allows you to get on and off.
This is the first stop you can get on / off and here we are looking down on Wellington Street .. the escalator is free and I actually like riding it, plenty to see as you ride up and at SOHO you can get off for a drink and a meal if you find standing still exhausting.
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Statue Square, Central
I love Statue Square, I am pretty much in / or around there every day mainly because you can actually feel the colonial history of Hong Kong and being a Brit I love history.
Never really crowded (except on a Sunday or Public Holiday) it is a great place to sit and have a drink and a snack and just watch the world go by and for the photographers there are so many great opportunities for lovely images.... The Court of Final Appeal, HSBC Headquarters, the statue of Sir Thomas Jackson etc and Statue Square itself.
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The Bentley - with a very lucky number plate
There are car owners out there who will pay millions of dollars for a lucky number plate and this is one such chap. It does not come any luckier than 7 (ok, so 8 is better) and this is a very rare sight on the streets of Hong Kong.
LOVELY car, nice plate
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Meet the Cocks
From left to right - Kay & Tim, Mum and Son
What a great day we had, it was hot and sunny and thanks guys for booking one of my private walking tours of Hong Kong even though you were only here on a layover.... here we are at the Peak on Lugard Road enjoying the fabulous city views from my spot at the Peak.
Thanks again Kay it was lovely to see you again.
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The Bus Drivers Lockers
There are certain images which annoy me and this is one such image
These are lockers provided to the Bus Drivers to store there personal stuff whilst on a shift and I am incredulous that these rusting old lockers have never been replaced - our bus companies spend US$275,000 on a new bus but always seem to treat the drivers shabbily and where would the bus companies be without drivers?
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Hong Kong Kids
Sometimes I see images of kids and I get quite angry... this is one such image.
This is a wet market in Central and this little girl is sat there doing homework in 33oC heat and 90% humidity and Mum or Dad were nowhere to be seen so the kid was looking after the stall as well.
Hong Kong is a glitzy and glamorous city but scratch under the surface and there is a real poverty... I expect to see this in Vietnam or Cambodia but for heavens sake Hong Kong is the richest city in the world.
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Ford Thunderbird - an American Classic
I love this car, like most males I have always had a soft spot for Ford cars, they make awesome muscle cars and then they also make classics such as this and you can tell that the owner really loves this car, it is in immaculate condition.
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The fact is, when people hear the words Happy Valley they always think of Horse Racing and it is true, Happy Valley Race Track dominates the neighbourhood.
As you can see from the image Happy Valley is a very upper middle class neighbourhood but not the sort of place I could live as the MTR (subway system) does not have a station there so a car is a good option and there are lots of fancy cars in Happy Valley! but the real reason is that rentals are just crazy, you have to be very wealthy to live in Happy Valley.
In addition the place is full of cemeteries which if you are in any way superstitious you are going to have a problem and there is a lovely hospital there right next to the cemeteries, a bit odd is that.
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Central District on Hong Kong Island
Here are a few of the magnificent skyscrapers in the Central Business District.
The main building in the image is the I.M Pei designed Bank of China and another one of my personal favourites along with Cheung Kong Centre on the right.
If you book a private walking tour with me I will give you chapter and verse on the Feng Shui story regarding these two buildings.
Oh my golly gosh, the simply amazing Pagani Hypercar, hand made in Italy