A couple of weeks back, I visited Hong Kong for work to attend a digital and social media conference. It was an interesting trip since instead of staying in the usual shopping areas like Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui, I lived in the busy district of Hong Kong Central. Being the adventurous boy that I am, I took some time to explore and snapped some pictures while going to and fro the different meetings I had there.
Hong Kong Central lies in the heart of Hong Kong’s business district. It is a place for grown-up people in their grown-up clothes for their grown-up jobs. Everyone seems to be very busy in this area and I find myself a little bit out-of-place and out-of-sync with the crowd around me.
One thing I adore about Hong Kong in general is the immense clutter of its signages and billboards. I think almost every block in this place is filled with lighted signs like the one above. To me, the general clutter is beautiful but very inefficient and inconvenient for people who are trying to look for a particular place. It’s impossible to see beyond the signs in front! Whoever’s making these signs must be making a lot of money, its just everywhere!
This is the Bank of China Tower. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in the Hong Kong cityscape. This was designed by I.M. Pei, one of my favorite architects who also happend to be responsible for the infamous glass pyramid found at the Lourve. Can you see the similarity? :)
This is the view outside of my hotel. I think this is Des. Voeux Road where buses and Trams pass by. I like trams because they exude an old world charm. Besides, don’t you find cool to have something like that around Manila? How I wish they’d restore our old own tram system here in the Philippines. My grandmother used to tell me how Manila used to have a tram system but it was destroyed during World War II. :( If you want one, I think there is still one at Corregidor.
People seem to like the color red in this part of town. :)
Like most former British Colonies, Hong Kong vehicles are right-hand drive. Also, the city has a robust and complex transportation system that includes wide highways, flyovers, underpasses, tunnels, and interchanges.
The MTR Central Station.
Even the train handles in Honk Kong are red.
Pedestrians in Hong Kong.
Posting has been quite inconsistent the past few days because my schedule doesn’t give me much time to sit down and blog. Hopefully, I can share more pictures in the coming weeks of my other travels :) Until next time.